Mother & daughter create a heartwarming story
that reveals many ways of creating a family
- Kathy & Ava Quarles -
Kathy is a busy professional, wife, and mother of two wonderful little humans. She describes herself as "Passionate, creative, and motivated… a lover of big hugs, good wine, and dark chocolate!"
Her daughter, Ava, is an extraordinary girl with a rare chromosome disorder, Turner Syndrome (TS). TS only affects girls, and 99% of TS girls don't survive to birth. "Ava is the 1% that made it into this world and into my arms," says Kathy.
Ava’s favorite past time is reading books and pretending she is the leading character. She was finally granted that wish as she is the true inspiration for their children’s book, Yes, You Can My Little One.
Ava’s journey to having a family one day will be different than what is often considered ‘typical’. "I wanted her to know that there is more than one narrative on becoming a parent, and that each person will have a different experience and story," explains Kathy.
With hope, bravery and unyielding love, this children's book reveals many ways of creating a family. In a series of heartfelt moments between mother and daughter, they imagine the different paths to having a family that the daughter’s life may take. It’s a story hardly ever told, but very often experienced. Kathy states, "Capturing concepts such as pregnancy, IVF, adoption, and surrogacy in language that a child would understand was an important part of this process."
"It's me! It's me! I'm in the book!" - Ava Quarles, age 5