Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges, by Rose Offner, MFA and Sheri Brisson, MA, on which our mobile game Shadow’s Edge is based, is now out of print. All the journaling pages are being made available for free download from children’s health websites and parent support networks.

Please Contact Us if you would like to host these journaling exercises in English and Spanish on your website.  The pages are grouped by subject and available for free individual download in writable PDF format, enabling young people to work on the pages just as they appear in Digging Deep, but now directly on their preferred device.  Enjoy this new resource!

We created the Digging Deep Project to empower children and teens with medical conditions to build resilience through their challenge.

The Digging Deep Project began with a journal, Digging Deep, co-authored by Rose Offner, MFA, and Sheri Brisson, MA, with the mission of offering a fun and engaging way for kids and teens come to terms and live with their health challenges.

After distributing 35,000 journals to children’s hospitals and health organizations, The Digging Deep Project now focuses on our digital community and on reaching teens directly with our free mobile game, Shadow’s Edge.

Digging Deep Featured Press

Interview With Sheri Brisson: Co-Author of Digging Deep


Take Charge of Your Life”Eleanor Debrow and Sheri Brisson

Digging Deep Interview with Sheri Brisson: What Are The Benefits?

Organization Helps Sick Kids Deal With ‘Missing Out’ on Holidays


Digging Deep is the Proud Winner of 6 National Book Awards

Digging Deep was awarded the 2014 Moonbeam Gold MedalSpirit Award, one of only four winners nationwide chosen for Creativity, Compassion, Imagination or Introspection.  The Spirit Awards are given for dedication to children’s books and literacy and for inspired writing, illustrating and publishing.  Digging Deep won its Spirit Award in Introspection.  “This year’s Moonbeam award winners confirm that books can change children’s lives,” says Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards founder Jerrold Jenkins.


Digging Deep received the IPPY Gold Medal Award from the Independent Publishers Book Award, in the Children’s Interactive Book Category.  The IPPY awards program is an amazingly diverse, world-wide contest with nearly 6000 entries from all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, eight Canadian provinces and 34 other countries around the globe.



Digging Deep was chosen as one of Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products of 2015.  For over 30 years, the Dr. Toy brand has symbolized quality educational toys and children’s products.  Digging Deep won in the Top Ten Best Socially Responsible Products category.


Digging Deep has been awarded the Mom’s Choice Award Gold Medal for Young Adult Books in the Mind, Body, Spirit category.  Digging Deep has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products, and services.




Digging Deep was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Eric Hoffer book award.  The Eric Hoffer Award honors the independent spirit of small publishers and has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses. Less than 10% of nominees become category finalists.



Digging Deep received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the Category of Health.  Each year, for the past 30 years, NABE, the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs, presents awards in the Spring and the Fall for the finest books published by its members.


An In-Depth, Interview with Alumna Sheri Sobrato Brisson, Dale Larson, Santa Clara University, January 29, 2015. (Reposted eHospice, February 11, 2015).

NPR 881, (audio 29 minutes) Author Sheri Sobrato Brisson on Take Charge of Your Life by Shamus McGroggan. Sheri Sobrato and radio host Eleanor Bobrow discuss what happens children receive a diagnosis for a terminal disease for which there is no cure and how journaling has helped many patients express their feelings. November 8, 2014.

Interview with Sheri Brisson, PWR Network RadioNovember 7, 2014

Radio InterviewWDIY 88.1 FM, NPR Lehigh Valley, “Take Charge of Your Life”, Eleanor Debrow and Sheri Brisson Pennsylvania, November 5, 2014.

FiNeSsed with Felicia, (start 15:40, end 1:04:50), Radio Interview with Sheri Brisson, November 4, 2014

Fox National News Interviews Sheri Brisson, TV InterviewNew York City, October 30, 2014.

TV Interview, WTNH 8, Digging Deep to Help Sick Children, New Haven, Connecticut, (reposted Sharing Love and Truth blog) Sheri discusses the impact she has already seen with children, families and professionals using Digging Deep as a tool for self-expression and communication October 27, 2014.

Lewis At Large, Digging Deep and Childhood Illness, Radio Interview, KLWN-AM, Lawrence, Kansas, October 19, 2014.

Capital City Recap with Michael Cohen, Radio Interview, WILS, Lansing, Michigan, October 14, 2014.

Soaringwords, For Healthcare Providers: Digging Deep, Authors’ Interview and Activity Videos, September 2014.

Print and Online Articles

Print and Online Articles

The Philanthropy Workshop. Finding Strength at Shadow’s Edge. This article reviews Shadow’s Edge, focusing on how game-play builds resilience in young people with health challenges. November 29, 2017.

