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The “C” word can scare anyone. It is horrible to find out that someone you love has cancer but when you find out your child has cancer, it is a whole other fear. Eleven year old Taylor Matthews was diagnosed with cancer. She wanted to identify herself as the kid with cancer but not the cancer kid. This little girl, wise well beyond her years, takes us on an incredible journey with this fascinating book, Paint Your Hair Blue- a Celebration of Life with Hope for Tomorrow.

Paint Your Hair Blue is the ultimate love story between Mom and daughter. The love they have for each other will make you try to read the book all in one sitting. But bonding over a horrible disease is not the only lesson learned in this book. It’s about empowering yourself as a parent and as a family, even in the darkest moments.

This book taught us so much about being your own advocate. When devastated with pediatric cancer, many parents feel they do not have the time to learn and understand the information that pediatric oncologists are throwing at them. Be a champion for your child’s health. This book will show you how to overcome what seems to be impossible odds. You would be surprised what you can do.

This book taught us so much about the world of pediatric cancer treatment, not only in the USA, but around the world. It is definitely eye opening.


This moving story can inspire you. Without giving the book away, no matter what your circumstance, Taylor and family can inspire you to find joy in your life and become your own warrior. Whether it is depression or a cancer diagnoses, you will get nuggets of wisdom and strength from this beautiful book. Even in the darkest of times, you have to find your light.


Be sure to spend some time completely absorbing chapter 9, learning to fly. This is a hard chapter to read. We like to think that when one has cancer, no matter how young or old that the community will be there to support with love and friendship. That is not always the case. Taylor makes sure to see through the pain and with the love of her family, perseveres. We will not give the book away, but we want our audience to reflect on that chapter. The quote at the beginning of the chapter is “Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane.” This life quote cannot be truer. We found a lot of strength in this chapter.

Unfortunately, the beautiful and strong Taylor Matthews passed away at 16 years young. The world lost a great young lady but Mother Sue Matthews keeps her legacy alive with this book.

The Taylor Matthews Foundation is now run by Mom which funds research at several leading institutions and has a strong voice in lobbying Congress for legislation to improve access to cancer treatments for children.


Definitely a tear jerker, but through the tears we found ourselves loving the story and finding great wisdom, joy and strength from the book. Recommended for families, cancer warriors and people who need a support system through difficult challenges. A kind reminder that a portion of the author’s proceeds of the book will be donated to TAY BANDS INC. Such a great cause.

It’s so hard to think of losing a child, especially one as strong and incredible as Taylor. This Mother daughter love story will help raise awareness, support and change to the pediatric cancer world and what needs to be done. It also helps parents and children cherish each other and hold each other a little tighter after reading.

Make sure to buy this book today and get ready for a real page turner. Read by yourself or with your older child to share in this story of strength, love and life.


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