Friday, September 16, 2005

Cancer-Stricken Grandmother Leaves Children’s Book As Inheritance

IRVINE, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some grandmothers leave inheritances to their grandkids but Fran Creegan left a children’s book instead.

Creegan died last year from pancreatic cancer, just a few months after losing her own daughter to breast cancer, leaving behind an original children’s story called Bowregarde.

The story, about a little mouse who scares everyone because he has a big name, is an allegory for what kids with cancer go through.

When Creegan’s son-in-law, Harald Herrmann, found the manuscript, he was so touched that he vowed to get it published.

Now, Bowregarde (RFS Books) is finally finished and Herrmann is shipping 8,000 copies to cancer wards and children’s hospitals around the country.

But he isn’t stopping there. Besides donating all proceeds to charity, Herrmann is hiring new authors to write more Bowregarde books featuring the character as a hospital patient.

As he points out, “There’s a real need for children’s books that explain infusions and needle work.”

Bowregarde will officially be released on Sept. 28, two days before National Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins on Oct. 1.

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