“We are helping all the Melanie's out there.”
In 2009, Tommy Glatzmayer wanted to write a book. He was six years old. He wanted to teach his friend's about his sister's rare syndrome while still entertaining them. Tommy and his
mother wrote the book together. In grade one, Tommy came home crying because his
friends were teasing his sister, Melanie Glatzmayer. His mother decided to immediately
self-published the book.
In 2010, a school in Ottawa invited the family to present their book. Tommy wanted to
do the whole presentation by himself with his sister by his side and their 2 pet rats.
Presentation after presentation, school after school, Tommy and Melanie got a little more
comfortable on stage.Tommy, Melanie and their pet rats have done numerous book readings
and presentations in schools and conferences in North America. They've been interviewed
by TV, radio, newspapers and magazines and they've been invited as guest speakers to
In 2012, Tommy was selected by the Governor General of Canada to receive the
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in raising awareness for his
sister's syndrome, Cornelia de Lange .