Someone (Hi, Deb!) told me about the Facebook page Kourageous Kids Storybooks the other day. It is a community page started by Danielle and Matthew Drake, and it all began when a friend of theirs found out that her son had to have surgery. Danielle and Matthew both had been writing for a long time, and wanted to do something for the little boy, so they wrote him his own story. It was an one-of-a-kind story that featured him as the hero. His mom said that her son loved science and horror. After thinking about that for a bit, Danielle and Matthew wrote him a story about zombies – people were becoming zombies due to the lack of malic acid and that apple juice was the cure. So, armed with a squirt gun, and with his younger cousin and a helpful police officer, he saved the world in his short story.
This idea gave away to another – they could write stories for other children, especially children who are fighting cancer or another illness, so they are can be the heroes of their own story and feel strong enough to fight in real life. The stories will be sent to the child for the parents to read to him or her or for the child to read, if he or she can read. Pictures the parents provide will be made into illustrations, so that the child is even pictured as the hero.
When Danielle and Matthew get ten or more stories, they will publish an anthology, and they will be available for purchase. Proceeds made from the anthology sales will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer and the National Children’s Cancer Society. This service is FREE to families, and they are taking names now.
They are also looking for people to donate stories and other services for their cause. I have volunteered to write for them. I think it would be worth it if I can bring just one smile to a child who is suffering from cancer or something else equally as bad. And in communicating with Danielle, she has made it clear that they don’t want to leave the siblings out, so they’ll be getting a story as well.
They need “likes” on Facebook, so please help get the word out. Parents can submit their child or children for stories. There is a email link on their welcome page or just use KourageousKidsStorybooks@gmail.com from your own email server.