Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Children's Alopecia Project: Collaborating for a great cause

I recently had the opportunity to appear at the Children's Alopecia Project's 'Spring Spectacular', which was held just outside Reading, Pennsylvania. This annual signature event celebrates all that CAP is and what it will continue to be. 

Ten strong years

I've been connected to this sharp non-profit group for approximately three years. My tie to CAP is linked through the founder and director, Jeff Woytovich, who was a high school classmate. He and his wife (Betsy) created CAP ten years ago in order to help children and their families deal with a disease that can be devastating. They know, because their daughter Madison developed it when she was in kindergarten.  

The work that CAP has, is and will continue to do spread around the world since the non-profit's inception. The efforts of so many positive people can never be measured by my typed words within this digital dimension, or by the story I wrote about Maddie's life. 

A great cause

Signing books for readers at this event, as well as at other CAP-related affairs that I've been pleased to take part in, isn't work. It's a pleasure because I know my own modest efforts are helping a great cause. 

(Photo via Danielle Reardon Reardon Creative at the 'Spring Spectacular' - sponsored by the .)


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My illustrated children's book: Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile officially became a Top 10 Amazon best-seller as of January 29, 2014. 

Since December (2013) Maddie has appeared within Amazon's Top 50, 40, 30, 20, and 10 illustrated children's books. 

The ongoing public response to this real-life story continues to be deeply humbling for everyone who was involved in creating this illustrated children's book.

Children's Alopecia Project

50% of all proceeds from the sale of our book (in both print and ebook forms) are being donated to the Children's Alopecia Project (CAP).

What a ride

This incredible and unexpected ride began in the spring of 2011. By August 2013, the book was published by the Children's Alopecia Project in print form. We have been very pleased with sales of that edition. Use, or share, this link --->>Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile to purchase the printed book directly from CAP.

I published a special ebook edition within weeks of the print book release. After starting in the tens of thousands (in terms of Amazon's children's book rankings), Maddie broke into the Top 50 just prior to Christmas. It climbed through the 30s and settled in the upper 20s before breaking into the Top 10.  

Use, or share, this link --->>Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile to see a 'free-view' of the special ebook edition. 

I've included extra bonus features in this version that provide background information, extra photos, and illustrations. Each item helps to tell the complete story of this book's birth. 

Here's a link to this great (print and online) article that the Reading Eagle recently published about our story Maddie: Teaching Tolerance with a Smile: Book chronicles Wyomissing teen's journey since being diagnosed with alopecia


Thank you to Stacey Stauffer (Fox 29 Philadelphia). She interviewed Madison Woytovich, her parents (Jeff and Betsy Woytovich) and me about the latest chapter in this inspiring story. Here's a video link to Stacey's wonderful feature. 


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