About A Never Event

In the small farming community of Fremont, Nebraska, townspeople eagerly welcomed an acclaimed doctor as the first full-time oncologist at their new cancer treatment center — but the fanfare soon turned into a nightmare.

During chemotherapy treatments, 857 patients who were already waging the fights of their lives against cancer, were exposed to the deadly, blood-borne hepatitis C virus. At least ninety-nine of them contracted the lethal illness. The horror was unprecedented—this was the largest healthcare-transmitted outbreak of hepatitis C in American history.

A Never Event — a term used to describe a preventable medical tragedy — is a searing story of recklessness, deception and betrayal. It’s part mystery, part courtroom drama.

A Never Event is a wake-up call to medical and legal communities nationwide.

Purchase A Never Event

Purchase your autographed copy of A Never Event here.

Cost is $15 for an autographed book. Shipping and handling included. Please be sure to let us know who the book should be autographed to on the Paypal order form. Thank you for your interest.

Who is the book for?

Evelyn is a wife, mother and audiologist from Fremont, Nebraska. She is one of a hundred cancer survivors who contracted hepatitis C through health-care transmission at the Fremont Cancer Center. Using the money from her settlement against the oncology clinic, she co-founded the patient advocacy foundation HONOReform. She is married to Dr. Thomas McKnight, a family physician who helped uncover the Nebraska outbreak.

Travis T. Bennington

A practicing civil trial attorney, Travis was one of the attorneys who represented victims of the Nebraska outbreak in their civil actions. Nineteen of the Nebraska Outbreak victims were his clients, neighbors and friends. Mr. Bennington is a co-founder of the patient advocacy foundation HONOReform.


[A] harrowing account… I commend [McKnight’s] advocacy and efforts to raise awareness about healthcare-related infections and other potentially life-threatening illnesses.
— Hon. Shelley Berkley, congresswoman, Nevada
Evelyn McKnight has taken a courageous step in telling her personal experience. Her story has provided encouragement and hope to people across the nation.
— Lawrence Sands, DO, MPH
This is a ‘must-read’ for hospital and clinic administrators, providers, and especially patients. It is up to each of us to assure that what happened to Evelyn McKnight doesn’t happen under our watch or in our personal care situation.
— Charles Stokes, president and CEO, CDC Foundation
The wake-up call to doctors, nurses and to patients. This book will be the text for all ethical healthcare providers.
— Joe Hardy, MD, Nevada State Assembly
Patient turns a harsh light on dangerous medical error.
— as seen in USA Today

Invite the Authors to Your Book Club

Are you intrigued and want to learn more? Do you have questions for the authors? Evelyn and Travis are available for video conference.

Contact us for more information or to schedule a book club event: aneverevent [at] gmail.com