Cards for Brianna by Heather McManamy Book Launch Event

Event date: 
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 2:00pm

Heather McManamy, a McFarland, Wisconsin mother and terminal cancer patient who first captured headlines this summer for writing dozens of greeting cards for her young daughter’s future life milestones, has died. A Room of One's Own welcomes her daughter Brianna and her husband Jeff for a book launch of Heather's memoir Cards for Brianna: A Lifetime of Lessons and Love from a Dying Mother to Her Daughter.

“So…I have some good news and some bad news,” McManamy wrote in a note her husband, Jeff, posted on Facebook. “The bad news is, apparently, I’m dead. Good news, if you’re reading this, is that you are most definitely not (unless they have Wi-Fi in the afterlife). Yes, this sucks. It sucks beyond words, but I’m just so damn glad I lived a life so full of love, joy, and amazing friends."

The thirty-six-year-old, who was originally diagnosed with stage 2 cancer in April 2013, was told the following year that her diagnosis was terminal. She began writing greeting cards to her four-year-old daughter Brianna to share advice and celebrate all of the significant moments she would experience in her life: first day of school, birthdays, wedding day, and even her first child.

McManamy had just finished writing the first draft of her upcoming memoir, Cards for Brianna: A Lifetime of Lessons and Love from a Dying Mother to Her Daughter (cowritten with William Croyle) when she passed.

“I think Heather initially saw Cards for Brianna as simply something fun to do, but the more we got into it, the more she was able to understand what an awesome impact it could have on the world,” Croyle said. “Everything glorious about her—the love, energy, compassion, honesty, resiliency, humor, humbleness—shines through this book.”

Heather's publisher, Sourcebooks, will be supporting the book launch to make this a special event. A portion of the proceeds from print book sales in April 2016 will benefit METAvivor - a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that helps fund research for metastatic cancer.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
Cards for Brianna: A Mom's Messages of Living, Laughing, and Loving as Time Is Running Out Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492642138
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Published: Sourcebooks - April 12th, 2016