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Donna Penny has terminal breast cancer. She has been fighting to live since her first diagnosis in 2008. As you can imagine, this battle has had a tremendous impact on those nearest and dearest to Donna, especially her 9 year old son Kai. When Donna was first diagnosed, she searched far and wide for children's books about cancer to help explain to Kai what was happening to her but found nothing but doom, gloom and disaster. 

"I could't find a single book to read to Kai about cancer. How do you explain to a child what terminal means? Why your hair is falling out? How can I help my son to process the fear of loosing me?"

One morning Kai's dad was driving him to school and Kai asked, "why out of all the mummy's in the world does this have to happen to my mum?" This was the impossible question that inspired 'Why My Mummy?', a book that shares Kai's experience of  his Mother's cancer. Donna wrote the book from Kai's perspective in the hope that it would help other parent's talk to their kids about terminal illness. This beautiful book is the first of many of a series that Donna intends to write to support families at different stages on the cancer journey.

Preview of Why My Mummy









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How The Funds Will Be Used

Donna wrote this book independently and the design has been donated by What The Fox Creative. The funds raised from this campaign will help Donna & Kai to print and publish 'Why My Mummy?' which will be distributed in May 2016.

As part of the rewards, copies of the book will be donated to hospitals, schools and libraries so it's easy to find for families dealing with cancer.

10% of all profits will go to the 

The Challenges

The biggest challenge of self publishing 'Why My Mummy?' is awareness. We encourage every person who has shed a tear for someone living with cancer to share this campaign and follow the journey on the Why My Mummy Facebook page. 
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on 24th Mar 2016 at 11:59am. The payment portal is closed now.
A$25 +I want the book! And we want you to have it! As an expression of gratitude, Donna & Kai will send you a beautiful, autographed copy of 'Why My Mummy?' from the very first print run.
130 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$50 +Buy a book, give a bookYou're wonderful. We want to thank you with an autographed first edition of "Why My Mummy?" AND we'll donate a copy on your behalf to a school, library or hospital so it can educate kids about terminal cancer.
88 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$115 +I want 5 books!You're amazing! So we want to reward you with 5 copies of 'Why My Mummy' autographed with love and thanks from Donna & Kai. We would love to hear what you do with them, and encourage you to let us know on our Facebook page.
11 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$250 +Buy 5 books, give 5 books You're a superstar! As a reward you will receive 5 autographed copies of 'Why My Mummy?' to give to people in your own community AND we will donate 5 copies to schools, libraries or hospitals in your honour.
4 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016
A$500 +Give Away 20 Books!This is an incredible contribution with a feel-good reward for a very special individual or corporate donor. 'Why My Mummy?' will give 20 copies to families living with cancer, each with a book plate to recognise your generosity.
5 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is May 2016