Wednesday, April 23, 2014



  Saturday, May 17th, Saint Paul River Centre St. Paul, MN

The Wish Ball is the signature black-tie gala benefiting Make-A-Wish Minnesota. This premier event features an elegant dinner, drinks, music, dancing and the chance to bid on amazing items and experiences in the live & silent auctions. Most important, The Wish Ball will help raise funds to grant wishes of Minnesota children with life-threatening medical conditions

Make-A-Wish® grants a wish, on average, every 38 minutes to a child with a life-threatening medical condition. Wishes come in all shapes and sizes.

Wishes strengthen wish kids and their families, rally communities together, and change the lives of everyone involved. Experience the stories of those who know firsthand the power of a wish come true. Each one a life-affirming testament to hope, inspiration, and resilience.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

National Volunteer Week


"Through countless acts of kindness, generosity, and service, Americans recognize that we are all bound together -- that we move this country forward by giving of ourselves to others and caring for those around us. Every day, Americans carry forward the tradition of service embedded in our character as a people. And as we celebrate National Volunteer Week, we embrace our shared responsibility to one another and recommit to the task of building a more perfect Union."

-President Barack Obama, 2014 Presidential Proclamation

I am thankful for the continued opportunity to serve within my community, and am grateful to those who also serve!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Metro Friendship Foundation-Ice Breaker Social~April 13th

I am thrilled to support this amazing organization and event, which helps so many families!

Metro Friendship Foundation (MFF) empowers individuals with ASD to fulfill their life's potential through scholarships.
Metro Friendship Foundation is viewed as the premier charitable organization granting scholarships to every qualifying individual seeking social skills development through approved providers.  This social skill development will enhance the recipients' opportunities to reach their potential to become contributing members of society by making a living with meaningful work, engaging in and contributing to their communities, and enjoying relationships.

Please join us for a wonderful fundraiser in Minneapolis!

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Autism Awareness

Every day, the millions of Americans living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it.

ASD is a developmental disability characterized, in varying degrees, by persistent difficulties in social communication and restrictive and repetitive behaviors, interests, or activities. We know that early screening and intervention at younger ages helps children get the most effective treatments earlier in life. Yet the CDC found that most children with autism are diagnosed after age 4, even though autism can be diagnosed as early as age 2.
Because of the Affordable Care Act, most insurance plans must now cover autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months – with no out-of-pocket costs.
In addition, the Affordable Care Act includes many important benefits and protections that address the health care needs of those with autism. Insurers are no longer allowed to exclude anyone with autism or charge more based on this pre-existing condition. Also, children are now able to remain on their parents’ health plan until the age of 26. And millions more families now have access to affordable quality health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

10 Related Facts:

1. About one in 68 children has been identified with it, according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.

2. ASD is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

3. It is almost five times more common among boys (one in 42) than among girls (one in 189).

4. Studies have shown that among identical twins, if one child has autism spectrum disorder, then the other will be affected about 36 percent to 95 percent of the time. In non-identical twins, if one child has the disorder, then the other is affected about 0 percent to 31 percent of the time.

5. Parents who have a child with autism spectrum disorder have a 2 percent to 18 percent chance of having a second child who is also affected.

6. Almost half – 46 percent -- of children identified with autism spectrum disorder has average to above average intellectual ability.

7. Children born to older parents are at a higher risk for having autism spectrum disorder.

8. On average, children identified with autism spectrum disorder were not diagnosed until after age 4, even though children can be diagnosed as early as 2.

9. It is estimated to cost at least $17,000 more per year to care for a child with autism spectrum disorder than it does to care for a child without the condition. Costs include health care, education, autism-related therapy, family-coordinated services and caregiver time. For a child with more severe autism spectrum disorder, costs per year increase to over $21,000. Taken together, it is estimated that total societal costs of caring for children with autism were more than $9 billion in 2011.

10. Children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder had average medical expenditures that exceeded those without the disorder by $4,110 to $6,200 a year. On average, medical expenditures for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder were 4.1 to 6.2 times greater than for those without the condition.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Just 30 Minutes A Day

Today is National Walking Day!
We’re encouraging Americans to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It's a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to get your family, friends and co-workers started on a healthier way of life!