Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle
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Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle

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This is a story of how miracles DO happen.
How courage and a never-give-up spirit can emerge victorious.
How an engaging little monkey helped change a family’s life.

Ellen Rogers considered herself something of a tragedy snob. The single mother of five believed she could weather any storm, that she could keep her family from harm with fortitude and grace. But nothing could h...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jessica at Book Sake
I was crying before I made it past page 4, that tells you how well written and emotionally involved this story is. As it is a true story, it was even more touching. The format that Ellen Rogers used worked perfectly. She brings us along for the journey she and her family were on while her son was fighting for his life. She fills us in on what Kasey (the monkey) was up to at different stages of his. This book isn’t all about the monkey, it is about family, the strength of a person, and the will t...more
Kathleen Smith
I started Kasey yesterday thanks to being able to get an advanced readers copy, and am on page 37 and am already totally captivated. To me this is a sign of a good writer. To be able to engage someone right out of the gate. Also the other is that if you have to stop reading, you are afraid something will happen while you are gone, so you rush back just in case...In the first 37 pages this book gives it all. Ellen Rogers you are wonderful and I am so blessed to meet you and your family and be in...more
Vicki
This was a very inspirational book, one that would be a perfect read for anyone who is disabled or knows someone who is. I know everyone doesn’t need a helper monkey (or dog), but everyone can benefit from having a pet in their life.

Kasey was adorable, just look at that face!! I loved the way she interacted with Ned, and that she gave him so much more than comfort. It amazed me how his pain eased just by her being near.

I loved how she had to make sure everyone in the house knew their (and her) p...more
Jen
Listening to the audiobook in my company break room, I had to keep myself from bawling five different times in the first eight minutes. Rogers knows how to capture gut wrenching emotion. But the novel itself isn't sad, but uplifting. Both Rogers and her son Ned end up with more on their plates than anyone should ever have to deal with, but they are both remarkably strong people with great senses of humor. I found myself laughing frequently - at both situations and verbal humor (both light and da...more
Gmr
2005 was a year to remember in their household but not for the many good things that could and would happen, but for a terrible tragedy that touched their lives. Ned Sullivan, Ellen's 22 yr old full of life son was in a car accident. The good news, he survived...the bad news, no one knew how long he would be able to hold on nor the quality of life he would live going forward.

This is more than just the story of a man and his monkey (and yes, I realize how that sounds...wait for the explanation)....more
Jennifer Defoy
So those of you that read my reviews regularly know that I am an animal lover, so this book is an automatic favorite of mine. While the monkey obviously was a huge part of the story there was so much more to this book.

This one was kind of in reverse for me emotionally, I normally cry at the end of a book - but this one had me crying right from the start. As Ellen makes her way to be with her son and she explains what happens, and what is going on in her mind I instantly began to tear up. I'm no...more
Jeannie Mancini
Monkey See, Monkey Do!

llen Rogers' November release of her heartwarming emotionally charged true story titled Kasey to the Rescue, will truly knock your socks off. She has opened up her heart and mind to tell the world of her two year exhausting, painful, and inspirational story that sends us all the message to never give up hope no matter how bad you think your life is.

After enduring two previous painful deaths in the family, she one day receives a phone call that her 22 year old son has been...more
Tara
It took me awhile to get through this book. Why? I started it over the holidays, then things got hectic. However, the book's poignant story was strong enough for me to immediately pick it back up and remember what was going on. This sort of tragedy never leaves you. The book's author, Ellen Rogers, starts the book off in the moment of tragedy as she discovers her son has had a terrible accident. Having always called herself a "tragedy snob" due to many unfortunate events she has weathered in her...more
Mom
Gosh, all sorts of good reviews for this book. A heart-warming story, certainly, of a brave woman and how she dealt with her 22 year-old son's accident and subsequent paralysis. The agony of weeks and months in the hospital with her severely injured son, the total disruption of family life, the loss of dreams, the exhaustion of caring for her son. All very touching.

