Rosemary Hanrahan Edwards knows how powerfully dreams can touch lives and bring people together, as they do in her first novel, When Dreams Touch. Her experience as a physician, involvement with international and public health non-profit organizations, and leadership in health, education and community development in Haiti are the inspiration of When Dreams Touch.
Rosemary started volunteering and working in developing countries, including Haiti, in 2001. Since then, she has touched the lives of many people through her tireless work and her life has been deeply touched by her many colleagues, friends and partners in the developing world.
Rosemary was the 2003 and 2006 recipient of the College of American Pathologists Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award for her medical laboratory work in Haiti. In 2007, she received the Delta Omega National Honor Society Award for Best Master's Thesis in Public Health and the Outstanding Student Award for Academic Excellence from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
The mother of two adult sons, Rosemary currently lives in Western Pennsylvania, where she fulfills her role as executive director of UNIF-USA and practices medicine as an independent consultant for anatomic and clinical pathology practices. In addition to volunteering as a consultant in international healthcare and writing grants for non-profit organizations, she has been a board member of Vincentian Collaborative System (VCS) since 2010. VCS provides a continuum of senior services in the Western Pennsylvania region.
When she is not practicing her medical profession, Dr. Edwards enjoys outdoor activities, competing in triathlons and writing. When Dreams Touch is her first novel, which will be published under her pen name, Rosemary Hanrahan.
When Dreams Touch
Historical, Literary, Women, General Fiction
Caught between the 1980's HIV/AIDS global pandemic and the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, three women strive to realize their dreams of a better future for themselves, their children and the troubled country of Haiti. With courage and perseverance, they confront the broader injustices of the world they live in and create a legacy of enduring hope.