Over the last few months, I’ve begun work with Portland writer Phil Favorite on a memoir and inspirational book chronicling my life, loves, travels and adventures over the past 70 years. The book also will tell the story of the final years living with ALS and my mission to celebrate a life well lived with my friends and family.
Having been diagnosed with ALS in December, I have chosen as my final journey to raise awareness about the disease. I am working with the ALS Association and its Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter on numerous fundraising efforts, including serving as honorary chair for the Ski To Defeat ALS event to be held in April 2012 at Mt. Hood Meadows.
In undertaking this book project with Phil, it is my sincere wish that my story be told not just by me but by the hundreds and thousands of friends with whom I’ve shared my life and who’ve inspired me to chase my dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.
I’m writing to ask for your support of my work with Phil by sharing a story or two about our time together and the many memories we share. I’m also hoping you can spread the word of our story-collecting to other friends who we may have missed with this message, and also support the project with any information you have regarding publishing or book distribution.
Your contribution may be just a few paragraphs about some time we’ve spent together, or even a story of a few pages that chronicles an adventure we shared. We’re looking for colorful tales that capture the humor, joy and emotional impact of our times together.
In general, we’re asking for stories related to the following themes:
In sitting with Phil and recalling the many twists and turns of the crazy life I’ve led, I’ve been flooded with incredible memories and wonderful things I haven’t thought about in many years. The work so far has been a joy, and we want to bring you along for the ride.
Submissions can be in the form of an email, text document or written letter. Questions? Please feel free to contact me or Phil via phone or email using the contact information above. And be sure to follow my ongoing adventures at www.frednobleadventure.com!
Thank you in advance for your contribution. I look forward to hearing from you.
All the best,