By Brenda W. Clough
Last month I posted here about writers and their health insurance. And I mentioned the numerous funds that collect money for writers overwhelmed by medical bills. Oregon writer Jim Fiscus administers the Jo Clayton Memorial Medical Fund. He says:
The Clayton Memorial Medical Fund helps professional science fiction,
fantasy, horror, and mystery writers living in the Pacific Northwest
deal with the financial burden of medical emergencies. Even with
insurance, co-pays can quickly add up to thousands of dollars, and
over the past few years, we have faced a heavy draws on our
money. The Fund is now down to a few thousand dollars.
The Clayton Fund was founded seventeen years ago by Oregon Science
Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI) in response to the illness of
Portland writer Jo Clayton. Our initial money came from a national
campaign by writers and fans of science fiction and fantasy to help
Jo and other writers. The Fund has since assisted many writers in
the region deal with medical and dental emergencies.
As part of OSFCI, the Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization. Donations to the fund are tax deductible and often
qualify for matching donations from employers.
Donations can be made using PayPal through the Fund’s Web site
(http://www.osfci.org/clayton) or mailed to:
Clayton Memorial Medical Fund
P.O. Box 5703
Portland, Oregon 97228
Please be sure to include full contact information so we can mail you
a letter acknowledging your donation.
This is the season of giving, so please consider this fine organization. Think of it as an opportunity for creativity. I’m hoping to attend the World Fantasy Convention in 2014 and do a little fund raiser for the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund. It will involve a giant cephalopod. If only I could get my hands on a convertible car…
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