Alex's Wish book cover
A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy
By Susie and Bill Graham
with H. Thomas Saylor
Publisher: Three Dot L.L.C.
Publication date: August 1, 2008
Retail Price: $24.95
US ISBN: 978-0-9762012-1-2
LCCN: 2008900651
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Ronald McDonald Houses Receive When One Door Closes

Northville, MI. March 8, 2012 - When a family member is diagnosed with cancer or other life threatening illness it not only impacts the individual but the entire family unit, friends and the community - especially when the family member with the illness is a child or teen. The story of one such family is contained in the pages of the award winning book When One Door Closes by Susie and Bill Graham with H. Thomas Saylor.

When teenager Alex Graham was undergoing lung surgery, The Ronald McDonald House made it possible for her parents to stay close to their daughter by providing accommodations in a safe, clean and supportive environment. Because The Ronald McDonald House is not only a place to stay but one where families can share and learn, copies of When One Door Closes have been added to the libraries of Ronald McDonald Houses across North America. The positive feedback regarding Alex's remarkable wish and the Graham family’s inspiring story has been phenomenal and appreciated.

Distribution of complimentary copies to Ronald McDonald Houses in the United States began in January of 2011 and is nearing completion. If for some reason your U.S. location has not yet received a copy of the book, please send a request including the mailing address for your Ronald McDonald House along with the name and phone number of the appropriate staff member to: Three Dot Publishing, 143 Cadycentre #339, Northville, Michigan 48167. Once verified, your request will be filled promptly. This offer is valid while quantities last through June 30, 2012.



"So next time when you see a kid with cancer or even someone who looks a little different, try a smile."

Thirteen years ago, a teenager with cancer made a wish. She wanted to make a difference by sharing a message with all who would listen. The Make-A-Wish© Foundation of Michigan made Alex Graham's wish for a public service announcement a reality. Alex and the friends she made at the hospital used the wish opportunity to speak from the heart. People across America and from around world listened. Their message still rings true today, and a new version of their video has just been released.

Alex would have been 30 this year. Her inspirational story is told in the book When One Door Closes. Like Alex, some of the children in her video lost their health battles, but their courage, grace and message will always be with us. Some in the video like Amanda who says, "No more pokes," is now 15 years old and a talented artist. Judy is now married, and Ethan is a college student!

When you watch this newly released version of Alex's wish, you will see that time has not changed the importance or the relevance of her message. As you listen to their words, please consider supporting organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America©, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the American Cancer Society. These and many other fine organizations bring smiles to those who need it most, offer assistance and fund medical research. Choose to get involved and make a difference. Your time, talent and contributions will help open doors for others.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSES to Receive When One Door Closes

Northville, MI, January 20, 2011 - In the spring of 1998 teenager Alex Graham traveled with her parents Susie and Bill to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. There, lung surgery was performed in an attempt to stop the spread of cancer in her young body. The Ronald McDonald House made it possible for Alex's parents to stay close to their daughter by providing accommodations in a safe, clean and supportive environment.Alex's story and her remarkable wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation are detailed in the pages of When One Door Closes by Susie and Bill Graham with H. Thomas Saylor.

The Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” at 300 locations around the globe. Not only is it a place to stay, it is a place where families can learn and share. That’s why the publisher, Three Dot L.L.C., is pleased to offer a complimentary copy of the award winning When One Door Closes to Ronald McDonald House’s across North America. When a family member is diagnosed with a life threatening illness it not only impacts the individual but family members, friends and the community especially when the family member is a child or teen. Alex’s story is a real world account about one of the most difficult of life challenges any individual or family can face. Its authors hope readers will find the book both a source of valuable informational and one of inspiration.

Letters of notification to individual Ronald McDonald Houses and book shipments began in October of 2010, and the publisher hopes to complete the process by the end of 2011.

Gilda's Clubs to Receive When One Door Closes

Northville, MI September 1, 2010 - Susie and Bill Graham and H. Thomas Saylor wrote the book When One Door Closes as a way to share the true story of Alex Graham, her family, friends and community so that others could learn from their experiences. The book is an opportunity to see how the Graham's daughter, Alex, and those who loved her responded to cancer and found ways to live life fully. It explores a full range of feelings and offers the opportunity to discuss and debate attitudes and behaviors.

