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A Short Walk Home

A Short Walk Home


A Short Walk Home is that rare (true) story that is both completely devastating and supremely hopeful. The story of David and Jaymee and their boys is one that must be read, and then shared. We owe it to ourselves, and to our loved ones.”
J.K. Simmons, Academy Award-winning actor

A Short Walk Home details the emotional journey traveled by author David Cry and his wife Jaymee after their young stepson, Logan, was diagnosed in 2010 with ALD (adrenoleukodystrophy), a fatal neurological disorder. Exploring the full extent to which a disease like ALD can shape and affect a life, as both David and his family try to come to grips with the inevitable conclusion to their struggles, A Short Walk Home captures the helplessness and anger that every parent feels at being unable to save their children.

Presented in prose both simple and true, A Short Walk Home shows us how to find peace and acceptance—at a time when we need it most. Drawn from the author’s personal experience, as well as years of working with individuals and families suffering from ALD, Cry’s story is at once both very personal, and very accessible—a story of appreciating what you have, making the most of the time you have left, and finding solace in the face of grief.

Contrasting sadness with hope, vulnerability with strength, and frustration with acceptance, A Short Walk Home demonstrates that grief, no matter how great, can give way to a greater understanding.

A Short Walk Home reaffirms the controlling truth of life: Love is the most powerful and enduring force we encounter. The story David Cry shares with us about losing a son reminds us all that love is the one essential needed to survive the most harrowing and hideous pain.”
Jim Axelrod, CBS News


David Cry is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Adrenoleukodystrophy Foundation, an organization founded in 2000 to serve the needs of families with the fatal pediatric condition, ALD. David lives his passions daily, having assisted mothers and fathers affected by this terrible condition in over 150 countries. David has established relationships with researchers at Johns Hopkins, Duke, Minnesota, Harvard, M.I.T., and many other institutions of higher learning. “Care today for a cure tomorrow” has been The ALD Foundation’s motto since day one, and David works tirelessly every day to make this change a reality. He currently resides in Slidell, Louisiana with his wife Jaymee and son Brennan.

J.K. Simmons is an American actor of film, television and stage. Simmons’ performance in Whiplash received universal acclaim and earned him more than 30 accolades, including the Academy Award, the Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.


A Short Walk Home is more than David’s story of survival but rather an inspiring story of his triumph over the darkest moments with only faith, hope, and love as a companion. David has tirelessly dedicated his life to ending the tragic effects of ALD as well as offering hope to those suffering.”
Chef John Besh, owner, The Besh Restaurant Group

“I’ve heard it said, ‘Pain is the precursor to change!’ David and Jaymee have suffered excruciating pain on every level possible and because of that pain, they are now changing the world!”
Heath Evans, analyst, NFL Network and Super Bowl XLIV Champion

A Short Walk Home is a testament to love, devotion, and the grit and resolve it takes to endure the unthinkable and emerge stronger and more committed than ever to each other, to a son’s legacy, and to a cause that must be addressed now.”
Karen Swensen, anchor, WWL-TV New Orleans

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Written by David Cry
Foreword by J.K. Simmons
Introduction by John Hirschbeck
978-1-57826-567-1, $15.95 paperback
978-1-57826-568-8, $9.99 eBook

In stores 6/30/15.

New from Hatherleigh Press.
Distributed through Penguin Random House.
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