Lori and Wayne Earl named their daughter Esther Grace Earl after the famous Queen Esther, who was full of beauty and grace. One of five children, Esther was diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was 12 years old. Before losing her battle with cancer in 2010, Esther Earl unwittingly became an inspiration for one of the biggest teen phenomena of our era, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

An avid blogger, vlogger, and writer, Esther posthumously became an author herself with the publication of her journals in This Star Won’t Go Out. Inspired by their daughter’s energy and natural empathy, Esther’s parents, Lori and Wayne Earl set up the non-profit foundation This Star Won’t Go Out (TSWGO). The foundation works to serve families with children diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. To date, TSWGO has given more than $175,000 to families in need. Lori and Wayne Earl speak to families across the country about caring for a teenager with cancer and how their experience relates to The Fault in Our Stars.

Presenters: 2015