And then there is the story of the service monkey. Interesting to learn how the monkeys are trained, what they can do, how they fit...more
Carol
When Ellen Rogers' son, Ned smashed into a brick wall while driving, her life, Ned's,and all his sibling changed immediately. He may have had an epileptic seizure. He had a seizure disorder prior. He had a fracture of the C 1 and C2 vertebrae which usually means that he would be paralyzed from the neck down.

Ellen's first husband passed away with cancer. She already had a daughter daughter named Megan and was pregnant with Ned. She later married and added more children Jake, Maddie and Anna Koko...more
Jessica
Kasey to The Rescue
By Ellen Rogers
Memoir
288 pages
This is the story of a family and how their tragedy helped them learn how to pick up the pieces and start over again. It's a story of hope, faith, and a family who just wants to be normal. All of this learning comes from their experience with a one foot tall fluff ball. She is a diva Capuchuin monkey named Kasey. The story starts on the night that Ned Rodgers gets into a car crash. He is attending college in Tucson, Arizona, far away from his fami...more
Virginia
Nothing in her life had prepared Ellen Rodgers for the call she received telling her son had been In a car accident. Not knowing what to expect she boarded an airplane, leaving her other children waiting for the call to tell them everything would be ok. She never got to make that call.
Ned was a quadriplegic with a sever brain injury. Kasey to the Rescue by Ellen Rodgers is a heart warming story of a mothers strength to adjust and handle more than she ever should have, her sons amazing growth, an...more
Lizzie
Jan 09, 2011 Lizzie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like inspirational stories and/or monkeys
Rogers' son Ned became a quadriplegic in a car accident and she became his caregiver. When her daughters heard about Helping Hands, an organization that trains helper monkeys for disabled people, she became obsessed with the idea that this would be the thing to help distract Ned from his disabling nerve pain, not to mention perform tasks for him. She's a Type A personality who's just on the edge of being completely annoying throughout the book, but at least she can laugh at herself. She freely a...more
Janie Boyd
I received this book as an Early Reviewer copy from librarything.com. Ellen Rogers has written a wonderfully heart wrenching and uplifting book. It is the story of the tragic accident of her son Ned and the remarkable journey taken by the Rogers family to create hope in the face of despair. I was deeply moved by Ellen's honest account of the details of such a life-changing event. Ellen Rogers writes in such an engaging way that the reader is drawn into the chaos and comfort of the Rogers family....more
Angela Taylor
3 main characters, ellen, the mom and main care taker of ned, the son, who is mostly paralyzed after a terrible accident and needs many hours, months, even years of physical therapy and one on one care to heal physically, and kasey, the helping hands monkey who helps ned physically and emotionally heal. ellen is an amazing woman and mom, who manages to take care of ned and her other 4 children, while running a businessand becomes the main care takes of kasey the monkey. ned is a positive thinker...more
Nightowltoo
Helper Monkeys! Do I really need to say more?

I adore this book It was everything I had hoped Dewey the Library Cat would be (but ultimately wasn't).

I begins with the phone call no mother wants to get - your son has been in an accident half way across the country, you need to get here tonight because he might not make it until morning. By the time the flight delay was announced tears were rolling down my cheeks.

This is really more of a memoir of a families adjustment to a devastating accident tha...more
Gail
Kasey is a Capuchin Monkey and a close friend of Ned Rogers. Ned's mother Ellen wrote this book as a true story of the partnership between Kasey and her paraplegic son.

Ned fought back from a life-threatening spinal cord injury suffered in a car accident. From communicating with single blinks of his eyes for "yes" or "no," to progressing far beyond the predictions of his doctors, Ned has found a purpose in life, with Kasey at his side.

The book is a spotlight on an organization called "Helping Ha...more
Karen & Gerard
Gerard says: Kasey To The Rescue by Ellen Rogers is a true story of an amazing son, Ned, and his mom, the author of this book. Ned gets in a horrific car accident but miraculously survived. The mother brought Ned home to take care of him along with her other children and two dogs. Taking care of Ned was a major task! To help with his care, they went to Helping Hands and got Kasey, a monkey.

