Toowoomba resident Ruth Logan and Melanoma Awareness Foundation CEO Brett Otto teamed up with local students to create a picture book about melanoma awareness.
Toowoomba resident Ruth Logan and Melanoma Awareness Foundation CEO Brett Otto teamed up with local students to create a picture book about melanoma awareness. Megan Masters

Joyful new book the legacy of sun-loving man

WHEN Ruth Logan was trying to work out where to best use funds raised as part of this year's Peak 2 Park, the most logical place was where her late husband Tony would have wanted it.

Mrs Logan said her healthy, active husband passed away from a secondary melanoma just three months after diagnosis and Peak 2 Park participants wanted to raise funds in his memory.

He loved the sun and the outdoors and he loved children, so Mrs Logan came up with an idea to have local children write, illustrate and publish a children's picture book to raise awareness of the killer disease.

While Mr Logan was a big advocate of sun safety as he grew older, the damage had already been done when he was much younger, making it the perfect motivation to help a new generation avoid melanoma.

She got in touch with Brad Otto, CEO of the Melanoma Awareness Foundation, as well as Toowoomba creatives Emma Mactaggart of Boogie Books and artist Dr Tarn McLean.

Soon after, two workshops were held in which the youngsters brainstormed ideas, wrote a manuscript and set about illustrating it.

Melanie and me is a book by Toowoomba students created with the help of the Melanoma Awareness Foundation and the Peak 2 Park event.
Melanie and me is a book by Toowoomba students created with the help of the Melanoma Awareness Foundation and the Peak 2 Park event. Contributed

The end product was Melanie and Me, a story about Melanie, aged four-and-three-quarters, who learns all about the sun and what it can do.

Mrs Logan said it also included plenty of information at the back that might help educate parents and grandparents a little more about the dangers of melanoma.

Their work is set to come to fruition today when they get their first glimpse of the finished product at the official launch.

People can meet the eight young authors, enjoy morning tea and pick up a free, signed copy of the book.

The launch will be held in the Art Gallery Park in Ruthven St from 9.30am and will be followed by a morning tea.


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