Nice Nod for the Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation

In addition to being a great publisher, a valuable resource, and a fantastic mentor, my publisher Dusty Sang at Stay Thirsty Press is also a decent guy (hard to say, sometimes, in this business).

His son, Ryan, suffered from Bipolar Disorder and eventually overdosed after going off his medication. Dusty has dedicated Stay Thirsty to Ryan because, despite his illness, Ryan was always hungry for life, for new adventures, and bigger challenges. That’s what Dusty looks for in his authors, thus the name “Stay Thirsty.”

Dusty also spends a considerable amount of time on the foundation he named after his son. The group got a nice nod, recently, from People magazine and an interview with Mariel Hemingway, whose own family has a history with depression.

RibbonBiPolarVery few people who have bipolar are diagnosed early on. It can take years. The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation funds research to find a biological test to determine whether someone is bipolar. An early diagnosis can save years of pain. When a mood disorder is misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all, you may think you have a horribly rebellious child, but they are often suffering. They may also try to self-medicate. If you can figure out what someone is suffering from early on, it would help so many families. Then you can figure out the right medication and a healthy lifestyle and hopefully save a life.

In the interview, Hemingway is wearing the foundation’s Bipolar Awareness pin.

Good job, Dusty.

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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