Gentry. A Gift From the Heart. Q&A with Sheri describing her work with Digging Deep and Shadow’s Edge. December 2017.

CancerCommons.org. Cancer Commons Community Member Spotlight. This article writes about Sheri’s work with pediatric patients and Sheri’s perspective on the changing landscape of cancer care for young people.

Verywell.com, Digging Deep: Who Benefits from Journaling and What Are the Obstacles? This blog writes about an interview with Sheri talking about the benefits a child with asthma or other chronic illness gets from journaling. July 13 2016.

Samaritanmag, Starlight Children’s Foundation Picks Up Journal for Kids Facing Health Challenges. Digging Deep book being distributed free to more than 600 community partners in North America including hospitals, specialty clinics and camps, respite houses and hospices through the Starlight Children’s Foundation.  March 15, 2016.

My social good news, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Sheri Sobrato Brisson Announce Partnership to Support the Emotional Health of Children and Young Adults By Api Podder. Partnering with Starlight Children’s Foundation, a global organization that improves the quality of life for children, families and communities, to distribute copies of “Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges” to children and young adults in need of emotional support and an outlet to express their feelings. March 14, 2016.

Child life Mommy, Empowering Adolescents through Journaling: Spotlight on Digging Deep. This article focuses on what the digging journal is all about and a short description of the Sheri and Rose. November 30, 2015.

Jersey IndieRising Tide Capital’s 4th Annual Start Something Challenge Gala. Jersey City nonprofit Rising Tide Capital (RTC) fourth annual Challenge Gala to celebrate entrepreneurship, and raise awareness and funding for the winners mission. Sheri was presented with the “Entrepreneurial Award for Philanthropy.” Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase, Investors Bank, SILVERMAN, and NJ Advance Media among others, the gala raised $395,000 to fund RTC’s work and scholarships for future CBA graduates. November 5, 2015.

PRweb, Sheri Sobrato Brisson to Receive the 2015 Entrepreneurial Award for Philanthropy. Rising Tide Capital honors Sheri for her dedication to community development. October 15, 2015.

Rasing tide, Sheri Sobrato Brisson to receive the 2015 Entrepreneurial Award for Philanthropy by Tatyerra Spurlock. Sheri receiving the Entrepreneurial Award for Philanthropy in recognition of her dedication to creating opportunities for underserved communities in Jersey City and beyond. October 7, 2015.

Curesearch, Digging Deep – A Free Journal to Assist Children with Cancer. Digging deep journal. “The ultimate lesson of Digging Deep is not to ‘act strong,’ but to ‘be strong,’ by sharing one’s true feelings, whatever they are,”) September 29, 2015.

Mercury News-Peninsula, Thanks for a family that gives back. TheatreWorks thanking the Sobrato family and Sobrato Philanthropies for the support at 2015 Anything Goes costume gala. Theatreworks has been occupying 40,000 square feet in the Sobrato Foundation’s non-profits park in Redwood Shores for free. September 25, 2015.

Next-door, Le Cirque de la Vie/Art Auction Soirée. An event to bid on artwork created by Kids & Art children. Sheri Sobrato Brisson and Eric Brisson have pledged to match up to $20,000 of the evening’s proceeds. September 19, 2015.

Champion for Children, South Bay Accent, Pg. 50-52. The article is about how digging deep is being put to use by the sick children, the article includes some quotes from Sheri and some the patients. April-May issue 2015.

The ASCO Post, Having Cancer So Early in Life Gave Me Purpose. March 25, 2015.

Asthma.About.com, Digging Deep with Sheri Brisson: Journaling Your Way to Better Asthma Control, February 1, 2015.

Verywell.com, Reread Journals, Talking With Parents, & Regular Vs. Health Journal, Digging Deep can lead your child with a chronic illness down a road of self-discovery. January 31, 2015.

The Almanac, Atherton woman creates healing journal for children, PDF pg. 8.  This magazine article writes about how Sheri works with sick children and teens using the digging deep journal to help them write their own story about their struggles while sick. January 7, 2015.

M Magazine, Empowering kids and teens to face their health challenges, page 80-81  This editorial speaks of how writing a journal has been a great tool for sick children to express their emotions and provide them a sense of control moreover Sheri has facilitated help groups for the sick kids and their families. January 2015.

Gentry Magazine, the Spirit of Giving: Interview with Sheri Sobrato Brisson, pgs. 86-89, .An interview in depth with Sheri about digging deep journal, how patients could get the book, how the book has been a helping tool to patients and also Sheri speaks about the next step for the journal. December 2014.

FOX News health, Organization helps sick kids deal with ‘missing out’ on holidays.  How hospitalized children could benefit from using the digging deep journal especially during holiday seasons. December 07, 2014.

