The inspiring true story of how one woman—who People dubbed "the saint of Staten Island"—is changing the world, one child at a time.
Fourteen years ago, Elissa Montanti was a lab technician in Staten Island. She had, in the span of only a few years, lost her beloved mother, grandmother, and high school sweetheart. Hoping to find a way past her own troubles and the depression and panic attacks that quietly crippled her, she decided to raise money for school supplies for the children of war-torn Bosnia. But at a meeting with the UN ambassador she learned that those children didn’t need pencils. He showed her a photo of a boy who had lost both arms and one leg to a land mine; these children needed a lot more.
Elissa went to Bosnia, brought the boy and his mother back to Staten Island, and arranged for free prosthetics and medical care. The Global Medical Relief Fund was born.
Working from the walk-in closet in her home, Elissa has since brought more than 150 children injured in war zones—Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere—to the United States, where, with the help of the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia and a network of doctors, nurses, and community leaders, they receive free housing and ongoing care.
In I’ll Stand by You, Elissa tells the stories of these children and the soldiers, doctors, and ordinary Americans who have come to their aid; the resistance she has faced for helping non-Americans; and the heartwarming tale of how in helping these children, she healed herself.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.84(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.04(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
ELISSA MONTANTI is the founder of the Global Medical Relief Fund, a one-women organization dedicated to helping children injured in war zones. She lives in Staten Island, New York.
JENNIFER HAUPT is a journalist who has written for O, The Oprah Magazine; Psychology Today; and Ladies' Home Journal, among others.
Table of Contents
Introduction: How Could I Not? xi
Chapter 1 From Staten Island to Bosnia 1
Chapter 2 The Wrecking Ball 12
Chapter 3 When the Music Stopped 25
Chapter 4 The Wrecking Ball Hits Bosnia 38
Chapter 5 Getting Back to Normal 52
Chapter 6 Pizza and Ninja Turtles 69
Chapter 7 Five Minutes to Twelve 82
Chapter 8 Learning Curve 89
Chapter 9 Chimes in the Wind 99
Chapter 10 The Day the World Changed 106
Chapter 11 Opening Windows 111
Chapter 12 Into Iraq 126
Chapter 13 Keeping My Promise 140
Chapter 14 Ali's Dream 157
Chapter 15 Connecting the Dots 172
Chapter 16 Standing Up to the Wrecking Ball 187
Chapter 17 Haiti 195
Chapter 18 No Coincidences 213
Chapter 19 New Beginnings 224
What People are Saying About This
"...this book shows us what can be done."