Spark of Hope #21 – Coloring through Cancer

Spark of Hope #21 -In September 2010, I spoke to the Birmingham Social Work Oncology Group at their luncheon. After sharing my passion for writing and my vision for advocating, I invited questions and answers. I was struck by the story one social worker shared with me. She talked about losing her son to cancer, and her disappointment that there were so few books for him. I tried to encourage her by saying that I’d seen books, and I believed writers were filling that void. She said, “not like yours–not through their eyes. Please consider doing one for kids too.”

The idea went on hold as I worked on other pressing projects. Then, I met 8-year old Sebastian who’s battling Leukemia, and whose mother had just battled breast cancer. Listening and talking with Sebastian reminded me of what I’d heard in Birmingham. I realized that the book was still missing. Next month, I’ll begin sharing a book for kids to color their way through cancer: dedicated to the boy who never had one and to Sebastian, the boy who opened my eyes to the void. Through a child’s eyes, Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!

My coloring buddy with his mom & dad

Hope is like a spark; if the conditions are right, it can spread like wildfire. Hope feeds the soul, ignites passion, and inspires others. Tucked inside each of us is a child-like spark that says: never forget to dream, play and imagine. HOPE is the extraordinary spark that says Huge Outcomes are Possible Everyday!

6 thoughts on “Spark of Hope #21 – Coloring through Cancer”

  1. Love, love, love this!! Even Jesus said we must be like children!!! Your books answer that and call out the children in all of us!!!! God bless you and your work and all those who are touched and help through your books, talks, and writiings!!! As you know…amazing things happen when we follow the Lord’s call!!!! Love you!!!

  2. Good evening and many blessings my friend. As always your spark notes are uplifting to the heart. I found your latest spark on coloring books for children with cancer as a welcomed therapy approach that you have similarly advocated for adults by writing. People need to touch their disease or better stated address their afflictions. Writing is therapy to the soul as reading is to the mind and perhaps coloring is therapy to a young tender heart of a child with cancer. Does that make sense?

    1. Art therapy has long been used as a tangible healing tool for children and adults. “Coloring” is another beautifully artistic way to work out inexplicable or tucked-away emotions…through a child’s eyes. Your insight makes perfect sense! 😉

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