Praise for the Book

Run to the Light shows us that running is the ultimate faith healer, restoring belief not only in oneself but life’s possibilities. Taylor can’t run but her spirit is with Laura every stride, every breath, and every finish line.

~BART YASSO, Running USA Hall of Champions member and former Runner’s World chief running officer

Run to the Light is a painfully honest story and a shining example of how to use an unimaginable situation for good.

~CHARLIE ENGLE, ultra runner and author of Running Man

There is death in the air, but Laura King Edwards defies it every step of the way, running to beat the odds on behalf of her sister and every child suffering at the hand of an incurable disease. Beautifully and thoughtfully written, this personal account of triumph in the face of tragedy will steal your heart.

~LINDA VIGEN PHILLIPS, author of Crazy and Behind These Hands

Laura King Edwards’s younger sister, Taylor, was diagnosed with Batten disease, a rare, degenerative brain disease with no known treatment or cure, just a few weeks before Taylor’s eighth birthday and a month after Laura’s wedding. You might be concerned that this memoir will be depressing. But you’d be wrong. Because of the author’s dazzling use of language, because of her brave wisdom, because of her intense love for her sister, this book is powerfully uplifting. Prepare for an emotional impact: You’ll discover, along with the author, how to find hope and meaning in the midst of life’s ruthless complexities.

~JUDY GOLDMAN, author of Losing My Sister

In this powerful memoir, Run to the Light, a talented new writer, Laura King Edwards, tells a vivid, realistic, and heart-wrenching tale of supreme courage, perseverance, and faith in the face of unthinkable darkness. You will be weeping tears of sadness at the beginning and tears of inspiration at the end of this remarkable, sweet tale of a sister’s love and devotion. It is a tale full of beauty, power, and grace. Every page led to an inspiring ending, and I loved reading it!

~SUSAN C. KETCHIN, author of The Christ-haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction

Laura King Edwards writes with her heart. When Laura was my creative writing student at UNC, I knew she would run with words and win. She has that great gift as well as the gift of love. I can’t say Laura’s name without the tears and memories that go with it. There isn’t a single unearned word in Run to the Light. The book is a beautiful testimony for endurance and blessings.

~RUTH MOOSE, novelist, poet, and retired University of North Carolina creative writing lecturer

Laura King Edwards’s Run to the Light is an intensely moving, lyrical tribute to her sister Taylor, who has a form of a devastating inherited neurological condition called Batten disease. Laura was initially less-than-thrilled to become a big sister during her sophomore year of high school, and was at first resentful of her involvement in Taylor’s care. Laura could hardly have known that those were the good days, when Taylor was bright, beautiful, and active. The disease made its presence known slowly, and Laura relates the intensifying feelings as the diagnostic odyssey led from visual loss to a much more all-encompassing disorder. The family even trekked from their homes in North Carolina for Taylor to undergo experimental stem cell treatment in Oregon. Taylor is still beautiful, but Batten disease has taken its toll. Today she can’t eat, walk, or see. Yet she smells, smiles, hears, and loves. Taylor is still very much Taylor. In Run to the Light, Laura chronicles the family’s battle against Batten, culminating in her efforts to run a half marathon blindfolded in Taylor’s honor. It is a compelling and unforgettable story of the love of two sisters.

~RICKI LEWIS, geneticist and author of The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It

Laura takes us on a journey that is so compelling, so honest, so raw, so heartfelt, it’s nearly impossible to put it down. Crafted with love and wrapped in vulnerability and strength, it’s the kind of story that makes you want to stand up and take immediate action. I’m inspired and awed, and I know that Laura and her family are creating the kind of change that will impact thousands and thousands of ‘Taylors’ to come.

~JEN BAND, TEDx speaker and Playing for Others founder and executive director

In Run to the Light, Laura King Edwards proves that one person really can make a difference in the world. Some tasks, from running a half marathon blindfolded to finding a cure for Batten disease, can feel impossible at first. But through hard work and never giving up, Laura shows that there is much to be hopeful about and anything is possible.

~JESICA D’AVANZA, runner, marathon coach and author of