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Children's book author, mother and philanthropist, Sue Ganz-Schmitt, is passionate about helping children, and families globally. She is co-founder of an AIDS orphanage in Haiti, has traveled to China to help medically challenged orphans, and set up a birthing clinic in rural India. Yet, her writing is inspired by local children.

Even Superheroes Get Diabetes (ESGD) was created when her neighbor was diagnosed at the age of three with type 1 diabetes. Wanting to help the shell-shocked family, she searched the internet for inspiring children's books, then decided that she would have to write the kind of book she was unable to find.

ESGD has reached #8 in the category of Children's Health on, and can be found in doctor's offices nationwide. Sue has been a featured speaker at Dodger Stadium during the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's annual walk, which hosted over 20,000 attendees.

The Princess and the Peanut , the author's second book, grew out of compassion toward a friend's kindergartner with a severe peanut allergy. And her newest project, Even Pirates Get Leukemia, evolved after her daughter's playmate battled and won a fight against leukemia.

Sue graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business/ Marketing in 1986. Her immediate goal was to get out and see the world. She fulfilled this by working in international sales and licensing for the entertainment industry, managing customers across 40 countries.

Sue Ganz-Schmitt lives in a rural mountain community in Los Angeles with her two daughters and husband. She produces children's musical theater, has sung on Broadway in RENT, and writes for the local paper, THE TOPANGA MESSENGER. She has been a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for nine years.

Sue Ganz-Schmitt