Release of the Children’s Book About a Young Runner Inspiring Others Across America
Running with Reed: Be a Better Somebody is more than a book about more than a young runner who has Cerebral Palsy. It is a story about using each opportunity to become a better somebody!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Woodlands, Texas – Monday, January 1, 2018 – Reed Kotalik, a young competitive runner with Cerebral Palsy, and Tammi Keen of Civin Media Relations have teamed up to share Reed’s story. Reed may have Cerebral Palsy, but that won’t stop him from giving his all to being the best runner, athlete, brother, and friend he can be! Every day he strives to be a better somebody by thinking of others and he invites readers to do the same!
Running with Reed: Be a Better Somebody , illustrated by Archangelo Crelencia, tells the story of Reed, an eight-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsy who embraced the sport of running soon after his fifth birthday. The story follows Reed’s journey to become competitive on a national level in track and field. Along the way, he embraces several charitable causes to help others. The book is based on the true story of Reed’s path to live each day with the hope that he can be a better somebody and help inspire others to do the same.
Civin Media Relations specializes in the creation of books that highlight the capabilities and positive contributions of people with different abilities, challenges, or perspectives. Founded in 2012, CMR has produced more than two dozen books with several additional titles ready to launch in the coming months.
Running with Reed: Be a Better Somebody is now available at www.runningwithreed.com, www.civinmediarelations.com, and at Amazon.com, along with a companion coloring/activity book, and a large print edition.
About the Authors
Reed Kotalik, is an eight-year-old with insurmountable perseverance and a heart of gold. He was born with laryngomalacia and, after much testing, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. While surgical alternatives were offered, along with medication, Reed’s parents opted for an alternative course of treatment. For Reed, the diagnosis was life changing but not in the way that most would expect. His path was one that required a lot of persistence and significant rehabilitation to strengthen and condition muscles. Since the start of 2015, Reed has stepped up to 30 national podiums across the country. He has won 7 national championships in running and field events. In the Spring of 2016, he partnered with CHI St. Luke’s Health and rabbit. Since then, Reed’s running has taken on added meaning- to bring awareness to Cerebral Palsy, CASA for foster kids, Batten Disease, Head for the Cure, and Juvenile Diabetes. Reed was named as the national ambassador for the Make Lemon Aide for Cerebral Palsy Foundation. In February of 2017, AAU Track and Field named Reed as its’ national spotlight athlete. In August 2017, he challenged friends to join him to do 21 Random Acts of Kindness in one day to honor friend, Grant Milton. Reed makes public appearances to benefit literacy causes, has hosted drives to gather books for hospitalized children, and provided school supplies and toys for those in foster care. When he isn’t running, Reed loves fishing, exploring the American backcountry by train, painting, and his favorite superhero is Flash. Running with Reed: Be a Better Somebody if his first book.
Tammi Croteau Keen, co-owner of Civin Media Relations, enjoys redefining the fairy tale in her children’s stories. Her first book, Can’t Bring Me Down, was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal for most thought- provoking book of 2016. The book is dedicated to her buddies from I Run 4, a group that pairs runners with people with different abilities. Tammi is an Army National Guard Public Affairs officer and works full-time for the federal government as an analyst and a personal and professional development coach. She holds bachelor’s degrees in music education and English/creative writing, and a master’s degree in music.