The Fault in Our Stars

If you found out that you had
ONE WEEK left to live, what
would you do?
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*Green grew up in Orlando,
*He graduated from Kenyon
College in 2000 with a double
major in English and Religious
*After leaving college, Green
spent five months working as a
student chaplain in a children's
*He attended the University of
Chicago Divinity School at the
time, although he never actually
*His experiences of working with
children with life-threatening
illnesses inspired him to later
write The Fault in Our Stars.
* Hazel Grace Lancaster: 16, is the
novel's narrator. She goes by Hazel, but
Augustus (and sometimes his father)
calls her "Hazel Grace". She is a thyroid
cancer patient, having been diagnosed
when she was 13.
*Augustus Waters: 17, is in remission.
He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at
a young age and lost his right leg to the
*Isaac: Augustus' best friend. He has eye
cancer, and eventually loses his sight
because of it.
*Peter Van Houten: a recluse author
whose first and only work, An Imperial
Affliction, serves as the basis of most of
Hazel's beliefs for both her life and
relationship with Augustus.
*Mrs. Lancaster: Hazel's mom. She often takes every
opportunity to be enthusiastic at small occasions, such as
Hazel's "half-birthdays", Hazel describes her mother as
her best friend.
*Mr. Lancaster: Hazel's dad, a man who tends to cry a lot.
*Mrs. Waters: Augustus' momMark Waters: Augustus' dad
*Lidewij Vliegenthart: Van Houten's personal assistant.
*Kaitlyn: One of Hazel's only friends left from high school.
*Patrick: social worker who runs the support group. He
once had testicular cancer and was supposed to die
*Monica: Isaac's girlfriend
Thyroid Cancer
* Is a malignant thyroid neoplasm
originating from follicular or
parafollicular thyroid cells.
* Affects a person’s ability to
breathe and speak.
* Occurs often in young females
* The eighth most common form of
childhood cancer, comprising
2.4% of all malignancies children,
and approximately 20% of all
primary bone cancers.
* Incidence rates for osteosarcoma
in U.S. patients under 20 years of
age are estimated at 5.0 per
million per year.
* It originates more frequently in
the metaphysical region of
tubular long bones, with 42%
occurring in the femur, 19% in the
tibia, and 10% in the humerus.
About 8% of all cases occur in the
skull and jaw, and another 8% in
the pelvis.
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