Gillian’s CF book to be launched in Athy

A book written by a brave young Athy girl who passed away in 2009 from Cystic Fibrosis will be launched next month.

A book written by a brave young Athy girl who passed away in 2009 from Cystic Fibrosis will be launched next month.

‘Frogs of a Different Nature’ was written by young Gillian Dempsey from Whitecastle Lawns. Her parents, Joe and Elaine, wanted to publish the book to both help sufferers of the disease with first hand advice from their daughter. All of the money raised from the sale of the book will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Unit in Crumlin Hospital and the Make A Wish Foundation.

Ten year old Gillian, from Whitecastle Lawns, wrote the book to explain to sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis what they will experience and not to be afraid when they cough up ‘frogs in their lungs’.

The nurses told her in hospital that they are only ‘frogs of a different nature’ and coughing will help clear their lungs.

Gillian also went on to remind sufferers to always take their medication and do their phisio. and even recommended the WII to help with exercise and have some fun while doing so.

The book is in Gillian’s own words, and nothing has been changed from what she wrote.

‘Frogs of a Different Nature’ is being published by ‘L & A Publishing’, namely the young girl’s sister Lauren and brother Aaron. It was sponsored by Gerry Kelly, an Athy man who is managing director of Colour Books Dublin. Sadly, his business closed recently due to the recession, but not before Mr Kelly delivered on his word to produce Gillian’s book.

Typeform Dublin designed the Book from originals of Gillian’s, and local photographer Robert Redmond helped with its production and in finding the sponsor.

The book will be launched on Wednesday, June 9, at the Carlton Abbey Hotel in Athy.