Treating Terri Sue

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Tad Bartlett
on behalf of Terri Shrum
 METAIRIE, LA
Terri Sue Shrum is our beautiful soul sister. I met Terri almost nine years ago in a French Quarter alley, at the initial gathering of what would become the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance. She is fierce and independent, but also loving and loyal; a generous friend and mom, and she writes likes nobody's business. But if you're reading this, you likely already know Terri and have your own catalog of what she means to you.

Why Terri Needs Us

Terri needs our help now, all of us. In May 2016, Terri was diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic cancer, which has spread to her liver. While the tumor is inoperable, Terri is maintaining happiness and strength in the face of a series of treatments, which she will be receiving primarily at Emory's cancer treatment center in Atlanta.

Family is there for her with a place to stay. Insurance is there for a portion of the exorbitant medical costs. Friends need to be there for what's left, which is plenty: Insurance will cover only 70% of chemo and radiation treatments; co-pays comprise up to a $4,000 out-of-pocket deductible; cancer medication prices are up to $200 out-of-pocket after insurance for each; non-covered pain and nausea aids that can reach costs of up to $100 per day; travel expenses for Terri and her children in New Orleans to see each other during the treatment; costs for copies of medical records; special nutritional supplements and medical equipment (wheelchair, in-home care equipment, etc.); hospice care; a list that goes on and that can get overwhelmingly long.

What We Need To Do--Keep Coming Back

So we're going to chip in. Consider this your change jar; throw in what you can whenever you can. Don't just stop by once; we're planning to have Terri around for a while, and every little bit will help. Everything we raise here will go to Terri to use for her out-of-pocket costs to pursue her care as she confronts the cancer.

Rewards Along The Way

Terri's a sister to me, which means she's like an aunt to my kids. Keep an eye out here, as they'll be chipping in, too, with their hand-made art rewards for donors along the way. Plus my wife, Nicole (Terri's soul-sister-in-law), will send homemade and you've-never-tasted-them-this-good-before brownies and pralines to donors at certain levels. Also, Terri's and my brother and fellow Peauxdunque founder, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, is offering gift certificates to his and his wife's (Tanzanika's) New Orleans restaurant, Pelican Bay. In addition, fellow Peauxdunquian Denise Moore is offering free web design services from her business, Daydream Believer Design & Marketing. Also, Terri's literary agent, Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management is offering manuscript critiques at two different reward levels!

But there's more ...

As I said, Terri's a bad-ass writer, Queen of Peauxdunque, with the tattoo and the publications and awards to prove it; and, also importantly, with the respect of a writing community stretching far and wide. Many of these award-winning and best-selling writers are offering signed copies of their work, including: Justin Torres, M.O. Walsh, Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly, Harrison Scott KeyRobert Hicks, Amanda Boyden, Joseph Boyden, Bill Loehfelm, Barb Johnson, Alex Sheshunoff, Karen Dionne, James Nolan, Amy Conner, Laura Lane McNeal, Melissa DeCarlo, and Kenny Porpora. And now, thanks to the Missouri Review, we have Terri's own writing on offer as a reward, with five copies of Issue 37.3, containing Terri's debut print fiction publication, the story "Bellyful of Sparrow," as a reward at the $30 level. More wonderful writers will be contributing rewards, so keep coming back to see what else is on offer, and to give to Terri's care funds.

Plus, the first ten donors who give at least $100 can select a matching-funds reward, where up to $1000 in matching donation will be made by an anonymous donor in the name of Peauxdunque.

THANK YOU!
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A Memorial Service and gathering to remember and celebrate Terri Sue will be held upstairs at Napoleon House (500 Chartres Street, New Orleans), this Saturday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the service beginning at 11:30. Thank you to everyone for your love and support and friendship to Terri.
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Terri passed at around 1:15 this morning, surrounded by love.
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A quick update. Terri is still undergoing hospice care at her brother's house outside Atlanta. We were able to visit with her last weekend. While she isn't fully responsive at all times, all I can tell you--and trust me on this--is she's still the Terri we all know and love. The upbeat approach of her family is inspirational and amazing. It was good to be with Terri. She isn't taking in much anymore in the way of food. Her liver is shutting down. But she does know the love that surrounds her. So for that, thank you all. Best, Tad.
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Terri is no longer receiving chemo treatments, and is receiving hospice care. This is a time for love, primarily, and you all have shown so much of that. So thank you for that. And I send that thank you from all of us who have been working on the various fundraising for Terri's expenses (which continue). While that has been by no means just me, I know I do owe a number of you packages of brownies and pralines. They will be coming, still, honest. But for now send love toward Terri, as hard as you can. Thank you.
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Carolyn Caster
29 months ago
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Thanks for the continued updates, Tad. For those of us not in your immediate vicinity, have you considered doing some sort of streaming of the event planned for Aug 30? I'd love to see and hear it, in case that's a possibility. Thanks so much for all you're doing for Terri!

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Tad Bartlett
29 months ago
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Carolyn, I hadn't thought about that, but now I am! I'll definitely put some thought into figuring out the logistics of doing that, and add that in to the details that I'll post as we move closer. Thank you for all of your support for Terri!

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Beth Ann Fennelly
21 months ago

wish we could make the memorial. Much love to all.

