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Never Leave Your Wingman:
Dionne and Graham Warner's Story of Hope

by Deana J. Driver

"The Lord is not ready for me yet!" laughs seven-time cancer survivor Dionne Warner as she dances around in costume inside the Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. Dionne and her fun-loving husband Graham have battled cancer head-on with laughter, joy, courage and hope since Dionne's December 2009 diagnosis of Stage IV cancer of the liver, lung and bone. They've made their way into chemo dressed as pirates (The Last Saskatchewan Pirates), cowboy and cowgirl (Save A Horse Ride A Cowboy), disco dancers (Disco Inferno), rock stars (Thunderstruck) and more! Along with conventional chemotherapy, Dionne has taken complementary treatments in Mexico, seen a natural medicine doctor and is on a special diet with supplements to help her fight the cancers. 
Dionne has shared her story with patients and cancer organizations including Relay For Life and CIBC Run for the Cure, and raised more than $50,000 for cancer research by
selling cancer awareness merchandise through her 'Little Shop of Hope'.
When Dionne was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2001 she told Graham, who was her fiancé at that point, that he did not have to marry her - she would return to her home in Toronto, Ontario. An experienced pilot, Graham quickly said: "You never leave your wingman."
This is an unforgettable, inspiring true story and a lesson in love.

Awarded Honourable Mention, Biography,
2013 Great Midwest Book Festival

$1 from every Never Leave Your Wingman book sold
will be donated to various cancer programs
ISBN 978-0-9810394-9-7   6"w x 9"h; 272 pages; 
263 colour photos
C. 2011.  Second printing 2012.

Non-fiction; Ages 13 to Adult; Cancer; Health; Biography; Motivational; Inspirational; Canada; Saskatchewan; Humour; Romance; Hope; Saskatchewan author
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Watch the CTV Canada AM interview with seven-time cancer survivor Dionne Warner. 
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Fits into Saskatchewan School Curriculum:

- Grade 5 – English Language Arts:  Heroes and Heroines; Accomplishments

- Grade 6 – English Language Arts: Biographies

- Grade 7 – English Language Arts: Finding the Courage;  Participating and Giving Our Personal Best; Heroes Gallery

- Grade 8 – English Language Arts: Heroic Ways

- Grade 9 - English Language Arts: Surviving and Conquering; Exploring Loyalty, Love, and Relationships; All That I Am: The Search for Self; Taking Risks

- Grade 10 - ELA A10 - The Challenges of Life (Explaining the World through our Foundational Stories; Destiny and Challenges of Life; Human Existence; Decisions) 

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Reviews and Responses from Readers:
  • "This is a great book. It's really well written. I really enjoyed it."
  • "I've read it three times. Oh, I can't stop reading it. Really inspirational. It's the best book I've ever read."
  • "This is the best book I have ever read without a doubt. I gave the book to my daughter to read. I hope she's taking care of it because I had it on display in my bedroom and I want it back."
  • "I loved, loved, loved Never Leave Your Wingman."
  • "Thank you for writing this book. Dionne is so inspirational."
  • "My daughter gave me the book for Christmas. It's one of the nicest books I've ever read."
  • "I was in a store this morning and I was thinking of Dionne and also what she says about shopping. I said to myself, 'I have to go to the back of the store to the sales racks!' I am so touched by her story."
  • "My husband has cancer. Someone gave us this book. It is out of this world. Just fabulous. It gave me such hope."
  • "Just finished reading Never Leave Your Wingman and it is great! Anyone with cancer or any illness, family members, friends and caregivers, professional and nonprofessionals can learn so much from this inspiring story!"
  • "I read it over and over. Then I'd pick it up and read parts of it again. Very inspiring."
  • "I'm a cancer patient. I haven't read a lot of books in this last year but I read this one in two days. I couldn't put it down."
  • "My mom is going through chemo right now and having a hard time. The book is helping her. She read it in two days. She had to put it down a couple times because some of the parts were too hard and she's not ready for that yet."
  • "I laughed and I cried. And I cried and I laughed. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. Great book!"
  • "As I was reading, I'd phone my friend and say, 'Do you know what Graham did?' Then we'd laugh!"
  • "You did a beautiful job and it's a beautiful book."
  • "Read the book, thought it was great - Woo Hoo, Deana!"
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DriverWorks Ink is pleased to donate to numerous charities from the sale of many of our books.
Our Charities of Choice include: Canadian Cancer Society, Cancer Research Unit at University of Saskatchewan/Canadian Cancer Agency, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, CIBC Run for the Cure, Relay For Life, Raise-A-Reader, Canadian Paralympic Association, Children's Wish Foundation, Lung Association of Saskatchewan, Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Trust Fund, Canadian War Museum, KLD Wellness Foundation, Alzheimer Society of Canada.

C. 2011 DriverWorks Ink

 DriverWorks Ink gratefully acknowledges support from the Government of Saskatchewan through Creative Saskatchewan's Creative Industries Production and Market & Export Development Grants