May 18, 2011 (Newswire.com) - Dr. Cassondra "Cookie" Humphrey, former foster child, award winning author and motivational speaker, receives a helping hand from celebrity basketball heroes to celebrate National Foster Care Month. Planning to raise awareness about children living in foster care and their needs, and highlighting the good work being done on their behalf, Humphrey is joined by former And1 members, Shane "The Dribbling Machine", Main Event and former Harlem Wizard & foster child Courtney Castro to deliver books throughout the United States. The work is being done on behalf of Humphrey House, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, empowering, and inspiring children. Thousands of copies of Humphrey's book have already been distributed nationwide for her annual literacy campaign. Meanwhile, Humphrey is living and working in Malaysia, participating in the TELL project: Teaching English Language and Literacy (TELL), where she is serving as a mentor to inspire young minds through reading literacy programs.
Humphrey's book, All Cookies ain't Sweet, shares her trials and tribulations from a troubled youth in foster care to a life dedicated to helping kids in similar situations. Her story shows how, even through difficult challenges, it is possible to rise above the challenges and succeed. Humphrey's powerful message gives hope and inspiration to millions of Americans who are growing up in the nation's foster care system and do not see a way out.
Humphrey knows it takes a village to raise a family, and that it takes the people of the village to support one another. For this reason, she is thankful for the continuous helping hand from Pioneer Streetball Legends, and Catherine Cattarello, Humphrey House Inc.'s Editor-in-Chief. To show support for this important issue, President Obama issued a National Foster Care Month proclamation which states, "Progress in America can be measured by the opportunities we pass on to our children." Humphrey and her team support the value of his message and will continue to raise awareness long after National Foster Care Month is over because Humphrey and her team believe that every child deserves a loving home.