Boxes of Butterfly Kisses (Books! that is…) and “I Get by with a Little Help from My Friends)

Griffin with our fleece blanket…

Ellen and I recently received our 4th edition copies of our book Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When someone you love has cancer… a hopeful, helpful book for kids. It is just 4 years when we launched our book and our joint endeavor in conjunction with the Art of Survival and the Olivia Newton John concert at Count Basie. In that time we have connected with so many incredible people all over the world! The internet is an amazing tool, and one that I know we have only begun to tap into.

Ellen and I do this (getting our book and message to families who need it) inbetween taking care of our families, our careers and whatever else comes our way. It is truly a give and take. Right now I am a week away from celebrating my son Griffin’s bar mitzvah and have been immersed in not only preparations for his service and celebrations following, but it has been a real time of reflection of how religion plays a part in our contemporary lives. Then, just for an added twist, Griffin’s nose accidently collided with a friend’s hand while horsing around and he went in for surgery last week! Healing is not going as quickly as we helped, but thankgoodness for the Temple Beth El community and beyond helping me with the Bar Mitzvah TO DO LIST.
Thankfully, Ellen is right there taking care of things for McVicker and Hersh, and now my friend Marian is helping reach out to hospitals and cancer centers. It certainly takes a village.


  1. Karen
    May 7, 2013

    Hi Nanci. As my husband and I walked Bronte’s Bondi Beach in Australia, a lovely lady asked if we wanted our picture taken. We said Yes and a conversation developed that lasted our walk, with her, throughout the Cliff Walk. She told us all about you and the wonderful work you are doing. When I told Heleana I was originally from Philadelphia, now residing in NY, she thought maybe we knew each other, but I don’t think so. Doesn’t matter, we do now, thanks to Heleana. Love how small the world can be at times. All the best to you, your mission, and those who benefit from your good work. – Karen

  2. Nanci Hersh
    May 8, 2013

    @Karen- Thank you so much for reaching out to me… and how great that you met Helena!! Did she ever tell you how she met me? She was on her honeymoon (when we each married to our former husbands) in Hawaii… and she walked out of a house they were renting on my street- shot me her warm smile and in her charming Aussie voice said- Hello! Almost 30 years later, we’re still friends and there she is making new friends and making connections. How wonderful that you are down there- it has been 20 years for me, but I loved it Down Under. Be well, travel safe… and maybe our paths will cross again. Nanci


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