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“This is a beautiful, moving, inspiring story of love and faith that will move every father at a deep level.”

Brian Tracy
Chairman/CEO Brian Tracy International
Best-Selling Author
Legendary Training & Development Speaker

"My Emily is a beautiful and poignant story of how the diagnosis and treatment of a child with cancer impacts the entire family. It is written in raw and straightforward language that only a parent who has experienced this could provide. It is a compassionate and loving story that I would recommend to any family struggling with a new diagnosis or searching for meaning in loss."

Alexandra Abrams, MD
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow
Standford University

"My Emily is an incredibly touching story of a precious little girl gone to heaven too soon. Powerful and moving, this story reveals the full range of emotion that a father feels watching his daughter battle leukemia. This inspiring book will leave you thanking God for the gift of life and every day that you have with your child. I would recommend My Emily to anyone who is coping with the loss of a child or a chronically ill child."

Angela Bisignano, Ph.D
Author - Beautifully Gifted


My Emily tells the story of a hurting family, an amazing little girl and a mysteriously faithful God.

Emily wasn't born perfect - so one might think.

She was born with Down Syndrome and many would jump to the conclusion that she would have very little hope for a life with any significance. Two years later came the diagnosis of leukemia. What little hope remaining turned to no hope whatsoever - or so one might think.

Matt Patterson shares the life of his little girl, with all its perceived imperfections, had great meaning. Her loving nature and courage touched the hearts of everyone she met. She also taught them how to value their own lives - even with their many "imperfections."

With copies now having touched much of the globe, My Emily has been an Amazon top-rated and international best-seller. In addition, it has received recognition in three national book award programs.