A special Book Signing and Reading event for “My Journey Down The Big Muddy" with local authors Bill Ayars and Susan Valerian takes place Sunday, April 2, 1-3 p.m. at Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights. Bill Ayars, founding principal of Shaker Square-based Perspectus Architecture, will read excerpts and sign books. Books will be available for purchase for $25. Ten dollars from the sale of each book benefits The Emerald Jenny Foundation.
The idea for the trip down the Mississippi River came while poison dripped slowly into Bill's arm. He was 50 years old and recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells. Every third Friday for five months, he sat for eight hours at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland undergoing chemotherapy treatments. As cancers go, this wasn’t the worst, according to his doctor. “It’s very aggressive, but it’s very treatable,” he said. “If you’re gonna get cancer, this is what you should get.” It’s hard to crack a smile when you’ve got a 3-1/2 inch tumor growing inside your chest.
So begins Bill Ayars’ journey, which chronicles his sometimes harrowing 1,700-mile Jet-skiing trip down the Mississippi River with his daughters, Jennifer and Jackie, while simultaneously following the family’s journey through Bill’s cancer, his heartbreaking divorce, Jennifer’s drug addiction and Bill’s reconnection with his high school sweetheart.
Several years after completing the trip, Jennifer tragically died from a drug overdose in February 2016. In her memory, The Emerald Jenny Foundation, a non-profit organization, was created to provide treatment options to help those in Northeast Ohio affected by drug and alcohol addiction and their families.
To purchase the book, visit: http://www.thebigmuddybook.com/new-products/
For more information, visit:
Web: http://www.thebigmuddybook.com/; http://www.emeraldjennyfoundation.org/
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