OverviewColorful and whimsical, this tale aims to put fears to rest and emphasize the important role of family, friends, and caregivers in the life of every cancer patient. On one level, it is a children's story that allays anxiety and explains how kids can help their parents through treatment and recovery. On another level, it is a parable for all that uses the metaphor of a circus to illustrate how friends, family, and caregivers—through their actions, deeds, and support—can add threads to the patient's and family's safety nets as they participate in the high-wire act that is cancer.
Reviews“Jim Owens was a fighter and he was concerned about other people with cancer and their families. His vibrancy and love for life continues to guide us and teach us the importance of cancer survivorship and sponsorship. I encourage everyone to add their own thread to the net." —Jim Ramstad, former congressman, U. S. House of Representatives
“This journey to the circus is one of parable and message, none more important than that of a man on a high-wire and his need for a safety (survivorship) net! Deftly illustrated, this is a hopeful, insightful book and a 'must read' for any young family grappling with cancer.” —Davis Phinney, founder and chair, Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s
Author BiographyJim Owens was an engineer, businessman, athlete, and avid cyclist. He received the Triumph Award from the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 2005, and he rode with Lance Armstrong during the Foundation's 2004 Tour of Hope. Bill Cass is a shoe designer and illustrator for Nike who has done illustration work for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Lance Armstrong is an acclaimed athlete who won the Tour de France a record-breaking seven times. A survivor of testicular cancer, he is also the founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer research and support. He lives in Austin, Texas.