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Children’s Author Donates over $1,000 to Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center

September 3, 2008- Stanhope, NJ- Diana Tuorto of Stanhope, NJ is pleased to announce that over $1,000 in book proceeds from her middle-grade children’s novel, Janie’s New Legs, have now been donated to Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center (SHHRC) in Oldwick, NJ. The book was released in March 2008.

“We are thrilled that this wonderful story about how special horses can have a life-changing impact on people with disabilities is helping to support just such horses and ponies at Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center,” said Nichola Redmond, Executive Director of SHHRC.

Janie’s New Legs is the story of Silver, a shy pony, rescued from abuse and neglect, and Janie, a fragile young girl, paralyzed from a car accident. Janie meets Silver at a handicapped riding facility and an extraordinary friendship soon develops, allowing the two gradually begin the road to healing and recovery together. The book retails for $12 and can be ordered through Tuorto’s website.

Somerset Hills Handicapped Riding Center is a Premier Accredited Center through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association and is a 501(c)(3) registered charity. For 35 years, SHHRC has provided services such as therapeutic riding, equine-assisted occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and psychotherapy for children and adults with physical, developmental, and emotional challenges. To learn more about their programs, please visit http://www.shhrc.org.

Since July, Tuorto’s latest middle-grade release, Luck of the Draw, has raised nearly $500 in proceeds for ReRun, Inc., a horse rescue for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses. The novel tells the story of Lucky, an unsuccessful racehorse who learns that succeeding in life doesn’t always involve winning ribbons or trophies. The book retails for $15 and can be ordered through Tuorto’s website.

Christine Orman, Resource Development Manager for ReRun, Inc., said, “ReRun is thrilled over Luck of the Draw’s success. We are very grateful to Diana Tuorto for donating the proceeds of the book to our organization. Our heartfelt thanks to Diana for her generosity, and thank you to everyone who ordered this wonderful story.”

ReRun, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Thoroughbred adoption program whose mission is to help ex-racehorses find a second career. Horses accepted into the program are evaluated and rehabilitated as needed. The Thoroughbreds are then placed with qualified adopters. To learn more about ReRun, please visit http://www.rerun.org.

To learn more about the novels or to place an order for Tuorto’s books, please visit http://cayuse.8k.com or email her at lunar_aradia@yahoo.com.

 

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