I’m not someone who’s starstruck. Sure I appreciate talent and I am an avid movie goer. Sure, I’d have a hard time giving up my favorite television shows or Netflix account, but I don’t look to movie and television stars as my heroes or role models. That is until I met Holly Robinson Peete. She’s an actress, author, talk show host, philanthropist, and—where I find inspiration the most—mom to four children, one with autism. In 1997, Holly and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, … [Read more...]
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It seems like most women I know either had a tough pregnancy or difficult birthing experience. Luckily, my pregnancy was pretty easy though I had to go in to the doctor's office every other week for the first two trimesters because I was considered "high-risk" due to my age (anyone over 35 years of age is placed in this category). However, the delivery was anything but and between hemorrhaging due to a torn placenta and emergency C-section it was a tough ordeal. Because of the torn … [Read more...]
Next weekend is the annual CHOC “Walk in the Park” event presented by the Disneyland Resort. The Walk, which will be held the morning of Sunday, October 11, is the largest, most unique single pediatric walk event in the nation. Among the event’s estimated 15,000 walkers are participants from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Japan. This year’s event is all the more special as the CHOC Walk commemorates its 25th silver anniversary against the sparkling backdrop of the Disneyland Resort … [Read more...]
“[Eunice Kennedy Shriver] will be remembered ... as an extraordinary woman who, as much as anyone, taught our nation - and our world - that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit. ” ~U.S. President Barack Obama History of the Special Olympics: I am always amazing how it can take one person to care about a situation and how many lives they can affect when the go after creating good! It all began in the 1950s and early 1960s, when … [Read more...]
Last year I came across a picture of the sweetest little girl I could imagine and had to find out more about her. Her mom, Tara McCallan, started the Happy Soul Project right after the birth of her daughter, Pip, who was born with Down Syndrome and some health issues. She wanted to show to the world, through Pip, that being different is cool and beautiful. I think her message and the work she is doing to bring awareness to Down Syndrome is truly inspirational. I can't even begin to … [Read more...]