Toledo author, illustrator team up to write books explaining cancer to children
TOLEDO - How do you explain cancer to children? A local author and illustrator are teaming up to tackle that issue.
Author Jean Schoen, teamed up with illustrator Greg Justus to write three books designed to help children of all ages learn about the disease.
The books are titled "Someone I know has cancer, Do you know someone who has cancer and When someone you know has cancer."
"Jean really works hard and with her services being free along with the programs, whatever I could do to help Jean out I'm all," Justus said.
Schoen started the non-profit Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio in 2008 after dealing with her husband's cancer diagnosis. She wishes her family had more support and information through their battle.
"It's very personal. It's something that I felt led to do, and with what I had to learn the hard way when my family went through it, I felt that I was equipped to be able to help other people going through it with what I had to learn," Schoen said.
The books help break down complicated and emotional topics in a way that kids can understand. Schoen's inspiration came from her three daughters.
"Instead of them coming up with what they think that it might be, why not sit down with them and allow them to understand it and ask questions. Give them the opportunity to ask questions so they aren't afraid of the unknown because now they understand."
The books are available to buy online.