SuperClara: A Young Girl's Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage by Robert Martin with Keira ElyPublished August 1, 2017 by DreamChaser Publishing LLC
Available for purchase on Amazon in e-book and hardcover formats
Meet Clara, a five-year-old girl that is super positive and super happy. If something disappoints, she smiles it away. If something is wrong, she does her best to fix it.
Clara learns that she has brain cancer. Her treatment requires surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Like any child, she first resists the need for radiation treatment and years of having to take medicine. She asks questions, her way of making sure that this is the best way to fix it. She reluctantly agrees, and although she is afraid, she maintains her positive attitude.
Following the radiation treatment, Clara discovers that she has special powers that allow her to connect with animals in extraordinary ways she can tell what they are feeling inside, understand what they are saying and they can understand her.
Clara's journey takes her to the dog park, where her dog Maggie is frightened by Fang the bully; the zoo where the sea lion Fuzzy is embarrassed to be seen; and the Cheetahs' den where Dash seems very angry about something. Clara quickly recognizes that, fear, embarrassment, and anger, are the same feelings she experienced with cancer and the cancer treatments. She responds to their plight with her winning attitude and special powers, helping them to overcome their negative feelings, making them happy once again.
All terminally ill victims need support from family and friends, as well as their own courage to remain positive and diligent. For children, it's even harder. The fear they have from not understanding anything that is happening to them only adds to their anxiety: "What is cancer? Why me? Did I do something wrong?"
SuperClara - A Young Girl's Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage, presents answers in a way that instills comfort to the child battling a terminal disease and at the same time provides a much-needed injection of courage.
SuperClara's story can also be an inspiration to anyone who is discouraged for any reason; it puts life's challenges and disappointments into perspective. It helps people of all age be more appreciative of their present circumstances.
The funds generated will be directed to the Bridge to a Cure Foundation. The mission of Bridge to a Cure is to provide funds to research life-sustaining-treatments for terminally ill victims. The expectation is that the research will not only consider current and prior clinical trials, but also drugs that are off patent, and many of the alternative treatments.
I received a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's Review- As a cancer survivor myself, I felt this book on a deep emotional level. While I have had to battle a few times, it was nothing as severe as this precious child went through.
It is super important to bring the disease to light and to share with young readers. It is a powerful book that can help other children going through this or even for a healthy child to understand better.