PLATTSBURGH - Cancer is something M. Dylan Raskin takes very seriously. The disease claimed the life of his mother six years ago, leading him on a mission to eradicate it ever since.
The critically-acclaimed author of "Little New York Bastard" and "Bandanas and October Supplies," is using his star power to draw people in to help others suffering from cancer. Raskin will be signing copies of his books at the Koffee Kat on Margaret Street Saturday, Sept. 18. The signing will double as an event to raise money for Adirondack Medical Center's Countess Alicia Spaulding Paolozzi Breast Imaging Center in Saranac Lake.
"I'm pretty excited about it. I hope we're able to get a good chunk of change to give to these people," said Raskin.
Raskin lost his mother to ovarian cancer in September 2004. The book signing comes at a time of year that has special meaning to him, and as the nation prepares to celebrate October as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
"Every year at this time I think of ways I can slap back at that disease," said Raskin.
However, following the loss of his mother, Raskin didn't even want to hear the word cancer.
"For a good amount of time, I didn't want to get involved with anything that had to do with cancer. I wanted to get as far away from it as possible," Raskin admitted. "It's six years later and it's now getting a little easier for me to deal with it."
Raskin moved to the North Country from Queens when his mother became ill and stayed following her passing. He became so enchanted with the beauty of the area, the slower pace of upstate and the people who live here, he bought a home in Jay, where he spends half of his time and the other half in Plattsburgh.