Brennan Simkins was diagnosed with a rare subtype of leukemia on his 7th birthday. The next four years gave witness to one of the most improbable stories in the history of pediatric cancer. Unwilling to accept a hopelessly terminal diagnosis after his first relapse, his parents found the one research institution willing and capable of designing new treatment protocols and therapies to keep him alive until a cure could be identified. For the next four years, Brennan’s innocent gracefulness engendered an indefatigability of will that inspired his doctors and transformed the hearts of those in witness. This story is a chronicle of near tragedy, spiritual reconciliation and redemption, presented through the perspective of his father. It is a real life story of one little boy who loved life, his brothers and was unwilling to give up. But, it is also a story about how the fighting spirit of one boy changed the lives of others.
This story has turned the world of conventional pediatric cancer research treatment on its head. To this day, children are benefitting from its repercussions: new protocols and treatment options are available as a direct consequence of Brennan’s treatment; new pediatric cancer funding platforms have been established; revolutionary oncology data systems have been created; songwriters and world-class celebrities have been inspired; and all because of this story. From a readership perspective, this book will be specifically meaningful to the world of pediatric cancer; specifically, the significant role of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the story-line. The large number of blog readers provides a material foundation from which to launch this project. And, considering the millions of worldwide supporters of pediatric cancer research, the book engenders itself to an enormous base of potential readers who either are aware of, or will be interested in, this story. Despite the book’s emphasis on cancer, however, the improbability of this entire real-life drama provides the framework for a thrilling and emotional story that appeals to an abundantly diverse readership base.
About the Author
Turner Simkins began his writing career as a staff writer at the Augusta Herald prior to entering Washington and Lee University where he majored in Philosophy and minored in English. He claims that writing is the only inherent that has allowed him to earn a successful business and civic career. He lives in North Augusta, SC with his wife, Tara and three sons and is co-founder with the pressonfund.org, which seeks less toxic treatments and new curative options for pediatric cancer.