12, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
The founder of Jarrett's Joy Cart has received the
first copy of a book detailing his inspirational life
story at the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital.
the past 11 months, Fox 56 News anchor Marvin Bartlett
has interviewed UK Children's Hospital patient Jarrett
Mynear, his family, friends and doctors about how
they have coped with cancer and how the boy turned
his negatives into a positive.
12, of Nicholasville, was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma
at the age of 2. His right leg was amputated before
he was 3. He has been rediagnosed with Ewing's five
times and once with myelodisplasia, a pre-leukemia
during a 38-day recovery from a bone marrow transplant
at UK, Jarrett noticed that many of the other patients
at the Children's Hospital didn't get many visitors.
He remembered receiving trinkets from volunteers four
years earlier when he was a patient at a Seattle hospital.
He asked his parents if he could get a toy drive together.
weeks, Jarrett devised a business plan and wrote businesses
and individuals for donations. Jarrett's Joy Cart
made its first run in March 1999. It has been a fixture
at the hospital ever since.
acts of charity led to three appearances on The Rosie
O'Donnell Show and one with Oprah Winfrey. He also
has won numerous prestigious awards and has become
an in-demand speaker, providing inspiration for other
are detailed in "The Joy Cart: The True Story of a
Boy and His Toys." Bartlett presented Jarrett with
the first copy of the book on the third anniversary
of his Joy Cart.
Cart" is available immediately through publishamerica.com
and will soon be in local bookstores and on amazon.com.
and Jarrett Mynear will sign copies of the book at
2 p.m. April 7 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington.
has arranged to donate one dollar for each book sold
to Jarrett's Joy Cart. If 10,000 books are sold, the
donation will increase to two dollars per book