News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 14, 2014

Sharing hope

Author plans to give back to March of Dimes through sales of her book

Lisa Trigg
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Marcie Brock knows what it’s like to be a small child in a hospital bed, facing huge medical challenges.

That’s why she has written “Through Jake’s Eyes: A Grandmother’s Creation of Love.” And she plans to share the success of her book by donating $2 from each book sold to the March of Dimes.

“A little goes a long way,” Brock said of her donation, “and if I can help families out there, that is the reason. I want to help other families who are struggling with medical costs, just like my family did.”

Originally from Clinton, Brock was born with a rare genetic disorder that caused skeletal abnormalities.

She was transferred as an infant from Union Hospital in Terre Haute to the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, and she spent a lot of time there growing up.

As an adult, Brock has moved to Terre Haute and now works at Providence Medical Group in the medical records department. She studied journalism at Indiana State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 2009, so she is also a writer by training.

Brock said it took her more than six months to write her first book, and she is already at work on a second book.

“I hope to write more,” she said. “Not only about my life, but others. I’ve got a lot of books in mind that I want to do.”

The Jake of her story is a handmade doll created from socks. Jake will accompany her to a book party set for 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the McDonald Lake Rod and Gun Club in Clinton.

The annual March for Babies fundraiser is set for April 26, commencing at 10 a.m. at ISU’s Memorial Stadium. Registration opens at 9 a.m., with the walk route going south on Brown Avenue to Ohio Boulevard, east through Deming Park and returning along the same route to the stadium.

Local March of Dimes director Nikki Simpson said she is thrilled Brock is donating a portion of her book sales to the organization.

“She’s someone who’s taken adversity in life and chosen to do something with it to help others,” Simpson said. “The number of books sold doesn’t matter to me as much as the fact that she is donating to the March of Dimes.”

Brock said she is grateful for the book’s illustrations, created by local art teacher Addie Smith-Simpson.

The story of Brock’s medical journey is intended to give hope to families and children dealing with health issues.

“My parents, they really didn’t know if I was going to make it,” Brock said of her early life. “But Riley Hospital gave them a lot of hope.”

By giving back to March for Babies, Brock is sharing hope with others.

Reporter Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or lisa.trigg@tribstar.com. Follow her on Twitter @TribStarLisa.