Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love

Once upon a time . . . It’s how all heroes begin their story, and you’re a hero, too! Your mama has cancer, and it’s a scary journey, but you can help your mama just by being you—special, wonderful, YOU. Your mama loves you just the way you are. You are your mama’s knight.

Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is an emotional toolbox that can help kids and parents communicate about what it means for Mama to have cancer. The book is filled with tools and activities designed to make coping with illness easier on both parent and child, and can be personalized for each child.


“A cancer diagnosis affects the entire family, and discussing it with young children can be difficult in so many ways. Mama’s Knight is a delightful, interactive story that will help parents approach this difficult journey in a way that protects their child’s emotional health and strengthens their bond along the way.”

—David Quale, MD, pediatrician 

“I have never seen anything like this in my many years of caring for women, and mothers with cancer. This book provides an amazing, and much needed, tool for families with young children who are facing the challenges of cancer and cancer treatment together. I cannot wait to share this with my patients. This book is a wonderful gift.” 

—Amy McNally, MD, gynecological oncology

“As a counselor, I so appreciate the communication tools Mama’s Knight provides families. To be able to communicate with one another about the complicated emotions that go along with cancer will be a blessing to so many. I also loved the superhero helper cards, as they will build an amazing and needed spirit of support within the family.”

— Michelle Craveiro, MA, LMFT, family therapist


“The day I found out I had cancer, I was terrified. … I didn’t know how to tell my children. To them, Mommy was a superhero. Suddenly I was sick and I couldn’t do the things we used to do. Aurora Whittet managed the impossible in Mama’s Knight, allowing us to have those tough discussions with our young children in a way that not only wasn’t scary, but could make it fun too.”

Laurie Wetzel, mama fighting thyroid cancer

“Being a mom can be hard. Being a mom when you have cancer can be more than hard. This book, with its cute drawings and easy-to-understand story, helps break down any barriers to explaining cancer to a child.”

Tyson Cluever, mama fighting brain cancer

“Mama’s Knight brought tears to my eyes and made my two little boys feel like brave heroes!”

Amber Langford-Brown, mama fighting multiple myeloma


Midwest Book Review named the book a “Reviewer’s Choice” saying, “Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is an emotional toolbox that can help kids and parents communicate about what it means for Mama to have cancer… Mama’s Knight is very highly recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”


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