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Writing Children’s Books While Battling Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer, With Sherri Graves Smith

Sherri Graves Smith

Writing Children’s Books While Battling Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer, With Sherri Graves Smith

Sherri Graves Smith is the author of three children’s books series. In 2014 Sherri introduced a new series called “Lil’ Sherri” in which the author, as a six-year-old, narrates age-appropriate books about life lessons. Her first series, “Game Day Rules,” consists of more than 40 books licensed by colleges and professional teams in which the official team mascot teaches good sportsmanship. She also has a line of alphabet and counting books with team mascots. More information on Sherri and her books can be found on sherrigravessmith.com.

Prior to becoming an author of children’s books, Sherri joined The Coca-Cola Company’s Legal Division as an attorney in November 2000. After taking an assignment as Assistant Division Counsel for Coca-Cola Ltd. in Toronto, Canada, Sherri was being considered for a three-year position in Vienna, Austria. Her career came to an abrupt halt after a routine visit to the doctor revealed that Sherri had cancer. In November 2007, at the age of 36, Sherri was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and immediately began an aggressive course of treatments that included chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

Presently, Sherri is continuing in her battle against cancer, which was diagnosed as a chronic condition in 2010. While on daily chemotherapy, she refocused her love of children to writing children’s books.

Prior to her illness, Sherri volunteered at homeless shelters and schools tutoring children to read. In addition to tutoring, she was an active participant in urban Atlanta schools and taught law courses in order to encourage youth to seek careers in the law.

In January 2014, Sherri was named the 2013 Author of the Year by her publisher, Mascot Books (www.mascotbooks.com). She was recognized for her superior achievements in storytelling and writing and a demonstrated passion for literature. Mascot Books donated $1000 in her name to the Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation.

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