To me, the mother is amazing and the main story of this book about how she takes care of Ned, runs her fami...more
Lynn
Take an intelligent woman, a dedicated mother and a tragic accident which leaves her teenage son with a permanent spinal cord injury and add a special little well-trained monkey. Ellen Roger's manages to tell this remarkable story of her love and her families dedication to one of it's own. This is a family who never gives up and a young man determined to recover from life-threatening injuries to the best of his abilities. Indeed Ellen was warned he probably wouldn't survive and if he did would n...more
Rachel
A truly remarkable story of a monkey & a "boy" and their story of hope, courage in overcoming obstacles. Kasey helped bring to this family what no one or nothing else could. It was fun to hear their story.
Laura
I won this book thru Library Thing and I really did like it a lot. It was written by Ellen Rogers. This book was about her family’s life before and after the life changing accident of her son, Ned. The entire family made changes to accommodate Ned and how the girls found out about a service called Helping Hands which paired service monkeys with families. The family even had to make changes to their house to make it more wheel chair friendly. Ned gets paired with Kasey and I love the antics that...more
Linda Nelson
This book hooked me right from the very first paragraph. Ellen Rogers should be know as a Supermom. Her tale is so inspiring and Ned is a very strong individual for not giving up hope in himself. The story being told mostly in narrative form is not only inspiring, but is told with driven force. I was on an emotional roller coaster through out the whole book.
If this book is not yet on the best sellers list, it soon will be. It is a very amazing story and I highly recomend this book to all.
You n...more
Lynn Vail
I loved this memoir. Ellen Rogers (author) was so honest and vulnerable in her telling of the story of her son Ned's tragic accident and his amazing, continuing recovery. The first 50 pages were a three hankie read ... but then it got very funny and entertaining when Kasey the capuchin monkey came to live with the Rogers/Sullivan/Kokos/Holsinger family. This book was impossible to put down and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a good dose of inspiration. Ned's never ending positive outloo...more
Cindy Sementelli
I could not put this book down. This memoir has everything going for it. It starts out with a traggic story, and then shows the reader Ellen's determination to save her son and give him the best life that a mother can. Into her home comes Kasey! Ned now not only has the support of his family, but a fun loving and intelligent service monkey. Loved reading about Kasey's escapades. It's so incredible that a monkey can do what Kasey does for Ned. She is literally Ned's right hand. Kasey to the Rescu...more
Libraryscat
I was so excited to receive this book. My husband and I always visited the two small monkeys at our local pet shop. I also love the idea of service animals of any sort. In this true account, Kasey becomes the service monkey for a young man who was paralyzed in an auto accident. His mother tells the reader about the accident, her son's recovery in the face of low odds, and how Kasey came into their life as a miracle! As a parent, I certainly could identify with Ms. Rogers and her love for her son...more
Dan
I received an ARC from LibraryThing and will write a review after I finish it.
This is one sensational book; it is by far the best memoir I ever read, (and I read quite a few), and whenever I feel in my own life, that I can't go on, that it's too tough, I should re-read this story and it will give me the courage to overcome my obstacle.
The bottom line? You have to read this; it's an inspirational and motivational book that will make you laugh and make you cry, and perhaps you too will believe in...more
Mary Anne
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Sandy
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. Although this book deals with a tough subject - it's a true story written by a woman who's son was paralyzed in a car accident, the book is very readable. The family never gives up hope and with the help of family, friends, strangers and a very special monkey they deal with what life has thrown at them. I don't give very many books five stars but this one deserves it. I had a tough time putting it down and I highly recommend it.
Alexandra
i kind of knew i would love this book from the start, i love monkeys. after being in a serious car accident leaving him paralyzed ned sullivan is physically weak but strong in heart and mind. he fights through all the doctors and therapies, but what comes next? a little miracle that will change his life forever. "Kasey to the Rescue: The Remarkable Story of a Monkey and a Miracle" is a wonderful story, filled with hope, courage, laughter, sadness and joy. i recommend it for all.
Tia
Feb 13, 2011 Tia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, injury
Having a brother who has a head injury I found this book hard to get through, as I felt like this was my life for years. The book was touching and sad in spots. I really expected there to be more about Kasey in the book and I wanted to know about what tasks she was trained to help Ned with. The book seemed to be more concerned with the fact that Kasey was Ned's friend and made him feel better. This book was okay but I felt misled as to what the book would be about.
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