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Sue Matthews and Andrea Cohane are sisters who grew up in the suburbs of Manhattan. Despite ten years between them, they have always been soul mates, best friends and fierce supporters of one another.


When Sue's middle daughter Taylor was diagnosed with cancer at the age of eleven, their seemingly perfect world was turned upside down. Writing about Taylor's journey, which included at the forefront a love affair between her and her mother, was both cathartic and painful, and Sue turned to Andrea for help. Together the sisters painstakingly relay Taylor's story both to honor her and to caution anyone dealing with a disease about the need to be your own advocate and above all, continue living life with meaning and purpose.

This book is a love story between mother and daughter, as they embark on a pediatric cancer journey while embracing life with a gusto reserved for the unbridled optimism of explorers and children. From page one to page last, you will laugh, you will cry and you will learn to love a little deeper.


sue matthews

Sue is President of the Taylor Matthews Foundation, a tay-bandz organization, which is a 501 C-3 founded by her then 11 year old daughter Taylor, who passed from pediatric cancer at age 16. 


 She is actively involved in advocating for children with cancer and lobbying Congress for legislation that improves access to cancer treatment for children. Sue navigated hospital systems all across the United States and internationally. She speaks with compassion and detailed knowledge about the options and challenges families face. 

Sue holds a BA in accounting from Franklin and Marshall College and is a CPA and former senior manager at Deloitte. Sue lives in New York City with her husband Bob Matthews and their daughters, Ryan and Corey.



andrea cohane

Andrea Cohane is a board member, advocate, and advisor for her niece Taylor’s pediatric cancer organization, the Taylor Matthews Foundation. She holds a BS in economics from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law. She has practiced business litigation, both in New York City and Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a member of the bar in both states. Andrea resides in Charlotte, with her husband Bill and their children, Samantha and Sofia. 

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