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There are many talented writers in the Mercer area but this one is truly to be celebrated in May, a month which applauds incredible moms.

MaryAnn Raccosta is one of those selfless moms. She is a smart, compassionate and energetic woman who is writing her second book, Four Leaf Clover, due out in 2015.

UnknownSeveral years ago, Raccosta penned her first book, The Survivor, The Hero & The Angel, a memoir that covers a decade of touch and go, life and death, of her boys James and Sam and their catastrophic illnesses. In addition to James’s rare liver disease, he inherited an inborn error of metabolism – an extremely rare mitochondrial disorder named Trifunctional Protein Deficiency. As an infant, James was the sixth diagnosed case in the world. He has since received two liver transplants.  Soon after Sam’s birth, doctors realized that he too inherited the deadly mitochondrial disorder.

Raccosta’s second book, The Four Leaf Clover, intertwines the legend of the four leaf clover through four college friends. Jutes, Ali, Krissy and Sarah meet at the University of Pennsylvania while pursuing various degrees in the healthcare field.  These four young women, from different regions of the east coast and different economic backgrounds, find similarities and share their college years together.  Through friendship, disparity, education and dreams the girls learn much about life, and about … faith, hope, love and luck. FLC was also written in between moments of working, volunteering and caregiving and will be released in 2015.

When asked how she not only stays positive but succeeds in the mist of chaos, Raccosta explains, “I billow with the wind. I may also buckle with human trials, but I will never break.”

In addition to writing, Raccosta speaks to high school teens, educators, healthcare professionals and spiritual audiences about her journey. She also hosts informative evenings Foundations & Inspiration which highlight women making positive changes in Mercer County and who share encouraging stories. Please visit MaryAnn Raccosta at www.thesurvivortheherotheangel.com.

Contributor: Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, President and Founder of Hope Loves Company, a Pennington-baed non-profit dedicated to supporting children and young adults who have family members living with ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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