Book For Hope®, Inc.
The idea for Book for Hope®, Inc. came from the book, “It’s Christmas Again”, written by Gaylon Hayden, a cancer survivor. Gaylon wanted to give back to the ones that gave her so much inspiration throughout her surgeries and treatments. Children suffering from cancer and their families stayed on Gaylon’s mind. Every day Gaylon would think, there is a child out there undergoing this awful disease, too and instantly her mind would go to the children at St. Jude Children’s Research hospital who quickly became her heroes.
Gaylon Hayden was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve at 4:10 p.m., 2007, at the age of 51. Gaylon named her book It’s Christmas Again because she has been able to continue to live and celebrate Christmas again and again with her family. Every year it is a milestone. In the year 2014, Gaylon decided to write the book and give all proceeds to families with children diagnosed with cancer.
Gaylon’s dream is to give hope to families and assure them that cancer is not always a death sentence. There is life after cancer.
Gaylon was able to go on an unforgettable VIP tour of St. Jude Children’s Research hospital. Everything about the hospital has a story, from the statue of St. Jude at the entry way to the outside garden, where Danny Thomas and his wife are buried. There is a school in the basement with 8 certified school teachers. They have a music and art teacher, too. They have a prom once a year for the teens. They are typical kids, just very sick. The teen area is decorated like the movie, “Fault in our Stars.” The hospital also has its own pharmacy where they research experimental treatments for the children.
Book for Hope® was able to stock the library shelves with the book It’s Christmas Again at St. Jude Children’s Research hospital in Memphis, TN. In addition, Book for Hope® hosted a childhood cancer walk in September, 2016 and was able to make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research hospital in the amount of $8,821.58.
Book For Hope® has been successful and is now branching out to help other children’s hospitals.
Three of our board members had the opportunity to tour Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on March 27th, 2017. We toured with an amazing pediatric oncologist, Debra Friedman, M.D., Director of the Dvision of Pediatriac Hematology and Oncology. Friedman is currently the E Bronson Ingram Chair in Pediatric Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics. She also leads the Vanderbilt- Ingram Cancer Center Cancer’s Prevention and Control Program and serves as Medical Director of the REACH (Research, Education, Clinical CareHealth Promotion) for Survivorship Program. Our overall experience was educational. In addition, we loved the family atmosphere they have created in this great hospital.
Close your eyes for one moment, and imagine that this was your child, what would you want people to do? The good news is, you can help give the gift of hope. Would you please help us spread our message and put hope back into the lives of families all over. Until cancer is read in text books like bubonic plague today, we all have a part to play. Do your part in helping wipe Childhood Cancer off the face of the earth! By purchasing a book, or using our donation tab, you can do your part in helping Book for Hope® take a step further in the fight against Childhood Cancer.
Book for Hope, Inc. is organized and will be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or its successor provisions.