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Help an NAF Alumna

The post “Blah! Blah! Blah! Another Year” by NAF founding member Diane Graham is consistently one of our most-viewed posts, mainly because her hair apparently turns up in image searches:

 (And Robynn calls me lioness…

Like many of the founders, Diane was a contestant in the Marcher Lord Select Premise Contest, in which her book I am Ocilla was a finalist. Splashdown Books later published it, and it is a lovely quest story about faries and dragons and identity. You should go buy a copy.

But that’s not why I’m posting today.

Diane’s husband Quinton recently suffered a massive heart attack, and the family needs our help.

The Grahams own Nexgen Wireless, a company that provides high-speed internet service to rural areas of Oklahoma. Quinton was a ridiculous number of feet off the ground repairing one of their towers, when he thought he was having heatstroke, so he climbed down, and his sons took him to the emergency room. He had actually had a massive heart attack. He was helicoptered to Tulsa, has a quintuple bypass, then was flown again to Oklahoma City for more surgeries. As of this writing he is still in ICU. You can follow Diane on Facebook for the full story—her posts on the subject are public.

Diane and Grace in costume at ACFW Gala

Diane M. Graham and her publisher, Grace Bridges of Splashdown Books, at the ACFW Awards Gala in 2012. Photo by Kristen Stieffel

As small business owners, Diane and Quinton do not have health insurance. So a friend started a GoFundMe for Quinton’s medical expenses, and that’s why I’m writing today. Please help if you can, and pray for a speedy recovery. I met Quinton at a writer’s conference once. He’s a quiet man, at least when he’s surrounded by writers in Star Trek costumes. He’s also a Marine — did I mention he climbed down from a giant tower after having a heart attack? Quinton has already beaten the odds multiple times, but this family can use all the help the NAF community can provide.

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About Kristen Stieffel

Kristen Stieffel is a writer and freelance editor specializing in speculative fiction. She's a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Christian Editor Connection, and American Christian Fiction Writers.

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