Writing this book has involved many people. Most of them are members of our family. Our aunt, Stephanie Pilk, worked with us on the illustrations for the book. Our other aunt, Roberta Pilk MacDonald, was instrumental in getting the book laid out and printed. Finally, our mother Candace Pilk Karu, helped with every aspect of Henry & The White Wolf. She was the driving force behind our work. This project would not have been possible without her.
We first learned about the Maine Children’s Cancer Program in 1996. That year, our family worked on a project to raise money for MCCP. We toured their facilities and found out about the amazing work that goes on there. We also learned that kids being treated for cancer, especially the very young ones, can get really scared. Since we have both had our own experiences in hospitals, we wanted to do something to help kids stay strong and brave while going through the process of hospitalization or chemotherapy. This is why we wrote Henry & The White Wolf. We know first hand that a hospital stay can be a frightening experience.
Thanks to all the people at Maine Children’s Cancer Program who read and commented on our book, especially to Jim Bouchard, the Development Director at MCCP.