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Writing Stories, Inspiring Hope
A grandfather and his granddaughter use storytelling to create hope and make a difference in children’s lives
Grandparents today are taking a larger role in the lives of children than perhaps any other time in recent history. Former Fortune 500 company division president Robert Martin is one such grandparent, and he is doing all he can to share relationship-building tools with other families to positively impact grandparent-grandchild interactions. For Robert though, his mission to make a difference in children’s lives goes even further. He writes books with his granddaughter Keira to inspire hope and raise money and awareness for kids battling terminal illness. This new approach has sparked interest from IBM, The Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Rockefeller University.
Meet SuperClara“SuperClara – a Young Girl’s Story of Cancer, Bravery and Courage” is the story of a five-year-old girl named Clara who is “super positive and super happy.” When she learns she has brain cancer, she agrees to undergo surgery, radiation and chemotherapy even though she feels afraid. Following radiation treatment, she discovers she has a new superpower: the ability to connect with animals, understand how they are feeling and hear what they are saying to her.
“SuperClara” presents answers in a way that instills comfort to children battling a terminal disease, while at the same providing a much-needed boost of courage. The story can also be an inspiration to anyone who is discouraged for any reason; it puts life’s challenges and disappointments into perspective.
The book was written for Keira's sister Clara who, like the girl in the story, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The book is an Amazon #1 bestseller and all profits go directly to the Bridge to a Cure Foundation. Robert and Keira also write mystery stories together (“The Keira & Papa Detective Agency” books).
Bridge to a CureWhen children are diagnosed with terminal illness, they receive whatever the current standard of care treatments are for that illness and they and their families hope for the best. When Robert Martin’s granddaughter Clara was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, however, he discovered three things:
1. There is no cure.
2. Progress in immunotherapy, genetic sequencing and vaccine technology is encouraging but still years away.
3. Due to a variety of economic factors and FDA practices, the wealth of existing research has been focused only on finding a cure rather than on sustaining the lives of those in need of that cure.
Bridge to a Cure is focused on life-sustaining treatments.
For terminally ill patients, their greatest hope is to be in a position to benefit from the recent breakthroughs in gene sequencing, immunotherapy and vaccine technology. But time is not on their side. There is a gap between now and the future—one that is not being addressed.
Robert founded the Bridge to a Cure Foundation to bridge that gap. His goal is to fund life-sustaining treatment for children suffering from terminal illness so that they can survive until a cure is found. His hope is that, by opening this new door, children with life-limiting diseases will have a chance to benefit from a cure in the future.
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