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English/Spanish picture book series for children and families affected by cancer.
English/Spanish picture book for children and families affected by cancer.
English/Spanish picture book for children and families affected by cancer.
171 backers pledged $12,171 to help bring this project to life.

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All 4 stretch goals achieved!!

The amazing support from all of our backers has made it possible to print the first book in our series and achieve ALL of our stretch goals! ¡Muchas, muchas gracias!

Your support is directly helping us to afford the research and production of the following books in the series and to give back:

On Oct 6th at 8:34am we crossed the barrier for our ultimate goal of  $12,000, allowing us to donate 110 books to Latinas Contra Cancer and making them available for free to families in need.

This has been the most exhilarating 30 days in my life yet, the making of dream come true, and YOU my backers have made it all possible.

Thank you, un millón de gracias! from the bottom of my heart.

- Alan

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How did this project start?

For many years I have had this dream of using my illustration skills to tell a story that would bring something positive into the world

A couple years ago, I was catching up with my dear friend Ysabel Duron who is a cancer survivor and who runs the non-profit agency Latinas Contra Cancer.
She shared with me how in the topic of childhood cancer there are only a few children's books that have been translated into Spanish.

Together, we envisioned a bilingual children's book that could: 

  • Help Latino families find strength and hope when one of their loved ones has been diagnosed with the disease. 
  • Help children process the emotions and the changes that the disease brings into their lives. 
  • Share what resources and education materials have been found to be the most helpful.

This way, our project was born and we began the research: I had the life-changing experience of interviewing a group of Spanish speaking families with children that were undergoing treatment.
These families embraced me as one of their own, they guided me to interview their doctors, nurses, social workers and child life specialists.

After 9 months of hard work the manuscript was complete, and it was now time to develop the illustrations. So I started taking classes and interviewing professionals in the industry with the goal of creating beautiful character and scenarios that would make justice to the profound testimonials from all these families and medical professionals.

What is the current status?

As of today, I have all the illustrations in pencil and am in the final stages of coloring them. And with your help we will make Benito, You Can Do It! a full color, 80 page (40 in English and 40 in Spanish) children's book that will bring strength and hope to families in need.

If you'd like to see at the latest colored pages, visit  https://www.facebook.com/benitosisepuede

Here on kickstarter have 30 days and we need to raise at least $8,800 to pay for the cost of print. Any amount you can give, really helps, and for each amount you give, you get a different reward.

The rewards are cumulative so the more you give, the more you get. And if you'd like to be listed as one of our official sponsors, or know someone with a business that would like to appear as a sponsor, we have some great opportunities in the electronic, and printed versions of the book.

What are the levels of sponsorship in the print book?

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ENGLISH BRONZE SPONSOR - Limited to 28 spots!

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PATROCINADOR BRONCE - Limited to 28 spots!

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ENGLISH SILVER SPONSOR - Limited to 28 spots!

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PATROCINADOR PLATA - Limited to 28 spots!

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ENGLISH GOLD SPONSOR - Limited to 1 spot!

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PATROCINADOR ORO - Limited to 1 spot!

When will the book be ready?

Our goal is to have ready to ship on early November 2013.

This is the first book in a series

With the topic of childhood cancer being so broad we have decided to make this the first in a book series. Our goal is to have only one fundraiser but one that hopefully goes beyond the goal, which will help us make the series self sustained for the research and printing of the following books.

The first books in this series will be:

  • Book 1 - Focuses on helping the child and his/her family process the impact of the diagnosis, while giving them an idea of what the disease is and the medical team that will be helping them. 
  • Book 2 - Will focus on explaining the different types of treatment and life at the hospital. 
  • Book 3 - Will help the siblings process the feelings of being left behind by the parents. 
  • Book 4 - Will give tools to children when they have to go back to school but have no hair due to chemo / radiation.

One of things that helps children to be less afraid about what they are facing, is when their parents keep an open communication with them. 

Help us provide these families with a series of books that can give them the tools to talk clearly about the disease and to bring them hope when they need it the most.

Thank you for looking at our project and thanks in advance helping us make Benito, You Can Do It! a reality.

Risks and challenges

With the research, writing and pencil illustrations all complete, the only potential obstacles are delays in the completion of the remaining pieces to be colored and delays in the printing process.

We feel confident in our progress since we are steadily producing at least 2 colored pieces per week (as shown in our facebook page) and have received color proofs from the printer to minimize corrections in the printing process.

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