considered all of the opinions on a logo, thank you everyone for you
input. It was a close race for the winning logo, and the winner is #10.
We are now tax exempt under
501(c)(3). This means
donations anyone makes to us will be tax deductible. This is a huge step for us and
gives us great opportunities for our future.
We have formed our board
and have elected our officers. We are ready to get moving on some
Introducing Board Members
Amy Clugston –
Lesley Bennett –
Ashley Page –
Mary Elizabeth Parker
for further descriptions of each Board Member in future newsletters and
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child is born with (or develops) physical problems, parents experience a
sense of panic: What is wrong with our baby? The anomalies might
be obvious or subtle. Sometimes it is only a parent's "gut feeling"
indicating that something just isn't right. There are few things as
frightening as having a baby or child with an unknown medical condition.
Parents Become Medical Researchers
parents find their feet set upon this difficult, frustrating path. They
become their child's own medical researcher, trying to find a diagnosis
that matches the baffling symptoms. Along this mysterious journey, their
child might receive numerous incorrect diagnoses, sending the family on
an emotional rollercoaster of fear, sorrow, and hope, as one condition
is disproven, and then another suggested. The journey to diagnosis can
take years. And it can become very eye-opening for parents to discover
just how much doctors and specialists don't know.
Fears of My Past
great empathy for these parents. Some time after my son Kyle was
diagnosed with autistic disorder at the age of two, frightening things
began to happen. Due to some minor physical symptoms present in some of
my other sons, it was suggested for a time that all my boys had some
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