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General Store Publishing House

June 24, 2010 13:14 ET

Canadian Book Wins Award of Excellence

RENFREW, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2010) - The 2008 biography of Valen Cover, a 27-year-old Pennsylvania kidney transplant recipient, has received an Award of Excellence from the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation of Canada (PKDFOC).

My Favorite American, by Canadian writer Dennis McCloskey, describes how Cover waged an inspirational battle against PKD, critical illnesses, and a serious motorcycle accident.

There is no cure for PKD, which affects approximately 1 in 500 people.

In awarding the Helene Kenigsberg Award for Excellence in Public Awareness of Polycystic Kidney Disease, Jeff Robertson, Executive Director of the PKD Foundation of Canada said his organization's first annual award honors a woman who was a driving force behind PKD Foundation of Canada for over ten years until her death in 2007. One of Helene's sons--diagnosed with PKD at age 13--was her inspiration to take PKD awareness and fundraising initiatives to new heights. "It's fitting that the first award dedicated in her honor be granted to My Favorite American," Robertson said. "This book, with such incredibly strong themes of perseverance and hope, depicts how Ms. Cover lives life to its fullest and encourages and inspires everyone who reads her story, through McCloskey's words, to do the same." 

My Favorite American, in its 2nd printing, was published by General Store Publishing House, of Renfrew, Ontario. Available at:;;; and selected Chapters and Indigo book stores.

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