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With the support of local author John Preston Smith, anyone who donates $12 to the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital will receive an audio book of his most recent work, The Bog. It is the story of a man who follows the cry of a wounded animal into a forsaken quagmire and encounters a wolf named Napoleon, and what happens after that meeting.
As the grandfather of a child with a rare chromosomal disorder, Smith is using his skills as an author to make a difference in the lives of children for generations to come. By donating copies of his audio book, Smith is giving people something in return for their contribution to the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital.
“I wanted to support the ‘Building the Dream’ project for the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital, and I wanted to request minimal donations that would result in instant acknowledgment and appreciation for the project,” Smith said. “The idea was to have a project that would be affordable for everyone and whereby everyone receives something tangible as our show of thanks.”
Here are some customer reviews of The Bog: "I listened to the bog on the way to Texas. It was awesome!! I want to purchase the book. Can I buy one and have it shipped to Texas???" Sherri S., Dallas, TX; "John, you've hit a home run." Charlie Pangburn, Evansville, IN; "John, I've listened twice...I love it." Pat Bird, Akron, OH; "You've got to find a way to get this out there, it's great!" Zach Beckett, Beckley, WV
Doug Sheils, Director of Strategic Marketing at Cabell Huntington Hospital, offered his familiar voice to the reading of The Bog, Smith’s fictional tale about the bond between dogs and their owners.
“My first contact with John was when he served as a hospice volunteer for my father, providing friendship and companionship during the final weeks of his life,” said Sheils. “John is a remarkably caring, generous and insightful man. It was my honor and privilege to partner with him in the creation of his audio book.”
Smith, a Huntington native and author of seven books, is making the audio book available at local businesses, including the Cabell Huntington Hospital Gift Shop, Robert’s Running Shop locations in Huntington and Charleston, Meehling Insurance on Rte. 60 in Huntington and John P. Smith Insurance Agency in Huntington. As an added incentive, the first 2,000 donors will also receive a handcrafted piece of art from area school children who also wanted a role in supporting their hospital.
Donations may be made, and audio book orders can be taken, by calling 304-526-6314. To order The Bog online, click the "Make a Gift" icon on the bottom of any page of www.cabellhuntington.org. Enter at least $12 as the amount you wish to donate, choose "Get The Bog" from the designation drop-down menu and complete the rest of the form as indicated. A $3 shipping fee is added to mailed orders.
John Preston Smith has trained dogs for more than 48 years, and this book takes readers to the author’s most familiar territory – the relationship between dog and man. It’s a story of fantasy that unfolds in a swampy grove of marshland infested by snakes, rats, and mosquitoes…a place believed to be where animals go to die. When The Bog’s narrator follows the cry of a wounded animal and enters this sacred place, his life is forever changed when he encounters a ninety-pound she-wolf. The Bog offers much more than its mystifying story, proffering thoughts and questions every dog lover has pondered.
The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital is a 71-bed children’s hospital within a hospital located at Cabell Huntington Hospital, a 303-bed academic medical center in Huntington, West Virginia. The Hoops Family Children’s Hospital is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association and includes a 36-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a 25-bed General Pediatrics Unit and a 10-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The facility is currently undergoing a $12 million renovation project.