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Parkland graduate writes book on post-traumatic growth

Many remember where they were when 9/11 happened.

Few can say they know someone personally affected.

As the wife of someone who lost his father that day, the loss has shaped Payton Lynch’s world in significant ways.

Lynch’s father-in-law, Robert Henry Lynch Jr., ran back into the World Trade Center on 9/11 to save others.

In “Rise From the Ashes: Stories of Trauma, Resilience, and Growth From the Children of 9/11,” Lynch provides an insider view not only of what many 9/11 surviving children experienced and continue to experience but how this has led to endless ripple effects among those with whom they interact.

In doing so, she hopes to show that even in the midst of great tragedy, there is hope, and where there is hope, there is life and promise for the future.

“Rise From the Ashes: Stories of Trauma, Resilience, and Growth From the Children of 9/11” includes stories and insights from 9/11 surviving children such as her husband, Jonathan Lynch, comedian Pete Davidson, WWE Wrestler Zelina Vega, and activists Halley, Madison and Anna Clare Burnett.

Jon Lynch is a 2006 Parkland High School graduate.

He was also the theater director for several years at Orefield Middle School before meeting and marrying Payton, a 2012 Parkland graduate.

The couple moved to Florida to work at Walt Disney World.

Today, Payton Lynch is a product manager at The Walt Disney Company.

As a child and young adult, Disney’s storytelling became an important part of her life, teaching her to engage audiences. In her career, she tells stories through the magic of guest engagement.

Lynch has been crafting stories for as long as she can remember, but in 2020 she decided to take the plunge and dedicate herself to writing her first book.

Deadline to pre-order a copy of her book is May 2.

For more information, visit https://igg.me/at/risefromtheashesbook.