Kitsap County author, Tamara Kaye Sellman, who recently published her debut collection, Intention Tremor: A Hybrid Collection (January 2021, MoonPath Press), is giving back to the multiple sclerosis (MS) community with a $1000 donation to the Accelerated Cure Project (ACP), a nonprofit focused on accelerating MS research.
The $1000 donation represents 100 percent of Sellman’s proceeds from the sale of her book, a collection of prose and poetry chronicling her life in the five years following her MS diagnosis in 2013, which she wrote mostly from a travel trailer or hotel room in Port Townsend, WA.
“I hope to share my real-world experience with others facing their own diagnosis,” Sellman said. “It’s also critical that I donate my proceeds to a nonprofit actively serving the MS community. The ACP easily fits this bill.”
ACP is a patient-founded national nonprofit dedicated to accelerating advances toward a cure for MS. Three key ACP programs include the iConquerMSTM community, an online forum linking patients with researchers; the ACP Repository, a unique collection of biosamples and datasets which has enabled more than 100 studies worldwide; and, the MS Minority Research Engagement Partnership Network focused on understanding and addressing the barriers to research participation by members of underrepresented populations.
“We’re so grateful to Tamara for her support and commitment to accelerating MS research,” said ACP’s CEO, Sara Loud. “Donations to ACP are an investment in the research necessary to better diagnose, treat, and cure MS. These funds will further our collaborations among people affected by MS, researchers, and healthcare providers to answer the research questions that matter most to people living with the disease. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the pressing need for the type of people-powered research facilitated by ACP.”
Sellman is thrilled to donate her proceeds. “I’m so grateful to everyone for buying Intention Tremor. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to support these important MS research efforts,” she said.