Williamsport natives Keith Cole and his brother, author Timothy N. Cole, hope to educate and inspire others with the true story of a little girl stricken with the "flesh-eating" disease called necrotizing fascistis.
Timothy N. Cole has just completed a book titled "Every Day for My Daughter" detailing the events surrounding the illness suffered by Keith's daughter, Isabella.
" 'Every Day for My Daughter' exists for three reasons," Keith Cole explained. "First to educate people that flesh-eating infections can happen to anyone at any age. They spread quickly and they are deadly. Secondly, we hope to touch people's lives and perhaps inspire them. And the third reason is to tell the world that when hope is all you have, you must hold on to it tightly."
Keith Cole, who had lost his first daughter in 1990 to an accidental drowning, was devastated once again in 2005 when doctors at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville informed Keith and his wife, Stacey, that Isabella had to undergo debridement surgery in order to save her life.
The procedure involves cutting away the tissue damaged by the infection in order to stop the spread of the bacteria.
Isabella was then transferred to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh where the couple waited and prayed for their daughter's survival.
"I really felt compelled to share my story," Keith said, "so I asked my brother Timothy, who had already written a novel, to author this book."
The Coles have turned to a website known as Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary for production and promotion. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects.
"Our project can be accessed on kickstater.com by typing 'Every Day for My Daughter' in the project search," Keith said. "We have posted a 3-minute video on our Kickstarter page with more information."
The book can also be preordered through the author's website at timothyncole.com.