Children's Hospital Patients Find Hope in Books

August 29, 2007


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital celebrated a new literacy program called John’s Shelf. The celebra-tion took place in the Pediatric Infusion and Dialysis Unit located in the Barbara and Bill Richardson Pavilion.

Katie Beatty, whose son, John, is a three year cancer survivor, started John’s Shelf to donate more books to children with cancer at UNM Children’s Hospital.

"When John was going through cancer treatment, he asked me to find the book Beowulf," said Beatty. "I wondered at this request until we journeyed through the story’s evil and read about Beowulf defeating the monsters. Then, I understood the strength and hope the story brought John. He fought a monster that year, and the story provided a mean of defense."

Beatty has collected books for all ages and of all genres and is still accepting do-nations. Books can be mailed to: UNM Children’s Hospital, Attention: Meloney Baty for John’s Shelf, 2211 Lomas Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

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