Alex: The Life of a Child

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Alexandra Deford, a precious and precocious girl, was just eight years old when she died in 1980 following a battle against the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis, the number-one genetic killer of children. Her poignant and uplifting story touched the hearts of millions when it was first published and then made into a memorable television movie. A new introduction contains information on the latest cystic fibrosis research, and a touching postcript reveals how the Deford ...

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Overview

Alexandra Deford, a precious and precocious girl, was just eight years old when she died in 1980 following a battle against the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis, the number-one genetic killer of children. Her poignant and uplifting story touched the hearts of millions when it was first published and then made into a memorable television movie. A new introduction contains information on the latest cystic fibrosis research, and a touching postcript reveals how the Deford family came to terms with the loss of Alex.

Whenever he speaks, sportswriter Frank Deford knows people will bring articles for him to sign. But what makes him happiest is when someone attends a sports-oriented lecture and brings a copy of Alex: The Life of a Child for him to sign. "Invariably, and happily, there's usually someone at each appearance who either brings that book or wants to talk about their connection to cystic fibrosis." Deford says. "It's tremendously gratifying to me.
Rarely does a week go by that I don't get a letter about that book. People leave things at her grave. They really do. I have people tell me that she changed their lives. It's terribly dramatic, but they literally say that. I heard from a woman who became a pediatric nurse after reading the book. Hearing from people like that means more to me than anything."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558535527
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 954,763
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Deford
Frank Deford is a sportswriter and sportscaster whose work appears in Newsweek and Sports Illustrated. He is also a regular commentator on NPR and ESPN. He has published works of fiction, written movie screenplays and won an Emmy and a Cable Ace award. And he has served for over 10 years as the chairman emeritus of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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  • Posted March 30, 2013

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    Highly Recommend - A Must Read

    I had first read this book when I was in elementary school and I always wanted to read it again. It is a beautiful memoir about a child who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Alex's father explores her life from beginning to end. He captures her life so well I almost felt as I knew her myself through reading her story. Alex really was an amazing person and this book is worth reading. The book is at times very sad, but it is also uplifting and hopeful. Alex only lived to be eight years old, but she brought so much to the life of her family and everyone that knew her. I highly recommend reading this book.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Definitely a must read!

    Alex: The Life Of A Child by Frank Deford
    228 pages

    I have read this book a few times and every time I read it, it makes me appreciate life and how beautiful it is to be healthy. This book has taught me that we take our bodies for granted and harm it when there are people whose only desire is to be healthy. It made me really wonder about my childhood and what I would have done if I had been in this little girl's position. People should read this book because it will provide a different perspective to this situation and how a father dealt with the pain and loss of his daughter. It was expected, but what I really liked about the book is how he provides information about cystic fibrosis and how it affected the child's body, I also liked how he made it so personal and touching to the heart. He did not detract from the topic at all throughout the whole book, he talked about the experiences they had with his daughter and about cystic fibrosis, that's it. All in all, I really liked the whole book and I really hope to meet this charming little girl in heaven someday. She had an optimistic look on her life, and at her young age she understood what it is to love life. I believe this book is appropriate for people ages 15 and up because they will be the ones who really understand the emotion that fills the book from cover to cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    Brave Little Girl and Her Family

    This is a heart-wrenching story, especially when it hits close to home. My baby has CF and while difficult to read, it was helpful to see how brave and loving the Deford family was through their child's illness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    My own kids have Cystic Fibrosis

    I also remember reading this book in grade school. I recently started thinking about it again when 2 of my own sons were diagnosed with the disease. This is a powerful, heartbreaking book that you will never forget!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2007

    loved this book!

    sincere and touching story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    An Amazing Story

    I can't remember if I was in 4th or 5th grade when I first read this book, but I instantly fell in love with it. It is such a moving story and to hear it from the father's perspective just tugs at your heart. Every single time I read it, I burst into tears. This is probably my favorite book of all time and I think everyone should have the opportunity to read such a touching, honest, and sincere story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    I,love this book!!

