First-time author Kelly Speck celebrates the launch of acclaimed new family memoir book HOPE IN THE HEARTACHE

Pictured L-R (back row): Allen Media Strategies Burke Allen, former Ballast Books marketing director Mary Beth Albertini, Ballast Books publisher Andy Symonds (front row) Kelly and Bennett Speck.

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 1, 2022 / — A beautiful and powerful story elegantly written by inspiring mom and wife Kelly Speck, HOPE AT HEART chronicles the family journey of the Speck family as they navigate family life with a child with special needs, son Bennett. The book was officially released on May 31 by Ballast Books.

The official book launch party in suburban Washington DC featured executives from Ballast Books, including publisher Andy Symonds, Allen Media Strategies Chief Media Strategist Burke Allen and Joel Dillion, President and CEO of Jill’s House, a non-profit organization that provides respite. for children with developmental disabilities and their families in the greater Washington, DC area. A portion of all book sales benefit Jill’s House.

Dr. Steve Silvestro, MD and founder of the Child Repair Guide podcast said, “I have had the honor of being the Speck family’s pediatrician for over a decade…their story is a journey of hope, of resilience and love that has inspired me for a long time. , and that will touch your heart while reading this book.”


He was born blue; he was barely alive. All the air had been sucked out of the room.

Kelly Speck had planned for her newborn son, Bennett, to be placed on her bare chest for his first attempt at breastfeeding. Instead, he was taken to NICU. It was, as Speck writes, “the start of a nightmarish journey.”

Doctors said the end was near for Bennett. Was there any hope?

Hope in the Heartache, the true-to-life and perfectly detailed memoir by Kelly Speck, chronicles Bennett’s fight to survive and her family’s journey through grief and exhaustion in hospitals, churches and offices. insurance. Kelly and Travis Speck never lost their faith, and in their devotion to God and their family, they learned what matters most: hope.

Hope in the Heartache: The Journey of Grace and Growth with a Special Needs Child is both a devastating and uplifting story. It’s for anyone who’s been through trauma, for those supporting a loved one in crisis, and for anyone who needs to know what it might be like to face – and overcome – true heartbreak.

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