My first Voices of Cancer book reading and signing was a huge success!

I was thrilled with the turn out in the 100 degree heat!

I have been fortunate enough to have a blog posted on Chia’s Silver Lining - an online cancer support store whose mission is to encourage and support those going through cancer or other challenging illnesses. It is their belief that beyond traditional medicine, (which is vital to physical healing), we need emotional healing that comes from compassion, comfort, and connection with others.  

The founder, Chia, is a breast cancer survivor who saw a void of this other type of healing during her journey. Out of this void, she decided to make a difference with Chia's Silver Lining. 

Please check out their gifts and information designed to bring comfort, compassion, and connection on this journey that reaches and moves all of us. 

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BOOK SIGNING - Voices of Cancer

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Julia Davis Park/Boise Pavilion, Boise, Idaho

Books available for purchase

 
 
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First Book Sales!

 
 

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Nancy’s List is a centralized site where resources can be found to help find assistance and support in navigating a cancer diagnosis. Lynda Wolters’ book, Voices of Cancer, has been added to the list of resources

Lynda, Author of Voices of Cancer, Current Cancer Thriver

https://nancyslist.org/2019/08/08/lynda-wolters-author-of-voices-of-cancer-current-cancer-thriver/


Interview with Gemma Gaudette of Idaho Matters, 6/12/2019

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https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/author-lynda-wolters-captures-voices-cancer-survivors-print Listening...10:51

Author Lynda Wolters Captures The Voices Of Cancer Survivors In Print

By GEMMA GAUDETTE Idaho Matters

Author Lynda Wolters suffers from a rare form of cancer that is terminal. She used the written word to bring attention to the commonalities people have with each other in an effort to draw communities together. Wolters joins Idaho Matters to discuss her latest book that collates the voices of cancer patients and survivors.


 Legislature celebrates Fred Riggers Disability Awareness Day - 01/29/2019

by SAVANNAH CARDON scardon@idahopress.com 

Fred Riggers, 70, enjoys a brief conversation with Sheila Olsen, left, of Idaho Falls, at the Statehouse Thursday March 7, 2013. Riggers spends his retirement getting involved in Idaho politics as a non-partisan citizen each legislative session at the Statehouse. Riggers is legally blind, he has lost his ability to focus, but he can see shapes and recognize people. He identifies them by their size and the way they walk. It's a bit disconcerting, though, when he steps up next to someone and says, "I almost didn't see you there." (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald)  · AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald

Fred Riggers, 70, enjoys a brief conversation with Sheila Olsen, left, of Idaho Falls, at the Statehouse Thursday March 7, 2013. Riggers spends his retirement getting involved in Idaho politics as a non-partisan citizen each legislative session at the Statehouse. Riggers is legally blind, he has lost his ability to focus, but he can see shapes and recognize people. He identifies them by their size and the way they walk. It's a bit disconcerting, though, when he steps up next to someone and says, "I almost didn't see you there." (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald)

· AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald

BOISE — After spending more than 17 years as an advocate for Idaho's disabled community, Fred Riggers remains a memorable face at the Idaho State Capitol. 

Riggers, who died in 2016 at 73 years old, fought many years for equal rights of people with disabilities. Now, almost three years later, he still leaves his mark on the community. 

"It's really nice to be able to remember him at this day for the special person that he still is," Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin said.

Dozens of people, agencies and the Consortium for Idahoans with Disabilities, or CID, gathered in the Capitol's first-floor rotunda on Tuesday to honor Riggers and all that he accomplished for people with disabilities, as well as present this year's Marilyn Sword Award.

McGeachin read an official proclamation signed by Gov. Brad Little certifying that Tuesday's Disability Awareness Day be recognized as "Fred Riggers Disability Awareness Day."  

"To say this is an honor is quite the understatement," said Lynda Riggers Wolters, Riggers's daughter.

Riggers Wolters spoke to a crowd of people about the lasting impact her father left on those who met him and the history of how he got involved in politics. 

FRED'S STORY 

Fred Riggers grew up farming in Nezperce, a small-community in North Idaho. 

"Life was good, it was easy and it was fun," Riggers Wolters said.

But when Fred was 56 years old his failing vision had led him to become legally blind. Fred couldn't farm or drive anymore, and he became angry and depressed, Riggers Wolters said.

His family eventually moved to Boise, where Fred took up classes to learn how to navigate with a cane and fill his coffee cup. 

"That wasn't enough for my dad," Riggers Wolters said. "He was restless and needed more than drinking coffee."

That restlessness and drive to educate, Riggers Wolters said, is what led Fred to the Capitol, where he spent most of his days at legislative hearings and debates, dressed in his farmer jeans, plaid shirts, suspenders and work boots.

"When he lost his sight, he became a great man," Riggers Wolters said. "Coming to the Capitol was a calling he didn't know that he had." 

Eventually, he began speaking to lawmakers on issues most important to him, which first included water rights and farming — topics he was familiar with. 

"This appealed to him, standing up in front of important people and speaking his mind," Riggers Wolters said. "He found out he was good at it — he had the right demeanor and attitude for those long, grueling hours of sitting and waiting his turn to be heard and then making his two minutes count." 

After several years, Fred traded his farmer jeans and boots for a dress shirt, bow tie and slacks. 

"Dad now looked the part," Riggers Wolters said. "He was dressed for success and took his opinions with him everywhere." 

If a person spent any time at the Legislature, they knew Fred. He greeted everyone he met with a smile, holding his white cane in one hand and sporting his dark glasses, according to Riggers Wolters. 

 

"I quickly learned from him that he was a very important person in this body. I knew he was one that was going to hold me accountable," said McGeachin, a former state representative. 

Fred graced the halls of the state Capitol for nearly 17 years, advocating and making a difference for disabled people in Idaho. 


"He would take his knowledge of the community of the disabled people and pass it along to the legislators, helping them better understand the need for health care and social services," Riggers Wolters said. 

Fred served as an advocate for the Library for the Blind as an appointee in Washington, D.C. 

"Fred Riggers was a somebody in his own way," Riggers Wolters said. "He spent countless hours over 17 years in these halls as a regular citizen, making friends and influencing people."  

At Tuesday's event, the CID also awarded Steve Graci, executive director of the Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, the 2019 Marilyn Sword Award. Graci for many years has served an advocate for human and civil rights. 

"Why I'm getting it is still a question mark in my mind, given this room full of people that all deserve it," Graci said. "To receive this honor was totally unexpected." 

Savannah Cardon is the Caldwell reporter for the Idaho Press. Follow her on Twitter, @savannahlcardon, or reach her at 208-465-8172.