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Upstate child author's book aims to teach kids about cancer

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Alyssa Williams is a published author (Apr. 24, 2018/FOX Carolina) Alyssa Williams is a published author (Apr. 24, 2018/FOX Carolina)
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An Upstate third grader is a published author.

Alyssa Williams, who attends Hendrix Elementary School in Boiling Springs, has written a book called “What Matters Most.”

Alyssa says she remembers the concern she felt when she found out her great grandmother would likely lose her hair during her cancer treatment.  At that time, at 6 years old, she decided to cut her hair and donate it to an organization called Wigs For Kids.

But then the young writer decided to put her feelings to paper in hopes that other kids could learn more about cancer and how to cope with it in their lives.

In “What Matters Most,” when a girl’s best friend is diagnosed with cancer she donates her hair to make a wig and the whole class wears bandanas in solidarity when the character battling cancer loses her hair.

Alyssa says, “I don’t want people with cancer to think, ‘Oh no, I’m all alone,’ and I want their friends to read that book and say, ‘Okay my friend has cancer I should be supportive and help them.’”

Alyssa’s book is available on Amazon and she says she’s already wanting to wrote a second book about the families of soldiers who deploy.

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