Barbara Salzman and The Jester

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Barbara Saltzman joins us from Palos Verdes CA, home of The Jester & Pharley™ Phund, the charity that grew out of her late son David’s best-selling children’s book, “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle.” David created The Jester as his senior project at Yale before his death from cancer in 1990 at 22.

David’s book has been making a difference in thousands of children’s lives for 23 years. Founded in the year 2000, the non-profit Jester & Pharley Phund developed from the overwhelming national response to the illustrated children’s book, which has been honored with multiple awards of national acclaim for it’s programs for literacy and ill children.

Before his death from cancer at the age of 22 in 1990, David’s family promised him that his book would be published as he had envisioned and that its universal message of hope, laughter and self-empowerment would be shared with children coping with cancer and other illness.

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