Author Donates Book Proceeds to Sunshine Kids Foundation in Honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Chicago, IL, September 22, 2012 --( In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Windy City Publishers is proud to announce that author Julie C. Morse has designated proceeds from her recently released children’s book, When Billy Went Bald, to the national Sunshine Kids Foundation. Sunshine Kids is dedicated to helping children with cancer have fun and celebrate life through recreational and support programs.

For children ages four to eight, this book was written by Ms. Morse with her son Greg Mikrut, drawing from Greg’s own childhood cancer experiences to help children better understand cancer through the eyes of a little boy in the midst of treatment.

“Nearly everyone knows someone with cancer today, but too often we don’t include children in the conversation. It’s often all very hush-hush,” said Morse. “I wanted to create a book to help young children better understand the cancer journey in a non-threatening, helpful way.”

Midwest Book Review recently issued praise for the book:
When Billy Went Bald is about a boy who has cancer. It is cheerful, upbeat, honest, and factual. The author writes from her experience as a parent of a boy who survived his childhood cancer diagnosis and treatment. (The book) encourages children to look beyond surface differences and find a compassionate way to reach understanding and acceptance of others who may be suffering. When Billy Went Bald is an exceptional contribution to the field of children’s health and education.

Ms. Morse has sent over 100 copies of her book, donated by Chicago area individuals and the Prudential Rubloff company, to select hospitals throughout the country with pediatric cancer programs affiliated with the Sunshine Kids, as well as libraries. Her vision is to include the book on the shelves of every school and in the libraries of every pediatric hospital to fill the enormous void for this type of story.

Shannon Malone, Sunshine Kids Director of Operations explained, “Our mission is to provide exciting group activities for children diagnosed with cancer. I love When Billy Went Bald because it reflects that same philosophy in an authentic and fun way, engaging kids with and without cancer alike.”

Ms. Morse is committed to fighting childhood cancer and helping kids when the unthinkable happens. Visit to learn more about her writing and speaking work.

For more information, contact
Windy City Publishing
Paula Burzawa