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Local Authors Richard and Daphne Gaspard Release Their New Book - Still Rising

Jun 05, 2018 11:43AM ● By Staff Writer

A chronicle of their family’s journey as their youngest daughter battled with a rare bone marrow disease and its complications.

In April, 2015, Katie Gaspard was diagnosed with a rare blood disease, requiring extensive medical treatment, including a bone marrow transplant. After months and months of suffering, due to complications from that transplant, Katie passed away on July 20, 2017.

 Richard and Daphne, although crushed from the loss, have determined that they do not want what happened to Katie to be all for nothing. Their hearts’ desire is to tell her story and speak to those who are suffering, or have gone through tragic loss. Together, they authored Still Rising, a book chronicling Katie’s journey, while showing God’s hand in the process. It is available on their website, through BookBaby, and on Amazon.

Richard and Daphne are both available for speaking engagements and media appearances. Please use the contact info included in this press release to inquire about bookings. A portion of the proceeds of every book sold goes to the Still Rising Foundation.

The Still Rising Foundation resources ministry-minded young women and serves families of pediatric bone marrow transplant patients, thus, honoring the memory of Katie Gaspard. The 501(c)(3) foundation accepts tax-deductible donations of all types. More information is available at