Best Book I Have Not Read

Writing, Reading, Teaching, Life, Attempting to Balance it All

Life’s Not Always Fair July 27, 2009

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My young friend Christopher’s cancer has returned. He spent fifth grade going through treatment. The cancer’s only been gone since April and now it’s back and it’s not the end of July. He looked so great-happy and healthy over the Fourth of July. Wilms’ spots in his lungs. Surgery this past week and an aggressive two year plan of chemotherapy for his sixth and seventh grade year.

My friend Christopher loves to read and to do Legos.

Christopher’s Wish is to go to England and meet his favorite author-Brian Jacques! I gave Christopher an autographed copy of Doomwyte , the newest Redwall book, while he was sick last year.  Brian Jacques was at Cover to Cover and I got so lucky when I decided to get a copy for Chris. To be able to give a voracious reader a new book they haven’t read, is really a gift to the giver! I’ve already started compiling a stack of books for Christopher that perhaps he hasn’t read-it lets me feel like I can do something to help him, when really I can’t.

Maybe you can help? If you can help Christopher’s wish come true, please donate to

Make a Wish Foundation

No amount is too small. Do you live in Central Ohio? How about participating in the Merill Lynch 5K Bull Run 2009 in the Arena district of Columbus, Ohio to support Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central Ohio. It’s on my calendar and will be good motivation to keep up the running I recently restarted after a year’s rest. My children are both game to do it and there is a walk/run for kids as well as a Fun Walk for adults.

I also think it would be amazing if Children’s authors and illustrators would donate autographed copies of their books (The publisher should really be the one to donate) to Children’s Hospitals that treat children with life-threatening diseases. I’m sure that Christopher is not alone in having a book-related wish!


2 Responses to “Life’s Not Always Fair”

  1. Joy Says:

    Thank you Kristine. Maybe I could join in the run. We will see where we are with treatments. Love 🙂 Joy Carlson

  2. Pat Kahn Says:

    Thanks Kristine. I’ve not yet published but have taken bags
    of other people’s books to the chemo infusion suite at Kaiser for a few years now. Could you post an address to which people can send a check?
    Many thanks.

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