This is the story of Salvatore Vanni. Actually, he is called “Super Sal.” He is called that because he is a superhero.
A few years ago, Super Sal became very sick. The doctors call it neuroblastoma. It is a really big word that has given Sal so many problems. The neuroblastoma that Super Sal must fight is very painful. He has had many surgeries and has taken a lot of medicines to deal with it.
Like all superheroes, there is a battle that Super Sal must fight, and during his fight, Super Sal has always been brave. Sal has many powers that he uses during the long stays at the hospital. He can turn an ordinary hospital room into a blue lagoon or take on a bunch of pirates with his great swordplay. The ceiling in Sal’s room can give way to rolling clouds against a bright sky and to his boundless imagination.
On September 10, 2007 at the age of 4 1/2 Salvatore was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma, a very rare and aggressive cancer that primarily affects children under the age of five.
During all of his treatments and everything he has been thru, Sal insists he is fine. Rarely will you see him without a smile on his face. He does not realize that he has spent the last 3 years fighting for his life. Sal is the smartest, funniest, strongest, and most courageous and loving 7 year old boy, he is truly our Superhero.
At this time there is no cure for Neuroblastoma. We MUST find a cure for Sal & all the other children afflicted with this horrendous disease. For this reason we have founded, in Sal's honor, The Mystic Force Foundation. This foundation will fund research to find a cure for neuroblastoma with the research being conducted at various institutions around the country.
Sales from this book will go to help us find a cure so that Sal & all other children stricken with this very aggressive & life threatening disease may lead normal pain free lives.
|Publisher:||Mystic Force Foundation|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||530 KB|
|Age Range:||6 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Roger Giraud is a graphic artist, illustrator, author, musician and singer/songwriter. His first album Sleeping Like Silver is a charmed collection of lyrics wrapped around music that are slices of life fusing poetry and pop culture. Each song is layered with words that may be your own. He is currently working on a follow up album. Roger continues to support humanitarian causes for children and adults alike.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Super Sal is a book that depicts the magic of a child's imagination. Super Sal has endured more than any adult would probably be capable of. The stamina and will from Sal is palpable and contagious. Thank you Mona and Roger for making a way to share Sal's strength with the public. I hope this book gives courage to many. It's written and illustrated in a way that many children and families can relate to regardless of what situation they find themselves in.