Gilda's Clubs offer the kind of support which empowers its members through collective wisdom and shared experience. It's a place for learning skills and gathering information. That's why the publisher, Three Dot L.L.C., is pleased to offer a complimentary copy of When One Door Closes to each Gilda's Club location in North America. "The mission of Gilda's Clubs aligns so well with the goals of the book. We truly hope Alex's story is one that can be used to support the mission of Gilda's Club and the communities it serves. Individual letters of notification and book fulfillment began in April, 2010, and we hope to complete the process by the end of the year," said Harold Sieloff, President of Three Dot.


On March 23, 2009 in a program entitled "Living Life with Courage in the Face of Tragedy," Dr. Terri Orbuch, host of the popular Love Doctor radio program, welcomes guests Susie and Bill Graham, co-authors of, When One Door Closes: A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy. LISTEN LIVE by tuning in at 8 AM PT or on demand any time thereafter.

Terri L. Orbuch, PhD, better known as "The Love Doctor," is an author, psychologist, workshop leader, university sociology professor, nationally recognized research scientist, and a popular radio and television personality who specializes in relationships of all kinds. Dr. Orbuch has penned five academic books on relationships, and has published dozens of articles on marriage and divorce, parent-child relationships, and love and sexuality. VoiceAmerica is the world leader in internet talk radio. Since 1999, the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network has been streaming live Internet talk radio programs, featuring more than 300 hosts broadcasting on seven genre-based channels.

To learn more about the Love Doctor and to listen to the interview CLICK HERE.


ForeWord Magazine has selected When One Door Closes: A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy as a finalist in the 2008 Book of the Year Awards. The literary competition recognizes excellence in books coming from the independent press community. Books were entered by 376 publishers in 61 categories. The Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers. Winners will be announced at BookExpo America at the Javits Center in New York City on May 29.


mom's choice awardChesapeake, VA. The recently released book When One Door Closes: A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy by Susie and Bill Graham with H. Thomas Saylor has been named by Mom's Choice Awards® to be among the best in family-friendly media, products and services of 2009.

Parents, educators, librarians and retailers rely on the Mom's Choice evaluations when selecting quality materials for children and families. The Mom’s Choice Awards® seal helps families and educators navigate the vast array of products and services and make informed decisions. When One Door Closes is published by Three Dot L.L.C. of Northville, Michigan and is being honored in the adult books category.

An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, Priscilla Dunstan, creator of the Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC's Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright Place™ TV Show; Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, syndicated columnist and founder of the Mom’s Choice Awards®.

For more information and to view a complete list of award winners, please visit


Find and support an American Cancer Society event in your area.

Relay For Life® is the American Cancer Society's signature event that brings more than 3.5 million people from 4,900 communities across the country together each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the West Bloomfield, Michigan Relay For Life®. As detailed in the book When One Door Closes the West Bloomfield relay event was started in memory of Alex Graham. Since our humble beginnings in 1999 we have raised over a million dollars to be used for education, advocacy, research and various services. Although Alex lost her battle with cancer, her story and the stories of thousands who courageously take on the fight, are a constant source of inspiration and purpose.

Join people around the world in celebrating those who have survived cancer, remembering those that have been lost to the disease, and supporting the lifesaving mission of the American Cancer Society. Contact your local ACS office and support a Relay For Life® in your area.

CLICK HERE to make a donation to the Relay For Life® in memory of Alex.

CLICK HERE to find out more about the American Cancer Society and to find a Relay For Life® event in your community.

Thank you for supporting the American Cancer Society and helping to make the world a better place.


Media interest in the new book When One Door Closes continues to grow. The authors Susie and Bill Graham were recently invited to talk about their book on the long running and popular WDET Detroit Today radio program hosted by Craig Fahle and on Fox 2 News with Lila Lazarus. Craig Fahle describes the book as "a fascinating and beautiful read." Lila Lazarus points out that, "We will all face tragedy at some point in our lives, but it's how we fact it that makes a difference. The Graham family learned that from their daughter Alex."

To listen to the October 7, 2008 WDET interview CLICK HERE. The Detroit Today interview begins at approximately 1:30 of the hour and 48 minute MP3 recording.

To watch the FOX 2 News October 14 interview with Lila Lazarus CLICK HERE.


