Alair and Goldie were featured on “Right This Minute” on Monday Nov. 5
Many people are asking about giving donations. The family wants to be clear that at this time we are not non-profit or a charity. The family was originally planning to use the win-win of we share our story, you receive the gift of the story and we are able to buy a farm for Goldie and Alair.
However, we have accepted and appreciated donations. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or for fundraising information to help your organization and Gratitude Grove Farm at the same time.
Channel 7 news did a story on Alair, Sharon, Robbie and Goldie at 11:00 Oct 31. The goal to buy a farm that not only helps the family but also other children.
Alair’s goal is to sell 50,000 books between now and the end of December to buy a farm. Books are available at http://www.createspace.com/3970357 or on Kindle at amazon.com
“I couldn’t put the book down after I started it!” Is the most common comment we have heard from people who have read the book. What follows is an e-mail sent to family related to those in “My Best Friend Goldie”:
Well, thanks to Alair I didn’t have to do my Saturday house cleaning until after lunch! In the morning I threw in a load of wash and started reading her book. I read the entire book in one sitting. (I don’t remember ever doing that before!) I only put it down for a bathroom break and to wipe the tears from my eyes. They were tears of joy, disbelief, sadness, and amazement. I even read through breakfast and lunch. (I guess I should have at least had breakfast before I picked up the book!)
What a wonderful story! I can’t believe Alair has accomplished and experienced so many interesting things in her life so far. I was truly amazed at what she usually was willing and able to attempt. I don’t think as an adult I would have the desire or stamina to try what she has tried. She is amazing and it brought tears to my eyes throughout the story.
I get chills when I think about how many places she visited, how many people influenced her life, but most important, how many lives she has influenced. I know I have learned a lot about how special needs children perceive things and what can help them through their challenges.
Sharon and her family should be bursting with pride. They are one of the strongest families I’ve ever heard about. I was actually talking out loud as I read, “I can’t believe this!” “Wow, that is amazing! “How could she handle that?” “Yes, you go girl!” “Why did that have to happen?!” “Thank God for bringing those people into their lives.” “God, please heal Sharon and give her the strength to endure all of her challenges also.”
And the list goes on!
People don’t have a clue how awesome the book is by looking at the cover or reading the postcard. It is so well written. Sharon and Alair need to keep writing. They both have a multitude of talents! I was happy I was able to see some of Alair’s artistic talent at the beginning of each chapter. That was a good touch.
Has anyone taken the book to any colleges? What a great learning tool. Reading the book is the next best thing to experiencing the actual events.
Thanks again for introducing me to part of your remarkable family through the reading of My Best Friend Goldie!
Have a good rest of your weekend.
Will you help spread the word?
The story behind the book “My Best Friend Goldie”
A single mother with two autistic children battling cancer wrote a book with her daughter. It is not about the struggles, but instead about the miracles and gratitude in their lives. They find help in an unlikely place, the barnyard. Here they not only encountered a miracle that gave them new life, they also found ways to overcome many struggles and met a warm community. The book gives insights of innovative methods to provide therapy for children with autism. Their story will inspire you, make you laugh and make you cry. For many families it will provide helpful resources for dealing with persons with disabilities. This story will be a gift to families with similar challenges.
With this story also comes a cry for help. This cry is to preserve the farm experience for this family. The farm they are renting is being sold, so they need resources to buy it or purchase or rent another farm. They want to use their own success to touch other families with their farm. They dream of a place where many special needs children can experience the gifts they have experienced with animals.
Will you consider being a part of making their book an overnight success? For only $7.99 you can help by downloading the book to your Kindle, or Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, and Android-based devices. (Purchase these at Amazon.com) For $14.95 print copies of the book are available at http://www.createspace.com/3970357 Check http://www.mybestfriendgoldie.com or Facebook at “My Best Friend Goldie at Gratitude Grove” for information. To contact us by e-mail go to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Description: “Never would I have imagined myself here,” this mother expresses about her life with her daughter, Alair whom was born with multiple challenges including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, OCD, Sensory Integration Dysfunction and Auditory Processing Disorder. A miracle occurred in Alair’s life when she found an unusual talent in working with chickens and farm animals.
As this incredible journey unfolds an amazing community is discovered. Insight appears as the family embarks on a courageous struggle in spite of losing their home, dealing with cancer and unyielding crisis. Against all odds this young autistic girl rose to levels of success with a very special friend, a chicken named Goldie.
Thank-you for your support,
Friends and Family of Alair and Sharon
Description: Alair Laree Bergman was born with multiple challenges including Autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, OCD, sensory integration dysfunction, and auditory processing disorder. A miracle occurred in her life when she found an unusual talent in working with chickens and farm animals. As the story unfolds you will learn about an amazing community that helped her along and her Mother’s journey to get her where she needed to be, in spite of losing their home, dealing with cancer and unyielding crisis. Against all odds this young girl, rose to levels of success with the friendship of a very special friend, a chicken named Goldie.