Blood Lines written by Paul McLean, should be required reading for medical care givers as well as for parents whose child is diagsed with a life threatening, albeit potentially curable, illness. Terry B Strom, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School-Co-Director, The Transplant Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center *** The story of a father's courage, a daughter's strength and a very personal triumph for medical research. P. Michael Conn, scientist and co-author of The Animal Research War. *** Blood Lines will give comfort and answers to anyone who finds themselves in need ofhope in the midst of chaos and tragedy. Susan Senator, author, Making Peace With Autism, The Autism Mom's Survival Guide *** When a parent's worst nightmare occurs, the desperate illness and possible death of their child, most of us have words to describe it.This is t a book to be read in public or just before going to bed.I wept, I laughed, I dded in recognition, and I wept some more. Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom, First Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts. *** How does an experience you wouldn't wish on anyone become one you wouldn't trade for anything? Paul McLean, newly enraptured with his ancestry, was living a dream with his wife and young daughter, discovering the islands and highlands of Scotland. But while McLean walked in wonder over ancestral grounds, his daughter's immune system was disappearing. She was abandoned by her blood line, the victim of a mysterious and life-threatening disease incurable only decades before but w requiring the sacrifice of a father's safe assumptions and the new blood line of a stranger. In the author's lifetime, medical science has transformed the nature of hope and possibility, putting in the hands of doctors and nurses the tools of the miraculous. McLean would come to kw this intimately and searingly. A former sports writer, Paul McLean often heard the athlete's hopeful refrain: There's always tomorrow. It's t true, though. There isn't always tomorrow. But within the unyielding and harsh truth of mortality exists astonishment and wonder. You may find, in Blood Lines, a way to live in the moment and be grateful for today.