When Mary Chapman of the Elderly Wish Foundation in Antioch first met Martha Haris and heard about her unique wish, she worked hard to make her final dream come true. Unfortunately, Chapman was unable to complete the wish before Haris succumbed to breast cancer in April of 2010.
After Haris' death, her daughter, Kimberli Haris George, took over the reins and continued to work to keep Haris' dream alive. As a child, George was regaled with stories her mother had made up about a fairy called "Fairyella." At around the time of George's first lost tooth, "Fairyella the tooth fairy" came to life from Haris' imagination and stayed with the mother and daughter throughout childhood.
Before she died it was Haris' last wish that the stories she had created with her daughter would be printed into a book form.
"Mom hoped that every child in the world could know who Fairyella was because it made me so happy through my childhood," George said.
George continued with the process of making this wish come true after Haris died, spending countless hours trying to find illustrators and affordable printers to bring the story to life.
"We would not have been able to complete the book without the help of the Elderly Wish Foundation," George said.
To help supplement the funding for the wish, George said she went to family and friends. George also finally found an illustrator that she thought had the same vision of Fairyella as George and her mother did.
From dealing with the death of her mother to giving birth to her son, George faced many obstacles to publishing the book until the project was finally completed earlier this year.
The book, titled "The Adventures of Fairyella the Tooth Fairy and Dragonfly Floyd," features seven short stories in rhyme with pictures for each story. The seven stories in rhyme are about Fairyella and her trusted companion, Dragonfly Floyd.
"My mother really wanted the stories to be in individual books, but the cost was too much," George said. It is still her hope to complete that project some day.
This is an incredible emotional time for George as she remembers the mother who adopted her in 1970 and created a loving environment that included magical fairies complete with her lost teeth turning into stardust left on her pillow.
"I really believed in Fairyella for a longtime," George said.
"The Adventures of Fairyella the Tooth Fairy and Dragonfly Floyd" can be found on all major book selling sites. The book can also be found on www.fairyella.com. Purchasing the book at this location will come with a discount and for every book sold George is donating $1 to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
"The Adventures of Fairyella the Tooth Fairy and Dragonfly Floyd" can be found on all major book selling sites. The book can also be found on www.fairyella.com.