Pittsburgh Today Live's Celina Pompeani talks to cancer survivor and author Michael Ban about his "Adventures At The Hospital" book!
CELINA POMPEANI: Hey, everybody. Celina Pompeani here with today's Something Good. You know, the hospital can be a scary place no matter what age you are, but especially if you are a little kid. That's why author and brain cancer survivor Michael Ban wrote the children's book titled Adventures at the Hospital to destigmatize the hospital or doctor's office for the brave little kids who make visits there. Michael spent a lot of years as a young boy in the hospital, but he will never forget the superheroes he met.
MICHAEL BAN: The staff at the hospital, the doctors, the nurses, everybody's so ingratiating and welcoming that I couldn't like-- not forget it, and I loved it so much. Fast forward to 2018. I got another experience in the hospital. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. And this time, it was a lengthy, lengthy recovery process. I had to learn to walk again. I learned to read again, and write.
I started writing these little tales for my niece. And I was like, you know what? I think that's something I want to do. Adventures at the Hospital. And it's all about the fun experiences, the fun people you meet. The doctors, the nurses, the support staff. It's just a positive, fun experience to kind of cast going to the hospital in a positive light for little kids.
CELINA POMPEANI: Michael donated 350 copies of his book to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and several other hospitals all over the country. If you would like to purchase Adventures at the Hospital, it's available now. You can buy it on Amazon, Mascot Books, Barnes & Noble, or you can head to our website, pittsburghtodaylive.com. We'll have a link for you right there. For PTL, I'm Celina Pompeani.
- Thanks, Celina. And what a nice story of taking what would have been or could have been considered a tough time in your life and turning it into something positive and uplifting for others.
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