Now a day’s it seems impossible to not be connected in some way to a family member or friend who has been touched by the diagnosis of a life threatening disease, a disability or some other unexpected physical or mental ailment. My own family has been struck with such circumstances and it has made us completely aware of the need for emotional and financial support.
My daughter was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. While immediate corrective surgeries were completed as an infant and toddler, she struggled for years with the emotional impact of this birth defect. Through the love and care of family, friends, and professionals she continues to evolve to a healthier place. We have also come to know providers who strive tirelessly to help those who do not have the financial means even for the initial surgeries. There are many wonderful organizations such as Doctors without Borders, Smile Train and others who provide crucial medical care. Thus, a percent of all proceeds from my books go to charities to help with craniofacial birth defects.
My characters, Evan and Bella, have purposefully been created with non-symmetrical features to reflect and celebrate the fact that we are each born wonderfully different.