When a local teen’s mom died from breast cancer, she needed somewhere to direct her focus. So, she put pen to paper and now, she’s a published author.
Makenzie Thompson was devastated when her mom got sick, but she’s trying to direct her energy somewhere positive and productive. "With my mom passing away, it’s kind of just a way to cope with it. I got into writing and my dad actually helped me out with that."
She published a children’s book first, and several others are already in the works. She tells us, “they’ll teach [kids] basic lessons to help them. They are things I’ve been through, so if kids relate, it will help them”.
Makenzie says her dad has been a big help, and that’s bringing them closer together. Her dad, Maxwell, tells us, "the last couple years when her mom passed it was difficult but we're real tight as far as father and daughter."
This teen is drawing inspiration from the toughest experiences of her life, and she’s determined to keep her mom’s memory alive. “One thing I’m not good at, she was always good at public speaking; outgoing, talk to anyone, everyone loved her.”
For Makenzie, this is just the beginning. Her next life mission is to become an oncologist. “Well, my mom being sick, I kind of want to help other kids not have to go through what I went through.”
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