In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
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Quotes from Cancer Surviviors
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children

"The words and images are straight-forward and strong. The garden is an image that often came to my mind when imagining cancer. It's right on!"

- L.F.
Cancer Survivor

"The pictures were soft and beautiful. I liked the ones where she has a scarf on her head. My grandson picked it out right away because he had a friend whose mom had a scarf like that. It was a good picture for me to explain that sometimes that's how women deal with cancer when losing their hair. They buy a scarf or wig and some women choose not to wear anything at all."

- Colette Mawhinney
Breast Cancer Survivor

 
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
About the Author and Artist
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children  
Neyal J. Ammary, MPH, MCHES
Neyal was first introduced to cancer as a young child when one of her best friend's mothers passed away from the disease. Being so young, she didn't really know what cancer was. As she got older, she became more aware of how many people's lives are affected by cancer each day, including young people who have a parent or loved one with cancer and those who are diagnosed themselves.

She wrote this book during her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, where she evaluated the book with breast cancer survivors and children from a variety of ethnic backgrounds as part of her thesis work. She earned a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in 2003 and is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). Neyal is currently working in Washington D.C. on a variety of public health issues.

Christopher Risch
Chris has been an art director, designer, and illustrator for over 10 years, and founded Canyon Beach Visual Communications in spring of 2001. Prior to Canyon Beach, Chris worked for several interactive design agencies in the Washington D.C. and Philadelphia metro areas, contributing to over 150 websites and interactive media projects. In addition to digital work, Chris is also an accomplished print designer and illustrator, with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small local businesses and organizations.

Some of his creative influences include various artists from the renaissance period to Norman Rockwell to cartoonists such as Bill Waterson (Calvin & Hobbes) and Gary Larson (The Far Side).

Working with Neyal, Chris created the illustrations for In Mommy's Garden to be as universal and simple as possible, so parents and educators, from all races and backgrounds, can ease the fears and help bring a simple and straight-forward understanding of cancer to young children.

Chris was 12 when his grandmother died of stomach cancer, and later other close relatives, including his grandfather and aunt also battled the disease but survived. So Chris has seen the effects cancer can have on family and friends, and is happy to be able to help make the experience a less scary one for others of all ages.

 

In Mommy's Garden - A Book to Help Explain Cancer to Young Children
 

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