Sarah Curry Rathel lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Graduating magna cum laude from the University of Cincinnati, she also earned High Honors from the Department of Communication. Sarah has spent her career working with nonprofit organizations dedicated to seriously ill children and their families.
“Throughout my career, I have worked with the most inspiring children as well as their families, siblings, doctors, nurses and social workers. Children with special needs and life threatening illnesses, such as cancer, must overcome so many obstacles in their lives. They encounter daily stares and questions from those around who see them as “different”. However, these children don’t seem to dwell on their “differences” at all. They smile, laugh, want to learn, and want to have fun like every other kid. After watching my own children struggle and seeing their young friends struggle to understand them, I felt compelled to capture this message. Something Different Books present children with stories celebrating that everyone is different, and that makes us the same!”
Since publication, Sarah has spent time in classrooms, hospitals, libraries, Ronald McDonald Houses, and more sharing the book, it’s anti-bullying message, and hoping that every child who reads this story will relate. The book itself has raised money for individual children, other charities, and always Ronald McDonald House. People from across 7 countries have come together to purchase copies and make a difference in the lives of others who are struggling. This is truly a book that gives back in every way.
“If every child had the chance to learn at a young age that we are ALL different, and that makes us the same, I truly believe that bullying would be scarce and that kids wouldn’t look to fit in, but would instead embrace their ability to stand out. We only get one chance, and I hope this book helps open the eyes of all children to see that every single person is not the same for a reason.”