Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Book and a Chat with Melinda Marchiano

Melinda Marchiano is an award winning author, but more than that in my eyes she is an award winning person.

She has appeared previously on “A Book and a Chat” sharing with us about her book “Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery” which has now won several well deserved awards including Benjamin Franklin Award Best First Book Nonfiction, Silver Medal Ippy Award and ForeWord Reviews Book of The Year Finalist.

About “Grace: A Child’s Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery”

The book is an uplifting story of thirteen-year-old Melinda Marchiano’s battle with cancer—told in her own unflinchingly honest words. Melinda Marchiano first felt an eerie weakness on a family trip to Yosemite National Park. After doctors found a rock-hard lump in her chest, she received the devastating diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. With eloquence, humor, and wisdom beyond her years, Melinda shares the ensuing battle of her young life. As she struggles through treatment and fights to continue her study of ballet—her greatest passion—Melinda recounts the trials and triumphs of her illness: the elaborate pill schedules, the wretched nausea of chemotherapy, the never-ending support of her family, and the smiles and determination of the doctors and nurses who put her on the road to recovery. Whether cancer has touched your life or not, Melinda’s tenacity, faith in God, and complete abandonment of self-pity make this survivor’s tale a truly unforgettable experience.

Since the last time Melinda was on the show she has continued to help thousands of “young warriors” being part of the “Make A Wish Foundation” “Hope” tour in which she traveled over 7000 miles visited 25 states and 15 hospitals, sharing with others her own experiences.

Now at Pepperdine where she is studying to become a doctor while still keeping her love of dance active she is working on a major documentary titled “The Truth 365”. (Check "

She has been busy narrating and doing voice over this is a ground-breaking, grass-roots documentary film and social media campaign that gives a voice to children fighting cancer.

The film features compelling and inspiring stories of children and their families fighting cancer as well as interviews with political leaders and several of the country’s most respected pediatric oncologists. With the help of thousands of volunteers and a very focused social media campaign, the film will inspire millions of people to show their support for children with cancer.

So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with Melinda Marchiano


Direct link to the show
A Book and a Chat with Melinda Marchiano

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You can find out more about my guest and their books at:
"Melinda Marchiano - Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery"

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