In her book, Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery, Melinda Marchiano offers an honest and inspiring portrayal of her cancer experience through the eyes of a teenager and proves there is medicinal value in love and laughter. Melinda and I share a common bond. We are survivors. And we believe in the importance of empowering fellow survivors to live life on their own terms. By sharing her story, Melinda is giving a voice to this global epidemic that needs immediate attention. I am grateful to Melinda for having the courage to speak up and for her generosity in helping others fighting cancer.
What Melinda has learned in 15 years is far more than most people learn in a lifetime. Her attitude, faith, insights and humor are a true inspiration.
I have often said God gives children with cancer something extra. They are remarkable and inspiring people to be around. Melinda tells her story with such honesty and openness that you can't help but be touched and encouraged. This is sure to be a blessing to all that read it!
What an extraordinary young woman Melinda is! Her story, though heartbreaking, pulsates with joy and faith and hope. God Bless her!
-Kathie Lee Gifford
Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery is a vivid and engaging description of a brave and articulate youth's encounter with cancer.
-Dr. Lee Hartwell, President & Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & 2001 Nobel Laureate
Many people have written about their individual battles with cancer, some very beautifully. Melinda Marchiano tells the story of her cancer in a particularly engaging manner. Her message -- that you are not alone and that you can prevail -- will lift the spirits of many, particularly younger patients like her.
-Dr. Edward J. Benz, President, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics & Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
There is great comfort in knowing that another young person has faced cancer and has overcome its many challenges. Melinda's personal story lights that difficult path and offers encouragement and hope to the patient, siblings, and parents.
-Moody D. Wharam, Jr., MD, FACR, FASTRO; Professor of Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at John Hopkins
Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey through Cancer and Recovery is a rare book- brave, inspiring, and empowering. Buy this book for a person with cancer, but read it first yourself. This uplifting story from 15 year-old Melinda will make your heart soar.
-Regina Ellis, Chief Executive Officer & Founder the Children's Cancer Association
Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey through Cancer and Recovery is required reading for anyone touched by cancer- parents, children, friends and caregivers. It tells the story of a courageous girl through the perspective that is rarely heard -- hers!
---Dr. Thomas J. Lynch, Director, Yale Cancer Center; Physician-in-Chief, Smilow Cancer Hospital
About the Author
Melinda Marchiano lives in the rolling, oak-studded hills of the Central Coast of California. Homeschooled up until high school, Melinda had the freedom to write and to create from a young age. Melinda dances six days a week and performs with the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo and San Luis Jazz. As a childhood cancer survivor, Melinda gives thanks for her life by speaking and fundraising for organizations such as the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, the Children's Miracle Network, and American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.