Teenager with inoperable brain tumor uses own book to inspire CHOI patients

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PEORIA, Ill. — A teenager with local roots from the Pekin area is spending his Fourth of July giving back to pediatric patients at the OSF Children’s Hospital of Illinois (CHOI).

Jackson Grant, 15, is living with an inoperable brain tumor.

Since his diagnosis, Jackson has undergone more than two dozen MRI’s. To help him through his nerves, he associated the MRI machine with a “noisy donut.” From that coping mechanism an idea was born to turn his tips and tricks into a book for others.

“I know that [other kids] are going through hard stuff riught now,” said Jackson Grant. “I’ve been through some stuff of my own and it feels pretty good to give them a book and help them out with what they’re dealing with right now.”)

The Donut That Roared: A Child’s Guide to Surviving an MRI is a whimsical tale of a noisy donut (the MRI machine). The book includes tips, journaling pages for patients and information for parents.

Jackson is a Make-A-Wish recipient and a junior ambassador for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is the son of Jean Yordy Grant and Rupert Grant (of Los Angeles). Joan Yordy Brasher of Nashville, Tennessee, is co-author and illustrator.

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