Monday, September 21, 2015

Love Is On: Let's Help Mary's Place WIN for Cancer Support

Cancer took my dad's life almost two decades ago. At the same time, my stepfather started his cancer battle that he has since won and still works to triumph.  The list goes on with how many family members and friends I know that have been coping with various types of cancer.

Cancer sucks. Plain and simple. It sucks.
Support is tremendous as I have learned for people coping with cancer. It also varies from person to person.
Explaining cancer to children who are not familiar with the disease is challenging, none to say the least. 
To help explain it, we have together done several lemonade stands for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Sarah is growing out her hair to donate for kids with cancer, and we have been more upfront about loved ones coping with cancer.
Last summer, as part of a work outing, I was able to meet some amazing women who helped start a  unique organization called Mary’s Place by the Sea ( This non-profit organization provides a place for women, and now men, around the world with cancer a place to go to, to heal: mind, body and soul.
At first, I wasn't sure what this meant. Many people with cancer have different experiences. Then, there are people who just need someone who understands what they are going through and knowing that sometimes they need someone who is unbiased, who is not related to them, and more, who can help them either come to terms with their diagnosis or learn about how to deal with the disease and find a place for solace and peace while determining what their next steps are.
While Mary's Place by the Sea may be located in New Jersey, people from around the country, far and wide have come to stay in their "special" home where they can gain the emotional and psychological support they wish for.
With offerings like Reiki therapy, oncological massage, spa services, guided meditation, yoga and nutritional counseling, I was impressed by all the things offered to help people with cancer.
As you know by now, when I hear of something that needs attention or want to help shout from the digital rooftops, then I am going to do so.
There is so much I can say about Mary's Place and feel it may be best to learn more about it from them directly either on their website or calling them at 732-455-5344. They welcome volunteers and support.
I was excited to hear that Mary's Place has been included among a hundred health care care-charities to receive a financial prize from Revlon as part of their "LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge, an online fundraising competition created to help charities, dedicated to leading women’s health issues, raise as much money as possible over the course of 6 weeks.
Revlon will be donating $1.4 million to various organizations throughout the challenge. According to their release, "The organization that raises the most donations between today, 9/21, at 12:00pm ET and 10/29 at 1:59:59pm ET, will win an additional million dollar donation for their cause. There are also prizes for second and third place.
There are so many things we can do. We can:
  • Donate to our charity of choice directly or through the Revlon page here
  • Create a personal fundraising page on CrowdRise, linking to the charity we support
  • Share support on social media and use the hashtag #RevlonMillion and link to Mary’s Place Twitter page -- @marysplaceog
The winner of the Revlon LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge will be announced in November 2015.
Here is our chance to give back. Let's help Mary’s Place by the Sea, who helps so many people battling with cancer and who need support in so many ways.
To learn more and to donate click here:

Mommy's Point of View has made a donation to this great cause and encourage your support as well.

Disclosure: The communications company that I work with, Green Room Communications, does pro-bono work to support Mary’s Place by the Sea.

Friday, September 11, 2015

9/11 and a Heavy Heart

Amazing to think that 14 years ago a significant tragedy happened on American soil that will forever impact us.

While living and working in New York City, six months before first meeting Daniel and four days after my thirtieth birthday, I thought the world was going to end.

Or, at least that's how it felt.

I know that this sounds dramatic. But, I was there that dreadful day in New York City when the Twin Towers came crashing down and my home city was up in smoke and in mayhem. I was there praying for friends, family and strangers to be safe, and helping others to grasp and move on. I was also trying to keep it together helping my mom get to my apartment on foot, worrying about my step brother getting home on foot, and calming my mom until we could see my step father who worked downtown and was in lock down most of the day.

I know, without question, that what I experienced pales in comparison to what others suffered on that dark, dreary and deadly day under the open morning sky, and that there will be suffering for many for years to come.

Today, and every day, I thank my lucky stars and kiss my husband and daughter hoping for many more tomorrows.

This past year, Sarah’s teacher called me saying that she took out of the library a book about 9/11 and asked me if it was okay and to give me a heads up.  While Sarah, Daniel and I have a relationship that is open to discussions on many things, even those that we think are tough for her but necessary…I am not ready for this conversation to explain what happened that very dark day many years ago.

