Myra Sack with Cheryl Espinosa-Jones - Fifty-Seven Fridays (Corte Madera Store)

Myra Sack
In conversation with Cheryl Espinosa-Jones

Fifty-Seven Fridays
Losing Our Daughter, Finding Our Way

Corte Madera Store
Sat., April 20th, 2024 • 1:00pm PT

This event is free to attend and will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Corte Madera Store. Please contact events@bookpassage.com with questions regarding events.

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"A wondrous, hopeful, heart-breaking witness to one of the darkest journeys imaginable... This will be one of those rare books that people re-read, think about, and encourage others to read." --Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D, author, with Oprah Winfrey, of What Happened to You

"I love this book. I absolutely could not put it down. It is beautifully written and cuts to the very heart of life and love: The story of Havi's short, beautiful life and early death from Tay-Sachs is harrowing, heartbreaking, uplifting, profound and sometimes funny. Havi will charm the socks off you."--Anne Lamott

Life is unfolding as planned for Myra Sack and her husband Matt until their beautiful year-old daughter Havi is diagnosed with Tay-Sachs, a fatal neurodegenerative disease, and given only a year to live. Myra and Matt decide to celebrate Havi's short life and vow to show her as much of the world as they can, surrounded by friends and family who relocate to be in Havi's orbit. Tapping their Judaism, they transform Friday night Shabbats into birthday parties--"Shabbirthdays"--to replace the birthdays Havi will never have.

 


 

Myra Sack is certified in Compassionate Bereavement Care and is founder and project director for e-motion, a non-profit she designed that helps people process and learn how to live with grief.  She has written for numerous publications including the Boston Globe, Upworthy, Hadassah Magazine and TODAY.com. Myra grew up in the Philadelphia area and earned a BA in government with All-American Honors from Dartmouth College, where she captained the women’s soccer team and co-founded Athletes United, a student-led initiative to connect local children with student-athletes through a cost-free sports league and holistic mentoring program. A post-graduate fellowship allowed her to launch the Latin American arm of Soccer Without Borders in Granada, Nicaragua.

Myra’s lifelong passion for sports and social justice brought her to SquashBusters, a pioneer organization that reaches thousands of young people around the world through long-term extracurricular squash, academic, and social-emotional programming. She is currently SquashBuster’s senior advisor, and was previously the chief program and strategy officer, focusing on strategic growth and impact, curriculum creation, staff development, and cross-site program quality. She was awarded an MBA in Social Impact from Boston University and has been inducted into the Lower Merion High School Hall of Fame in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, where she serves as a board member.

 

Cheryl Espinosa-Jones is the host of Good Grief with Cheryl Jones (Voice America Radio/podcast).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Myra Sack photo courtesy of the publisher; Cheryl Espinosa-Jones photo courtesy of the publisher.

 

Location: 

Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Fifty-Seven Fridays: Losing Our Daughter, Finding Our Way By Myra L. Sack, Joanne Cacciatore (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Myra L. Sack, Joanne Cacciatore (Foreword by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781958972250
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Monkfish Book Publishing - April 2nd, 2024