July 22, 2011
Gina Restivo and Chip Gilbertson met on match.com, under the children’s book section. They both are enthused by stories about flying pigs, and they both had always dreamed about writing a children’s book. Gina lived in the same neighborhood as young Danny Stanton. Danny was only 4 years old when he died of a seizure experienced while sleeping, in 2009.
Less than a month later, Danny’s parents created the Danny Did Foundation, whose mission is to prevent deaths caused by seizures. The foundation has two main goals. First, advancing awareness of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and enhancing the SUDEP communication model between medical professionals and those afflicted by seizures. The other goal is the mainstreaming of seizure detection and prediction devices as well as other technologies that may assist in preventing deaths caused by seizures.
Gina and Chip were touched and inspired by Danny’s story, his family, and the foundation. Fly, Danny, Fly is a story of possibility, perseverance, and hope. It is the story of a young boy and his flying pig, traveling in a journey of self discovery. Smile as he learns to embrace what others see. This story will make you laugh. It will remind you of the rewards to be had for accepting the wonderful differences in us all. The nature and message of the book provided Gina and Chip with the energy to pull this project together, finding an illustrator, editor, printer, etc, and of course getting the book into the readers hand!
Gina and Chip will be at Evanston’s children boutique Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony (1917 Central St, 847-866 6292) on Saturday July 23, 2-4pm for a book reading and signing. Refreshments will be served. No rsvp necessary.
Part of the proceeds of the sale of the book goes to Danny Did Foundation. More information at www.dannydid.org