    I, read this book over and over.I, have asthma so I, can relate to this little girl. I, feel for this family.This book brought tear's to my face and so did the movie.I, first heard about this little girl when I, was in High School I, did a report on CF and got an A on it. I, pray they will find a cure for this disease so that no more people will have to suffer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    yeah

    This book was horrible all it was was a father feeling sorry for himself. Her story was touching, it just isn't the life of her it was the life of her father.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    Thanks for sharing Alex's story

    This book made me cry. I couldn't even begin to imagine what it is like to live with CF. All the medication and hospital visits that they go through. Alex was a brave little girl who faced CF head on. Because of her story I now have a better understanding of CF and all that it implies. I want to thank her father for writing about Alex and her life. I recommend this to everyone because we all need to understand what CF is about and how much pain they go through just to live. I hope that someone finds the cure, for Alex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    the life of a child

    okay heres how it goes this book i red over ten times because i loved it so much no-one can think this will happen to there child or siblings or family members but things like this happens everyday. just like anyone else i thought this would never happen to my brother or sister, but to my surprise about 6 months ago my brother died but not because of the same disease but his life was still taken he had an enlarged heart and he needed a transplant he was only 14 and had a life a head of him he wanted to be an artist and massagist. although people say it gets better it doesnt and i feel this fathers pain he endured once he got to kno his daughter and after her death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    Thanks for sharing Alex's life

    When I first read this book I was 12. Now I am a mother of a 12 year old girl. I am getting her this book so we can read it and cry together. It has taught me to live every day to its fullest. I wish that there was a cure for CF so no one else has to go through all that Alex and her family went through. My thanks to her father for sharing her short life with the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    Living With Cystic Fibrosis

    I was in 1st grade when I first watched the movie, and 4th grade when I read the book. I have CF and have lost 3 of the GREATEST people in the world to CF. My mother refuses to watch the movie because it's too close to home.I wish I could find a copy of the movie. I am fortunate to have lived this long, as I am 22 and am married with a 19month old that I was fortunate to give birth to myself. I recommend this book to EVERY person whose life is touched by CF, if not for themselves, for those they know and love that have CF.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    Touching Movie

    I have the Lifetime movie, 'Alex, The Life of a Child' on tape. I have watched it so many times that it now skips. I was touched by this movie as a little girl and now as an adult I am even more touched by Mr. Deford's book on his amazingly brave daughter. May Alex, and others with her disease, never be forgotten.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    loved it

    i seen this movie back in 83 loved it wish i could find it again and let my kids watch it i've talked about this movie to everyone i know and to this day it still makes me cry if you can helpme get a copy plz do so i can share it with my kids

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    The Sad Story of Alex

    In the beinging I was thinking how a terrible way to being the story, but now i understand if they did not start off with her dieing it would hit you too hard. I was crying all the way through the book. There was so much to Alex I felt like I knew her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    Searching for Alex

    As a little girl I watched this movie on a lifetime special, and I have never seen a movie so touching in my life. I cried and I didn't even know what the disease was. I am now about to become an RN and I would so desperately love to find a copy of this movie. This little girl had such appreciation for her life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    Alexandra Deford!!

    I, love this Story about this little girl!! Her story has touched my heart and more way's then I, can ever know. I, also want to thank her Father,let giving us the oppertunity to get to know his daughter and the rest of the family through his word's. I, have asthma so I, know what it's like not being able to breath.So I, can relate to her story. Butt her story and her courge are just remarkable. Alexandra Deford, is truelly my hero. Thank you ever so much Alex, and God Bless the whole family!! My thought's and prayer's are with you for ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2002

    A Brave Heart

    I saw the movie based on this book many years ago as a child. Later i read the book (several times). I was so moved by this this little girls bravery that I named my first born daughter after her. My two cousin have died as a result of this disease and it has been my number one charity for as long as i can remember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2001

    Alex's Story!!

    I,also loved the movie!! I,first heard of Alex,from her movie.I,read the book and cried both from the Movie and her book about her.Her story made me cry and I,did a project for school on Cystic Fribrosis and got an a on it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2001

    Want to find a movie to purchase

    I watched this movie a long time ago when it was sponsored by Hallmark Hall of Fame. To this day I will never forget the impact it made on me. Since that time Cystic Fibrosis has been my number 1 charity. I have searched everywhere (including the internet) and would love to purchase the movie but does not seem to be available. If anyone knows where I could get a copy I would be very grateful.

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