Northville, MI. March 8, 2012 – When a family member is diagnosed with cancer or other life threatening illness it not only impacts the individual but the entire family unit, friends and the community – especially when the family member with the illness is a child or teen. The story of one such family is contained in the pages of the award winning book When One Door Closes by Susie and Bill Graham with H. Thomas Saylor.
When teenager Alex Graham was undergoing lung surgery, The Ronald McDonald House made it possible for her parents to stay close to their daughter by providing accommodations in a safe, clean and supportive environment. Because The Ronald McDonald House is not only a place to stay but one where families can share and learn, copies of When One Door Closes have been added to the libraries of Ronald McDonald Houses across North America. The positive feedback regarding Alex’s remarkable wish and the Graham family’s inspiring story has been phenomenal and appreciated.
Alex would have been 30 this year. Her inspirational story is told in the book When One Door Closes. Like Alex, some of the children in her video lost their health battles, but their courage, grace and message will always be with us. Some in the video like Amanda who says, “No more pokes,” is now 15 years old and a talented artist. Judy is now married, and Ethan is a college student!
Saturday night, all's right
Cowboy out, girl in sight
Tight jeans, T-shirt
Brunette, big flirt
Turning heads, what a doll
Smiling back, I'm standing tall
That chiquita has it all
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"H. Thomas Saylor will be your Cyrano in his book of love verses, I Need You To Know," writes veteran Observer and Eccentric editor, Hugh Gallagher. Hugh goes on to describe Saylor's work, saying "examples highlight Saylor's principal themes on the different kinds of love, commitment, friendship, and the physical aspects of a relationship."