Press Release

Tragedy brings challenges and miracles that strengthen faith

Paralyzed husband shares story and beats the odds


LONGWOOD, FL -- Remember to Laugh... ($20.99, paperback, 9781613791509; $32.99, hardcover, 9781613791516) was inspired by a family's journey of rising above a bad situation with God by their side. After author Cindy Blackmore's husband was left paralyzed from the chin down and completely ventilator dependent due to a bicycle accident, she experienced five years of facing challenges and witnessing miracles. After the accident, Blackmore started sending out e-mails to update a growing number of family and friends. The couple spent the next five years sharing their story at churches of many denominations as well as other venues.


The Blackmores received amazing stories of how this story changed lives and how some found God because of it. Remember to Laugh... includes all of these miracles and stories they witnessed on this journey. Blackmore hopes that in sharing this story it will serve two purposes: it will help others who are traveling the tough road of paralysis and it will help strengthen the faith of anyone who takes the time to read it. Blackmore expressed that she sees God in everything that happens her life; she knows that He has a reason for every wrinkle and every smile in everyday.


Cindy Gittemeier Blackmore resides in Cairo, MO in the home where she raised three children with her husband, Darwin. She and Darwin had been married 24 years when he was injured in the bicycle accident. Together they showed others how God provided for them and, in return, witnessed many proclaim their faith in God. Blackmore continues to be active in her community and enjoys volunteering for her church, photography, fishing and working with teens.


Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Remember to Laugh... is available online through,, and