Stories

Helping After a Serious Diagnosis

A bookseller of 14 years was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that is very unfortunately incurable. The bookseller is facing recurring chemo treatments until they become ineffective or prove toxic.

Their family of four is now dealing with many changes being thrown at them including having to move to a new home (their landlord is selling their house), trying to secure Social Security for the bookseller, figuring out ongoing health insurance, paying medical bills, and more. Binc was able to help with a grant to pay a couple months of COBRA and rent as this family figures out the next steps.

We are continuing to work with the family to help find additional resources in their area. There is a fundraiser scheduled for later in the month to help the family, and that will qualify for an additional Matching Grant from Binc of up to $2,000.

“Oh my god – this is unbelievable. I’m in shock. Will write you later with the lease information. Now I have to have a good cry.” 


Caring for a Bookseller After Surgery

We recently received a request from someone who has been a fixture in the book industry for more than 40 years.

After suffering with constant pain for years, this bookseller’s only option was surgery to correct an issue. The hospital bills would be covered by Medicare and a supplemental insurance policy. The doctor was ready to set a date for the operation, with just one catch – the operation required a rather lengthy recuperation period.

The book person would need 24-hour care in their home for at least a week after release from the hospital. With not enough income or savings to cover the expense, this seemed an insurmountable roadblock to the much-needed surgery.

Thanks to our generous donors, Binc was able to step in to pay for an in-home caregiver to assist during the recovery period. Now with the help of friends and book people like you, the book industry will continue to enjoy the dedication of this long-time book industry proponent.

A great weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Because of Binc, I can face the surgery with peace of mind, knowing all will be well afterward. My gratitude is beyond measure.”