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UK CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL PATIENT IS PRESENTED BOOK ABOUT HIS LIFE

By Tammy Gay

 

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Bartlett and Jarrett Mynear will sign copies of "The Joy Cart" at
2 p.m. April 7 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington.

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March 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.

During 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.

Jarrett, 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 blood disorder.

In 1998, 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.

Over several 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.

Jarrett's 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 cancer patients.

Those experiences 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.

"The Joy Cart" is available immediately through publishamerica.com and will soon be in local bookstores and on amazon.com.

Bartlett and Jarrett Mynear will sign copies of the book at 2 p.m. April 7 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington.

The publisher 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


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