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Brinkley Inspired by Breast Cancer

October 8, 1999 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Model Christie Brinkley says her own breast cancer scare inspired the introduction she wrote to a new children’s book about families facing breast cancer.

``Both my mom and myself had scares, and thank goodness, neither of us had cancer. But those two incidents gave me just a little teeny glimpse of what it’s like to have the fear and the rush of emotions,″ Ms. Brinkley told The Associated Press this week.

The book addresses those fears _ particularly the children’s fears _ and explains breast cancer through cute illustrations and in words children can understand, Ms. Brinkley said.

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``Kids Talk″ is a free book from the Susan G. Komen Foundation designed for children 10 and under. It was written by Laura Numeroff, author of ``If You Give a Mouse A Cookie,″ and Dr. Wendy Harpham, who has written several cancer guides.

Copies are available by calling (800) IM-AWARE.