I'll Stand by You
One Woman's Mission to Heal the Children of the World
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“The saint of Staten Island” (People magazine) shares the inspirational story of how she’s changing the world, one child at a time.
Over a decade ago, Elissa Montanti was reeling from the loss of several loved ones when she decided to work past her grief by collecting school supplies for Bosnian children. Then a U.N. ambassador showed her a photo of Kenan, a young boy who had lost both arms and one leg to a landmine.
Elissa invited Kenan and his mother into her home, arranging free airfare, prosthetics, and medical care. Operating out of her apartment’s walk-in closet, Elissa’s Global Medical Relief Fund has since helped more than one hundred and fifty children from twenty-two countries injured in war zones and natural disasters around the world. I’ll Stand by You recounts Elissa’s remarkable story and how—in helping these children—she healed herself.
Praise For I'll Stand by You: One Woman's Mission to Heal the Children of the World…
"Montanti grips you from start to finish. She pours her heart and soul into getting these children the proper medical care as they become a part of her global family. Shriners Hospitals for Children is proud to play a role in providing the care that many of these families can’t afford nor can these children receive in their homeland.”—Peter F. Armstrong, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer and Chair of Surgeon Advisory Board, OrthoPediatrics Corp.
“An intriguing journey begins with tragic loss in the seemingly safe suburbs of Staten Island and stretches across the rugged terrain of lawless hinterlands in war-torn Bosnia to find a new life of unexpected adventure and ultimate redemption. This very personal story proves that one person can make a powerful difference in the lives of thousands.”—Deborah Rodriguez, author of the New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School
Plume, 9780142196892, 256pp.
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
About the Author
JENNIFER HAUPT is a journalist living in Seattle, Washington.