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'That's My Hope' Designed to Discuss Disability, Trauma, and Illness with Children

Monday, September 15, 2008 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 Early Light Press(http://www.earlylightpress.com) announces "That's My Hope," a book byco-authors Marlene Lee and Lil Ingram designed to foster understanding andcommunication among children and adults about disabilities, trauma, illness --and hope. Twelve children and 16 adults contributed artwork and sharedreal-life vignettes, including: the service and sacrifice of war, survivingHurricane Katrina, juvenile diabetes, amputation, cancer, stroke, polio,homelessness, premature birth, and more. Artists range in age from 5 to82-years-young, and hail from 10 states plus Canada, Ghana, and Mongolia.

"That's My Hope," suitable for 6-to-12-year olds, creates a uniquecivilian and military cross-cultural perspective. It blends the real-lifevignettes with the fictional story of a young girl and her father who suffersa traumatic injury and becomes an amputee as a result of his militarydeployment overseas. Father and daughter share a love of bike riding beforehis injury -- and again afterwards when adaptive bike riding is introduced.

Government statistics show more than 30,000 Veterans haveservice-connected disabilities from the timeframe of October 2001 throughFebruary 2008. From a broader view, 50 million Americans -- 18 percent of theoverall population -- have some form of a disability.

In the book's "Note to Parents and Professionals," Dr. Harold Kudler, DukeUniversity School of Medicine, offers practical suggestions for discussing thechallenges and changes families may experience as a result of traumatic injuryor illness. Professionals include those in the medical fields, behavioral andmental health, disability, education, rehabilitation, sports, and sportsmedicine.

The US Naval Institute (USNI) and Military Officers Association of America(MOAA) will debut "That's My Hope" at the Defense Forum Washington conferenceon wounded Veterans on Wednesday, September 17, in Washington, DC(http://www.usni.org/conferences). Lee, also the author of "The Hero in MyPocket," a book for families of deceased Veterans, will be USNI/MOAA's guest.

SALES INFORMATION: Sales begin immediately via the website:http://www.earlylightpress.com/. Sales begin September 30 via Target.com,Amazon.com, and Army Times Publishing. Additional retail venues will beannounced on the company website. A free audio version for the visuallyimpaired will be released in October. Lee's book "The Hero in My Pocket" isalso available for sale online.

"'The Hero in My Pocket' and 'That's My Hope' exude patriotism,sensitivity, heart -- and resilience -- exactly the qualities we at StillServing Veterans offer wounded Veterans and their families." -- Werner Baker,Executive Director, Still Serving Veterans

"Presented with a caring approach to a painful reality, 'That's My Hope'offers relief to our families." -- John Carney, Jr., Colonel USAF (Ret.),President/CEO, Special Operations Warrior Foundation

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information,visit http://www.ereleases.com.Book title: THAT'S MY HOPE ISBN: 978-0-9799179-1-2; 48 pgs; $15.95 CONTACT: Marlene Lee Early Light Press Telephone: (301) 523-1755 E-mail: info@earlylightpress.com Website: http://www.earlylightpress.com

SOURCE Early Light Press
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