I can’t believe what this woman has done. Four years ago, author Brenda Novak, whose son has juvenile diabetes, decided to hold an online auction to raise money for diabetes research. Many people, mostly her fellow authors, donated items and nearly $35,000 was raised. Since then, the auction has grown into a huge event that runs all of May. All told, Brenda’s raised $250,000 dollars for diabetes research. This year, her goal is $300,000, with the first $150,000 going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the balance to the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami. If you stop by the auction, set aside a chunk of time and be prepared to be overwhelmed! From signed books to trips to San Francisco to an African safari to a manuscript evaluation by an agent, there’s something for everyone. My donation this year? Dinner for four (with me, of course!) at one of my favorite Raleigh restaurants. It’s listed under the one-day auctions on the auction page. Diabetes touches so many of our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Here’s a way you can help while shopping! What could be better than that?