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Local Authors Visit Ripley Library


Beautiful Scars Authors Kilee and Lori Visit Ripley Library June 9

Beautiful Scars by Kilee BrookbankKilee Brookbank and her mother Lori Highlander will visit the Union Township Public Library on Thursday, June 9 to talk about Beautiful Scars, the true story they co-authored about Kilee’s journey to overcome a devastating injury. Join Kilee and Lori in the Ripley Library meeting room from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to hear about their story, and listen as they read selections from Beautiful Scars. Lori and Kilee will answer questions, and will sign copies of Beautiful Scars, which will be available for purchase.

Kilee and Lori live with their family in Georgetown, Ohio. Read more about Kilee’s story in an article from the Ledger Independent:

A moment can change everything. Kilee was a typical 16-year-old, thinking about school, soccer, her friends, and her boyfriend. But her last ordinary day erupted in an, explosion in November of 2014 that consumed her house, burning over 45 percent of her body and sending her to the very brink of death.

After 38 days of surgeries, skin grafts, perpetual physical therapy, and excruciating pain, she had to discover how to live again. When Kilee returned home, she had to find a new “normal,” relearning how to tie her shoes, put on her makeup, and even turn a doorknob. In each moment of her long journey back to everyday life, she had to make choices that would define who she was and who she would become. With unwavering support from her mom, Lori, and the rest of her family, Kilee faced her journey with determination, strength, and a positive attitude that inspired not only her community, but people around the world.

Told together by Kilee and Lori, beautiful scars is a story of recovery, healing, and hope, reminding us all that we’re never powerless, never alone, and that each challenge we face helps make us the people we are meant to be. It’s what you do with each moment that defines you.

Kilee is an honor student, soccer player, shoe fanatic, animal lover — and burn survivor. Kilee, a member of the 2016 graduating class of Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington High School, is preparing for her future with strength and determination that inspire everyone she meets. She and her family created the Kilee Gives Back Foundation in 2015 to support other families through times of crisis, and Kilee is devoted to paying forward the generosity and kindness she received from her community and from around the world.

– Marla Toncray, Ledger Independent

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