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Those Aren't Scars, They're Stripes - Tiger Stripes

Season 1, Ep. 1

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast powered by CoachArt, co-hosts Greg and Roxanne sit down with Erin Garcia, co-author of the brand new children’s book Tiger Livy.

When a rare autoimmune disease suddenly turned her niece’s life upside down, Erin immediately looked for books they could share. But when she couldn’t find many age-appropriate stories about kids with chronic illnesses, she did what any English teacher would do — she wrote her own. In our new podcast, she shares Livy’s story and its impact on the lives of those around her. She also explains how this wonderful new book can help both kids and their families who are confronting similar situations, and discusses how she created this inspiring tale of child empowerment.

Our chat with Erin also reminded us that it can indeed be difficult to find good stories for children dealing with chronic illnesses. For a list of our favorites, read the full blog post here.

Are you a parent or guardian to a child with a physical chronic condition? If so, we invite you to join our exclusive Facebook group where we will continue this discussion and welcome your suggestions on books that have made a difference in your journey!

The UpBeat podcast is powered by CoachArt, a nonprofit organization that provides FREE art and athletic activities to families impacted by any childhood chronic illness - such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, cancer, cerebral palsy and more. Programs are currently offered in the Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco Bay areas, with more cities coming soon!

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