Traverse City, MI, Release October 2, 2008 - Horizon Books and Michigan based publisher Three Dot L.L.C. are please to announce that authors Susie and Bill Graham will be signing their new book When One Door Closes on November 15 at the Horizon Book locations in Traverse City and Petoskey, Michigan. The Grahams will be at the Traverse City location in the morning from 10 to noon and at the Petoskey location from 3 to 5 p.m. A custom book reader's guide and Alex's Wish bookmark will be included with each book purchase and the Grahams are donating their proceeds from book sales to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan. For information about Horizon Books locations and schedule of events please visit

"Thanks to the many people that contributed their perspectives and stories to this effort, we believe When One Door Closes offers a little something for everyone," says Bill Graham. "It's all about the decisions we make when faced with adversity and choosing to make the world a better place. The Traverse City and Petoskey areas have always been among our favorite places, and we look forward to seeing our Northern Michigan friends and supporters this November when we visit Horizon Books."

Here are just some of the recent review comments posted by the book's readers:

"Every page of this book shows you how to live your life in very simple terms."
"This is a book that you will want to read more than once! It's very gripping! You CAN'T read this book and not be changed."
"Heartbreaking yet so heartwarming. I was humbled and totally inspired."
"An inspirational story of faith and courage. For everyone that has suffered a recent loss, or is having trouble on their journey in grief."
"A must read for anyone who has or will ever face adversity."
"What a powerful book. Insightful and moving, it pulls your whole heart into the book and the life of Alex. Well written with lessons to be grasped."


grahams at plymouth signing
Authors Susie and Bill Graham with Harold Sieloff of Three Dot L.L.C. publishing and Nicole R. Jackson of As the Page Turns

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to our friends at As The Page Turns of Northville, Michigan and Barnes and Noble of West Bloomfield, Michigan for making our recent book signings such a success. We had a great time and appreciate the opportunity to share Alex's wish and story with all those who made time in their busy schedules to stop by and wish us well. -Susie and Bill Graham

Barnes and Noble Book Fair to Support Detroit Public TV

West Bloomfield, MI, September 14, 2008 - Barnes and Noble Booksellers of southeast Michigan is sponsoring a book fair on September 19, 20 and 21 to benefit Detroit Public TV. At eleven of their locations, Barnes and Noble will be donating a percentage of net sales from purchases made with special vouchers. To find out more about the book fair please visit the Detroit Public TV website. There you will find a complete list of participating locations and be able to print your own book fair vouchers.

On Friday, September 19 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Susie and Bill Graham ─ authors of the newly released book When One Door Closes ─ will be appearing at the West Bloomfield Barnes and Noble location. Susie and Bill will be signing books and giving away a limited number of complementary reader's guides and Alex's Wish bookmarks. Not only will your purchase benefit Detroit Public TV, a portion of every When One Door Closes: A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy sale goes to support the great work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan.

The Barnes and Noble West Bloomfield store is located at 6800 Orchard Lake Road.

CLICK HERE to visit Detroit Public and print your book fair vouchers.


Midwest Book Review, September 1, 2008 - "Life is sometimes cruel. When One Door Closes: A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy is Susie and Bill Graham's reflections on their daughter's battle with cancer. Alexandra Graham was diagnosed at the age of sixteen and never let her spirit falter. She knew it was out of her hands and prayed for a miracle, a miracle which unfortunately did not come, but Alex did what she could to leave the world better than she found it. When One Door Closes is a touching and inspiring story, highly recommended to any parent facing a similarly tragic situation."Midwest Book Review

Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review publishes monthly book reviews specifically designed for community and academic librarians, booksellers, and the general reading public. To read all of their reviews CLICK HERE.


Press Release
Northville, MI, August 11, 2008
Nicole R. Jackson
as the page turns book signing

149 N. Center Street, Suite 102
Northville, MI 48167
(248) 912-0085

We as a community have had family, friends, and associates that have had to deal with cancer in some manner. The disease has entered our lives and left an indelible mark. We welcome Mr. & Mrs. Graham as they share a heartfelt tribute to their daughter's life from 7-9 p.m. on September 10, 2008 at As The Page Turns Bookstore & Gallery.

Bring your family to this celebration. Alex Graham would want you to live each day to the fullest. This is how she lived her life each day after her diagnosis. Some days she felt better than others, but this did not stop her spirit from soaring. There are many stories that need to be told. This is one story that needs to be shared now that the book has been written. We will be serving refreshments.