I thanked her teacher for letting me know and she put the book back. When I feel the time is right to explain to my empathetic child the specifics of that day, I will. In the meantime, we keep the discussion general that bad people hurt Americans and many people are now “up in the sky because of it…and that is why we need to be good and caring of others.”

It's hard not to get choked up or get a lump in my throat remembering that time when the streets of my home city were flooded with candles, flowers and countless posters of faces staring back at me of the missing people in desperate need of being found. Sharing this with Sarah as such a young age, I know I will be in tears. As I write this now, I am welling up.

What is most important, as parents especially, is to help our children know that they are loved and know that we are truly blessed and thankful for the lives we have and can live.

What I continue to do, with this blog, is to help educate and keep the history of this tragic day alive, and for all of us to remember, and also to be thankful for the lives we do have, the family and friends who are here with us, and so much more, and remind our children that they need to be good, not to single anyone out, and to be mindful of others.
Today is a day we are reminded to live fully and thankfully. G-d bless all the families impacted by the travesty of 9/11 and know you are in my heart and wish you nothing but peace.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

KEEP COLLECTIVE against Bullying

A little over a year ago my boss, who has a child with a rare disease called hypophosphatasia (HPP), partnered with one of a new favorite jewelry lines she exposed me to called Stella & Dot. For each purchase on a set day, a percentage of the proceeds went to this cause to help raise funds for research and to build much-needed awareness for this disease.

I have since learned of another new cause and great jewelry line that I wanted to share with you.

My stylist from Stella & Dot, Kristy McKillop, who has been super and wonderful, and available if you would like her support, told me of another great effort she has gotten involved with called KEEP COLLECTIVE, and it’s about being the best we can be, strive for our dreams and want for more. 

The women who brought Stella & Dot have now married their love of jewelry and an important cause of bullying education through their “Kind Campaign” to“help bring awareness to and stop girl against girl bullying and remind us all to be kind…[and] all proceeds from KEEP-Collective's Kind Collection will be donated to the Kind Campaign.  

As parents, this cause is near and dear to our hearts for all our children. Bullying is unacceptable and more education and awareness is needed to help prevent this hate that hurts our kids…and be aware if our children are involved in any way.

The concept of KEEP COLLECTIVES is really neat in that they are designed for women, and moms like us, to live our best lives and dream big. They have one-of-a-kind, interchangeable Keepers (aka bracelets, necklaces, chains, etc.) and Keys (aka charms, watch faces, lockets, birthstones, etc.) and each item “is a wearable touchstone, an instant reminder of the big things, the small things, and all the things that matter.”

What is really nice about these keepsakes is that there are no two alike, unless of course you buy two that are identical. You can personalize them all you want either with your personal dreams and wishes, and what matters most to you.

I just made my first purchase, and can’t wait for it to arrive. I included an initial for my daughter, a faith charm as you can never have enough, two charms that signify what I love and what also matters to me personally, and a "kind" charm to support the bullying cause.

I look forward to adding to my collection and making a bracelet for my daughter in the future with her dreams, hopes and wishes as we discuss bullying and the importance of understanding it, speaking up if it happens, and to be mindful never to do it to others.

Hop on the KEEP COLLECTIVE bandwagon to be reminded to live your life fully, and with passion, and also to help spread the word about bullying and how we can help to prevent it.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Good Summer Read -- Light and Easy

As a mom who loves reading, sometimes when my head hits the pillow at night I am so tired that the last thing I want to do is read to shut my brain off from the work and parenting day. All I want to do is sleep.

Before having a child, I read a lot. In fact, much of that time on reading was on James Patterson novels. However, I read too many in a row and would start to have nightmares and wake my husband, who then banned me from not reading Patterson books in a row without a book break with another type or style in between. So, rather than take a break from Patterson all together, I started to weave in some Chick Lit, a type of fiction that addresses issues of modern womanhood with humor and a more laid back approach. I have to tell you, there is something to be said about light reading with no pretense. This was very welcoming.

