• Bootsie Books - Inspiration through rugby

    Some of you may have heard of Mike James through Total Rugby (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qc8UmIo5FE=0, some of you may not. If you haven't, here is his story;

    Mike James' son Connor was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of seven in 2007.

    Mike was asleep in hospital next to him one night when he was struck with the inspiration to write a series of children's books.

    The epiphany led him to create 'Bootsie', the rugby-union playing character in an eight-book series that Mike has self-published.

    Vomiting was often a side-effect of Connor's treatment, Mike's wife stayed with him during the day and Mike took the night shift. At night he would sit there and write these books in between Connor waking up to vomit.

    Connor had a mild stroke caused from the brain tumour and was paralysed down one side of his body. He was in a wheelchair for a year and had to re-learn how to walk again.

    Connor (12), is now in remission but he is unlikely to ever play a contact sport like rugby. He has instead begun playing touch rugby instead. He's
    got a mean sidestep on him as well.

    Connor's bravery is the inspiration for the character, the bravery he showed during his treatment was incredible. Mike thought other kids could learn from his bravery and 'never give up' attitude and thought what better than Bootsie to do it. The books are full of inspirational "I can" messages for young readers.

    The humorous adventures Bootsie goes through also teach the reader many things about the game of rugby union including, player numbers, positions, strategies and laws of the game just to mention a few. The books also teach the reader positive lessons about life such as friendship, character, courage, honesty, commitment, discipline and sportsmanship.

    The first four books in the series are available now and can be ordered at www.bootsiebooks.com or through such online stores as Amazon UK/US.

    RugbyRefs.com takes great pleasure in supporting Mike and his books, and wishes Connor and the whole family all the best in the future.
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