Michael Flatley is the Founder, President, and Treasurer of Books That Heal. Founded in 2014, Books That Heal helps pediatric patients battling chronic illnesses write, illustrate, and publish their very own children’s books, and then hosts book signing events to celebrate the children and raise funds and awareness for their illnesses. Michael has ghostwritten and published children’s books for children undergoing treatment for various illnesses, including Emma The BraveGabriella’s Smile, and Becoming Maddie Panda, books written for children who battled DIPG.  In addition to his involvement at Books That Heal, Michael has over 12 years’ experience in the financial industry. Most recently, Michael worked at Deutsche Bank’s Wealth Management division as a Portfolio Manager. Additionally, Michael was nominated into the Bank’s REAL Program, a global program that honors employees who best demonstrate the Bank’s values and beliefs.


I am honored and excited to join the Cristian Rivera Foundation as a Committee Member. I was introduced to how devastating DIPG is when I met Donna Marques and her daughter, Emma, who was diagnosed with DIPG in 2014 and fought bravely for two years. It was also through Donna that I learned about the Cristian Rivera Foundation and the incredible work that John and his team have done to raise funds and awareness for DIPG, and the support they provide to children battling DIPG. I am honored to be part of such a great organization that is making strides to find a cure for DIPG.