News Release

August 29, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

West Hartford Students Present “Book of Hope” to Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Patients at the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center will now be able to enjoy an album filled with children’s artwork and inspirational messages while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. The “Book of Hope” was the idea of two West Hartford seventh graders. Mimi Guerrat and Nina Kestenbaum attend King Philip Middle School and took part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life this past June in which they raised 2,000 dollars. During the relay, the girls asked team members and other young participants to draw pictures for the album. They also used artwork donated by other children who live throughout Connecticut. The girls then paired more than 30 colorful and creative pictures with famous quotes and inspirational messages and put them together in an album. The “Book of Hope” has been placed in the Cancer Center’s chemotherapy unit.

Caption: West Hartford seventh graders Mimi Guerrat and Nina Kestenbaum (left to right) present Dr. Peter Deckers, Professor of Surgery and former Dean of the UConn School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of Health Affairs, with the “Book of Hope” album.

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