The Resource Alex : the life of a child, Frank Deford

Alex : the life of a child, Frank Deford

Label
Alex : the life of a child
Title
Alex
Title remainder
the life of a child
Statement of responsibility
Frank Deford
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The inspiring story of one little girl's bravery in the face of an unrelenting disease In 1971 a girl named Alex was born with cystic fibrosis, a degenerative genetic lung disease. Although health-care innovations have improved the life span of CF patients tremendously over the last four decades, the illness remains fatal. Given only two years to live by her doctors, the imaginative, excitable, and curious little girl battled through painful and frustrating physical-therapy sessions twice daily, as well as regular hospitalizations, bringing joy to the lives of everyone she touched. Despite her setbacks, brave Alex was determined to live life like a typical girl'going to school, playing with her friends, traveling with her family. Ultimately, however, she succumbed to the disease in 1980 at the age of eight. Award-winning author Frank Deford, celebrated primarily as a sportswriter, was also a budding novelist and biographer at the time of his daughter's birth. Deford kept a journal of Alex's courageous stand against the disease, documenting his family's struggle to cope with and celebrate the daily fight she faced. This book is the result of that journal. Alex relives the events of those eight years: moments as heartwarming as when Alex recorded herself saying "I love you" so her brother could listen to her whenever he wanted, and as heartrending as the young girl's tragic, dawning realization of her own very tenuous mortality, and her parents' difficulty in trying to explain why. Though Alex is a sad story, it is also one of hope; her greatest wish was that someday a cure would be found. Deford has written a phenomenal memoir about an extraordinary little girl
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
EBLCP
Dewey number
362.1/989237/00924
Index
no index present
LC call number
RJ456.C9
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Alex : the life of a child, Frank Deford
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn899942038
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781504007337
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
34922615-20b6-417c-9500-d813264831cd
Publisher number
EB00592157
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b32145330
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)899942038
  • pebc1504007336

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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