Kyla Aitken will be having a book release and signing on June 17.

Kyla Aitken will be having a book release and signing on June 17.

Book release and signing in Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach resident releasing book about life with cerebral palsy

Qualicum Beach resident Kyla Aitken will be having a book release at the Courtyard Cafe this Friday.

Life Changer is Aitken’s first-person account of her life living with a form of cerebral palsy..

“The doctors told my parents I would never walk or talk in my life,” Aitken said, adding that her family was also told she would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.

She said as she got older she went to speech therapy and took horseback riding lessons to strengthen her legs.

Aitken began writing Life Changer a few years ago. She added that her father is a writer and he inspired her to write about her personal story.

Within the book is illustrations done by her mother, and local artist, Peggy Burkosky. Aitken said the dr

The book release is at the Courtyard Cafe (673 Memorial Ave., Qualicum Beach) from 2 to 4 p.m.

The book is $20, and Aitken said portions of the sales will go toward helping people in Fort McMurray.

— NEWS Staff