View Quadangles Print Version →


 

Read Class Notes Online →

 

Browse CLASSPICS

 

 

Past Issues →

 

 

 

subscribeOnline picture

 

 

Advertise with Us →

 

 

Bookmark and Share

 

 

subscribeOnline picture RSS feed

 

Graceful Cooking

Eight-year-old Grace, a lover of books and reading, was the first child to sign up for a 2009 summer library camp run by librarian Jane Martellino, M.L.S. ’96, at the Consolidated School in New Fairfield, Conn. Grace never got the chance to attend. Doctors discovered she had a brain tumor and operated. A week after the surgery, she slipped into a coma for five weeks.

Martellino traveled to the New York City hospital each week to read to her would-be camper. Today, Grace is in recovery with a cookbook named for her. All Because of Grace, spearheaded by Martellino, was designed as a fundraising project to help with Grace’s medical expenses. Profits from the book go to the Yes! Grace Rocks Foundation.

In planning the book, Martellino thought it would be nice to include a handful of children’s book authors so she wrote to a few she had met through the years, explaining the project. She asked each to share a favorite recipe and provide a story explaining why the recipe was meaningful.

Within four weeks, Martellino received responses from more than 130 award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators. Support did not stop there. Publishing giant Scholastic donated $2,500 to help cover the cost of printing the book.

Grace still has a long way to go. She slipped into another coma that has hampered her recovery. She suffered nerve damage that impacts her speech and vision.

Through it all, books have kept the young patient’s spirits up. “We write stories together,” Martellino reports. “Grace has a gift for telling stories, which makes the project that much more perfect.”

Comments are open, but there are no comments.

Leave a Comment

Most comments will be posted within 24 hours of submission.

Spam protection by WP Captcha-Free

Web Extras

An ‘UGG’ly Affair

Get Paid What You’re Worth

Stu Fitelson ’55: Ageless Athlete

The President’s View

Transformation

Features

Tony Horton: The Face (and Body!) of P90X

Kinesiology

URI’s Amateur Stock Analysts Impress Pros

Making URI a Place Where Everyone Feels Safe, Respected, and Valued

A Recipe for Success

Tucson Shooting Inspires Public Service

Art Heist Expert

News & Views

Alumni of the Game

Gulp! That’s Hard to Swallow

Graceful Cooking

Heat From The Street

Alumni Association Ram Award

Xeroxing Patents

URI Invents Fast, Inexpensive Blood Test

New Medical Physics Degree

Lorne Adrain ’76 to head Rhode Island Board of Governors

Press Box

Bissett Named Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach

Rae Adds to List of Academic Honors

Cloutier Earns Top Basketball Honors in Canada

Needham Named Women’s Soccer Head Coach

Rhody Football Earns 12 Spots on All-CAA Academic Team

Shoniker Named to Capital One Academic All-District I Team

Class Acts Profiles

Larry L. Voelker ’52

Dan Faggella ’09, ’10

Marlon Mussington ’01

David Bill, M.M.A. ’97

Heather Pacheco ’98

Katie Strauss ’09

Back Page

Focus on Nature

Alumni Chapters →

Wrapups

Big Chill Weekend 2011

Upcoming Events

GSO 50th Anniversary

Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

50th Reunion and Golden Grad Weekend




QuadAngles © 2014 URI Alumni Association. All rights reserved. Produced by the Office of Publications and Creative Services for the URI Alumni Association, Alumni Center, 73 Upper College Rd., Kingston, RI 02881. Phone: 401-874-2242 | Contact Quadangles