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Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle Hardcover – November 2, 2010
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When her 22-year-old son Ned was seriously injured in a 2005 car accident, Rogers's well-organized life changed forever. Ned suffered spinal cord injury, major brain trauma, and organ damage, and doctors didn't expect him to live. Rogers refuses to give up, her stubborn resolve eventually turning into hope upon learning of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. Ned is put on the waiting list for a year, and regains his ability to speak and eat solid food, though severe nerve pain hampers his recovery. Finally he meets Kasey, a capuchin monkey. Rogers's younger daughters see Kasey as a pet, and Rogers envisions "an elaborate Golden Monkey Myth" in which Kasey answers all their prayers. When Kasey moves in for "Monkey Boot Camp," he proves a lively newcomer, upsetting the delicate hierarchy of the home, and Rogers learns more about the proper care, feeding, and bathing of monkeys than she ever imagined. Ned builds a bond with Kasey, the monkey slowly helping him to regain confidence and some physical abilities. Although Rogers's pace slows in spots and she doesn't always avoid cliché, her story is engaging and poignant. (Nov.)
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In this inspirational memoir, supermom Rogers tells the story of her son, Ned, a University of Arizona senior who drives his car into a brick wall and sustains a severe spinal cord injury. Halfway through the book, Kasey arrives. A trained capuchin who loves unclasping jewelry and hates getting baths, Kasey is spunky and adorable but hardly the star of the show. The title should read “Ellen to the Rescue,” because the tale is much more about the mom than the monkey. She moves mountains for her son, even if she can seem obnoxious. For example, she uses her cell phone in the ICU after a nurse asks her not to. Her chronicle is at its best when it focuses on Ned, who takes up the mission of talking to young kids, and warning them to wear helmets and seat belts. In the end, this schmaltzy tale of a therapeutic monkey, a tenacious mom, and a grateful son will make readers more fully appreciate the blessings in their lives. --Karen Springen
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I am Ellen Rogers's niece. We are the same exact age. This book has given me a whole new perspective about my family, my own life, and that of Ned and Kasey's life. I have had the honor of meeting both of them.
All I can say is that both Ned and Kasey are quite a team. A team that gives the rest of us in this world inspiration, humility, and above all hope to be the very best we all can be.
Ned has been dealt an incredible challenge in his life. He has risen to this challenge with the greatest positive response. He is and will be an incredible role model for many people who have disabilities.
Ned is a true inspiration to life. This book about Ned and Kasey may also change your life. As we read books about the struggles of others, we can learn so very much. We can learn appreciation, gratitude, and thankfulness. We can also learn about journeys.
Ned's journey is a real life story of perseverance, fortitude and optimism.
This book is an excellent book club choice as it serves as an wonderful discussion vehicle.
Please tell all to read this book. It may change your life!
Ned is an inspiration to me in so many ways. This book tells the story of the challenges a family faces in crisis. The way the universe layed out the events leading up to Kasey (the capuchin helper monkey) coming to live with their family is mind boggling. The joy she has brought to them is fascinating even when the challenge of her care seemed monumental and unmanagable at times.
My sister Ellen's courage and determination (as well as her sense of humor) is remarkable. My nephew's positive attitude and consistant drive to keep waking up with a purpose ... his decision to find reason to smile another day ... his intense focus on doing his PT today better than yesterday ... his desire to nuture and be nurtured by his companion Kasey and to hold on to the dream of walking again ... inspires me.
I loved this book. It keeps me focused on what is important in life.
This book is a real life story of love. Pure and simple.
However, the real hero and heroine in this wonderful story would be Ned and Kasey, how they bonded, and came to depend on each other.
Highly recommended read, especially for those of us (myself included) who need to realize that, no matter how much our lives can stink at times, there are those whose lives are a lot worse, yet they go on and find joy and happiness.
Kasey, you go, girl!