No child ever wants to take yucky medicine or talk about a serious
illness, so how do you explain this in terms they can relate to? You
bring in the Blood Ninjas! Erec Weber did just this in his book Bryce
and the Blood Ninjas. A book written to share how he explained
Bryce's diagnoses to him and to help others in similar situations
explain a complex disease in terms their child and siblings can relate
to. Adding in delightful and humorous illustrations by Alvin Harvey
II also gives a little uplift to a serious topic. Buy the book today.... A
portion of proceeds goes to help our families!
--Keaton Raphael Memorial, Roseville, CA
Wonderful wonderful wonderful book!!! I loved it.... I will pass this on
to our child life folks. Just lovely.
-- Raymond Barfield MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy;
Director, Pediatric Quality of Life Program, and Theology,
Medicine, and Culture
Duke University, Durham, NC
Bryce and the Blood Ninjas was the brainchild of a
father in uncharted territory, trying to process my
son's recent diagnosis with Acute Lymphoblastic
Bryce was only 4 at the time, and we were facing a -
best case - three year treatment plan with IV chemo,
regular spinal taps, surgical implantation of an access
port into his chest, and a lot of pills to swallow every
single night. I wanted to explain that to him in a way
that would convey the gravity of the situation but not
erode his fun-loving, up-for-anything, joie de vivre!
I made this story up in the hospital and, after we got
settled into our new routine and adjusted to the
circumstances, I decided this story could be a real
inspiration to other families, whether or not they were
facing a similar situation.
So began my foray into the wild world of publishing. I
sought out an old friend for the illustrations. Alvin
Harvey II and I met in 1991 at Berkeley High School.
He was always drawing, and I knew this project would
be more fun and meaningful if a real friend worked
with me rather than an artist for hire. This was a
complicated decision however as Alvin suffers from a
degenerative neurological condition that made his
work, while technically brilliant (in my estimation) a
lot slower than others may have been. He even, at one
point tried to convince me to find someone else for the
project because he felt bad at how much time he was
taking. I couldn't be happier that I didn't take him up
on that offer! We had an awesome shared vision, and
we are both so proud of the result!
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