PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dan Sadlowski started on a career in health care and shadowed at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He was in awe.
He saw sick children fighting day in and day out. He saw them as real-life superheroes. And when his time there ended, he promised himself he’d come back and be an inspiration, a role model, to help them be resilient in the face of adversity.
But his career didn’t bring him back to Boston. It took a detour and he is now a teacher at Richmond Consolidated School, teaching technology and physical education to the elementary pupils. So he had to come up with a new idea to still be that inspiration without being at the hospital day in and day out. So he wrote a children’s book with a message of resilience.
“I was strongly influenced to become a child life specialists. They work one on one with the children to make sure pretty much hat their spirits are up. I told myself I’d be back there, I promised myself I’d be back there to do that. I went to teaching and I am extremely happy with teaching,” Sadlowski said.
“But I wanted to find a roundabout way to get back there and my idea would be to come up with a story that somebody going through a tough time can relate to.”
“I have this big long story. I was encouraged by an editor to do a graphic novel. My vision for this is a children’s book but it was too long. It took time from pouring my heart out to getting it back to what I envisioned it as,” he said.
The story is of a young girl named Brooklyn who wants to be a superhero and finding out that being one happens in real life, not just comic books….