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Gary's Wish List is an account of a seventeen-year-old gutsy teenager's fight with leukemia and a bone marrow transplant.His "Wish List" was written while hospitalized in a sealed protective environment waiting for his immune system to recover. Gary's wish list, his journal, letters written to a favorite nurse and hospital staff, a camping story penned in that same protected environment, and Gary's mother's journal are used in the telling of this compelling story. Gary's basic wishes,his fears, faith, and fortitude influence every aspect of this account of a family in crisis and how they survived. It is written to aid other people in similar situations.
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Mary Louise Selph survived a family crisis and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood after the death of her seventeen year old son Gary. She taught first grade for eleven years and when an accident placed her foot in a cast, she retired from teaching and wrote about her son's battle with leukemia and a bone marrow transplant. Mary Louise teaches fifth grade Sunday School at First United Methodist Church in her hometown; she has conducted Laboratory Training Schools for the Florida United Methodist Conference throughout the southeastern part of the United States. In her spare time she tutors two days a week, kindergarten and first grade children who are labeled "at risk and she serves on the executive board of The Sunshine Council of Campfire Boys and Girls. She enjoys reading, writing poetry, playing bridge and rearranging furniture. Mary Louise and her husband Leroy live in Lakeland, Florida and enjoy spending time with their son and daughter, Judge Steven Selph and Charleen Selph Smith, their spouses and five grandchildren.Review:
Gary's Wish List is a must read. It is witty, poignant, and sweet and I could not put it down. Mary Louise Selph has captured her son's legacy to us in the telling of his story through his Wish List. -- Janice Davies-Petrick, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay
No death is easy, and that of one's child may be the hardest. But Gary's Wish List is a heart-warming testimony that where faith, hope and love abide, peace may be found even in the darkest valley. Parents and care-givers should not miss this inspiring story. -- The Rev. Dr. Robert P. Tucker, Minister, Lake Region Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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Book Description Genie Pub, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1889137111
Book Description Genie Pub, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1889137111