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Book Fair

Introducing a children’s book, Paisley Pay it Forward Adventure! Written by award winning author Gail D. Nussbaum and illustrated by Nadia Ronquillo.

Paisley’s Pay it Forward Adventure was recently honored with the Purple Dragonfly book Award which is a national competition recognizing upcoming authors in Children Literature under the category "Making a Difference".

Proud to announce that the book is also being recommended by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society!

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Paisley is a teddy bear excited to find a new home full of adventure and is surprised to end up in a children’s hospital.  Though not where Paisley expected to be, Paisley finds purpose through helping Ahna, a young girl battling cancer. Paisley’s journey doesn’t end with Ahna, Paisley travels from kid-to-kid learning what it means to pay it forward and the power of small acts of kindness! Inspired by a real life Pay-It-Forward event held annually by the author, Paisley’s story is one of love and giving back to those who need it most. Like the thousands of stuffed animals that have found homes, Paisley’s mission is to spread hope and joy! 

Writing my first children’s book, Paisley’s Pay it Forward Adventure, was a rewarding experience. I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful illustrator, Nadia to bring this story to life! The book though fictional is based on the real-life story of child with Leukemia who I had met through my own pay it forward charity event.  The book discusses the importance of paying it forward and small acts of kindness. In that theme of paying it forward, I will be donating 100 % of books sales to benefit charities involved with pediatric cancer. Please see charity information at bottom of this page.  It has been an uplifting experience to write this book.  I wanted to share some graphics designs on how Paisley and other characters were thank you for your support of Paisley’s Pay it Forward Adventure!   



100% of the proceeds from the book sales go to Pediatric Cancer charities; Brent’s Place  Denver/Aurora, Ronald McDonald House – Denver Chapter,  and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.


Brent's Place provides families a gateway to life-saving medical care by offering independent living accommodations close to partner hospitals. We deliver a welcoming space, individualized family support services, and a caring and understanding community to help in the healing process. Brent’s Place is the only long-term, family-centered, Safe-Clean housing solution in the Rocky Mountain West region.

 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver provides a home away from home for families who travel to Denver seeking medical treatment for their seriously ill children.  The two Houses – one in Denver and one in Aurora – provide a cozy and safe place for 118 families to stay, at no cost.  RMHC-Denver knows the importance of keeping families together and believes that no family should have to deal with their child’s medical crisis alone.   

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Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)  emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of 4-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was fighting cancer and wanted to raise money to find cures for all children with cancer. Her spirit and determination inspired others to support her cause, and when she passed away at the age of 8, she had raised $1 million. Since then, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement. Today, ALSF is one of the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S. and Canada raising more than $250 million so far, funding over 1,000 research projects and providing programs to families affected by childhood cancer. For more information, visit

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