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Snow Angels on the Moon - Book Launch Event

Russie Lane

As one of the six million souls on the planet with Parkinson's, Russie Lane understands all too well the effect the disease has on the individual held in its grip. A life-long stutterer, he preferred hiding in the shadows in his early years. After high school Russie left Maine in search of an education, a career, and fortune. He later returned with his wife, Heidi,and the newly found knowledge that riches are less about money and much more about what makes us happy. Living in Maine, and being near family and friends, did just that.

The years raced by as they raised two children. Then at age 46,with both kids in college, Russie was ready to enjoy the next phase of his life: the long awaited and eagerly anticipated empty nest. However, something else appeared on the horizon--Parkinson's Disease. As the illness progressed--like with the stuttering--Russie endeavored not to let Parkinson's stop him. But, suffering with bouts of depression, he ballooned up to more than 280 pounds.

Russie explains what happened next."It was 2011 and after five years I had given up on fighting the disease. I ate what I wanted and did what I wanted, which did not include exercise. I soon found myself in the hospital with a lot more problems than Parkinson’s. My world began closing in around me. I knew I had better make some changes and make them quick. I began walking every day. First a little,then a lot. Local hiking trails like Dodge Point, the Crooked Farm Preserve,and Laverna Preserve were a Godsend. Stepping from stone to stone had the added benefit of helping to restore my balance. I couldn’t stop there. We hiked Acadia, Kineo, and Katahdin. Along the way, I discovered the more I helped others, the more meaningful my life became. With nine years of Parkinson’sunder my belt, I had taken at least some of my health back."

"Then, while caring for my ailing father, a newspaper article re-surfaced. It explained how Dad, while a lightkeeper, was involved ina 1958 rescue of five campers from an overturned sailboat. It had me wondering,who were these young campers and where are they now? And, could they help show my father (who had been diagnosed with PTSD stemming from his Korean War service) that his life had not been a failure?"

Facing obstacles of his own, Russie took on the role of investigative reporter finding 4 of the 5 young people rescued. He discovered how close to death the campers had come and how much their individual lives had changed the world. A reunion was organized. Meeting the rescued kids again gave Russie's dad a new sense of worth before he passed away peacefully in 2017.

As part of its mission of bringing forward community history, Coastal Rivers is partnering with OBHS co-president Russ Lane (who writes under his childhood nickname, Russie) to present an opening of his new book, Snow Angels on the Moon. "Snow Angels" tells the story of his father's heroics, an important, but almost lost chapter of Bristol history. The book also documents the search to find the five saved campers almost 60 years after the event. It is hoped the story offers encouragement to those struggling with Parkinson's.

The Snow Angels on the Moon book launch event will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Coastal Rivers’ David Moses Bridges Educational Hall located at 3 Round Top Lane in Damariscotta, Maine.  Music will graciously be provided by Castlebay. All proceeds from book sales during this event will benefit the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. For info or to make a donation visit russielane.com.


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Snow Angels on the Moon - Book Launch Event 11/17/2019 2:00:00 PM 3 Round Top Lane
Damariscotta ME 04543