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Gifts from Shane

A True Story of Love and Loss

Gifts from ShaneIn November, 1996, a boy with special needs named Shane was diagnosed with the rare and sometimes fatal disease of severe aplastic anemia. But much like the character in Winston Groom’s highly acclaimed Forrest Gump, Shane learned how to triumph over fear and imperfection. This true account of his life, and his death from aplastic, is powerful. It is full of high drama, dry humor, and deep despair as told by his mother, Marie Bartlett. Through her year and a half of nursing Shane through his ultimately fatal illness, readers of Gifts from Shane come to realize that from the greatest loss come gain, courage, renewal, and the ultimate “gifts” that are left behind.