I have even become more involved in reading Chick Lit including authors such as Jane Green, Lauren Wiesberger and Emily Giffin, just to name a few, more so than I have with crime fiction.

Much of this new approach to reading had to do with time being available and to be able to focus on a good read without as much available time watching my daughter in the water at the beach, not commuting to work anymore (which thankfully I don’t really have to do any more with my great job that enables me to work from home) and the plethora of after school or camp activities.

Therefore, when I do read, I do have to find something that grabs me. I do get pulled in by a cover, but if the summary either on the book jacket or back cover doesn’t catch my fancy, then I put it down.

As a blogger, recently, I was offered an opportunity to read a new Jane Green novel titled Summer Secrets.  At first I thought, I don’t have time but then read the summary and was hooked. Green has done it again, she has grabbed my interest and am now reading this novel, which is engaging, charming and an easy read.

So, while my speed is a bit slow in reading this book due to time, I have to say that after reading two other fiction books about 30 pages in for each and having to put them down, I am still going strong on this new read, and am nearly halfway through.  I am invested in the characters. While it’s obviously predictable, it’s good story telling with seemingly attractive visuals that I would like to be on Nantucket too right now.

If you are looking for an easy and light read that allows you to turn off your life and become devoted to the main characters that are strong female leads, then this is a book for you. It is a great summer read and one I encourage. It’s necessary to shut off parenting and work, and other activities, and invest in your interests. Why not do so with this book?

Disclosure: I was fortunate to receive a complimentary copy of this book to read and share a blog, and post my experience and recommendation on social media. I would be happy to share this book with the first reader who reaches out and would like to give it a go as well.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Myth Busted: Getting a Grip for our Teeth

I was recently invited to an event for an opportunity to flex my blogger muscles, which was great, and to learn that dentures are actually not just for the grandparents. As a parenting blogger I was interested to learn that more than 53 percent of people who wear dentures were aged 44 or younger according to a survey conducted by Survata, an independent research firm and commissioned by the GSK Consumer Healthcare group, the makers of Polident and Poligrip products.

There isn’t a time I don’t worry when Sarah is playing a sport such as soccer or gymnastics or even time in the playground that she can suffer a tooth injury to her adult teeth. She has broken her wrists, why not her teeth? And, these traumatic tooth injuries can happen and do happen in kids and young adults, more often then we care to admit.

As parents we want the best for our kids. So going to this event and getting an education was my responsibility especially because dental issues can arise due to genetics, and I have a family history of periodontal disease that I would like to prevent for Sarah, as much as I am able to. The good news, Sarah has been to the dentist every year since her first year of life, getting comfortable with a dentist, learning about the importance of healthy teeth and proper care methods.

For me personally, I was often petrified of the dentist, having braces at a very young age, and then in my 20s, I experienced an abscess in one of my molars that was so painful and led to the tooth having to get pulled. I decided that instead of doing an implant I would have the bridge option.

Who would have thought that my temporary bridge was actually a partial denture.

It’s so funny the language that is used with young adults, because we are so vain. Whether it’s partial teeth or bridges, these are dentures.

So, during this time, I was encouraged by my dentist to carry along with me some adhesive cream in case my temporary bridge or partial denture fell out and needed extra support to keep it in place. I was warned by the dentist not to put too much in and following the directions to just add a few drops.

As you can imagine, the first time the bridge fell out I ignored my dentist’s recommendations and the instructions and felt I needed to add more adhesive to make sure it wouldn’t fall out. While my bridge didn’t fall out, I had to make up for all the extra saliva that developed in my mouth as result of the unnecessary excess product that was oozing out. I learned my lesson, you can be sure of that.

The thought of my bridge falling out was stressful; however, it didn’t stop me from going out and spending time with friends and family. While waiting for my permanent bridge to be ready and be placed for good, I actually made sure to stay away from some specific foods so as not to risk my bridge falling out. You can bet I was ready to use the cream, and not too much, should I need it. It came as no surprise, also from this survey, that as many as 56 percent of people who wear dentures also avoided certain foods because of concerns of getting food stuck. It’s funny how it’s not until you have these temporary teeth that you start to think about what you consume, more so, for fear of your teething falling out.

