Suzanne Ruff, author of The Reluctant Donor and Chicago native, returns to the library on April 30 for our Donate Life Month event. Last year she regaled us with her tales of life, love, and self discovery. Suzanne left us in both laughter and tears, as she related her story of donating her kidney to her sister JoAnne who was suffering from a genetic disease.
Last year the story really resonated with Tinley resident Kathy Mohoney, who shares a similar life experience. When Kathy noted that Suzanne was going to speak here last April she thought,
"Oh my gosh this is the woman that when I read her book I cried [because] it was so well written and so pertinent to what I experienced". But its not just a story about a family's disease and organ donation, it really is,
"what life is. We laugh, cry, and laugh again. It is a book to honor those who went before us,” says Suzanne.
But you don't have to take my word for it, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent says:
As soon as I started reading The Reluctant Donor I knew I had found a special book that would restore my faith in my belief about the goodness of everyday people. This book is a 60-year long epic journey of triumphs and tragedies of a beautiful and inspiring family. Even more than that, though, it is a story of unbridled love one sister had for another, and how that love was tested. If you want to be inspired, simply turn the page.