I’m delighted to announce that my short story “You Don’t Need Fingers to Live” was accepted for publication in the 2019 Redwood Writers Anthology. The title of the book will be Endurance: Stories of Struggle and Perseverance. It was my sincere pleasure to write the story of Paul Langlois who was a helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard, a Distinguished Flying Cross Award recipient and then Reach helicopter pilot in Sonoma County. He was also a master cyclist. He had to quit flying when he contracted a rare disease, Amyloidosis, that most people don’t survive for longer than six months. He had to have a heart transplant, and years of chemo and other treatments to keep the disease from killing him. He got a bacterial infection that spread to sepsis and both hands and feet had to be amputated. Nonetheless, true to his unflagging positive spirit, he now has prostheses, goes to physical therapy, is driving a car with special controls and is building his own bicycle to be able to ride again. It is a story of enduring physical and spiritual strength and a passion to live. I met him and his wife through a friend and am proud to have written his story.