Lacey Lafferty Shares Story of Her Daughter Born with a Life-Threatening Heart Problem

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New picture book serves to inspire children and parents going through medical issues to persevere through life’s road blocks and obstacles.

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Lacey Lynn is an average little girl who has been very physically active throughout her life. She has always been able to skip, jump, or run. She always feels good about herself; but little did she know that there was already a problem with her heart.

The Life of Lacey Lynn – My Beating Heart, Volume 1 (Vol.1), written by author Lacey Lafferty and illustrated by Brian Allen, is a colorful children’s book dedicated to her daughter Lacey Lynn who was born with a life-threatening heart problem. She has a hole in the heart and her mom didn’t tell her about it. Her doctor thought that she might outgrow it somehow.

Years have gone by and her check-up seems to be okay, only to find out later that somehow, her heart problems needs to be corrected and she still needs to undergo an open heart surgery to be performed by Dr. Spray at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). How will Lacey respond to her surgery? Will she be able to skip, jump, run and do her physical activities all over again?

The Life of Lacey Lynn – My Beating Heart, Volume 1 (Vol.1) serves to inspire children and parents going through medical issues to persevere through life’s road blocks and obstacles, blazing a path towards their happiness.

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About the Author
Lacey Lafferty was born and raised in Lewes, Delaware. She now resides in Laurel, Delaware with her eight year daughter Lacey Lynn Lafferty. She retired from the Delaware State Police in 2008, where she spent her entire career on patrol, gaining the knowledge, experience and wisdom that would lead her into an effective career as a problem solver throughout her community and receiving the Delaware State Police Excellence Performance Award presented by Delaware’s Governor Ruth Ann Minner in 2007. After retirement, Lacey began writing books such as Delaware Horse Racing published by Arcadia Publishing and Messages from a Mother published by Authorhouse Publishing.

About the Illustrator
Brian Allen is a freelance illustrator working out of his studio in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He draws inspiration and support from his lovely wife Lesha, and his two children and apprentices, Michael and Isabella. To view more of Brian’s works, please visit his online portfolio:

The Life of Lacey Lynn * by Lacey Lafferty
My Beating Heart
Publication Date: June 3, 2013
Picture Book; $21.99; 36 pages; 978-1-4836-4872-9
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 36 pages; 978-1-4836-4873-6
Ebook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-4874-3

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