How a Parkland Dad and 9/11 Brother
Faced Tragedy with the Help of Many Good
"Don't tell me there's no
such thing as gun violence. It happened in Parkland." ―Fred
2020 Nautilus Silver
#1 New Release in Grief & Loss
2021 Chanticleer International Book Award Finalist in the Hearten Category for Uplifting Non-Fiction Works
Life changed forever on
Valentine's Day 2018 for Fred Guttenberg and his family. What should
have been a day of love turned into a nightmare. Seventeen people died at
Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Fourteen-year-old Jaime
Guttenberg was the second to last
“Fred Guttenberg is a
hero." ―Lawrence O'Donnell. That Jaime and so many of
her fellow students were struck down in cold blood galvanized many to action,
including Jaime’s father Fred now a gun safety activist dedicated to passing
common sense gun safety legislation.
was already struggling with deep personal loss. Four months
earlier his brother Michael died of 9/11 induced pancreatic cancer. He had been
exposed to too much dust and chemicals at Ground Zero. Michael battled
heroically for nearly five years and then died at age fifty.
the Helpers has a special meaning to the Guttenberg’s. It
was a beloved family wisdom learned from watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
In the midst of tragedy, "always look for the helpers. There will always
be helpers. Because if you look for the helpers, you’ll know there’s
hope." ―Fred Rogers, 1999
from grief. Discover the story of Fred Guttenberg’s
activist’s journey since Jaime’s death and how he has been able to get through
the worst of times thanks to the kindness and compassion of others. Good things
happen to good people at the hands of other good people─and the world is filled
with them. They include everyone from amazing gun violence survivors Fred has
met to former VP Joe Biden, who spent time talking to him about finding mission
and purpose in learning to grieve.
If you enjoyed Eyes to the Wind, Haben, or The Beauty in Breaking. Then you'll love Find the Helpers!