Kennedy Krieger Institute Featured in New Bestseller by Renowned Author, James Reston, Jr.

May 8, 2006
Reston to appear at Baltimore book signing and discussion on May 18th

"For the brain-damaged child, Kennedy Krieger is the Harvard and Oxford in one." - James Reston, Jr., Fragile Innocence: A Father's Memoir of His Daughter's Courageous Journey

Join critically acclaimed author James Reston as he discusses his book, Fragile Innocence. This moving portrait of the Reston family's journey to understand and accept their daughter's rare illness is an affirmation of the human spirit centered around one extraordinary young woman who cannot talk, read or understand language.

Chronicled in the narrative is the family's remarkable experience at Kennedy Krieger Institute's Neurobehavioral Unit. This intimate story personalizes some of the daunting ethical issues of medicine that society faces today.

"Hillary's first stint at Kennedy Krieger transformed her life and ours... To the normal person with average children, these might seem to be minor achievements for four months of intensive training. To us they amounted to a sea of change." - James Reston, Jr.

When: Thursday, May 18th, 7pm
Where: Barnes & Noble
1819 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Contact: (410) 415-5758

Book Sale Benefiting KKI

From Thursday, May 18th through Sunday, May 21st, Barnes & Noble (1819 Reisterstown Rd.) will donate a percentage of all book sales to Kennedy Krieger Schools. Vouchers are available at any Kennedy Krieger Campus or at any cash register and should be presented at the time of purchase.

When: May 18th-21st
Where: Barnes & Noble
1819 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

About James Reston, Jr.

James Reston is the author of 13 books, three plays, and numerous articles that have appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, The New York Times Magazine and others. Several of his books have been translated into ten foreign languages, and two have been optioned by Hollywood. He resides in Chevy Chase with his wife and Hillary.

About Kennedy Krieger Institute

Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord, the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD serves more than 12,000 children each year through inpatient and day treatment programs, outpatient clinics, home and community services and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with developmental concerns mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop and pioneering new interventions and earlier diagnosis. For more information on Kennedy Krieger Institute, visit www.kennedykrieger.org.