Metrolatinousa, Helping Spanish Speaking Children in Hospitals Across the US, The release of digging deep journal in Spanish. December 4, 2014.

Inmenlo, Sheri Sobrato sets her sights on meeting the emotional needs of seriously ill young people. By Linda Hubbard Gulker. Talks about how digging deep was created. November 21, 2014.

North Dallas Gazette, If Only Frozen’s Elsa Had Kept a Journal. Helping Kids and Teens with Serious Illness Through Journaling.  How simple and affordable Journaling is. Being used as powerful, tool to help prevent emotional crises in kids with serious or long-term illnesses. November 14, 2014.

Lyme disease.org, helping chronically ill kids dig deep for healing, Digging deep book review. This article puts across what the digging journal is about, also about how journaling helped a patient deal with a chronicle illness. November 2014.

Luxesoul.com, Helping Kids Who Can’t Trick or Treat This Halloween, October 28, 2014.

The San Jose Mercury, Atherton resident co-authors book about her childhood fight with brain cancer, October 24, 2014.

Barnes and nobles, Digging Deep: A Journal For Young People Facing Health Challenges. Digging deep editorial Reviews from the Publisher. October 2014.

PR & COMPANY, Powering Forward for Children & Youth by Pat Reilly. PR & Company had the honor of helping to launch a project of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation by Sheri Sobrato. June 17th, 2014.

California advocacy network, newsletter from collaborative sponsored by Lucile Packard Foundation, Palo Alto, California, Listed digging deep as a resource. June 2014.

Families by the Bay School Guide,  Author Workshop: Digging Deep for Emotional Resilience, Children’s Health Council hosting a festive discussion at CHC featuring Sheri as a special guest. Sheri talking about Digging Deep. April 24, 2014.

The Aspen institute Franklin project, Summit at Gettysburg: Our Unfinished Work. The 2014 Gettysburg Summit took place June 4-6 in Gettysburg, PA. The Summit brought together 350 participants from the private sector, higher education, government, the military, faith communities, philanthropy, and nonprofit organization. The primary purpose of the Summit was to shift people’s thinking from a belief in the goodness of the “big idea” to a belief in its achievability. Sheri mentioned as one of the sponsors.

Packard Children’s News Article, page 26. Digging deep book launch. Spring 2014.

The Huffington, Interview with Sheri Co-Author of Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges.  This is a one on one interview with Sheri about the digging deep journal. Interviewed by Steve Mariotti Founder of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Author of An Entrepreneur’s Manifesto. July 29, 2013, Updated September28, 2013.

All Things Palliative, Interview with Sheri Co-Author of Digging Deep: A Journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges. August 5, 2013.

Lighting the way for children’s cancer cure, Sheri Sobrato Brisson, trustee of the Sobrato Family Foundation supporting Dr. Gilbertson’s work with a $250,000 contribution to Cure Search.

Pipeline angels,  Sobrato Family Foundation in Silicon Valley.

Project happiness, lindsaydotartI have partnered with the incredible ladies from Digging Deep Journals to create an art workshop that combines art and writing. Every child or teen struggling with a health challenge has a story. Journaling is a way to discover one’s story as we write about our thoughts and feelings about what is going on in our life.

Soaringwords, Digging Deep Journal. 9 part Soaringwords Book Club video series based on digging deep journal for Young People Facing Health Challenges. Soaringwords filmed six Digging Deep activity videos with patients and families at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in California and Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. These creative hands-on activity videos include Life Awards You where patients give themselves an award for being courageous, kind, or resilient.

Sobrato Family foundation, Biography Sheri Sobrato Brisson.

ThereWithCare’s mission, Advisory Board,  a short bio on Sheri being part  of the Advisory Board to advise, guide, and support ThereWithCare’s mission.

Observer Business and Tech, Female-Led Angel Investor Boot Camp Announces 2012 Fellows, The Pipeline Fellowship: for women, by women. A short Bio about the 12 fellows including Sheri. January 23, 2012.


An In-Depth Interview with Alumna Sheri Sobrato Brisson, Co-Author of Digging Deep. – Uploaded by SCU School of Education & Counseling Psychology. Jan 29, 2015.

CT STLYE, Digging Deep to help sick children, Child Advocate, Counselor and Philanthropist Sheri Sobrato talks about making sure sick children, those suffering from short and long term illness, receive the socio-psychological support they need. October 28, 2014.

Digging deep by Randy Cordeiro, empowering sick adolescents. May 9, 2014.

Digging Deep Journal: 100 Dreams and Desires, January 16, 2014.

Living out loud, by digiclub5000. Sheri shares how her brain tumor challenged her life helping her to live differently.


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