Wayne and Lori Earl, whose story served as the basis for the popular book and movie, "The Fault in Our Stars," will visit Stritch for several speaking engagements Oct. 23 -24.
Lori and Wayne Earl
are the parents of the late Esther Earl and founders of the nonprofit organization
This Star Won’t Go Out (tswgo.org), whose mission it is to financially assist
families struggling through the journey of a child living with cancer. To date,
TSWGO has given away more than $175,000 to families in need.
Esther’s story was
an inspiration for the bestselling book by John Green, “The Fault in Our
Stars,” which became the basis for a hit movie of the same name earlier this
year. The book has become a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and a source of
inspiration to millions, and the film adaptation has made more than $263
million at the box office worldwide.
In addition, the Earls decided to further honor their
daughter with a book of their own, “This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life &
Words of Esther Grace Earl,” a collection of Esther’s journal entries, letters,
online chat transcripts with friends, and other correspondence.
On Thursday, Oct. 23, the Kendall Lecture Series will present “This Star Won't Go Out.” During this event, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, the Earl's will share their daughter Esther’s life and legacy of empathy, joy
and compassion. Diagnosed with cancer at 12, in her four remaining years
Esther taught us that life isn’t measured by days, but by love, which is
stronger than even death.
Admission to the Kendall Lecture Series is free; however, space is limited. Please RSVP online for the keynote.
A special reception will be held following the keynote address.
Earlier in the day, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, faculty and staff are invited to attend a lunch with the Earl's, who will both offer a lunch presentation titled, "This Star Won’t Go Out: An Introduction to Esther’s
Life and Influence" in the Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center.
On Friday, Oct. 24, the Earl's will speak at the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life’s Forums on Faith and Work. Their presentation, “Living a Life of Awesome,” will be held at the Italian Community Center from 7:15 -9 a.m.
Esther’s parents dedicated her book to “all who long to live
fully and love deeply no matter the obstacle or length of days.” However, these
values can only be lived out in compassionate community which is not always
easy to develop. Considering Esther’s life, Wayne and Lori will explore the possibilities of finding the courage to live joyfully, lovingly and meaningfully especially as
we face life’s overwhelming challenges.
The registration fee for this event is $25 per person or $200 per table (8 -10 place settings). Registration includes a plated breakfast.
On Oct. 24, the Earls will also offer a presentation and Q&A for freshmen, prospective students and parents from 11 a.m. to noon. Students will receive additional information from their advisers and instructors.