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Heads Up is an inspirational book of a boy's struggle through injury, recovery and learning to keep a positive attitude along the way
Heads Up is an inspirational book of a boy's struggle through injury, recovery and learning to keep a positive attitude along the way
Heads Up is an inspirational book of a boy's struggle through injury, recovery and learning to keep a positive attitude along the way
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1.7 million people a year sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and roughly a half million are children under the age of 14. My goal is to spread awareness to children and parents all over the world about the brain and fragility and how important it is to love our brains! This book is not only targeted to children suffering from concussions or TBI in general, but suffering from any illness. It provides the positive message of recovery by faith, hope and the support of family and friends. 

My immediate goal is to raise funding, print final copies of the book and encourage children’s hospitals across the United States to carry the story “Heads Up!”

MY VISION:

I want to share with children at a young age the importance of the fragility of their brain, and how to properly nourish and protect it. After my accident, I felt very confused and alone. People would look at me and think I was fine as you cannot see a traumatic brain injury. It's not like a broken arm, or a broken leg, so it's hard for people to comprehend the daily struggles of suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) such as concussions. Anyone can have love and compassion, but until you are experiencing and suffering from an illness, whatever it may be, you really don't know what a person is actually experiencing. I had friends and family to talk to, I even saw therapists, however it didn't matter what I was told, or how much I was loved. All I wanted was someone to talk to who understood what I was going through and experiencing. My long term goal is to spread awareness and try to be there for others. If they need someone to talk to, I would love to start a support group or link people together from wherever they may reside. I also want to do a book tour, meet with hospitals, local schools, libraries and spread love and awareness on the importance of loving our brain and protecting the brain from an early age. It is so important for kids to understand that the brain is fragile. Wearing a helmet is crucial as is not returning to activity until all symptoms subside. “Heads Up!”

ABOUT THE BOOK:

“Heads Up!” is an inspirational book of a boy’s struggle with injury, recovery, and learning to keep a positive attitude in the face of adversity. A boy’s unfortunate surfing accident is a heartfelt endeavor, which strengthen the lives of one family. Children will learn valuable lessons of responsibility, patience, respect, unconditional love, and to “follow your dreams” (one enchanting theme throughout the book). Parents will take pleasure reading along with their children ages 4+.

WHY I AM DOING THIS AND MY INTENDED GOALS:

 It has taken me four years to accept what happened to me, and accept that life happened and I got hurt doing what I loved. My book, HEADS UP, is the result of my experience. I wanted to share my journey, and more importantly teach young people about the significance and fragility of the brain, and how to properly nourish and protect it. I also want kids and adults alike to know whether they are battling a traumatic brain injury or concussion or even suffering from any other debilitating illness, that they have the power to choose to be hopeful and positive. Healing takes time. Rest is important for the brain or body to heal, and acceptance is a key ingredient to the healing process. It can be easy to start feeling sorry for ourselves and be negative about things when stuff in our lives isn’t going the way we want to. Life isn’t always perfect, and sometimes things happen that are out of our control.  It is so important for kids to be aware of how easy it is to receive a concussion and how destructive they can be to your brain. If children are more cautious in protecting their brains, they can avoid injury by at least wearing a helmet in any contact sport. Also, parents and kids should all know the proper protocol for how to respond to someone who experiences a concussion, and not have them return to activity until all symptoms reside. HEADS UP!

MEET THE TEAM BEHIND "HEADS UP!"

AUTHOR: Harley Rose Taich was born and raised in La Jolla, California. At age 4, Harley received her first pink surfboard, shaped by her father. She surfed competitively from age 8 until age 15. She was part of the USA surf team until her injury on August 21, 2011 when she suffered a TBI (traumatic brain injury) during a surf competition. This inspired her to write her first children’s book and educate others about concussions and the struggles with the recovery process. Harley is still passionate about the ocean and surfing, although she doesn’t compete today. Competition is her immediate goal. Harley is also passionate for cooking healthy food. Her mantra is: Never Give Up! 

ILLUSTRATORS:

Kelly Sinkeldam is Harley’s mother. Kelly’s artistic and creative talents began at a very young age. Kelly enjoyed the mother-daughter collaborative effort by creating Finn and Reef’s world and illustrating their story. Kelly understands first-hand the significant role injury has on all family members and understands the need of support from family, friends, and even pets. Kelly resides in La Jolla with her dog, Luna. Her mantra is: "To improve is to change often."

Karen Mehren received a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of California - San Diego and is excited and honored to work with Harley Rose and Kelly on this project. She lives in Lemon Grove, California with her husband, Matthew, and their three cats. She is passionate about animal welfare and likes to work on projects that help people, animals, and the environment. Her mantra is: "Believe in your purpose." http://www.karenmehren.com/

PRODUCTION PLAN:

 As soon as the campaign reaches its goal, we can give the go-ahead to our printer to produce copies of the book “Heads Up!” Our team has strategically planned out a marketing and distribution plan. Considering the printer’s production timeline and estimated shipping dates, we expect to receive the physical versions of “Heads Up!” in our hands in early December 2015 and have the books out before the holidays. The production plan is as follows: 

• Order books from the printer • Purchase shipping materials • Optimize the supply chain (according to the number of orders) • Design and manufacture stickers, t-shirts, bookmarks. • Quality assurance inspection • Full production • Shipping to our warehouse • Domestic and International shipping to our backers

 WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT: 

Please help us bring "Heads Up!" into the hands of children, parents, siblings, and loved ones!! Let me bring this story to life by supporting us with your pledge. The $10,000 we are seeking will help us fund the production process.

