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Bucks family seeks to help others through new book

The Luna family faced one of the worst what-if scenarios in life when they were told that their unborn son had a fatal chromosomal disorder, Trisomy 18.

Suddenly, the Bucks County residents were challenged with one of the hard case examples usually given to justify the need for abortion. When the rhetoric became a reality and a choice for life was made, grace and love poured into their lives abundantly.

The desperate feeling of being unable to find the words to discuss what was happening with their young children inspired the family to share their experience in “Sean Vincent Goes Home: A Life Story” (published by WestBow Press), a book to help other families facing a similar struggle.

A book launch will take place 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at Pearl S. Buck International, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, that will include a live reading of the book by the Lunas’ three children, a book signing and more.

The book begins on Christmas Eve when Anthony and Anne Luna announce with great jubilation to their three small children, Luke, Olivia and Maggie, that the new year will bring the family a new baby. Shortly thereafter, their joy is interrupted by the grief and anxiety of learning that their unborn child, Sean Vincent, is very ill and will most likely die either before or shortly after birth. By leaning on each other and their faith, the family finds the peace and ultimate joy that sustains them when their baby is called home.

“In an attempt to avoid the overwhelming grief, fear and feeling of hopelessness of finding out their child is sick, it is estimated that between 90 to 95 percent of all unborn children with chromosomal disorders and other serious prenatal diagnoses are aborted. It is our hope that by sharing our story people may find the hope they need to walk the journey with their beautiful child for however long God intends him or her to be here on Earth,” the Lunas said.

“Sean Vincent Goes Home: A Life Story” is a true story that addresses a problem many families face, but rarely talk about. Written through the eyes of a child, the Luna family hopes that this story helps families facing a similar crisis to open conversations with their children and find the words to share how they are feeling and support each other.

“Sean Vincent Goes Home” is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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