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Feb 17, 2010 3:27 PM by Carina Corral

Local author helps kids understand cancer

The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara is hosting a reading of "Nana, What's Cancer?"

The book, written by a local author, Beverlye Hyman Fead and her 11-year-old granddaughter, Tessa Mae Hamermesh, tackles the tough questions about cancer, in a kid-friendly but honest way.

In the book, Hamermesh, who has lost three other grandparents to cancer, asks the questions and Fead, a stage IV cancer survivor, provides honest answers that are designed to ease children's fears by offering them comforting and factual information in a sensitive way.

It was published by the American Cancer Society and is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award.

Children and families are encouraged to attend this free event Saturday, February 20, at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara at 1:30 in the Cancer Resource Library.

A Q&A session and book signing will follow the reading.

The first 30 people to RSVP will receive a free copy of the book.

Contact the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara at (805) 898-2116 or to reserve your seat.


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