Rhonda Manyak was inspired to write this story when she experienced the loss of her youngest child who left behind a grieving toddler. Manyak has lived in Venice, Florida, for thirty two years where she and her husband Mike have raised three children. Now raising their two and half year old granddaughter, helping her to cope with the loss of her mother. Manyak knows first hand that the emptiness left behind due to a death of a loved one can be just as devastating to a young child as it is for an adult.
Rhonda and her story were featured recently by the Sarasota news outlet:
As part of Child Mental Health Awareness Month, local organizations spread the word on resources and therapies for children experiencing behavioral issues. We sat down with one woman who described how The Florida Center for Early Childhood helps her granddaughter.
Rhonda Manyak’s 24 year old daughter, Rylee, passed away last year. The accident happened while Rhonda and her husband were babysitting their granddaughter, 23 month old Bella. It was a difficult time not only for Rhonda and her husband, but for young Bella as well.
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“If Only I Could Fly” is a story of a child’s journey to cope with the absence and death of a loved one and his perspective on how he would get to heaven to bring his loved one back… if only he could fly!