On the night of February 10, Matthew Corn left his house for a short motorcycle ride. That was the last time his wife and three children saw him alive. On the morning of February 11, Matt’s body was found a quarter mile from home by friends of the family. That day knocked the breath out of the community, broke the hearts of his friends, and wounded the souls of his family.
Matt was not just a name to me; he was my husbands close friend, my friend. My husband is the god father to Matt’s daughter—who is only a year old. Matt has played with my daughter, chased her around my living room, and admired her toys with her. I knew him as someone that would drop everything to help someone and as a father that would do anything for his family. That dark Monday, the sky poured water over the grieving family, as if to weep along with them. It was such a painful, shocking thing to happen, and for most it seemed utterly unbelievable.
As I watched the family try to digest this horrible reality, I was struck by the need to do something, anything to help. The road ahead of them is going to be difficult and I wanted to help smooth it out. After talking with some of my friends, the idea of raising money was brought up. But how? After brainstorming, we decided to do an auction of signed books.
It is often in the darkest moments that people shine and I have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of my friends that have offered to help with this auction.
Over 30 authors have donated signed books and/or audio books. New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers, some of the most popular authors of today.
EL JamesTracey Garvis-Graves
The auction will run online from February 22 until March 15.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE CORN FAMILY
If you would like to browse the selections ahead of time, check out the website:
(Everything will be finalized and ready by Friday morning.)
If you would like to donate without going through the auction
process, here is the paypal button for the Corn Family Fund.