Podcasting For A Cause – The JDRF

Last week, I mentioned a very special event taking place during the month of November. As we’ve rolled past the cats, witches and ghouls that mark the month of October,  I have teamed up with published Science Fiction author, Lee Stephen, to help raise diabetes awareness. Please take a moment to read his letter below, consider an option and listen to the podcast read by me. Thank you for your support in advance and take note that this will be a reoccurring event throughout the Saturdays in November.


Every year, over 180,000 Americans die due to complications with diabetes. It affects over 16 million people in our country and over 100 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral nerve and autonomic dysfunction, amputations, and many other health problems. Every year, more people die from diabetes than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Like many Americans, I was unaware of the intricacies of this disease until I saw how it affected the person I love most. As the husband of a type-1 diabetic, I witness the challenges my wife faces on a daily basis. Terms like “having a high” and “suffering a low” have become part of my permanent lexicon. I have been introduced to a world of needles, insulin pumps, and blood glucose meters. Experiencing her struggles and her triumphs has shown me just how much I take for granted.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. The purpose of this podcast is to bring attention to diabetes through literature, and to implore those who find this to consider donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during this very important month. Because of the JDRF, diabetics have a network of international support and an organization dedicated to confronting and conquering this disease. There are two ways you can help.

First, you can go to www.jdrf.org and donate to the JDRF’s fight for a cure personally. Just click on the “donate now” tab located at the top-right of the menu. You can give any amount you wish as either a one-time donation or a monthly commitment. No amount is too large or too small—every bit goes toward finding a cure.

For those science-fiction fans in the crowd, we’re giving you another option. In honor of this important month, 60% of Epic’s November sales will go directly to the JDRF. Every book purchased, whether for personal enjoyment or as a gift, will assist in the cause. It’s an opportunity to contribute to something good and discover a new science fiction series at the same time.

The goal is awareness, whether through literature or personal charity. What’s important is that people take action. Diabetes is a devastating disease, but one we are on the brink of curing. Please join us in this effort to raise awareness and make a difference!

If you donated because of this message, whether by contributing on your own or by purchasing a book, please let us know! We would love to know how much we were able to raise through this effort. I would also love to thank you personally for joining the fight. I can be reached at lee(AT)epicuniverse(DOT)com.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read!


Lee Stephen
Author, Epic Series

P.S. – Diabetes Awareness Month is symbolized by a gray ribbon.


—From Dawn of Destiny — Chapter 0 & Part of Chapter 1


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