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Local author Leann Rhodes visits the Centreville Library to share her inspirational story of overcoming obstacles and becoming a published author.  Come to hear Leann talk about her experiences and take the opportunity to have one of her books signed.

"Why Me? Why Now? Why Us?

These were the questions that filled my mind as the doctor finished telling me that my less than 3-week-old son was diagnosed with Stage 4 MS Neuroblastoma Cancer…

Eventually, the tears stopped, the pain subsided, and fear no longer dominated my every thought. I would no longer ask “Why Me?” but rather, “Why Not Me?”. I PREVAILED. Life is 10 percent of what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it. So why not me is how I decided to respond.

“Just Prevail” is not only a chronicle of my son’s miraculous fight with cancer but also a tale that is meant to inspire everyone. No matter how the odds are stacked against you, no matter what it is you’re going through… YOU TOO CAN PREVAIL!

All you have to do is shift your thinking and ask yourself: why not me?"


Leann Rhodes-Ickes has lived in Maryland her whole life. An elementary school teacher in Anne Arundel County for 6 years before becoming a work from home mom with a direct sales company in 2016. In 2016 she published her first book Rise Up Shine On, which is a true story about her life that inspiring others to never let their past define their future. In 2019 after moving to Centreville, MD, she wrote and published her second book, Just Prevail, which was inspired by newborn son JP who was diagnosed with stage four cancer at 2 1/2 weeks old. It’s a story that will inspire people to believe in miracles and encourage them they can make it out of any storm in their own life. 

Leanne, "I’m looking forward to answering questions to anyone who has ever wanted to write and publish their own book. I look forward to encouraging people to strive for greatness in their life and remind people how your mindset and outlook is so important as you go through personal storms in your own life." 

Registration requested, but not required.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Centreville Branch
Centreville Meeting Room
Adult Program
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Event Organizer

Andrea Boothby