Grammy Winner

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Arts Issue: March 2017
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Terminal illness is tough enough to handle as an adult. Talking to kids about it is even tougher – especially when the ill one is a beloved grandparent. That’s the situation Scottsdale grandma Karen Wiswell found herself in when she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and searched for an age-appropriate way to talk to her young grandsons about it. Wiswell and her daughter Kristine Rauenhorst wrote When Grammy Comes to Play (Lilja Press, $14.99), a sweet and tender look at the grandparent-grandchildren relationship, to explain to the boys that Grammy will always be with them – in real life or in their dreams. Wiswell’s cancer is currently in remission and all proceeds from the sale of the book – charmingly illustrated by Shelley Dieterichs – will be donated the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

— Leah LeMoine