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Carthage teen’s memory lives on in novel Lindsey Frost will be name of character in new Tim Green book for kids


CARTHAGE — There was something extraordinary about the late Lindsey R. Frost. So much so that 675 people voted on a Facebook poll for her name to be featured in a Tim Green book.

“Lindsey would have been pleased about her name being featured,” said Miss Frost’s mother, Tamara Frost. “One of the things she had said often was that she was afraid she didn’t make her mark on the world. It’s very obvious she did, and the votes to get her name as a character in that book should show her that she made her mark.”

Miss Frost, 19, also the daughter of James Frost, died on March 10 after a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis. She had been under hospice care since November.

Mr. Green is the author of popular children’s sports books and adult suspense novels. The former Atlanta Falcons linebacker, now a Skaneateles resident, posted March 12 on his Facebook page that he was taking name suggestions for a character that would appear in the final scene of his upcoming book “Lost Boy.” In the initial post, Miss Frost was suggested 52 times, first by 2013 Carthage High School graduate Kelly Hunneyman.

“I was thinking of Lindsey when I saw the post by Tim Green,” said Miss Hunneyman. Miss Frost had once told her, “I’m going to be famous one day. This illness isn’t going to take over me and stop me from doing so. So step back and watch.”

“That day stuck out the most to me. When I saw Tim Green’s post, I thought to myself that Lindsey was right, that her illness shouldn’t stop her from being famous,” said Miss Hunneyman.

After two days, Miss Frost made the top five in Mr. Green’s poll.

“I was impressed with the huge outpour of support for her to be remembered in this way,” said Mr. Green in a phone interview. “It was obvious to me that she was just adored by a lot of people and it seems like she had an amazing outlook on life. It’s sad to me, that I didn’t know her, and that obviously her time ended too soon.”

The contest asked supporters to like a post with Miss Frost’s name on it. Over the course of three days, from when her name was announced as a finalist to the day she was announced the winner, she earned 675 likes. Her nearest competition, Tearsten Casanova, received 263 votes. Both girls will have their name featured in “Lost Boy.”

“At end of the story there is a publisher who a couple of the main characters have been trying to get to publish their book. I think her name appears a dozen times. It’s Lindsey Frost and she’s on the phone and having conversation with a powerful literary agent,” said Mr. Green.

The Facebook announcement of Miss Frost’s legacy saw an number of supporters responding. Many had photos of Miss Frost as their profile.

Judy Smith Sharp of Cincinnati, Ohio, said, “Thank you Tim Green. You can’t possibly know what this means to us. Lindsey passed away this week from cystic fibrosis. She had been fighting it for 19 years. What a way to be remembered. You have made so many people very happy!!!!”

“Lost Boy,” Mr. Green’s 31st novel, is expected to be released in March 2015. It will be a novel aimed at children in grades four through eight. The story follows a young boy whose mother is critically injured in an accident and is in need of an operation. Desperate for money to save his mother’s life, the boy searches out his birth father, of whom he knows only that he is a professional baseball player. The story is set in New York City and Atlanta.

“This is my first middle-grade book that’s not really a sports book,” admitted Mr. Green, an advocate of getting children to read more. “This series has sold over 1 million copies. ... This series provided material for a lot of kids who are athletes and might not otherwise read.”

Mrs. Frost could not hide her appreciation over the honor.

“Jim, Jay and I are happy that her name will be in that book too. We don’t want anyone to forget her, and even though the book isn’t about her, it’s a way for her name to be carried on for decades to come,” she said.

Miss Frost was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, which affects the lungs and digestive system, at 2 months old. At 11, she received a double lung transplant.

“The doctors said she may have had two weeks left on her old lungs,” Mrs. Frost recalled. “She had a fairy-tale recovery with no setbacks.”

However, five years later her body began to reject the transplanted lungs.

“In 2013, she spent about every six to eight weeks in the Children’s Hospital in Syracuse for two to three weeks at a time,” said Mrs. Frost.

Miss Frost was transferred from hospital care to hospice, where she stayed for four months before she died.

“Lindsey was someone who didn’t care what others thought about her. She befriended the new kids in school so they weren’t lonely. ... She loved making people laugh and always had a comeback,” said Mrs. Frost.

The 19-year-old’s passions were singing, baking, riding four-wheelers and tattoos, including a heart tattoo with “Depp” written on her left shoulder.

Her dream in her last year was to meet film star Johnny Depp. This was never fulfilled despite an attempt to spread her wish across the Web with the Because Lindsey Loves Johnny Facebook page.

Though she may not have met her idol, having her name featured in a book is a fair second.

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