Local Author donates 100% of Proceeds from First Children’s Book Dragons on the Purple Moon to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

Peter Martin’s first children’s book is Inspired by his son’s successful recovery from brain lymphoma.


Local author Peter Martin is releasing his first book, Dragons on the Purple Moon in honor of his son’s successful recovery from brain cancer. He will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Martin was inspired after his son was diagnosed with brain lymphoma in 2017. After witnessing his son go through pediatric cancer, he vowed to do whatever he could to make children’s lives in hospitals more tolerable. After moving to Santa Barbara, he was also inspired by TBCF.

“Our son recovering from brain cancer gave me the impetus to take early retirement, move to Santa Barbara, pursue my true passion of bringing joy to children and now partnering with Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation,” said Martin.

Since their annual September Gold Ribbon Campaign (GRC) fundraiser luncheon has been canceled this year as a result of COVID-19, Martin is organizing a pre-order fundraiser in partnership with Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation to donate money for the programs they provide in the Santa Barbara area. Their goal is to donate at least $10,000 by reaching 1,000 pre-orders by the end of September.

“We are so grateful to Peter Martin for his generosity and compassion.  This magical, heartwarming and delightful book will enchant children and raise money for families who have a child with cancer at the same time.  What a tremendous gift,” said Eryn Shugart, Interim Executive Director of TBCF.

Based on Martin’s own children, Hannah and Gavin, Dragons on the Purple Moon is a beautifully illustrated children’s story about a brother and sister who long for adventures in space. The story and illustrations (by local Solvang Artist Sabine Ovesen) reveal the true character that lies within.

TBCF and Martin hope hospitals will buy the book to inspire their young patients facing cancer. To pre-order, please visit www.petergmartin.com.


About Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation advocates for families living in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties that have a child with cancer by providing financial, educational, and emotional support.



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