Valley View, OH (PressExposure) February 15, 2011 -- Motivated by a four-year-old relative who lost his battle to an aggressive brain tumor 20 years ago, lifelong salesman John Voso Jr. recently released a book he says is about "hope."
Today's Heroes, Surviving with Style, a compilation of stories from 23 cancer survivors, is meant to inspire people, said Voso, a Cleveland, Ohio native whose family was profoundly affected by the death of his nephew, Richie White, in 1991. Voso and his family continue to help others dealing with medical battles through the Richie White Pediatric Family Fund at the Cleveland Clinic, which will benefit from sales of Today's Heroes. Voso said the mission of the Richie White fund is "Making Children Smile." Each year, the fund pays for a summer picnic and Christmas party that bring great joy to families enduring the pain of sickness, the author said.
A former professional bowler who grew up in Cleveland's working-class Collinwood neighborhood, Voso always wanted to write a book. Emotionally stirred by the many people he has met through the Richie White sponsored events, he decided to share the struggles and triumphs of cancer survivors. "It's their story more than my story," he said when describing Today's Heroes. The people featured in the book range in age from 14 to 84 and live in several American states, including Ohio, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota and Washington. Voso interviewed most of them and wrote their stories, but a few of the chapters are first-person accounts, he said. The author borrowed the "Surviving with Style" tag line from ovarian cancer survivor Sheryl Stanowick, who developed Cancer Survivors with Style, a line of comfort products for chemotherapy patients.
An alumnus of St. Joseph High School, Voso is a senior vice president and agency relations manager at Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. He lives in Sagamore Hills, Ohio with his wife, Debbie, and has three children Angela, 24, John, 21, and Deanna, 16. He continues to bowl in a men's league and is compiling an Italian cookbook featuring his favorite dishes that he plans to publish in the future.
To schedule an interview with John Voso Jr., call 216-408-8866 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To order Today's Heroes, Surviving with Style, visit Halo Publishing International at http://www.halopublishing.com.