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DB McCrocklin
23 months ago

Thank your for the update, Tad. Sending love and light to Terri Sue.

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Kimberly Clouse
27 months ago

Thank you for the update, Tad. My heart is with Terri during these trying times. And all of those who are there with her to support her.

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Raised by 148 people in 30 months
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Created June 14, 2016
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Kid art
One of my kids will send you an artistic thank you. Maybe a picture; maybe a poem; maybe a song; maybe a computer graphic. You never can tell with them.
$30
Missouri Review
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Donate at this level and receive Issue 37.3 of Missouri Review, containing Terri's print fiction debut story, "Bellyful of Sparrow"
$35
Best Brownies
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Seriously, the best brownies you've ever had--donate at this level and they will be delivered to you.
$40
Pelican Bay
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Donate at this level to receive a $25 gift certificate to Pelican Bay, a New Orleans dining institution owned by Peauxdunque's own Maurice Carlos Ruffin
$45
Best Pralines
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Generations-old recipe. The real deal.
$46
Kenny Porpora
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Get a signed copy of Kenny Porpora's critically acclaimed, NYT bestselling memoir, The Autumn Balloon
$47
Alex Sheshunoff
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Signed copy of Alex Sheshunoff's award-winning and hilarious memoir, "A Beginner's Guide to Paradise" (Penguin, 2015).
$48
Amy Conner
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Signed copies of Amy Conner's The Right Thing and Million Dollar Road!
$49
Laura McNeal
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Signed copy of Laura Lane McNeal's Dollbaby
$50
Amanda Boyden
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Signed copies of work by award-winning novelist Amanda Boyden (limited quantity TBD)
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Tom Franklin
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Signed copies of works by best-selling and award-winning author Tom Franklin
$52
Melissa DeCarlo
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Signed copy of Melissa DeCarlo's debut novel from HarperCollins, The Art of Crash Landing
$53
B.A. Fennelly
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Signed copies of works by award-winning memoirist and poet Beth Ann Fennelly
$54
Joseph Boyden
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Signed copies of works by Giller Award-winner Joseph Boyden (limited quantity to be determined)
$55
H. Scott Key
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Signed copies of Harrison Scott Key's hilarious and poignant top-selling memoir, World's Largest Man
$56
Bill Loehfelm
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Signed copies of Bill Loehfelm's newest Maureen Coughlin novel, Let the Devil Out, which officially releases July 5
$57
Robert Hicks
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Signed copies of ARCs of Robert Hicks's The Orphan Mother, set to be released on September 13, and of first editions of Robert's other works
$58
M.O. Walsh 1
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Signed copy of M.O. Walsh's best-selling book, My Sunshine Away
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Barb Johnson
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Signed copy of Barb Johnson's beautiful and award-winning story collection, More of This World or Maybe Another
$60
M.O. Walsh 2
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Pack of signed copies of all available foreign editions of My Sunshine Away (8-9 books)
$61
Justin Torres
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Justin is offering a signed copy of his magnificent We the Animals to two donors at this level!
$62
James Nolan
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Signed works by award-winning author, James Nolan
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Karen Dionne
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Signed ARCs of Karen Dionne's The Marsh King's Daughter, due from Putnam in summer 2017 (ARCs available December 2016, but donate now to reserve yours!)
$100
Anonymous match
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Up to $1000 in $100 donations will be matched by an anonymous donor to Terri in the name of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance
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Web Design
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Give at this level and receive 15 hours of web design services from Daydream Believer Design & Marketing (http://www.denisejena.com/web-designer)
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50-pg. critique
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Jeff Kleinman, w/ Folio Literary Management (& Terri's agent), will provide a detailed critique of fifty pages of your manuscript!
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MS critique
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Jeff Kleinman, w/ Folio Literary Management (& Terri's agent), will provide a detailed critique of your full prose manuscript!
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Margit Detweiler
22 months ago

This is on behalf of Betsy Hnath who, instead of being paid for a piece she wrote for me opted to donate to you Terri — sending love and peace.

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Renee Antunez
23 months ago

I love you so much Terri. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish there was more I could do. Sending lots of hugs your way.

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23 months ago
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Kimberly Clouse
23 months ago

My love is with you. You are amazing beacon of light. May you be surrounded by the light and love of everyone who comes into your sphere.

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Kimberly Clouse
24 months ago

Sending love and healing.

Carolyn Caster
29 months ago
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Thanks for the continued updates, Tad. For those of us not in your immediate vicinity, have you considered doing some sort of streaming of the event planned for Aug 30? I'd love to see and hear it, in case that's a possibility. Thanks so much for all you're doing for Terri!

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Tad Bartlett
29 months ago
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Carolyn, I hadn't thought about that, but now I am! I'll definitely put some thought into figuring out the logistics of doing that, and add that in to the details that I'll post as we move closer. Thank you for all of your support for Terri!

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Beth Ann Fennelly
21 months ago

wish we could make the memorial. Much love to all.

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DB McCrocklin
23 months ago

Thank your for the update, Tad. Sending love and light to Terri Sue.

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Kimberly Clouse
27 months ago

Thank you for the update, Tad. My heart is with Terri during these trying times. And all of those who are there with her to support her.

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