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‘Good deeds’ book helps man through brain cancer diagnosis

September 13, 2014

Triple1After he was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma and given three years to live, Fred Levine decided to write and illustrate a book about kindness, partly as a legacy to his children…

Only 45-years-old at the time of his diagnosis, Levine says he wasn’t able to remain at home without a project to keep him busy and his mind active.

Storytelling, and then illustrating, filled that void. He also hoped a book would be a lasting gift to his four children — a teenage daughter, Jordyn, and triplets, Justin, Jesse and Jaimee, who were 10 at the time of his diagnosis.

“I’ve always been a writer, a drawer,” says Levine, now 48 and who lives in Thornhill. “I’ve always done these things throughout my life.

“After cancer, I decided I had to keep myself positive. I had to find something good despite this.”

The book, published in the fall of 2013, is called Triple Trouble: One Good Deed Deserves Another.

It tells the story, using simple, endearing rhymes, of his four children learning how to help each other out of tricky predicaments, with each kindness leading to another kindness. By the end of the book, readers learn that “the moral of this story, and its good advice: whenever you can, do something nice.”

Read the whole story at http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2014/09/06/good_deeds_book_helps_man_through_brain_cancer_diagnosis.html

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