This weekend, I had the privilege of joining a group of local moms to celebrate the publication of a new book. Laurie Strongin’s ”Saving Henry: A Mother’s Journey” published at the beginning of March, and to mark this most momentous milestone, she has been on the road talking to groups of people and the media about Henry’s story. Sunday’s party was hosted by Lisa Belkin and Allison Fine at Lisa’s lovely home.
Who was Henry and why did he need saving, you may ask? Henry was Laurie’s son, who by all accounts was a charming, fun-loving little boy who had the misfortune to be born with a rare, almost always fatal disease called Fanconi anemia.
Let’s get this out-of-the-way right off the top….when you hear that a book has a child dying in it, your first instinct isn’t OH MAN, LET’S RUN OUT AND BUY THIS SO I CAN READ IT IMMEDIATELY!!! Yet after meeting Laurie and learning a little about Henry, it’s my number one read on my Kindle right now. Like Vick Forman’s “This Lovely Life“, it’s a story about a family facing every parent’s worst nightmare. But somehow, in talking about the lives that were lost, you as a reader you come out of the book hopeful and joyous.
Saving Henry tells of Laurie’s family’s efforts to find a cure for Henry, which unfortunately was not to be. But it’s more about how this life that was cut so short mattered greatly. There are tons of stories about how he was as a boy, and you can only imagine what kind of man he would have turned out to be. His life inspired the Hope for Henry foundation, that does so much good for children in need.
I was honored to be a part of this special event, and hope you will check out the following links to learn more about Laurie Strongin and her son Henry…dare I say that this story of a most amazing mother would make a perfect Mother’s Day gift?
Saving Henry book site - with links to buy the book