Hello, and thank you for helping to make young lives battling cancer a little easier.
YAY! We hit $12,000 and now get to print 1,000 books!
But let's not stop there!
Let's reach $15,000 and print 5,000 books!
Read on to learn more about our project. We hope you will join the growing number of AMAZING backers!
Fighting cancer is tough enough let alone the side effects of losing hair from chemotherapy. Hair loss, especially on our youngest, is significant and defining for both the child and parent. For the little cancer warrior in my life, Eva, I wanted to help ease the frustration and fear she and her mom faced with Eva's impending hair loss.
Hi, I'm Carole, and I wrote the story, The Legend of the Hair Fairies, where magical fairies embody the same strength, courage, and beauty that I see in Eva and the other young cancer patients I've met. In this uplifting story, hair is replaced with hope and is the step towards healing.
I'm so happy this story is helping Eva and her mom through this tough time. (Check out the short video at the bottom.)
And now it's my hope to have this story help other children, too!
We want to give these books to other kids battling cancer...for FREE!
In order to 'kick this project off' we decided to start with a Kickstarter campaign to fund the professional illustrations (see sample below). From there, we will use the illustrated book example to approach larger sponsors to fund printing of the books. And finally, we will distribute the free books to children's hospitals.
(I just had a 21-year- old boy tell me he wants to visit children's hospitals to read the books to kids. How cool is that?!)
We are so excited to give these books to young cancer patients for free.
And we can't do it without you!
So, to get this going, here's what Kickstarter funding will support:
$8,000 will go towards illustrations and design/layout. (No one other than the illustrator is being paid out of this $8,000.)
YAY! We hit our $8,000 goal! Now, we're on track for our second goal below!
$12,000 raised (if we go over our goal by $4,000!) will go towards printing the first 1,000 copies to give to kids. (Again, no one other than the illustrator is being paid from this money except for the illustrator who will be paid out of the original $8,000 raised.)
YAY! We just hit THIS goal too! We're so excited! And $850 has been sent to us in cash for so we're less than $2,000 from our next goal!
$15,000 raised total and we will have 5,000 books printed! We also want to start our Legend of the Hair Fairies Ambassador Program! With this program, instead of shipping the books to a hospital we will have kids up to young adults hand deliver the books for us and make sort of a 'party' out of it; getting to meet kids, read the books to them, and create friendships. (Once again, no one is getting paid other than the illustrator who will be paid out of the original $8,000 raised.)
Any amount over $15,000 raised will go towards printing more books, project development, website design, getting a Spanish version printed, and marketing and outreach to additional collaborating hospitals to give the books to their cancer patients.
I hope you see this as an opportunity, not an obligation, to make a child's life fighting cancer a little easier.
How can you help?
* Share this project with your friends! YAY! (We love hearing people are thanking those who share for letting them be a part of this project.)
* And, if you can, make a financial contribution to the project. Any amount is greatly appreciated because together, we can all be a part of something fabulous!
Here are a few inserts from the story:
Each night Magdalena and Thistle visited sweet Everly and Pearson and whispered, "Be well little one. For every hair that falls I will turn the empty space into hope."
Other fairies shared their magic as well. Clarisse turned some strands into Courage, to help them in their battle; Liam turned some into Logic, to help them understand. Sebastian insisted on a few Smiles to make the bad days better, and Fiona said Faith makes the hope even stronger. Together they made a head full of courage, logic, smiles, faith and hope. They were the most magnificent heads of 'hair' any of them had ever seen.
Soon Pearson could feel new hair growing in and slowly Everly's big girl hair started growing longer and longer.
And they were well.
But the best part of the story? Everly and Pearson will always have radiant heads full of courage, logic, smiles, faith and hope. Because, well...that's what the magic is really for.
Read this quick, true story that happened just the other day.
Eva now gets to go out of the house a bit since her lab counts are high enough to be around other people. I took her to a local coffee shop to get a cupcake. She waved at Ritchie, the man behind the counter we'd met the prior week .
Eva: "Ritchie...did the hair fairy visit you?"
Ritchie is completely bald, perhaps a fashion statement, perhaps being a chef, but nonetheless: bald.
Ritchie: Not batting an eye, "Yes! She did visit me."
Eva: Whipping off her hoodie with both hands, "Me Too!"
Ritchie knelt down next to her.
Eva: "I am waiting a long time for my big girl hair to grow in."
Ritchie: "It takes a long time." Eva raises her hand toward his head. "Would you like to feel my head?" He bows his head down to her hand.
Eva: "Yes," and she gently rubs his head and then her own and beams. "We are the same!"
Ritchie: "We ARE the same!"
Eva: "The tooth fairy will visit me next." She points to her teeth.
Ritchie: "That's true, but now the hair fairy is doing her work!" He is still kneeling and Eva feels his head again.
They wave and say bye to each other.
(Pass the tissues.)
We knew our story would be for kids with cancer. We knew our story would be for parents fighting cancer who have small children needing to have something to believe in and find hope. And now, after this conversation between Ritchie and Eva, we know this story is also for the rest of us. Imagine how great it will be if more people know about The Legend of the Hair Fairies and the actual fairies themselves so that the next time anyone sees a young brave warrior, they will also have the words and confidence to compliment them on their beautiful, radiant bald heads visited by the hair fairies.
Who are we to help make this happen on our end?
I am Carole, a Certified Teacher and a writer. I left teaching to take care of Eva, one of my students, when she was diagnosed with Leukemia. I plan to go back to preschool teaching full time after Eva is back to full health.
My sister, Erika, is my Project Manager and Fundraiser. She will use her experience, skill and success in securing sponsors to help fund printing and distribution of the books to hospitals.
Diane, my good friend and Web-Designer, is a tremendous help, supporter, and confidant with this project and is the one who opened my eyes after she sadly lost her sister to breast cancer. This book, Diane told me, will also help people like her sister who could have used the book to read to the young people in her life as she went through treatment.
Manny will be our amazing, and already published Illustrator. I love his work!
Makenna is the Editor and Concept Manager for our project.
And, Wes, my good friend and one of Eva's favorite people on earth; a passionate, kind soul, composed and provided the beautiful music behind our Kickstarter video.
Look at our most recent funder!
This little boy heard about our project and emptied his piggy bank! Wow! This is all so amazing!
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Thank you for your support and sharing this project!
Let's do this together! What an amazing opportunity!
Risks and challenges
There will be very few risks with this project since it is dependent on a small group of us working passionately to make it happen. Challenges are just finalizing illustrations and design of the book. We are also working with a professional publishing company so are not anticipating any printing issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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