For My Friend John McIlveen

John is a great guy and an amazing father, and his girls are delightful.  Anyone who has met either John or his girls can’t help but see how much love exists in the bonds between them, how they protect each other and take care of each other.  I’m posting this note from our mutual friend Chris Golden below in hopes that it helps John’s cause.

Our great friend, John McIlveen — one of the best-loved members of our writing community — is involved in legal proceedings that may endanger his custodial rights as a parent. John is one of the most loving, giving fathers we know, and for the sake of his whole family, his friends have put together the John McIlveen Legal Fund to aid him in his efforts. Without our help, John simply can’t afford legal representation. He needs someone who knows the law and the Massachusetts court system. For legal reasons and for the sake of the family, we’re keeping the details to a minimum, but let me be clear–John is not accused of any misconduct. He’s a fantastic dad involved in a fight that is dramatically lopsided where dollars are concerned.
 
There are several ways that you can help. If you’re an author, you could donate signed books for auction. When those auctions begin to be posted, readers can bid on them to help John and his family out. To everyone else who’d like to help, the best and fastest way is to donate directly to the PayPal account that has been set up specifically for this purpose. An anonymous donor has already pledged to match the first $1000!!! This challenge will cost thousands–possibly many thousands–so anything you can contribute would be deeply appreciated.
 
The other thing that you can do is spread the word. Share this on your own Facebook page or on Twitter or your blog. And if you know John personally, please comment here and let everyone else who might be considering a donation know what a wonderful guy and father he is! Thanks so much!
The PayPal email for the John McIlveen Legal Fund is JMcLF@comcast.net.
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About Mary SanGiovanni

Author of the Hollower trilogy, Thrall, Chaos, For Emmy, Possessing Amy, The Fading Place, and more.
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