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April 21, 2018

Book Signing at Pawberry Lane

36047 N. US Hwy 45

Lake Villa, IL


Open to Hope

Date: April 30

Time: 12:15 Pacific Standard Time; 1:15 Mountain Standard Time; 2:15 Central Standard Time; 3:15 Eastern Standard Time

With Hope,

Dr. Heidi Horsley and Dr. Gloria Horsley


There Are No Alligators in Heaven!

There Are No Alligators in Heaven! is a moving story of an unheralded hero. It is a first-hand account of Jennifer and how she and her parents – united in unwavering love and commitment – followed their instincts, pieced together solid guiding principles, and took decisive action, some counter to prevailing medical practices of the time, to wrestle the alligators of Cystic Fibrosis day after day after day. The book features Jennifer’s own writings, along with the personal accounts of her parents, presented in an easy, engaging conversational style. The story that the three of them tell together is one of optimism, courage, and hope that inspires others to find joy in life and to never give up the fight – whatever the battle happens to be.

Jennifer challenges all of us: “Be the light that stays on even in the darkest of moments. Keep fighting your battle with a light heart, a smile on your face, and a spark in your eye. This will feed your soul and spirit and give you strength to battle on.”

And, in the end, thank God, there are no alligators in heaven.


Evan Michael Codell:

When he graduated from college he became a teacher and taught Educable Mentally Handicapped children.  It was not easy, but he taught them how to be street smart to be able to live in our world as none of them were going on to a higher education.  We were married in 1969 and lived in Evanston.  In 1971 he saw an ad recruiting teachers to the company Metropolitan Insurance.  He met his best friend there and was recruited to the Pan American Insurance Company.  He worked in the insurance business for 45 years having a successful insurance agency.

My husband, Evan Michael Codell was born 5/25/45.  He weighed only 3 1/2 lbs.  He was always very little with blonde curley hair.  As he got older, he stopped using his first name and went by Michael, his middle name.  He was tired of being picked on because of his hair, name and height.  In his teen years he started bulking up with weights.  If he couldn't be big, he surely could be strong.

Michael was diagnosed with stage IV Lung Cancer in March of 2012.  The prognosis was not good and they gave him 6 months.  He was a strong man and never gave up the fight.  During his treatments he went to the gym every single day.  He had 7 different chemotherapies and good nutrition.  Unfortunately, he was in hospice in our home in September 2016 and on December 14, 2016 he lost his battle to cancer. 

About the author:

My name is Donna Codell. I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. I attended Southern Illinois University where I met my husband, Evan Michael, and married him in 1969. We were blessed with our daughter, Jennifer, in 1972. At the age of 2½, Jennifer was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) - a genetic disease - and we dedicated our lives to maintaining Jennifer's ability to fight the debilitating effects of CF. In those days, the average life expectancy of children with Cystic Fibrosis was 15 years.

Before the diagnosis, I worked in a physician's group practice and began to learn the importance of good health. In the daily battle with Jennifer's condition, I became a fervent believer that good nutrition and an active lifestyle would be critical to our success. As Jennifer was approaching 40, still fighting the disease that claimed many in their teens, I felt we had a winning formula! This proved to be providential when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in March 2012. The doctors gave him six months which, with good nutrition and regular activity, his life was extended to almost 5 years until finally succumbed in December 2016.

Our final project together as a couple is represented in the book, "There Are No Alligators in Heaven!" This is our way of telling Jennifer's story of positive thinking, physical resilience, and inner strength. Hopefully, her life's course will inspire others who are dealing with their own challenges.

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