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Advanced copy of THE NEXT 15 MINUTES Winner Announced


Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest, both on my Facebook Fanpage and through email. Sharing your story isn’t easy, and for those that did, here’s a virtual high-five. *smack*

Congratulations to the winner:  Laura York; she will receive a signed copy of The Next Fifteen Minutes. She has a remarkable story, and I have written here about Laura before.

In March 2010 Laura was diagnosed with stage IV bile duct cancer and told she had about 9 months to live. Unlike John, her cancer had spread outside the bile ducts, and so she was not a candidate for liver transplantation. Laura didn’t take this news lying down. In fact, she changed her life, her diet, her attitude. She started a blog to tell her story called The Cancer Assassin, and that’s precisely what she’s doing. She’s kicking cancer’s butt. Laura is an inspiration not only to cancer patients but to everyone. Here’s a quote from her contest entry:

My disease is not a death sentence as I first thought it was. It is a wakeup call to quit feeling guilty for silly things, quit postponing my life and LIVE LIVE LIVE! We only have this moment and I intend to enjoy it as much as possible and love as much as possible. It is in the strength that you gather in those 15 minutes that changes your whole life, puts what matters into perspective and opens your eyes to all the good in this world.

Did you get that? Quit postponing your life and LIVE. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you Laura for your wisdom, your bravery and your strength. Anyone interested in learning how to kick cancer butt with the help of a positive attitude and a healthy diet, check out Laura’s story. You’ll be glad you did.

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Last Chance to Win an Advanced Copy of The Next 15 Minutes


Okay folks. Just five more days to win an advanced copy of my forthcoming memoir, The Next 15 Minutes. If you haven’t already, head on over to The Next 15 Minutes: Strength from the top of the Mountain Facebook Fanpage and tell me your story. Psst, if you’re shy about posting your story, you can always leave it here in the comments under “guest” and email me with your information so I know who to send the ARC to (see the page Contact above for my email addy).

So here’s the contest: remember a time you had to use a similar strategy. Tell us about how you got through. Only comments made over on my FB fan page will be considered. Bonus if you post a photo to go along with your story. If could be about the time you ran out of gear on a 5.10 climb, or when you got maytaged in a hole while kayaking the White Salmon River, or found yourself lost and alone in the wilderness. It might be when the doctor told you it was cancer, or the vet had to put your dog down, or you woke up for the fourteenth day with a dread so thick you didn’t know how you’d ever crawl out. Tell us about a time when you didn’t think you’d make it through, but you did. Tell us how you did it. Already my ARC has seen quite a bit of the world in her few weeks on this earth. If you come up with the best story, told through prose, photos, haiku, cartoon, video, whatever, I will sign her and send her to you.

Contest ends Friday July 22nd.

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