Firstly, welcome, welcome to our new additions. We seem to post in spurts, but there's usually a few of us lurking about.
The main reason for this post, unfortunately, is a bit sad. If you've visited our HoH's website (rachelcaine.com), you may have seen the notice in her "about" section that she was diagnosed in May with early-stage breast cancer. She has an LJ of her own and tracks her health progress as well as her writing one. She seems to be doing quite well, all things considered. If you or someone you know has been treated for cancer, you know the cure is sometimes rougher than the disease and trying to keep up with regular demands takes that much more effort.
I think it would be nice gesture from us if we gave her something Domus Rox with as many of our signatures on it as we can get, just to let her know more good wishes are heading her way. If y'all think this is a good idea, logistics would be the next thing to figure out. If you have any other ideas, post away.
Also, if you'd like to make your own personal donations to a cancer research organization near and dear to you, it's never too early or too late.
UPDATE ON POSSIBLE DONATIONS: 8/30/05
I heard back from TWH. They can't give us legal advise because we're not a client (no surprise), but nor can they help us gather or disseminate funds because "the IRS's non-profit rules prevent us from working to raise money for an unrelated non-profit." So I called the American Cancer Society to ask about how we'd go about this. We don't have to donate to the ACS, but I figure the concept would carry over regardless of charity.
What we can do is make an honor donation (which is what I think a lot of un-incorporated fan sites do). One person can gather funds and make a single lump donation on the group's behalf -or- we can make donations individually. The charity sends a card to the honoree regardless, either one card with our names signed to it (in case of the lump donation) or a card for each individual making a donation. We could also have a card sent to a point person to bring to TWH if we'd like to sign it there to present it to her at the con. Donations are tax deductible, so if deducting your donation is important, please note that person would need to make an individual donation.
Maybe we could do this two-fold: donation (whichever way we do it) and then have a Domus Rox card at TWH for folks to sign, whether they donate or not? Just a good will thing. On the other hand, I don't know if she'd want some big banner at TWH asking folks to sign a card, ya know? Thoughts?