Arkansas Author: Rhonda Fincher
Occupation: Executive Director, Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation (more information below about the Foundation)
Title of Book: Good Night Kendrick, I Love You: A Mother’s Journal Through Grief
The book walks the reader through my process of grief as chronicled through letters to my son over a span of fifteen years.
What inspired you to write this book?
After Kendrick died I read many books on grief. However, I felt that they fell short of understanding the pain that I was really going through. Two years after Kendrick died and I had written many letters to him, I realized that my letters would tell a story of grief from a more personal perspective. I knew then that I needed to share my letters to Kendrick—it just took me thirteen more years to have the strength and courage to have them published.
What else would you like our readers to know?
The book is available online through Trafford.com, Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com as well as other online bookstores. In Rogers, the book can be purchased at Barnes and Noble and at the Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation office, 812 West Cypress Street. Reviews are posted on both the Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites.
The Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation’s mission is to promote proper hydration and prevent heat illness through education and supporting activities. Kendrick Fincher was 13 when he went to his first day of football practice and had heat stroke. After 18 days at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, he died from multi-system organ failure as a result of heat stroke. After his death, we recognized the need for more education for coaches, athletes and parents. Since then, the KFHF has been involved in promoting the mission through:
- Presentations to school aged children through the “Beehydrated” program. Children receive a 20 minute presentation and are provided a pamphlet and a free squeeze bottle that reinforces the key learning points.
- Presentations to athletes through the “Beat the Heat” program. Athletes receive a presentation on hydration and heat illness prevention and are given a pamphlet and free squeeze bottle that reinforces the message to prehydrate, hydrate and rehydrate.
- Misting tents and free ice water at community events in Northwest Arkansas during the hot summer months.
- Kendrick Fincher Youth Run each May that reinforces the message of proper hydration and the importance of physical fitness.
Hydration Campaign, a web based program to provide our pamphlet and presentation information in an online format for easy distribution throughout all communities. It is important that coaches, parents and athletes work together as a team to prevent heat illness and the hydration campaign provides a resource to support that need.
The website for additional information and resources is www.kendrickfincher.org. You may also call the office at 479-986-9960.
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