Elena Kilner, one of eight children, grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in theology. Elena currently lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband Patrick. They have five children. Their fifth child, John Paul, was born with a terminal genetic disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. John Paul died when he was 14 months old. Elena’s experience with John Paul is the subject of her book, Letters to John Paul. Elena has enjoyed homeschooling her children in the current year, although they will likely be attending schools outside the home in the coming year. She is passionate about sharing her experience with John Paul.