Wish Granted for Teen with Brain Cancer
WISH GRANTED FOR TEEN WITH BRAIN CANCER
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Visits Fan During Chemotherapy Treatments
Author Simone Elkeles always loves spending time with her fans, but the visit Simone will be making on June 7 will be especially important. She will be keeping one of her biggest fans company during her chemotherapy treatment. In November 2011, seventeen-year-old Amber Moosvi was diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
In April of this year, Amber contacted Elkeles on Facebook to share with her the news that she had brain cancer, but that she was trying to do her best and hoped to meet Simone someday. Within just a few days, Elkeles was sitting in a hospital room with Amber during her chemotherapy session. Her mother, Dorothy Hillbrant, said it was the first time since Amber had been receiving chemotherapy that her daughter wasn’t sleeping or vomiting. In fact, Amber was smiling and excited the entire time because Simone was there with her.
Elkeles will be attending Amber’s chemo session again on June 7, but this time she won’t be alone. She is flying in two of the actors from her extraordinarily popular book trailers, world-renowned model Alexander F. Rodriguez (who also plays Katy Perry’s groom in her Hot N Cold video) and actor Giancarlo Vidrio.
That night, starting at 6:30 PM, a benefit concert will be held at the Des Plaines Theatre in Des Plaines, IL to raise money for Amber and her family. Simone, along with Rodriguez and Vidrio, will be signing and giving away free Perfect Chemistry posters as well as selling her books at half price with ALL proceeds going to Amber and her family. With Amber’s home currently in foreclosure, the proceeds from this benefit are much needed. http://bit.ly/KwPYB3
Generosity such as this is not new to Elkeles. She has visited various juvenile detention centers around the country, including the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice Coastal Evaluation Center where she not only waived her speaking fee but also personally bought and donated over 100 books, one for each incarcerated teen. Her books are a known favorite in juvenile detention centers across the US, according to Amy Cheney, Write 2 Read Librarian and respected contributor to School Library Journal, and Heather Schubert, founder of the Austin Teen Book Festival.
In 2010, Mia Searles, a teacher at Clayton High School in New Jersey emailed Elkeles with the news that two of the school’s most at-risk students with known gang affiliations had fallen in love with Elkeles’ book Perfect Chemistry. Elkeles made a special trip to NJ just to meet the boys. Both boys now have a close friendship with Simone and text/call her in their times of need.
If that wasn’t enough, every month Simone sends free books to her fans and readers who don’t have the money to be able to buy the books themselves. One fan wrote, “If it wasn’t for your books, I’d still be cutting myself.”
From sending free books to teens with difficult lives to visiting juvenile detention centers to offering a listening ear and encouragement to her fans, Elkeles is contributing more than just books to this world, she’s creating hope. According to Elkeles, “Making a difference in teens’ lives is what it’s all about. Writing has given me a way to reach teens in a way I never expected! I hated to read as a teen, so writing books that touch people’s lives is something I will cherish forever.”
For more information regarding this story or to schedule an interview with Simone Elkeles, please contact Melissa Jolly at Melissa@simoneelkeles.net