Now, as part of a final wish before his death, Cumming's book has been published and will be formally released Saturday.
"Rusty was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) on April 26, 20ll and passed away Sept. 9, 2011," said his wife, Brenda Simolke Cummings. "His book was his wish to get published and his family has made sure of this."
Bush Publishing & Associates is releasing Cummings' dream titled For a Million Summers, a story of Lance Conway, star pitcher for his high school's baseball team, who falls in love for the first time.
"It was one of his greatest accomplishments, and he dedicated it to those who have set high goals for themselves, did their best and saw it through to the end," Brenda Cummings said.
According to Bush Publishing's press release, the story is a romantic struggle which depicts the challenges and frustrations of a dream deferred.
"Yet, at the core, there are hidden treasures of patience and strength any reader can draw inspiration from," the release said.
"The main character's integrity and approach to personal and professional success display ethics which pass the test of time," the release continued. "This book is truly an asset to all business- and goal-oriented individuals alike. It eloquently portrays the enduring and timeless experience of the pursuit and fulfillment of a vision."
The book's debut is December 10 at Kary and Sharon Bryce's residence at 1630 Hwy. 532 Dubberly. Everyone is invited to come by and purchase a book.
Brenda Cummings said a portion of the proceeds from the book will go to the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter.
Cummings, an avid Dirt Late Model Racer, was born and reared in Gibsland. He moved to Minden when he married Brenda in 1973. They have two children, Dana Haynes and Russell Kyle Cummings.