CLICK HERE to view the calendar of upcoming events and author appearances.


Family turns cancer experience into daughter's legacy - The Oakland Press, Our Town, August 7, 2008

As a child, Alexandra (Alex) Graham never contracted the typical childhood illnesses. She had always been the epitome of health, but all that changed dramatically.

One early fall day, Alex came home from the mall complaining of pain in her knee. Three months later, at the age of 16, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. Her world and the world of those she loved would never be the same.

When One Door Closes co-authored by Susie and Bill Graham with H. Thomas Saylor, draws a parallel between the swift and unexpected attack of a shark and the onset of a life-threatening illness.

Alex's parents hope the book teaches others to give, and encourages readers to become actively involved in supporting organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Ronald McDonald House.

Teen's Legacy

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, July 20, 2008

In the July 20 and July 27 issues of the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers an article titled "Teen's Legacy" staff writer Sharon Dargay details an interview with Bill and Susie Graham and describes the bookWhen One Door Closes. In the article Bill Graham talks about the early beginnings of the West Bloomfield Relay For Life®. "It's amazing what things beget. I think of our Relay for Life when it started with seven teams. And then some people that were there just to watch the first year were on our team the next year. And then they started their own team and the year after that one of their members started their own team," he said. "From little acts, you get people to take other acts to elevate their lives. It's about elevating their lives."

To read the full article CLICK HERE.

ForeWord Magazine Book Review

July/August 2008, Volume II, Number 4

foreward magazineForeWord Magazine, a highly regarded source for reviews of good books independently published, has featured When One Door Closes: A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy in the Health category of the publication's latest edition. In the article veteran reviewer Cicely A. Richard writes, "In less than two years she (Alex) created a legacy not only for her loved ones, but for cancer sufferers everywhere." She goes on to say, "When One Door Closes would benefit family members and friends of anyone with a severe illness."

To read the complete review along with reviews of other meaningful independently published works CLICK HERE.


Anaheim, California, June 28, 2008 - Beginning June 28 through July 3, the book When One Door Closes: A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy will be on display at two of the country's largest gatherings of library buyers and educators. From June 28 through July 1 it will be available for review at The American Library Association Annual Show in Anaheim, California, and beginning July 1 through July 3 it will be on display at The National Education Association Show in Washington, D.C. Buyers and decision makers from public libraries, school libraries, universities, colleges, school systems, private libraries, associations and foundations will be on hand to discover new titles to add to their collections.

"We are excited to have When One Door Closes on display for so many library and educational professionals," said Harold Sieloff, Publisher, Three Dot L.L.C. "The Alex Graham story, as captured in this book, offers a unique and intimate look at how a life-threatening medical condition impacts the individual, their family and the community. It's not only an inspiring true story about a courageous teen, but it is an account that educates through example in terms of what can be done in the face of adversity to make positive, meaningful choices."

The official publication release for When One Door Closes is August 1, 2008. It is currently available for retail pre-order at and


release Berkley, Michigan, June 18, 2008 - Approximately 100 invited guests gathered in Berkley, Michigan to celebrate the completion and launch of the book When One Door Closes: A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy. The event was hosted by Specialties Showroom, one of Michigan's premier high-end appliance and plumbing showrooms. Attendees included many of the individuals who were interviewed for the book and contributed their personal stories and perspectives about Alex Graham, her courageous battle with cancer and the impact she and her message had on their lives.

Said Susie Graham, Alex's mother and co-author of the book, "We are grateful to Specialties for making their fabulous facility available. Where else does the best of parties and conversation among friends take place but in the kitchen? This was an ideal location for celebrating the completion of When One Door Closes and for thanking friends and family for making the book a reality."

As guests strolled about the designer kitchens sampling delicious hors d'oeuvres, salads and entrées, Bill Graham addressed the gathering to express the family's appreciation for everyone's support and emphasize his key message of the night. "This book is not Alex's book or Susie's and my book. This book is your book because without you, the whole story and lessons learned could not possibly be told."

The book is dedicated to the American Cancer Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Susan Lerch, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, and Dru Szczerba, Director of Cancer Prevention and Health Care Systems Initiatives, Great Lakes Division, American Cancer Society, also addressed the gathering. They each expressed their enthusiasm for the project and gratitude to the attendees for their continued and valued support of their organizations.

