I struggled with what to post here, but I couldn’t let Grace go without some acknowledgment, and a “mention” in my Sunday Post amidst giveaway announcements and silly news about my landscaping didn’t feel right.
In case you don’t already know, we lost a vibrant member of our community on Wednesday. Grace from Rebel Mommy Book Blog lost her fight with cancer. What makes this even sadder is that, as her blog title declares, she leaves behind three little ones who will now have to grow up without her. Her final tweet and post on Instagram on Wednesday were both a picture of her in the hospital with her beautiful family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Grace was a huge presence in the book blogosphere, and many of us knew her well, even if we’d never met her in person. I checked, and she’d left me 16 PAGES of comments over the last four years! And I know that I’m no anomaly: She was incredibly active in the book blogging community, and so many of us were touched by her.
Grace was a joyful and encouraging presence, and even when she went through cancer treatment (both times), she stayed engaged with us on Twitter. She obviously valued the strength and support she gained through this community. I’m thankful to be a part of a group that will gather behind one of our own when they’re in need!
Grace, thank you for your presence in our lives. You will be sorely missed.
UPDATE: Lauren @ Bookmark Lit has been in contact with a member of Grace’s family and asked them how we can support them right now. You can read the tweet thread for yourself, but they said that it would be wonderful if we could compile messages and sentiments to share with them.
Lauren set up a Kudoboard so we could share our thoughts with the family. Please send some words of encouragement so they know how much she was loved by her fellow bloggers!
Also, they said that we could donate in Grace’s name to METAvivor, an organization close to her heart that supports grants for breast cancer research. Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag has also changed her latest Leave a Mark auction of a signed copy of One of Us Is Lying so that the winning amount will be donated to METAvivor in Grace’s name.
I’m glad that one of the last things Grace got to do was meet Rainbow Rowell at Book Expo. She was so excited!