Book Reviews

“Emily impressed me with her fortitude, confident, and nonchalant attitude. The story of how she and her parents persevered through the challenges they faced is deeply meaningful to me and I know will be truly inspirational for others.”

- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leukemia Survivor

“In this remarkable story, Emily’s aggressive childhood cancer is beaten back when family, faith, and science converge… Emily and her parents tell their story, bringing us along to share in the urgency as different treatments are tried, and together they reveal the promise of cancer research and how immunotherapy has become a pillar of cancer therapy in just a few short years.”

- Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, CEO, Stand Up to Cancer

“Playing in the NFL, I have seen my share of tough individuals who were successful because their opponents were unwilling to match their desire to win. Emily’s battle with cancer showed this exact toughness. She would not give up!… The story of Emily overcoming all odds to beat cancer, the most ferocious opponent, is inspiring and reinforces the power of hope.”

- Jon Condo, Retired All Pro NFL Long Snapper

“An incredible, beautifully written chronicle of a life-saving therapy, and the story of the family that endured and brought the therapy to life. This book is an affirmation of the power of science merged with the power of faith.”

- Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, New York Times bestselling author of , The Emperor of All Maladies

“There are stories that forever change the way we view human health. Praying for Emily is a poignant portrayal of the courage and determination of Emily Whitehead and her family… I am profoundly moved by the Whitehead family’s strength throughout their journey and inspired by the ways they have wielded their hope and heartache to help families like them-families who intimately know what it means to look toward a cancer-free future and fight to realize it.”

- Vas Narasimhan, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Novartis

“A truly remarkable and uplifting story that is a page-turner and roller coaster ride of emotion all in one! You won’t be able to put it down and you’ll be thrilled that you didn’t when you get to the triumphant ending.”

- Pamela Oas Williams, Film and Television Producer

“A truly beautiful story of the courage of a family who made a gigantic leap of faith in science and health care, and in so doing, pushed medicine into the next frontier of what is possible…This book will allow patients and those who have lost hope to find new hope, inspiration, and beauty in the possibility of making the impossible possible.”

- Christian Barkey, CEO, Barkey GmbH

“Praying for Emily is a thought provoking and heartfelt account of what it means to face the impossible with prayer. Tom and Kari looked into the eyes of their sick child and did the one thing that cancer (and most of the world) did not expect them to do – believe. Because of their faith, the Whiteheads were not only able to save their child, but in sharing their personal experience and story of unrelenting hope – will save so many more. I believe and you will too.”

- Lori Rothschild Ansaldi, Friend, Advocate of Life, Documentary Filmmaker

“This remarkable story is a hero’s journey but it’s so much more than that: it is the essence of the power of love. I don’t know the meaning of life but this is pretty darn close!”

- Jason Flom, Founder, LAVA Media, LLC