We are excited to welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author, Mitch Albom, for a very special event and we hope you'll join us for an intimate conversation with Mitch, author of "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "Five People You Meet in Heaven," as he reflects on his life-changing experience with Chika.
Moved by the suffering he witnessed after the devastating Haiti earthquake of 2010, author Mitch Albom adopted a failing orphanage in the city of Port-au-Prince for his charities. There he met Chika, a bold and curious five-year-old girl, who had developed a life-threatening brain tumor. With no doctors in Haiti able to help her, Albom brought Chika into his home with the hope that medical care in the U.S. could cure Chika’s illness. They were an unlikely family – Albom and his wife were in their late 50’s, Chika was a fireball of pre-school childish energy, with endless questions about her new country, its people, and the world around her. The story of their journey and the many things they learned along the way is told in Albom’s new book "Finding Chika." It is Mitch’s hope that audiences will be moved by Chika’s courage, enlightened by her journey, inspired by her humanity, and empowered to help ease the suffering of children worldwide.
It will be an inspirational evening filled with funny and tender anecdotes and moving photos and video from his time with the amazing Chika, who like Sophie Quayle, suffered and died as a result of a DIPG diagnosis.
Watch the book trailer here.
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However, if you missed out on attending our event, but would like to purchase this amazing book, you're in luck! Or if you were able to join us, and would like to share this book with friends and family, here's your chance! We have a few extra copies of "Finding Chika" and you can purchase one or more via the link below. The book is $18 and includes shipping.
~~ All proceeds benefit Smiles For Sophie Forever; A Foundation Confronting Pediatric Brain Cancer. ~~
More about "Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family:"
This book is one of Mitch Albom's most personal story to date: an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.
Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince.
With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika's arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, "No one in Haiti can help you with."
Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika's boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.
Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Finding Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed―a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.
Mitch Albom is a best-selling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally-syndicated columnist. The author of seven #1 New York Times bestsellers, his books have collectively sold more than 40 million copies in 47 languages worldwide. "Tuesdays With Morrie," which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. Four of Albom’s books, including "Tuesdays With Morrie," "The Five People You Meet In Heaven," "For One More Day" and "Have A Little Faith," have been made into highly acclaimed TV movies. Oprah Winfrey produced "Tuesdays With Morrie," which claimed four Emmy awards including a best actor nod for Jack Lemmon in the lead role.
Albom has founded nine charities in Detroit, and operates the Have Faith Haiti orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti, which he visits monthly. He lives with his wife, Janine, in metropolitan Detroit.