My story “Man-O-Gram” was first published in Morbid Curiosity #8 (and ran on this blog in part I and part II). Morbid Curiosity, a non-fiction market for true life tales of horror, sadly came to an end with its tenth issue, but copies of issues #3-10 are available at the website. Loren Rhoads, the editor of Morbid Curiosity, is doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this year and asked me to help get the word out. I thought I’d do that by posting the note she sent me:

Dear Maurice,

I write to you in honor of your Manogram story, which is much on my mind these days. I’m doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer again this year — and you’re still the only man I’ve met who faced the possibility of the disease.

I’m starting to panic in the face of my fundraising for this year’s Avon Walk. The Walk is a little more than 6 weeks away and I still quite a ways to go.

Would it be possible for you to help me out by blogging about the Walk? You could link to my Avon page or livejournal, where I’ve been talking about my training. Anything else you might like to add on the subject would be appreciated.

Contributions support medical research into the possible causes of and cures for breast cancer, early detection programs, and clinical care and support for women with breast cancer. There is a special focus on helping medically underserved women, the poor, minorities, the elderly, or those with inadequate health insurance (read: writers). Much of the money granted by the Foundation goes back to the communities where it was raised.

Donations can be made online at Click “donate,” then “donate to a participant,” San Francisco 2007, and enter Loren Rhoads. If you forward this email, people can simply click on the link at the bottom of this message. Every dollar helps!

This weekend I’m walking 20 miles. I’m almost up to the first day’s walk of 26.2. Good thing I’ve got some time left to train.

Thank you so much for your help getting the word out.


I often get requests from folks who want to do something to help make the world a better place but don’t know where to start. For Loren, it starts with a walk. For you, it can be the simple click of a button and donating. Every little bit helps. You’d be surprised how quickly all of those little bits add up. Thanks in advance.

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