Figure skating legend Scott Hamilton and country music star Brad Paisley are joining forces to help kids discuss cancer.
The two have collaborated on a children’s book called Fritzy Finds a Hat, People magazine reports. The book, Hamilton said, aims to “empower kids to know that they can do their part” when a loved one is diagnosed with cancer.
The book follows Fritzy, a young boy in search of the perfect hat for his mom to wear while she undergoes chemotherapy. “The delightful illustrations by Brad Paisley lend an air of whimsy and thoughtfulness while the gentle storyline by cancer survivor Scott Hamilton teaches children a powerful message of how their love and support can sometimes be the best medicine,” publisher Simon & Schuster said on the book’s webpage.
Hamilton is himself a cancer survivor, and his mother died at 49 from the disease.
“When I was first diagnosed I was so scared,” Hamilton told People. “I just saw myself diminishing, and I saw what she went through. Her battle really only lasted a little less than two years, or right at two years, and it was rough.”
Hamilton wrote the book, with Paisley and his two sons providing artwork.
“He’s extremely dedicated to his art, and he loves to paint,” Hamilton said of Paisley.
Proceeds from the book will go to Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, Moffitt Cancer Center and the Families First program at Moffitt, Simon & Schuster said.
Fritzy Finds a Hat is set for publication on Feb. 4, 2020, which, as the Tennessean notes, is World Cancer Day.
Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.