Ontario’s Amy Mathers was born with Glycogen Storage Disease Type IIIa (GSD), a form of muscular dystrophy. With a focus on paying forward the gifts of two organ transplants, she is a strong advocate for organ and tissue transplant awareness.
She is also a passionate reader and uses teen novels in bibliotherapy, using books “to help people identify their feelings and cope with their lives”.
Inspired by Terry Fox and Rick Hansen’s Canadian journeys, her newest project, ‘Amy’s Marathon of Books”, promises to raise money for a new Canadian teen fiction prize. Amy calculated that Terry Fox walked an average of one kilometres every six minutes and that she can read ten pages in the same amount of time. Thus every ten pages will represent one kilometre as she reads books from each province and territory, beginning with Newfoundland.
Amy expects to finish one book a day in 2014 and will post reviews of each book on her blog. Her goal is “To raise money for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) in order to endow a Canadian teen book award to be presented at the yearly Canadian Children’s Literature Awards gala”.
Visit Amy’s Marathon of Books to learn more, suggest a book, donate, participate or follow Amy and her book reviews through a variety of social media.