"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Ghandhi
My parents raised me and my brother to always try to find ways to help others. Whether it's sharing a smile and using kind words to help brighten someone's day, making a donation, or sharing your time doing community service - no one will ever regret doing something good.
In August, I mentioned my desire to blog about one foundation each month in order to help raise awareness for great causes. As it turns out, I underestimated the time I would have to blog in the midst of being a new mom to my newborn baby, being a supportive wife to my husband, studying for my real estate exam, pursuing my real estate career, keeping a clean house, and taking care of myself ALL during my husband's football season.
Fast forward roughly four months later...I'm determined to make up for lost time by doing one post featuring FOUR different amazing organizations! Click "Read More" in the bottom right-hand corner to see which foundations I featured this month.
Have you ever heard the quote "Home of The Free Because of The Brave?" I genuinely believe that some of the bravest people in the world are the men and women who fight to keep our country safe. I also believe that there are no words that will ever perfectly express the gratitude I have for those brave men and women and their families. It hurts my heart to imagine the worry and pain these heroes and their families must feel not knowing if their last "goodbye" is their final goodbye. For some, this thought will thankfully never be more than a fear. For others, this fear sadly ends up turning into a reality. And while nothing will ever make this reality any less painful, there are loving organizations like Camp Hometown Heroes that provide support for children of fallen U.S. Service Members.
THE LELLOW FOUNDATION
My dad is a retired State Trooper. He would do anything to help a person in need. My dad is just an all-around amazing human being, and I consider myself extremely blessed to be his daughter. My mom is a teacher. She has always worked with children who have various levels of physical and/or intellectual special needs. She has such a big heart. I've witnessed first-hand how my mom provides a warm and loving environment for all of her students - especially those who may not have that kind of environment at home. It's because of both of my parents that I always feel the need to help and stand up for those who may not be able to stand up for themselves, and I've never hesitated to do that.
The Lellow Foundation supports the concept of looking out for people in need of help. It is a non-profit organization that supports disadvantaged children with special needs.
(NORD) NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR RARE DISORDERS
I learned about NORD through my friend, Bethany, whose goddaughter, Emma, was born with a developmental condition called pachygyria. Pachygyria is a rare brain condition better known as lissencephaly. Lissencephaly is when a child is born with a smooth (or partially smooth) brain, which means that the brain doesn't have the typical ridges that allow it to function properly. Sadly, the current life expectancy for pachyria cases is only estimated at 10 years. In most cases, the children are unable to walk, talk, or eat independently.
Emma's parents continue to stay strong and positive even while living a challenging daily lifestyle. Unfortunately, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting sweet Emma or her amazing parents. However, I'm told that Emma - who is now 3 years old - brings nothing but joy to her amazing parents who aren't giving up on researching and spreading awareness for this rare disease. This rare disorder is part of NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders.
I'm so grateful that CHAMP Camp was brought to my attention because it helped open my eyes to another group of incredible people - not only the caring staff that run the camp, but even more so the amazing campers who attend. CHAMP Camp is currently based out of Martinsville, Indiana. It is an annual camp that is held for one week toward the end of June for children and adolescents, ages 6 to 18, who have tracheostomies. CHAMP Camp is also for those who require respiratory assistance, including the use of ventilators. As mentioned on CHAMP Camp's website, many of the campers also have unique physical challenges, including quadriplegia. You can learn more about CHAMP Camp by clicking the button below.