(PRWEB) September 9, 2010
Deanna Soules is an Ontario-based writer – and, of course, a wonderful grandmother – whose grandchild Waverly was born with a rare genetic disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis. The disease, which affects one child in every 6,000 births, causes benign tumours to grow in the brain and within other vital internal organs, causing recurrent, dangerous seizures. At two years of age, Waverly underwent brain surgery to have the tumours removed and is currently at home, happy and healthy. Unfortunately, at this point, there is no known cure for Tuberous Sclerosis.
Every day with young Waverly is a gift, especially so for her Mom Angel and Dad Jamie, and especially so for Grandma Deanna, who has created a wonderful gift of her own, her first published book entitled Waverly and the Blue Dolphins. It's the story of a beautiful sunbeam who comes down from the mountain to live under the sea with a group of magical dolphins who possess healing powers. The sunbeam ultimately becomes a mermaid and swims with the dolphins every day. One day she is granted a wish – to be born into a human family and have a Mom and Dad and a family all her own. Both the dolphins and her new Mom and Dad call her Waverly.
Waverly and the Blue Dolphins is a beautifully illustrated book that comes straight from the heart of the author. It is a message of love and family bonds, a message of healing and support and, above all, a message of hope and the need to live and love each day to the fullest. The story itself is inspiring and creative, the kind of loving tale that a child would find very absorbing. Adults, especially those with children of their own, would read Waverly and the Blue Dolphins and thank the heavens for their own family's good health. And then, they'd want nothing more than to give their own kids a great big hug.
As author Soules says: "This story was written for Waverly, my granddaughter . . . She teaches us to believe in dreams, to keep faith and hope alive in everything we do, and never give up!"
Author Deanna Soules lives in Guelph in southern Ontario. She hopes to raise awareness and donations on behalf of Tuberous Sclerosis research. Part of the proceeds from Waverly and the Blue Dolphins will be donated to Tuberous Sclerosis Canada with the hope of funding a TS research clinic at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. As well, a travel fund will be available for parents with TS children who need to get medical care away from home.
More information on the disease can be found at http://www.tscanada.ca or by calling 1-800-347-0252.
Illustrator Dayna Shura is an artist living in Streetsville, Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto art and art history programs.
Waverly and the Blue Dolphins
by Deanna Soules
Illustrated by Dayna Shura