Ashton Zari is about to release his first book with all the proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House in Central Ohio. 

Ashton is an eight-year-old boy who has chronic kidney disease along with many complications due to major structural issues in his urinary tract.  Over the last four years he has spent more than 200 nights at the Ronald McDonald House in Ohio. Ashton is the son of Amanda and Anthony Zari of Franklin. 

As the author and Illustrator of “How I Became A Superhero!” Ashton decided he wanted to “write a book to make people in the hospital feel better.” He wanted to encourage people to understand the power of kindness and empower people to make a difference in their community, which would translate to the world being “more awesome!”

A book release event is planned for “How I Became A Superhero!”  Sunday, July 22, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building. The celebration will include lunch, book sales/signing, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, bouncy houses, Ashton’s crafts, and all of Ashton’s recycled crayons.

Pre-ordered books will be available for pickup locally at Ashton’s Birthday Wish Extravaganza.

If you would like to preorder crayons, soaps, or a book to pick up at the event, go to

Also on tap will be a dessert auction and silent auction from 2-4 p.m. Silent auction items include: Shakeology, Lipsense, Rodan and Fields skin regimen, Thrive, restaurant gift cards, a spa day at a local salon, succulents, jewelry, luluroe, and more.

Once 250 copies are sold, Ashton will be donating 500 copies to various children’s hospitals/ RMH- CO and will be able to donate $5000.

The Zari family thanks Macon Printing and Backlot Cinema for making Ashton’s dream of being a published author come true. Because of the nature of the book, an option is available to donate two books to a Children’s Hospital in your name. All pre-ordered books will come autographed. Pre-orders are limited to 100 books purchased the day of the event. Cash only.