Nothing is scarier than hearing your child has a rare and potentially life-threating illness. In Mustaches for Maddie, you’ll follow on Chad Morris and Shelly Brown’s real-life health scare with their daughter. Maddie was a vibrant, funny and charismatic 12-year-old little girl. She was always trying to make others laugh and she carried a variety of mustaches in her pocket. She would take those mustaches out and put them on and use them to brighten everyone’s day. She had a pink fuzzy one and a neon green that she particularly liked to wear.
Maddie was a normal kid, living a normal childhood. But then her arm started to hurt. She only felt comfortable when she held it curled against her chest. And she started tripping over her own feet, like all the time. So Mom and Dad made an appointment with the family doctor to see what was going on with her arm. That’s where they learned that Maddie had a brain tumor. The brain tumor was putting pressure on her brain causing the discomfort and clumsy behavior. There was no way around it, Maddie needed to have the tumor removed.
Right there, having to hear that your child needs surgery is terrifying for a parent. But to find out your child has a brain tumor is every parent’s nightmare. Now, put yourself in the shoes of the child. It’s downright earth-shattering for them. From not knowing how to process the flood of emotions to still trying to navigate school and social circles while fighting for their life at the same time. I can’t even wrap my head around it.
Mustaches for Maddie will make you laugh and cry. It’ll also help you look at situations and people in a different light. This book is perfect for children to help them understand that while someone may not look or act like you, they may be going through something you cannot even fathom. It helps people, children too, gain perspective on others feelings and shows them how social media can be used to uplift and support people too.