Advance copies of the book were distributed to those interviewed for the book. "So far the feedback has been extremely encouraging," said Susie. "When you boil down thousands of pages of transcripts into 248 pages, there is always the fear that something important was overlooked or not expressed exactly right, but comments received have all been positive." When One Door Closes is available for pre-release orders online at Barnes and Noble and The official publication date is August 1, 2008.

In-Studio Surprise for Barenaked Ladies

ed guitarFarmington Hills, Michigan, May 12, 2008 - Today recording artists the Barenaked Ladies stopped by the Farmington Hills, Michigan studios of radio Channel 95.5's "Mojo in the Morning" show to talk about their new children's CD, "Snack Time." During the interview they were surprised when old acquaintances Susie and Bill Graham of West Bloomfield dropped in to say hello. They wanted to wish BNL well with the release of their first collection of original children's songs.

rob and edIn 1998 when the Grahams' daughter Alex was fighting cancer, BNL singer, songwriter and musician Ed Robertson made time to stop by Beaumont Hospital and spend a little time with a teenage fan going through the effects of chemotherapy and a leg amputation. Alex lost her battle with cancer at the age of 17, and stories of her inspiring journey and her amazing selfless Make-A-Wish are detailed in a new book When One Door Closes.

An even a bigger surprise and coincidence was that Alex's brother, Rob, is a member of the "Mojo in the Morning" team. Affectionately known to listeners as "The Web Guy," Rob took the opportunity to express his personal thanks to the Barenaked Ladies for all they did for his sister and family. Said Ed, "It's funny you say that we were an inspiration to her (Alex). I think she was much more of an inspiration to me and to the band."

To listen in on the surprise visit, click here. To hear the entire "Mojo in the Morning" interview with the Barenaked Ladies click here. For information about Alex's wish and the book When One Door Closes: A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy please visit For details about Barenaked Ladies' first collection of original children's songs, please visit

Fans of Barenaked Ladies will be pleased to hear that the group is returning to the studio later this year to start work on their next full-length album that will celebrate 20 years of performing as a group.

grahams studioThe Grahams in-studio with Barenaked Ladies and Mojo In the Morning

Saylor Co-Authors Book About Teen Cancer

A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy
By Susie and Bill Graham with H. Thomas Saylor
Publisher: Three Dot L.L.C.
Publication date: August 1, 2008
Retail Price: $24.95
US ISBN: 978-0-9762012-1-2
LCCN: 2008900651

Northville, Michigan, April 7, 2008 - Alex Graham was an energetic teenager and epitome of health. Amazingly she never contracted the typical childhood illnesses, but in 1997 all that was to change. One early fall day Alex came home from the mall complaining of pain in her knee. Three months later, at the age of 16, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. Her world and the world of those she loved would never be the same. Over the course of the next year, Alex did not get the miracle she wanted most, but her life and her selfless wish left the world a better place.

"After Susie and Bill Graham told me about their daughter's battle with cancer and the selfless request Alexandra made through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, I couldn't resist their invitation to work on this project. Alex was an amazing young woman. She touched thousands with the message in her public service announcement, and her story will be a true source of inspiration to individuals and families facing a life-threatening illness."

WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES: A Teen's Inspiring Journey and Living Legacy will be available from your favorite retail and on-line bookstores late this summer. For more information or for pre-publication specials, please visit

Susan and Bill Graham Announce Publishing Agreement with Three Dot L.L.C.

West Bloomfield, Michigan, April 29, 2006 - Susan and Bill Graham of West Bloomfield, Michigan have reached agreement with local publisher Three Dot L.L.C. of Northville to publish a book about their daughter, Alexandra and her battle with cancer. Alex, as she was known to family and friends, was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in 1997. After exhausting every possible treatment option, Alex lost her life to the disease but not before seeing her wish for a cancer awareness commercial come true. The public service announcement (PSA) played nationally and was awarded the prestigious Telly Award which honors the best in television commercials and programming. "Billy and I will forever be grateful to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan and Berline Advertising for making Alex's wish a reality."

In addition to publishing and distribution services, Three Dot L.L.C. will provide editorial and creative support for the project. The book is scheduled to be completed by December, 2007.