A recent Long Beach Unified School District graduate has published a book about pediatric cancer and treatments. The book, called “A Kid’s Guide to Radiation Therapy,” was written by Giovanna Quevedo of Millikan High School to help children understand cancer diagnosis and its rigorous treatments. Inspired by her experience with her mother’s diagnosis, Quevedo created a kid-friendly book after finding that educational materials for patients are commonly directed towards adults.
The book is described as an age-appropriate guide written specifically for pediatric patients. It features illustrations created by Millikan student Nala Haley and includes a glossary of terms commonly heard by cancer patients.
“I wrote this book because I wanted it to be a resource for patients,” Quevedo told lb908.com. “There’s a lot of power and comfort that comes with knowledge. I wanted to create a resource so that kids know everyone that is on their team and to help them understand that everyone wants them to get better.”
During her research, Quevedo was dedicated to understanding the process of cancer diagnosis and radiation treatments from a patient’s perspective. She spent a month with child life specialists and the radiation support team at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. She also shadowed her mother’s radiation team.
The book took four months to research, write, edit and illustrate. It was also translated to Spanish in hopes of reaching a larger audience and helping more children.
The book is available for a free digital download on the American Child Cancer Organization website. Physical copies were donated to the Long Beach Miller Children’s Hospital and to libraries across LBUSD elementary schools as a learning resource for children and families.
The book was initially written for Quevedo’s final Girl Scouts project, which encourages graduating Girl Scouts to take on a project that makes a lasting and positive service-oriented impact in the community. Quevedo has since received the rare and prestigious Gold Scout Gold Award for her publication.
Quevedo graduated from Millikan in 2020 with high honors and is now a freshman at California State University, Long Beach on a full President’s Scholarship, pursuing a pre-health undergrad degree.