“WOW!! It’s been a whole year since the first self published My Friend Jen book was released; and what a year it has been. As crazy as this may sound, i only thought as far ahead as writing this book and getting it out there for others to read so i could create more awareness of sickle cell. I did not think about anything after the release of the book; i didn’t even have book launch.
I think it’s fair to say that i underestimated the unbelievable year that would follow after the release of ‘A Little Different’. So much so that i had to make the decision to put the next book in the series on hold, in order to fulfil the purpose i believe was given to the first book.
This past year i have come to realise that this journey has been less about me writing a book, and more about me being able to help others and give back in the many ways that i have.
Travelling to Gambia & Nigeria to meet others living with sickle cell.
Speaking at some amazing events about health, motivation and my journey.
Encouraging more people to become regular donors and give blood, which will help people living with conditions such as sickle cell.
And even becoming a writing & publishing coach for other amazing writers so their stories can also be heard; the past 12 months have just been unimaginable!
To top it off, I have also been nominated for the BEXLIVE Author Of Colour 2017 Award (VOTE JENICA LEAH) lol.
With all that being said and with everything else that has been achieved in just one year, i would like to thank each and every individual who has supported My Friend Jen and myself thus far; a lot would not have been possible without you.
I wont say too much, but you can expect even more to come over the next year…including the second book in the series and a whole lot more.
I hope the love and support continues over the coming years, as we continue to step forward into growth.”
Jenica Leah x
Please donate 💛💛
The Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF) has grown tremendously in its 5 years of existence, from an extra curricular club in the Nigerian Law School, to one of the most influential sickle cell NGO’s in Nigeria.
My Friend Jen will be travelling to Nigeria to visit the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation, who’s goal it is to “raise awareness about sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait.” And also to “provide the most current and useful information available about sickle cell disease.” Their motto; “hopeful living.” As they believe that with hope, Sickle Cell sufferers can live a normal life.
With your help, we hope to be able to assist them with achieving their goal and living up to their motto by raising enough money to put towards the printing cost of 200 books. These books will then be donated to the Foundation for them to distribute to the sickle cell community within Nigeria.
“… it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life” — Oprah Winfrey
Thank you 💛
As part of the Gambia Book Donation Program, we organised an event for students, teachers, Ministers and others to come and learn more about sickle cell in the hope of spreading awareness of one of the most common genetic disorders in the world. The turnout was more than we could have expected and the event was well received by everyone who attended. Overall it was a huge success that may not have been possible without the help of everyone who donated, so thank you once again.