“Loss is not the end. It’s merely an invitation to change.”

Filed under: About Cookies for Kids' Cancer,Inspire — admin @ 10:32 am October 4, 2012

Guest blogger and author of Those We Love Most, Lee Woodruff, reminds us that books can do good in the world. Throughout her book tour, Lee continues to spread Liam’s love throughout the country, inspiring individuals to support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. To learn more about Lee Woodruff, visit www.leewoodruff.com.

I’ve known Gretchen Holt Witt for almost 20 years.  And when her son Liam was diagnosed with cancer, all of us were connected in the spirit of battle.  While I was writing the book, “Those We Love Most,” Liam was valiantly battling through another relapse.  By the time the book was complete, he had lost his battle and Gretchen was busy keeping Liam’s legacy alive through Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. What started with Gretchen baking hundreds of thousands of cookies to raise the money to put a drug into production had become a national non-profit foundation, focused on giving children like Liam the hope they deserve. She continues to call upon us all to join in the fight against pediatric cancer by simply being a Good Cookie.

There is a quote I used in the book as a way to honor Liam, the Witts and all of us. “Loss is not the end.  It’s merely an invitation to change.”

I believe that books can do good things in the world.  We are all connected by the experience of loss and grief, and watching the Witt family was a reminder that human beings are resilient; that we are built to survive.  We may not ever get “over” a loss but we can get through it.  And when I saw what Liam’s legacy was, to help other kids through the magic of cookies, I realized that this book could also assist that mission. My third book is for Liam.  It is dedicated to him. And with that dedication comes a vision – to spread Liam’s love to every person I meet and to challenge them to be a part of this movement and to be Good Cookie. Join us today.  Together, let’s                                                       prove that children and books and love can truly change the world.

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