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Emily Corwin

TICONDEROGA - A Ticonderoga woman has inspired a book on cancer survival.

Emily Corwin sparked author Carolyn Rubenstein to write Perseverance, a book of cancer survival stories aimed at inspiring others.

Corwin was diagnosed with cancer the fall of her junior year of high school. She went on to endure 10 months of treatment to include a major surgery that left her on crutches for almost two years.

Through her experience Corwin kept her motivation and humor. The whole family stayed upbeat and positive, regardless of the daunting reality of Corwin's condition.

The family has always had religion as a center of their lives and Corwin drew from this from the start always knowing "I can do this. I'm going to be OK."

Corwin's story is now published in Perseverance a collection of cancer survivor's stories by Rubenstein. All of the proceeds from book sales will go to cancer patients and cancer research.

Perseverance is sold nation wide in all major book stores and locally at LaChute Books in downtown Ticonderoga.

Rubenstein created a not-for-profit organization, Carolyn's Compassionate Children, to help children with cancer and other serious illnesses. It includes scholarships for college-bound cancer survivors.

It was through this website, Corwin applied for a scholarship and Rubenstein became aware of her story.

In June 2005 Rubenstein contacted Corwin to interview her for the book she was starting.

"Emily Corwin planted the seed that grew into Perseverance, the book," Rubenstein said. "Emily was the first person I spoke to about writing a book that would transform lives through a beautiful ripple effect of inspiration, courage, hope and perseverance.

"That was quite a lofty goal for a 20 year old," Rubenstein continued. "However, Emily and her mom, Pat, believed in Perseverance from day one. They supported the vision of the book throughout the four-year writing process. I am forever grateful to Emily for sharing her awe-inspiring wisdom about life."

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