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With the support of local author John Preston Smith, anyone who donates $12 to the Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital will receive an audio book of his most recent work, "The Bog."

"I wanted to support the ‘Building the Dream' project for the Hoops Family Children's Hospital and I wanted to request minimal donations that would result in instant acknowledgment and appreciation for the project," Smith said in a news release issued by Cabell Huntington.. "The idea was to have a project that would be affordable for everyone and whereby everyone receives something tangible as our show of thanks."

Doug Sheils, director of strategic marketing at Cabell Huntington, offered his voice to the reading of The Bog, which is Smith's fictional tale about the bond between dogs and their owners.

As an added incentive, the first 2,000 donors will also receive a handcrafted piece of art from area school children who also wanted a role in supporting their hospital.

Smith, a Huntington native and author of seven books, is making the audio book available at local businesses including the Cabell Huntington Hospital Gift Shop, Robert's Running Shop locations in Huntington and Charleston, Meehling Insurance on Rt. 60 in Huntington and John P. Smith Insurance Agency in Huntington.

Donations may be made, and audio book orders can be taken, by calling 304.526.6314. To order "The Bog" online, click the "Make a Gift" icon on the bottom of any page of www.cabellhuntington.org. Enter at least $12 as the amount you wish to donate, choose "Buy The Bog" from the designation drop-down menu and complete the rest of the form as indicated. A $3 shipping fee is added to mailed orders.

"The Bog" takes readers to the author's most familiar territory – the relationship between dog and man. It's a story of fantasy that unfolds in a swampy grove of marshland infested by snakes, rats, and mosquitoes…a place believed to be where animals go to die.  When The Bog's narrator follows the cry of a wounded animal and enters this sacred place, his life is forever changed when he encounters a ninety-pound she-wolf.

The Hoops Family Children's Hospital is a 71-bed children's hospital within a hospital located at Cabell Huntington Hospital, a 303-bed academic medical center in Huntington, West Virginia. Cabell Huntington is affiliated with the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and cares for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. The Hoops Family Children's Hospital is a member of the Children's Hospital Association and includes a 36-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a 25-bed General Pediatrics Unit and a 10-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The facility is currently undergoing a $12 million renovation project to create the entrance and reconstruct the units for general pediatrics and pediatric intensive care. The Hoops Family Children's Hospital is supported by Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists in neurosurgery, general surgery, neurology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, cardiology and pediatric oncology.