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McFarland family hosts book launch for "Cards from Brianna" in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) --  A compilation of greeting cards from a dying mom to her young daughter has been made into a book being revealed in Madison today. 

Heather McManamy, who lived in McFarland until her death from stage-four metastatic breast cancer last year, began writing the cards to Brianna soon after she was diagnosed in 2014.  The cards are for many occasions: for birthdays and holidays, as well as other experiences in the future when Heather knew she wouldn't be there for daughter.  

McManamy had just finished writing the first draft of the memoir when she died. She co-wrote the book with William Croyle.

People could buy advanced copies of the book Sunday at the Madison bookstore A Room of One's Own, with Brianna signing copies herself.  

Jeff McManamy, heather's husband, says the book is a message of hope to live life to the fullest, just like Heather did while fighting cancer.

"That's what makes the book so special, because it's not a book about dying, it's not a book about cancer, it's a book about living. It kind of helps you recalibrate, put things into perspective about no matter what's going on, to focus on what is good and make every day matter," Jeff tells 27 News.

A portion of the proceeds from book sales in April also benefit METAvivor, a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that funds research for metastatic cancer. 

"Cards from Brianna" has been published by Sourcebooks, which will have it available starting April 12. You can pre-order the book online here. Hallmark also plans to publish its own version and publishers in other countries will print versions in Chinese, Italian and Korean. 

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