Helping children is Sarah Curry Rathel’s true passion. When she graduated from the University of Cincinnati (UC), Sarah set a goal to make a difference in the lives of children any way she could. Sarah’s journey started the moment she stepped foot on UC’s campus eight years ago.
Throughout her time at UC, Sarah had many professors who made a lasting impression upon her. Dr. Kurt Neuwirth, associate professor in the department of communication, is one such professor. He encouraged Sarah to enroll in the honors program and they worked together on research for a study that Dr. Neuwirth later presented at a communication conference. Her involvement in the honors program made her very passionate about everything she does.
“I cannot say enough about my professors at UC and how inspiring they were,” said Sarah. “They helped me make the most out of what I was learning in every class I attended.”
During her senior year, Sarah entered an internship program through UC and spent a full year at the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She received the Intern of the Year Award for her accomplishments and hard work at the foundation. Sarah graduated from UC in 2005, magna cum laude, and received a bachelor’s of arts in communication. Upon graduating, she continued working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation until she decided to stay at home with her children for a few years.
Sarah has two children with special needs and watching them play with others gave her the inspiration for the book series. It was not until she later went back to work at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati that Sarah decided the book series was worth pursuing. Through her work in non-profit and with children, Sarah knew she wanted to provide happiness to children in a different way.
Her dream is now coming to fruition as she publishes the first in her new series of books entitled, “Something Different Books,” which focuses on helping children celebrate their differences. Sarah’s debut book of the series, “There’s Something Different About My Hair,” hit shelves in June 2013. The book features animated characters with various hairstyles who learn to accept each other through their different hairstyles.
But this is just the beginning for the “Something Different Books” series. Sarah hopes the series will find its way into the hands of oncologists, child life specialists, therapists and teachers to help children who struggle with their individuality. A percentage of every book sold is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati.
Upon her newfound success and the achievement of her lifelong dreams, Sarah continues to credit UC for the success she’s had in life.
“UC is a great university for anyone to paint their own portrait of success and that is why I am Proudly Cincinnati,” said Sarah. “I cannot imagine what my life would be like today without my experiences at UC.”
Learn more about Sarah, and her new book series.