Children’s book “Wings of Courage” a tribute to 5-year-old Livonia girl who fought cancer

Nearly 10 years after Livonia preschooler Leah James lost her battle to an inoperable brain tumor, she has inspired a children’s book designed to help other families like hers cope with a cancer diagnosis at the U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“Wings of Courage” was produced by U-M’s Department of Neurosurgery, and will be given to all pediatric cancer patients at Mott and is available on Amazon with proceeds funding the book’s redistribution at the hospital. “Wings of Courage” was created with a $15,000 donation from the Livonia-based foundation created in Leah’s memory, Leah’s Happy Hearts.

Former U-M School of Art and Design student Ellen Nelson created the bold and bright illustrations in Wings of Courage.

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