Throughout her life, Tina DeSalvo has filled many roles – daughter, sister, student, wife, mother, journalist. Then one day she took on one she had not planned – breast cancer patient. In an instant her life changed. But as she had done everything else in her life, Tina threw herself into overcoming this role and becoming a survivor. It was during this time of fighting and healing that Elli was born. Tina took all that she learned, many of the people she met during the battle and poured it all into a book full of heart and humor.
Elli is the story of getting a second chance at life after breast cancer. It’s not a book about cancer, it’s about a woman who had it. It’s a story that will make you laugh and could even bring tears to your eyes and it’s right from Tina’s heart. So much so that she is donating all proceeds from the sale of Elli to help meet the unmet needs of other women who are going through the same fight she did.
Now, as we enter October and another Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tina is reaching out to share her story and share Elli’s story. There will be Facebook events and news of other contests and appearances on her website. It all kicks off with a monthlong contest on Instagram (tinadesalvo) where you can post your own photos of how you are honoring Breast Cancer Awareness month – post a picture of a family member or friend you’ve lost, or one who has survived, show how you’re wearing your pink this month, or a simply a picture of yourself reading Elli. The winner will receive a basket of goodies and a $200 Visa Gift Card along with a $200 donation to the hospital or Breast Cancer group of your choice. There will also be a $100 and $50 prize along with donations of the same amount. Visit Instagram on October 1st and follow Tina DeSalvo for full instructions on how to enter.
Tina is giving away a special mug and a pound of Cajun Coffee to one lucky commenter. Just post a comment and the winner will be announced on Monday.