Me at the age of 4!
Me at the age of 4!

Risks and challenges

Risks and Challenges:
Yes, every project comes with risks and challenges; however, there really aren't any risks involved here. The goal is to raise awareness about Traumatic Brain Injuries, recovery, and positivity; so, reaching anyone with this campaign or my book’s message is succeeding in the goal. Financially, I have researched costs for printing and am aware of the costs for producing and distributing books. For this reason, I have teamed up with the best people who will help with marketing, distribution, production, and sales. With proper funding I can finally print the book, distribute it, and share it with parents and children!
When we work together in our world, our strength grows and grows like a tidal wave, and this wave has been the best wave of my career!

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    Thank you so much. :) Be part of the “Heads Up!” journey and receive backer only updates! You will also be listed on our FaceBook page, and on our website: www.headsup4kids.com on the donation page. I will also send you a personal thank you email!

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    Digital level! You will be the first to receive a PDF version of “Heads Up!” before anyone else. As well as a "Heads Up!" Thank you postcard!

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    Early Bird Special!! :)

    Signed softcover copy of “Heads Up!” with a personal handwritten note in the back, bookmark and sticker :) As a huge thank you, you will also receive a PDF copy of the book, and I will post a video thanking each person and posting it on www.headsup4kids.com and our FB page!

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    Tis the season~ time to give back with your help. :)

    Every child deserves a gift for the holidays. You have the chance to choose any children’s hospital or child who could use an inspirational book for the holidays. :)
    Now for you for being so generous, I will send you a signed hard copy of "Heads Up!" as well as a thank you postcard! I will also list your name with the hospital you choose on all our social media sites!

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    Free download of "Heads Up!" (Ebook or Kindle)
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    "Heads Up" holiday postcard designed by the illustrator will be mailed to you with a handwritten thank you note:)!! xx

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    Receive a ticket to my holiday party, and meet me and friends for a night to remember. Location to be determined...

    You will also receive two signed softcover copies of “Heads Up!”, as well as a little holiday gift from one of the illustrators: A custom drawing of the characters, holiday edition :) Bookmark and stickers included

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    OK BUT COFFEE FIRST! Join me for a cup of coffee at my local coffee roasters for an hour! I will personally give you a signed hard copy of “Heads Up!” as well as donate a signed copy of “Heads Up!” to any library, school, orphanage or hospital of your choosing.

    If you cant meet me for coffee, we can set up a Skype date instead for one hour!

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    Much love!! Thank you:)
    First 10 backers to choose this reward will receive a “Heads Up” T-shirt of their size, either for you, a child, grandchild, or your significant other, whoever it may be!
    3 signed softcover copies of “Heads Up!”
    PDF copy of the book
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    Hand written thank you post card!
    Holiday Coloring page of the characters

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    Mahalo xx
    4 signed softcover copies of “Heads Up!”
    2 signed hardcover copies of “Heads Up!”
    Bookmark, sticker, handwritten thank you post card
    Free download of Ebook or Kindle
    Send me a photo of your (child, grandchild, niece, nephew, godson) you name it! I will feature their photo of them holding a copy of “Heads Up!” on all “Heads Up!” social media: on our main page of www.headsup4kids.com, FB page, and instagram page!

    ~-Ticket to my "Heads Up!" holiday party with friends and family. Location to be determined. xx

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    LEARN TO SURF! (Ultimate surfer experience!!!)
    You and anyone of your choosing will receive a 2 hour surf lesson from Harley herself. Photos will be taken and you will get to keep them! I will post on all "Heads Up!" social media accounts.
    Looking forward to sharing waves and stoke with you!
    ~2 copies of the book for you and 2 for whoever you bring. :)
    - 2 "Heads Up!" T-shirts
    ~Ticket to my "Heads Up!" holiday party with friends and family. Location to be determined. xx

    YOUR NAME WILL BE LISTED ON THE FINAL PRINTED COPIES OF THE BOOK "HEADS UP!" UNDER OUR DONATION PAGE!

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    Muchos Muchos Gracias!!!
    ~10 signed "Heads Up!" softcover copies, signed by the author and illistrators
    ~2 "Heads Up!" T-shirts
    ~10 Bookmarks and stickers

    YOUR NAME WILL BE LISTED ON THE FINAL PRINTED COPIES OF THE BOOK "HEADS UP!" UNDER OUR DONATION PAGE!

    I will come and speak, share my story, and read "Heads Up!" to any school, hospital, library, or foundation of your choosing. (Only applies on the West Coast of California, unless you can pay for me to travel to the location your choose!) xx

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    WOW!! So blessed!
    Thank you so much!! Come spend the day with me as I give you a tour of La Jolla and take you to all my favorite spots.
    ~6 signed soft cover copies of “Heads Up!”
    ~2 hardcover copies of "Heads Up!"
    ~Choose 2 copies to be sent to any hospital, library, school, orphanage, or organization of your choosing!

    YOUR NAME WILL BE LISTED ON THE FINAL PRINTED COPIES OF THE BOOK "HEADS UP!" UNDER OUR DONATION PAGE!

    -Ticket to my "Heads Up!" holiday party with friends and family. Location to be determined. xx

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