New Children's Book Delivers "Hope" to Children and Families Battling Childhood Cancer

By: Stillwater River Publications
WEST WARWICK, R.I. - Aug. 22, 2023 - PRLog -- In Alison Hornung's new children's book Hope Has No Hair, a young girl named Hope feels anxious. Her hair has been thinning because of her cancer treatments and the time had come to shave her head. It is then up to the efforts of her loving and supportive family – and one special surprise – that helps Hope to realize that true beauty doesn't come from outward appearances, but instead comes from the heart.

The idea for the book came from the real-life experiences of Ella Catherine Integlia who died in 2019 at the age of fourteen after her own battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. After losing her own hair at age eleven, she wrote a letter to a major doll brand asking them to create a doll with no hair so that girls like her could feel confident and courageous. Ella's wisdom, strength, spirit, and positivity gave Alison the inspiration to write the story.

In the end, Hope Has No Hair is an empowering story of resilience in the face of adversity. The story demonstrates to children the power of self-confidence and how to find the beauty within themselves.

Alison Hornung is an award-winning philanthropist and founder of the Glimmer of Hope Foundation ( – a 501c(3) non-profit organization that shows girls and boys their strength and beauty through the donation of bald dolls and provides hope to families battling childhood cancer. Alison is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Hope Has No Hair is her first book.

Kelly Mengarelli is an artist, illustrator, and graduate of Northern Arizona University who possesses a natural ability to make imagination come to life in a whimsical way. Information about her work is available on her website Kelly lives in Arizona with her husband where they both enjoy the outdoors, the desert landscape, and spending time with family.

Hope Has No Hair is available to purchase through select bookstores and gift shops, major online retailers, and through its publisher at In addition, hand-signed copies are available from the author.

Hope Has No Hair

Written by Alison Hornung
Illustrated by Kelly Mengarelli
hardcover: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-96050529-3
August 2023

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