Toronto, Canada, May 23, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- With long summer days ahead and the delights of a good book to be enjoyed, readers around the world are picking up "Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story," the debut book from author Shireen Jeejeebhoy. And now readers in Toronto, Ontario can help raise funds for a defibrillator in the Spadina-Queen community by purchasing a copy at Marilyn's Women for Women event on Saturday, May 24th.
In an effort to save lives, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has set up a program to place defibrillators in public places everywhere. A defibrillator is the small piece of equipment that can restart a heart quickly after a heart attack. Timing is key in the successful use of a defibrillator. Too many times we’ve heard of a person dying for lack of a defibrillator nearby.
Marilyn Wetston, owner of Marilyn's fashion store at 200 Spadina Avenue, host of "From a Woman's Perspective" on AM740, and columnist, aims to change that in her community. She has set her fundraising goal at $4,000, the amount needed to purchase a defibrillator as part of the Foundation's ReStart a Heart, Restart a Life AED program. The Foundation's initial goal was to place 1,000 units across Ontario. As of May 2nd, they've doubled that goal.
"Lifeliner" tells the story of Judy Taylor, the young Canadian mother who made medical history as the first person to live decades on intravenous feeding without eating any food, and she was also a woman who shared her enthusiasm for life with everyone around her.
Judy's doctor was the author's father, Dr Khursheed Jeejeebhoy; his groundbreaking research on nutrition and her courage made TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) a reality, allowing patients with bowel disease, cancer, or AIDS to live longer, fulfilled lives. With thousands and thousands facing artificial feeding issues, Judy's story has widespread medical interest. American studies show that cancer is the largest growing component of existing Home TPN programs, comprising up to 40 per cent of new admissions per year.
But "Lifeliner" is also winning accolades in the US for its powerful inspirational story telling: Editor's Choice, Publisher's Choice, Best Biography in the Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award.
:: "Shireen Jeejeebhoy has written an extraordinary account of Judy Taylor and her fight for life." Carol Hoyer, Ph.D. Family Psychology
:: "Shireen's pen has all the force of a great storyteller and the artistic skills of reviving a past scene in its most original form." Ernest Dempsey, Reviewer and Author
"When they sent Judy home on TPN in the summer, no one knew what her quality of life would be like," Shireen says. "As far as Judy was concerned, she had been given a second chance, and she was running with it."
Judy would find it fitting that a portion of each sale of her biography will go towards purchasing a defibrillator, a machine that saves countless lives each year, just as TPN has done for thousands and thousands. From noon to 3:00 pm, May 24th, the author will be on hand to sign copies.
Directions to Marilyn's
Take the Spadina streetcar south to Sullivan, the first stop just south of Dundas. Cross to the west side of Spadina, and Marilyn's is a short walk south at No. 200 Spadina Avenue. There is also on-street and some Green P parking near Sullivan and Spadina.
"Lifeliner," available at the World's Biggest Bookstore, Marilyn's, and online, is a book written for the lay audience. Read more, including seeing the book video, at http://jeejeebhoy.ca/lifeliner.
About the Author
Shireen Jeejeebhoy resides in Toronto, Canada. She holds a B.Sc. in psychology from the University of Toronto and is an accomplished writer.
Lifeliner: The Judy Taylor Story
by Shireen Jeejeebhoy
October 2007 / 186 pages
ISBN: 978-0-595-44544-8 Trade Paper