By Carla Roberts
(KUTV) When she was 9-years-old, Lauren Uribe's father was diagnosed with cancer. The cancer was treatable, but he would need chemotherapy and radiation. Lauren and her mother went to the Huntsman Cancer Institute's library to help educate Lauren about her father's cancer fight. "We went to the library to check out books about it," said Lauren. "So everyone would feel more safe. We couldn't find any [books] about dads having cancer. Pretty much mom or grandma or grandpa."
Lauren's mom, Jodi, had an idea. "I finally said, 'why don't we write a book, you know, about this experience and this journey.'" Lauren went to work. Her mother helped her with the words; the pictures were all from Lauren's own eyes and brain. The title of the book: "My Father Has Cancer." After three months, the first draft was complete.
Adam, Lauren's father and inspiration for the book, says the whole process was therapeutic for the family as he underwent treatment for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. "I can tell she was freaked out about the situation so I think it was therapeutic for her to write about what she was feeling," he said.
It has been 2 years since her father was first diagnosed with cancer. Adam's cancer is in remission and Lauren's book has been published. Lauren's family hopes the book will one day land on the library book shelf.
Lauren's grandmother self-published the book. If you want to purchase a copy, visit: http://www.bettyjeansbooks.com
You can also visit the family’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/My-Dad-Has-Cancer/446929295385221?fref=ts
Lauren’s dad is involved with Team in Training. For more information, visit: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ut/bgcttnwd13/adamuribe
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