Hope author Janice Lawson and her book "Saving Amy" will be featured in a program at the Bartholomew County Public Library's Red Room in downtown Columbus from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 17th.
During the program, you will get a sense of the importance of the family's faith, hope, and love and their appreciation of the great help they received by many others.
The book is the story of Lawson working to save the life of her daughter, born with hyperoxaluria, a very rare genetic disease that causes oxalate crystals to accumulate in the body causing first kidney failure and then other problems. First Amy's father donated a kidney but the disease destroyed it. Lawson donated her daughter a kidney which lasted 30 years. Amy then went through dialysis for three years while waiting for a donor kidney and liver.
In her book, Lawson talks about the phone call from the transplant office:
"At 11 a.m., my phone rang. When I picked it up, I saw it was the transplant office. -- I just knew this was the call! When answering, the coordinator asked how Amy was doing. After telling her Amy was well and sleeping, she told me they had a possible liver and kidney."
Lawson ends the book with good news:
"Amy has returned to Ohio to live with her husband, Matt, and her young son, Joshua. Three years was too long to wait, but we are grateful it wasn't longer. Those three years were an extreme test of our faith. In the middle of the test, we wondered at times if we would ever see an end to it, the end we prayed for, Amy healthy and able to continue with her life. I wondered if I could remain strong enough to help Amy get there. God is good, and He brought us through attack after attack."
Saturday's event will feature David Webster as master of ceremonies and a performance by Sally Webster, singing "A Fighter Like You" and other songs from the "Saving Amy" CD.