- Shelley Buck shares an incredible journey of love, courage, and spirit in the new book 'Leave Your Light On' about the life and death of her son Ryder.
Shelley Buck shares an incredible journey of love, courage, and spirit in the new book Leave Your Light On about the life and death of her son Ryder, who co-authored the book posthumously through his writings. The book will be released on July 6, 2020.
Ryder Buck is the son of Disney director Chris Buck (Frozen, Frozen 2) and artist Shelley Buck. Ryder, a singer-songwriter, was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 at the age of 22. After undergoing surgery and extensive treatments, he was cancer-free within eight months of his diagnosis. Six months after defeating cancer, at the age of 23, Ryder tragically died after getting hit by a car on a freeway after his car broke down.
Chris Buck dedicated his 2014 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Frozen to Ryder’s memory. Ryder was an inspiration for the song “The Next Right Thing” from “Frozen 2” and the film’s character, Ryder Nattura, was named after him. The Disney+ series Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen 2 features a segment about Ryder.
“Shelley has done an extraordinary job capturing the impact Ryder had on us and the world during his short life,” said Chris Buck. “Ryder was the type of person who inspired others to be and do their best and he was such a gift to us in so many ways.”
“His legacy lives on through this story, which I hope will inspire many people who are faced with the difficulty of hearing and processing bad news,” said Shelley Buck. “We can’t always change what happens to us, but we can choose how we respond to it.”
Leave Your Light On is the story of how Ryder adapted to life after learning he had cancer and how that inspired him and changed his relationship with his parents and the world around him. Told through first-person accounts, recollections from friends and family, and Ryder’s own words from his journals and social media posts, the book shows a parent-child relationship challenged by an unrelenting illness and a young man’s determination to live life on his own terms. The book was co-written with writer Kathy Curtis, with the title coming from a song written by Ryder about maintaining a positive attitude.
Leave Your Light On will be available in hardcover ($24.99), paperback ($18.99), e-book ($9.99), and audiobook. The book is published by Eagle’s Quest Publishing and available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop.org, and other book retailers. More information is available at http://www.leaveyourlightonbook.com.