Kid Raises $1 Million from Self-Authored ‘Chocolate Bar’ Book to Help Friend with Liver Disease


Back in 2012, Dylan Siegel wrote and illustrated a book called “Chocolate Bar.”

Dylan, who is now 8, began selling the books in 2012 for $20 a piece. He planned on using the profits of the book to help his best friend, Jonah Pournazarian, who suffers from a rare liver disease.

A pretty ambitious goal for someone who has yet to hit double digits, but nonetheless, Dylan did not let that deter him from finding a cure for his friend.

The liver disorder is called glycogen storage disease type 1B. The disease prevents people from maintaining normal blood sugar levels between meals. This cause them to become hungrier more frequently, tired and irritable. If blood sugar reaches a level considered to be critically low, the disease can also cause seizures.

Jonah is one of 500 children in the world suffering from this.

Since it’s release, “Chocolate Bar” has made a profit of more than $1 million. It’s not only raised awareness for the disease, but also brought tons of donated chocolate bars to schools and various charities.

The book heavily uses the phrase “Chocolate Bar” as a replacement for “awesome,” according to Dylan.

No, little Dylan isn’t rolling around in a bed of dollar bills. All the proceeds from “Chocolate Bar” goes straight to the University of Florida. There, Dr. David Weinstein and his research team study and treat patients with the liver disease.

Weinstein stated that if a cure is ever to be found, he wants Dylan right there to witness it.

So far, the money has brought in a new geneticist, financed studies resulting in new gene-therapy treatments and kept the facility funded and on track over the last few years.

h/t ABC News


If only reading could be this delicious


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This Drinkable Book Can Purify Contaminated Water Through Its Pages


The earliest food hack known to man was probably how to purify water. If you didn’t know how to make fire, you’d have to MacGuyver some sort of filter for your water to keep that woolly mammoth poop out. Luckily, we’ve advanced a tad bit since then and have developed some pretty cool filters for water. The Drinkable Book, for example.

Each page of the Drinkable Book acts as a water filtration device. The pages contain microscopic particles of Silver Nitrate, which helps kill about 99 percent of the contaminated bacteria as the water passes through. The pages of the book also contain text that explains basic safety skills (keeping water away from trash and feces) that help maintain a clean water supply. It costs only a few cents to produce each page and an entire book could provide a person with up to 4 years of drinkable water, with each page lasting 30 days.

While this sounds like both a practical and novel product, I can definitely see this become a necessity should (God forbid) the zombies take over. I’ll take 10, please.

H/T Ad Week