Hope in Me will take you on a 15-month long journey filled with joy, tears, and inspiration. Follow in the footsteps of five-year-old Carter Kettner, a Chicagoland boy who met everyone with a smile and every girl with a kiss on the lips. Carter was everything a parent could ever wish for and want in a son, except for that fateful day in February 2009 when he was diagnosed with a malignant brain stem tumor. Join his parents "Daddy Joe" and "Mommy Cinnamon" come to grips with joining a very special club, a club no parent wants to be a member of, learning they had only 365 days and nights left with him on this earth. Alongside them, two-year-old brother Bowen-nicknamed the "beast freak"-struggles to understand, live, and play alongside his dying brother. Carter's story of "the cookie in his head" is told through his father's words, where he candidly shares the daily struggles and inspirations surrounding his family while living with brain cancer. What once started out as simple informational updates, "Daddy Joe's" journal entries became something much more powerful, a late-night outlet to share his own grief, frustration, and inspiration. His journal was followed by thousands. Today, that journal has been preserved as Carter's legacy and has become the origin and foundation to their own 501c3 charitable organization-Cancer Kiss My Cooley. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to CKMC, whose mission is to provide tailored-made moments for children diagnosed with brain cancer.