Kasey to the Rescue by Ellen Rogers
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion (November 2, 2010)
This is a story of how miracles DO happen.
How courage and a never-give-up spirit can emerge victorious.
How an engaging little monkey helped change a family’s life.
Ellen Rogers considered herself something of a tragedy snob. The single mother of five believed she could weather any storm, that she could keep her family from harm with fortitude and grace. But nothing could have prepared her for the June 2005 car accident that left her son, Ned—then 22 years old—fighting for his life.
Ellen refused to give in to despair. We’ll get through this, she told herself. We have to. But love and determination can only go so far, and the road home was fraught with obstacles. Ellen and Ned took comfort in family and friends. And they prayed for a miracle.
Miracles happen to those who believe, the saying goes, but who would have believed that one family’s “miracle” would weigh in at five pounds sopping wet Then Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled provided Ned with an affectionate and intelligent service animal with a steadfast devotion to hierarchy, a longing for “spa days,” and a craving for Gummi Bears. In other words, a diva.
Life with Kasey was yet another challenge for this large and lively family, but they persevered as families do, and in time this wise and sensitive animal did more than help Ned cope with his disabilities—she turned the simple tasks of life into a life worth living. Kasey’s astonishing intelligence and compassion brought hope and laughter back to a family facing its greatest challenge, and helped them see the world in a new way.
This was a very inspirational book, one that would be a perfect read for anyone who is disabled or knows someone who is. I know everyone doesn’t need a helper monkey (or dog), but everyone can benefit from having a pet in their life.
Kasey was adorable, just look at that face!! I loved the way she interacted with Ned, and that she gave him so much more than comfort. It amazed me how his pain eased just by her being near.
I loved how she had to make sure everyone in the house knew their (and her) place. That was the only way she could trust Ned and Ellen 100%, and know they were her “people”.
Like the blurb says, Kasey sure was a diva! The story about the purse and mirror that Ellen bought her was priceless, and so was reading about her candy snatching.
I didn’t think having a helper monkey would be so much work, but do think it would be well worth the time and energy. Her impact on the family, especially Ned, was priceless.
Even though Ned and his mom were going through the toughest time in their life, Kasey was a very bright light in that darkness. I don’t think Ned would have recovered as well as he did without her.
This book has been sitting on my tbr shelf for a long long time, and I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to get it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to read something that is truly uplifting.
Kudos to Helping Hands and it’s employees, and other organizations like them.