Audio Excerpt from
Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop in Chinese
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A Journey of the Heart to Save the Critically Endangered Wild
"For a moment in time,
the east and west were joined once again on the Silk Road, through the
boy from the west and the clan of the east, uniting in a common cause."
"Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop was inspired by Bradford
Lawless and his courage in facing his battle with Ewing's Sarcoma.
He was a warrior.
The book is a combination of elements of truth from his real
life journey woven into a magical journey of hope. If you believe in
fate, then believe this book was meant to be.
This book and product line started with a terminally ill nine year old
boy telling me he liked camels, while I was visiting him at Canuck Place
http://www.canuckplace.com. When I asked what he liked about
camels, he said " just about everything".
inspired me to research and learn about the last of the true wild camels
in existence that have a genetic DNA difference from domestics and feral
camels. Their immune system may hold answers to research in arresting
diabetes and cancer.
privileged to encounter desert explorer, John Hare, founder of the Wild
Camel Protection Foundation (www.wildcamels.com) as
I initiated my research. He was then kind enough to send Brad pictures
and books about the camels and a new friendship was born.
adopted a new born camel for Brad and he named the young calf "Judy".
and friends have generously donated to the foundation, in his memory, in
hopes of saving the wild camels and continuing the initial research.
artist for the book, Alexander Levitas, lives in a Kibbutz in Israel. He
appeared one day by magic in my email inbox as an artist looking
for freelance work. His artwork was meant for this book and his personal
background lends history and empathy to the story.
believe Brad found him for me, because I wasn't moving fast enough.
my dream for Brad and his family that through this book, we help to save
the vanishing wild camels in the Gobi and continue the valuable research
that may result in a possible cure for cancer. That would be a fitting
legacy for a warrior."
Bradford Thomas Lawless 1994-2004 , A Boy who Made a
Nine-Year Old Warrior Champions the Cause of the Critically
Endangered Wild Bactrian Camel
and the Wild Camels Share a Common Bond, Surviving to tell their
Story Against All Odds
Bradford and the Journey to the Desert of Lop
Plush Camel: Meet "Judy",
a plush, wild Bactrian camel, from the story "Bradford and
the Desert of Lop". Branded with a gold moon and star, this
soft, cuddly nighttime companion is sure to send children on a
magical, sleepy journey with the Sandman. This 14" soft plush
toy includes a neck tag and web site info on The Wild Camel
Protection Foundation, a United Kingdom registered charity, with
Jane Goodall as its patron. click
The new line of children's non violent toys and books produced
by Wild Heart Ranch empowers children with cancer and brings
awareness to the endangered wild Bactrian camel. The wild camels
living in the far away Gobi Desert may offer a possible cure for
illness based on preliminary research. The book teaches us that,
"One small boy with cancer can change the world if you listen."
Meet Judy the real
Camel- adopted for Bradford
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Learn more about how you can adopt a wild
Bradford and the Journey to
the Desert of Lop -
Hard Cover Children and Family Book
Written by Dawn Van Zant
Illustrated by Alexander Levitas
Follow Brad and the Sandman on their magical journey to the Desert of
Lop to learn the secrets of the desert that live in your heart.
When the Sandman comes to visit you
tonight, you need to listen closely as you close your eyes
and drift off to sleep. He will tell you a story that you
need to know. As he drops the soft grains of sand and dust
once carried by the winds of the Gobi desert, you can hear
the sand dunes whispering a bedtime story. It is a tale of
the magic that lives in the desert, of buried ancient
treasures, vanishing wild camels, forgotten people and the
courage of a small unlikely warrior destined to be their
The story tells us of a mysterious waterless land the shape
of a crescent moon surrounded by majestic mountains that
guard some of the oldest secrets of all time. The land of
wind and sun tells the tale of brave explorers, lost cities,
and treasures and fossils buried beneath the golden sand.
Once an ancient inland sea, this desert holds the stories
and bones of dinosaurs from eighty million years ago. If you
let the desert wind dance across your face, you can hear
their stories of how they lived and how they vanished.
The yellow brown dust of the Gobi desert is
carried in the winds to spread the story of lands once traveled
by Marco Polo who witnessed and heard the strange sites and
sounds in the desert, the voices of spirits, the sounds of
music, and the distant rumble of soldiers marching in the sand.
