ICA Grad's First Draft on Future / March 01, 2016

Madesyn Boger’s "The Chilkat Blanket" is 26 pages long, a very sweet career beginning for the writer/children’s advocate. Madesyn is a 2012 graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy and in May graduates from Iowa State University with a degree in child, adult, and family services. “I’m very excited because I was able to graduate in three years and that has been my goal this whole time,” Madesyn told me via email. “I want to be a child life specialist so after I graduate I will be doing an internship at a hospital in the child life program to get my 480 clinical hours.”

Madesyn’s family on her mom’s side share the Native American Tlingit Culture and she wrote the book much to recall that heritage as well as her call to serve children. Tlingit tribes have passed on many customs and one of the most famous is the Chilkat Blanket, colorful and used to tell the story of a family.

Madesyn has worked with children since age 14 as nanny, volunteer at Stanford Children’s Hospital, camp counselor at UCSF and working in child care. Madesyn said the experience was a direct path to deciding her professional future.

“All of these experiences have made me realize that there is no greater joy than working with children,” Madesyn said. “Children have taught me so much like how to be forgiving, kind, generous, thoughtful, and to love every second of the day.”

A youngster leads the cast of characters in the book. “I chose for the character to be a young child because I want children to know that they are capable of anything as long as they stay determined,” Madesyn said. She has no other writing projects underway but hopes in time “to create a series out of this first book.” Madesyn’s folks are Deayn and Rockne Boger.

“The Chilkat Blanket” is available on Amazon, online Barnes & Noble, and Folio Books in Noe Valley. Half of all proceeds from book sales will benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to assist in the cure of childhood cancer.

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By Tom Burke, Catholic San Francisco


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