Book Chronicles One Sun Valley Family After The Loss Of Their Son

May 10, 2017

Author and mom Vicky Bates
Credit Vicky Bates

A new book follows the journey of a Sun Valley family in the 1990s when they're faced with the death of their son.

Rocky Bates struggled from the time he was adopted with medical issues. In the book “Empty Jacket,” his mother Vicky Bates chronicles Rocky’s struggles with illness, his childhood and his sudden death at age ten.

Bates wanted to write about not just the bad times but also the good times in his life. She says her book is not just the story of Rocky’s life, but also acts as a guide to others who have suffered loss.

Bates writes a blog about losing a child and finding hope, and is a hospice volunteer. She lives in Sun Valley.

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