Mysterious musical sounds rise from the vast dunes to welcome
the few that dare to venture by.
The great silk road of long ago, once a busy path between east
and west has all but vanished and reduced its remains to myth
and lore. The bustling streets, wealthy cities full of gold and
jewels and forgotten kings lie submerged in the vast desert
waiting for the wind to expose them. Some say faithful desert
gnomes guard the hidden treasures below.
The winds dance across the desert dunes hiding Mummies of
ancient kingdoms as they whisper secrets so old time has
forgotten them. Only the tiny grains of round stones know their
stories of long ago.
It is a land few have traveled from beginning to end. There are
places that man has never seen, where footprints have never been
The borderlands are filled with vanishing wild animals,
harbingers of fate. The last remaining wild camels on earth live
in the Desert of Lop, hiding away from the world of man, waiting
for a chosen one to tell their story and change their fate.
They search for the one who has courage enough to venture into
the blazing heat, face the sand storms, and who can listen to
the haunting sounds of the desert and not be afraid.
The wild camels of the desert challenged the winds to travel the
world to find him. A powerful dust storm gathered in the Gobi
and the cloud found its way to Alaska and then traveled down the
coast. The dust circled the planet once before falling from the
sky. The tiny grains of sand once walked upon by ancient
warriors and kings found their mark.
In a warm bed, an unsuspecting young boy who could only walk in
his dreams awaited his destiny. This is the story of Bradford
and his journey to the Desert of Lop. It is a story you must
Copyright 2004 Dawn Van Zant, Wild Heart Ranch Books
Roxanne Sailors Taplett, editor, Simple Things,
"Captivating story of
Bradford on his mystical Journey
Join Bradford as he journeys to the Desert of Lop, with the Sandman,
the wild camels and the Uighurs. I enjoyed this book very much, was
fascinated by the descriptive story of a young boy battling cancer,
who one night leaves with the Sandman on a journey to the desert,
rides the wild camels, sees secrets of the desert and is led to the
home of the Uighurs, a band of people living near the Desert of Lop.
This is an inspirational read for children with disabilities, and
offers information on the desert and wild camels. Highly
WILD CAMEL PROTECTION FOUNDATION
The Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF),
a UK based charitable foundation with Jane Goodall as its patron, was
established in 1997 specifically to protect the critically endangered
wild Bactrian camel in its pristine desert environment in the Gobi
deserts of China and Mongolia.
Its outstanding achievement is to have raised finances and persuaded the
Chinese government to establish a 150,000 square kilometer national
Nature Reserve to protect the wild Bactrian camel in Lop Nur, the former
nuclear test area of China. The wild Bactrian camel survives in this
harsh environment on a salt-water slush that no other mammal can
tolerate. In addition, the wild Bactrian camel has survived over 40
atmospheric nuclear tests and current scientific research is showing
that it has a base genetic make-up which varies from the domestic
Bactrian camel by as much as 3 per cent.
Other achievements of the WCPF have been
the organizing of a meeting between the Vice-Ministers of the
Environment of the Governments of China and Mongolia, which resulted in
the signing of an agreement by both countries to cooperate in wild
Bactrian camel protection. In addition, the WCPF is currently involved
in establishing a captive wild Bactrian camel breeding program near the
Great Gobi Reserve A, a protected area in Mongolia. This program had the
full backing of the Mongolian government. It is vital as there are only
15 wild Bactrian camels in captivity out of as total of under 800 in the
The WCPF has raised over $250,000 from
international trusts and companies and is constantly striving to raise
additional finance. In 1999, the National Geographic Society and the
Royal Geographical Society financed a WCPF expedition into the Chinese
Gobi to survey the wild Bactrian camel population. This resulted in a
sighting of 169 wild camels, an enormous achievement.
An environmental, awareness-raising
educational program linked to the new Reserve and Jane Goodall's Roots
and Shoots scheme in China and Mongolia has produced awareness-raising
booklets both in local languages for schools and adults in both
countries and this program is constantly expanding.
Further details of the work of the
John Hare, Founder
The Wild Camel Protection Foundation
School Farm, Benenden, Kent, TN17 4EU England
Tel: 44 (0) 1580 241 132 Fax: 44 (0)1580 240 960