1888PressRelease – Mother and son team up to raise awareness about childhood brain cancer.
SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. – Melissa Earls and her son Stephen are on a mission to raise awareness of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an aggressive form of childhood brain cancer that has plagued 6 year old Devin Suau and his family.
“Bob and Frank” came alive in 2012 as characters in a silly story to cheer up Earls then 2-year old son, Stephen, during a typical two-year old tantrum. Stephen loved the story and Melissa told it often to cheer him up and make others laugh over the years. Together they co-wrote and illustrated the original book in 2014. They were happy to bring their love of Bob and Frank to the forefront again to meet “Super D” and help Devin in his fight, With the help and donated time of an illustrator, publisher and editor, they published their second book, Two Owls and a Superhero: The Sweet Story of Bob, Frank, and Super D in effort to raise money for Devin and awareness around his cancer.
Earls explained, “This has been such a special project for us to do together. We wrote this book to give all the younger children who love Devin a way to support him. It was created to bring a story of hope, friendship and community together as Super D takes on the mission to bring a smile to those in need. Super D was fashioned specifically to look like Devin and to model the courage he has had throughout his diagnosis. Stephen and I are so proud of the book and so passionate about finding ways to support our friends. The Suau family has made a whole community better people just by their unity and courage and I hope this book inspires, spreads awareness and makes those who read it smile. 100 percent of the proceeds of this book will go to Devin’s medical expenses.”
Two Owls and a Superhero: The Sweet Story of Bob, Frank, and Super D can be found at SDPPublishing.com, Amazon.com, and BarnesAndNoble.com.
About the Authors: Melissa Earls and her 6-year-old co-author son, Stephen, live with their family: husband and dad Mike, younger sisters Sienna (5), Lucia (2), and their dogs Zeke and Luigi.
Stephen loves to play sports with his friends. His favorite color is green and he is a huge fan of Star Wars, Power Rangers, and Harry Potter! He is kind and thoughtful to his friends. His favorite subject in school is math. He says the thing he is most proud of is that he is funny, fast, and always happy. Earls enjoys her number1 job of being a mom. She loves being able to act like a kid again while playing with her kids. She has always had a creative nature, loves to spend time with her family and is passionate about fitness and adventures. Earls works hard to have it all and along with being a mom, works full time as an accomplished advertising executive and sales leader at a well-known online publisher.
About the Illustrator:Sarah Casasanto is a Boston-based graphic designer, illustrator, and the owner of SCBD: Sarah Cas Branding and Design. Known to family and friends as a spirited artist since she was a little girl, Casasanto has turned a passion for design into a thriving business. Bringing a healthy mix of creativity, energy and good humor to every project, Casasanto embraces the unique visions and values of her clients, connecting them with fonts, colors and contexts that efficiently and effectively tell their story. From families to firms, her relentless and creative reach yields one-of-a-kind designs that engage and inspire audiences of all shapes and sizes from coast to coast.
Growing up in a suburb of Boston, Casasanto studied Architecture and Design at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and subsequently, Graphic Design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. Today, she continues to reside in the suburbs with her husband Tony and their Olde English Bulldog Ellie. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram (@_scbd) and at sarahcas.com.