Saturday, June 20, 2009

Seven-Year-Old Writes Book to Help His Friend

One seven-year-old author and his family have put the self-publishing concept to good use. Drake Senseney, a student at Woolmarket Elementary School (Mississippi), decided to write a book to raise money to help a fellow student, Lexi Moore, who is being treated for T-cell lymphoma. And, despite not being able to sell his book at the local Wal-Mart, Drake has managed to raise about $2500 for his friend.

(Lexi and Drake at his book presentation)

The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport) has the story:
Lexi was excited that she was recently presented a copy of the book, “The Basketball Game,” by Drake himself.

“Guess what he let me do?” she asked. “He let me kiss him on the cheek.”

The two met at Woolmarket Elementary School.

Wanting to help his friend, Drake said he one day thought of writing a book. That was about three months ago.

So far, sales of the book have raised about $2,500 for Lexi. Several fundraisers for are being held this weekend.

To write the book, Drake’s mom, Dee Dee, said, “He had me make him a page on the computer. He did all the typing (hunt and peck method), and I had to show him how to do the clip art.”

Shea Williams, 20, Drake’s cousin, also drew a couple of pictures for the book.

The book sells for $1 because Drake insisted that his friends couldn’t afford more, Dee Dee Senseney said.
Some kids really do get it.

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