Half of the proceeds from the sale of “Where Rainbows Never Die”, by Dr. Ryan Deweese, goes to the Caroline Symmes Foundation.
LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Within the IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, it should go without saying that Dr. Ryan Deweese is a busy man these days.
“That’s an understatement,” the hospital doctor said just before starting another 10-hour shift.
But in between the patients, amid the mountain of stress, Deweese has found an outlet in the written word. Many of us do. The difference is that these words are his own.
“I worked on that book for four years,” Deweese said. “It started as my creative outlet. I certainly can’t paint, I can’t draw, but I can tell a good story.”
And so he started writing it down.
“And it spiraled from there,” Deweese said.
Deweese became a published novelist in October when “Where Rainbows Never Die” began printing.
The book grew out of experiences Deweese had in the hospital — with some creativity added in: There’s a doctor — a hospital doctor just like Deweese — and a 9-year-old girl with cancer who’s out of treatment options.
“So together they go on this wild treasure hunt to search for this hidden treasure to find the money for an experimental chemotherapy drug in an effort to save her life,” Deweese explained.
While developing the characters and storyline, Deweese also noticed that this creative outlet could be more than just publishing a book – it could be bigger than that.
“That’s the meaning of life, right? To have a life that matters to others,” Deweese said.
Half of the proceeds from the sale of “Where Rainbows Never Die” will go to the Caroline Symmes Foundation, named after Deweese’s family friend who died of cancer at age 5. Deweese said the foundation is raising money for pediatric cancer research at IU Health Riley Hospital for Children.
And when Deweese’s 11-year-old daughter learned what her father was up to, she decided to write a story of her own for the same purpose.
“I think that’s what it’s all about,” Deweese said. “It helps you see beyond the daily grind when you’re part of something bigger than yourself.”