Casey to the Rescue by Ellen Rogers
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Ellen Rogers considered herself something of a tragedy snob.

The single mother of five believed she could weather any storm, that she could keep her family from harm with fortitude and grace. But nothing could have prepared her for the June 2005 car accident that left her son, Ned—then 22-years-old—fighting for his life.

Ellen refused to give in to despair. We’ll get through this, she told herself.

We have to. But love and determination can only go so far, and the road home was fraught with obstacles. Ellen and Ned took support from family and friends.

And they prayed for a miracle.

Miracles happen to those who believe, the saying goes, but who would have believed that one family’s “miracle” would weigh in at five-pounds sopping wet? That Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled would provide Ned with an affectionate and intelligent service animal with a steadfast devotion to hierarchy, a longing for “spa days,” and a craving for Gummi Bears. In other words, a diva.

Life with Kasey was yet another challenge for this large and lively family, but they persevered as families do, and in time this wise and sensitive animal did more than help Ned cope with his disabilities, she turned the simple tasks of life into a life worth living. Kasey’s astonishing intelligence and compassion brought hope and laughter back to a family facing its greatest challenge, and helped them see the world in a new way.

Praise for the Book

“Debut author Rogers delivers an impressive memoir about coping with her son’s paralysis following a devastating car accident—with the help of an extraordinary monkey. …Rogers does not gloss over the incredible amount of patience and work required to care for and train a capuchin, and the memoir is stronger for it. Inspiring and enjoyable.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“In this inspirational memoir, supermom Rogers tells the story of her son Ned… [Rogers] moves mountains for her son…this….tale of a therapeutic monkey, a tenacious mom, and a grateful son will make readers more fully appreciate the blessings in their lives.”


Kasey to the Rescue is a remarkable book that shines a big spotlight on the miraculous healing effects of an affectionate, good-natured animal on a young man doctors believed had no chance for survival. More than that, it puts into sharp focus the perserverance of the human spirit and the courage to fight in even the bleakest circumstances. The story of an ordinary family thrust into extraordinary circumstances, this inspiring book proves the old adage, where theres’s life, there’s hope. We hope you’ll feel moved just as we have. Please enjoy our publisher’s pick.”

Ellen Archer, president and publisher of Hyperion Books

“An inspiring story of courage and love, of the powerful bond between humans and animals. A book to change your life.” —Dr. David Dosa, bestselling author of Making Rounds with Oscar

“KASEY TO THE RESCUE is one of the most unique “comeback” stories you will ever experience. It’s a real tribute to the power of never giving up.” —Tedy Bruschi, former New England Patriot, ESPN analyst and author of Never Give Up

“I found myself tremendously moved from start to finish by this unusual, fascinating, and uplifting story. Kasey to the Rescue provides a powerful reminder that where there is life, there is hope. This gem of a book will capture the hearts of readers everywhere.” —Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Presidential Historian

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