Looking for a way to pay for treatment for her son with cerebral palsy, one Oregon mom decided to write a book and turned to Kickstarter.com to fund it. Even she was surprised by the result.

Former journalist Shasta Kearns Moore wrote “Dark & Light: A love story for babies,” after noticing that her 2-year-old twin boys loved simple books with little text and silhouettes rather than intricate illustrations.

The Portland-area mom hoped that the board book could help fund costly therapies that are helping one of her twins, Malachi Millard, who has cerebral palsy.

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Rather than look for a publisher, Kearns Moore started a Kickstarter campaign asking everyday people to pledge money toward publication of the book. She hoped to raise $5,000, but has far surpassed that initial goal.

The campaign, which ends Wednesday, already has over $9,600 pledged from 244 individuals.

“Just having people stand behind us and say, ‘Life dealt you a rough hand, but we’re going to help you make something awesome out of it,’ means more than I can ever express,” Kearns Moore told the Portland Tribune. To read more click here.