Making Lemonade With Ben: The Audacity To Cope
Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season! We are truly thankful for all the wonderful speaking engagements and positive feedback we received in 2014. If you would like to contact Ben directly, he now has email. Actually, he’s had it for months, but in true Ben Fashion…”Mom, I wanted to keep it a secret from you until I had 1,000 followers!”
To book us for your event, whether in medical or educational fields, or faith, service or other communities:
YAHARA HOUSE fundraising: My story and Ben’s in less than 5 minutes…http://www.givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/45days
BEN & KATHERINE SPEAK TO 900, AUGUST 2014
December 6 and 7, Saturday/Sunday: Creating For A Cause Holiday Art Fair
MOM food pantry, 3502 Parmenter St., Middleton (Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4) Over 50 artists, authors, creators donating 20% of proceeds to help those who need assistance with basic human needs. Shopping with a heart!
If last December is anything to go by, Santa Ben will be dancing, singing, and juggling among the canned corn and peas. C’mon by to celebrate life!
BUY AWARD-WINNING BOOK: www.createspace.com/3896776 Amazon, Barnes and Noble. (Any bookstore or library can order copies.)
UPCOMING EVENTS 2015:
January 17th, AAUW Janesville – private event
March 23, Madison Central Library Book Club – private event
Stanford Neuroscience Nursing Symposium – Stanford, California – TBA – yes, still awaiting a date for this!
REVIEWS: “With wry humor that lightens but also wrenches depending on the moment, Perreth shares the effects on her marriage and younger children and salutes those who held them up, particularly mental health advocates at Madison’s Yahara House.” – Karyn Saemann, Madison Magazine, August 2013 – http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Madison-Magazine/August-2013/Coping-Through-It-All/ “This spring season, there arrives a remarkable book…” – Doug Moe, Wisconsin State Journal, Sunday, May 26, 2013 – http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/columnists/doug-moe/doug-moe-making-lemonade-with-ben/article_5972e154-1d12-5568-9d1a-e0a16708d4f5.html
“A poignant memoir, full of hope and deep, abiding love. The life lessons she shares in this lengthy memoir make it a worthwhile read; the Perreths’ perseverance, and Ben’s continually sunny disposition—despite having to relearn how to walk more than once—are truly humbling. A bold, honest account of surviving tragedy and living with disability.” – Kirkus Reviews “It is amazing how Katherine Perreth’s engaging sense of humor shines through even in the most difficult of situations. The author succeeds in removing the stigma that comes with mental illness. Above all, this inspiring story proves that love, mixed with a healthy dose of humor, can conquer all.” – Maria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite PUBLICITY: April 17, 2013, Madison’s WISC-TV Morning News in-depth story: http://video.channel3000.com/watch.php?id=49075 March 21, 2013 Madison’s WMTV NBC15 “Live At Five” interview with Katherine and Ben: http://www.nbc15.com/video?videoid=2567320
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At 4:00 a.m. we faced a decision few parents must. “He’s going to die soon – I’m sorry,” concluded the chief neurosurgeon. “What do you want to do?” What would you do if your seven-year-old suffered a mysterious brain hemorrhage, and was not expected to survive emergency surgery? This is the story of Ben’s extraordinary spirit and resolve, a tale of triumphant woe.
About The Author: Katherine, Ben’s mom, joyfully juggles three part-time jobs: freelance reporter, administrative gopher, and facilitator of a reminiscence writing class. Ben, wearing his smiley-face ankle-foot orthosis, works for a children’s museum. He joyfully juggles one-handed, inspiring people of all ages. Ben regularly adds to his vast repertoire of global greetings to achieve his stated goal: MAKE HUMANITY SMILE. Photo and text copyright 2013. All rights reserved. (Cuz if you can’t own your mental health challenges and turn them into cash, what good are they?)