I learned, at this event that many people with dentures actually avoid favorite foods and sometimes even avoid social events fearing that their dentures would fall out. Having been in that position before, and with the right tools to help manage, I realized that these individuals don’t have to hide any more.

In two decades since my abscess, medical and health advancements have evolved. To hear about the Polident line of products and to see them used in a demonstration, had me convinced that they work, and that learning more about what can be done to manage dentures and to help avoid pitfalls, was reassuring.

There is so much excitement and joy to be had with friends, and even with meeting new people, that it’s unfortunate that people with dentures actually run home to avoid these settings.

Seeing what full and partial dentures can do for a smile damaged by disease, genetics, trauma or poor dental care in youth, I was amazed at how beautiful these smiles are. They should not be hidden but instead out for all to see. I was sad to hear that 35 percent of people with dentures don’t live their lives to the fullest, and keep walls up.

Many of us think of TV or the movies, and dentures in a clear glass on the night stand before bed. However, wearing them all day, people with these temporary teeth, need support to help them stay in, and to stay confident. It was great to hear that GSK Consumer Healthcare group has an entire line or products for all types of people with dentures to best suit their needs. Check them out at

Importantly, I learned that people who wear dentures, young and old, that we shouldn’t use toothpaste or bleach to clean them. While our regular teeth are strong, dentures are made of plastic and can be damaged as a result including scratching of the surface, discoloration, plaque build-up and so much more.

Not only was I fortunate to be a part of this event for the education, and the great eats, some of which I look forward to making soon, I want to also thank the GSK Consumer Healthcare group, as it just so happens that my town was in a blackout without power, at the time of the event, for quite some time due to a tornado-like storm. Being able to get to the City for the event, and then to bring home some vegetable goodies to our bare fridge was great, and you can bet we all had delicious salads and a great conversation, thanks to you.

Disclosure: GSK is a client for the agency that I do work with. I am so glad that I was able to go because it was a good learning experience the knowledge I gained was tremendous.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Rare Type of Epilepsy – Dravet Syndrome

I may be familiar with the disease epilepsy but I had never before this year known of a severe form of the disease called Dravet Syndrome (also known Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy), and that it tends to begin in childhood. Dravet Syndrome, from what I have learned, occurs in a specific gene called SCN1A, which is a sodium channel in the brain, that doesn’t work.

Do you know someone with the disease or even a parent of a child with the disease?

I have a friend whose daughter is my daughter’s age, and she has had more seizures from another type of epilepsy in her short life than I could ever imagine. I also had a former boyfriend with a type of epilepsy, and always knew where his medication was at all times should he ever need it, and to know when to act to get him help should he need it.

Can you imagine that this is what some families experience as their “normal”?

I was most surprised by what I learned from the Epilepsy Foundation, and here are some alarming and disturbing statistics:

  • As many as 3 million people in U.S., and another 65 million worldwide, suffer from epilepsy
  • As little as 40,000 are diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome; the disease is diagnosed during infancy and can be lifelong
  • Most staggering is that, as many as 200,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed each year
  • Epilepsy receives far less financial support from the government despite being more prevalent that Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and Parkinson’s Disease combined
  • In over 30 percent of patients, seizures cannot be controlled with treatment
  • Because as many as 80% of Dravet Syndrome patients have the gene mutation SCN1A that leads to problems in how ions work in the brain and thus these patients are not as responsive to medication. In fact, there are some sodium blockers that can worsen seizures.
  • Also, most of the diagnosed kids ages six and up are likely experience developmental disabilities.
Another friend of mine, Jaime, (the super mom to right) has a child with Dravet Syndrome. This rare form of epilepsy puts patients at a high risk of getting seizures. She and her husband Jason always amaze me. To help manage their daughter’s condition, while raising two other healthy children, together they have researched and decided that a special high-fat, low carbohydrate diet called ketogentic (also known as The Keto diet), was the best approach for them to stave off their child’s seizures. In fact, their daughter has not had a seizure in over two years, and that’s impressive.

The Keto diet, as it is also referred to by the community of families impacted by this disease, is no ordinary diet. It’s strict. It produces what’s called ketones, which are formed when the body uses fat for its source of energy. Thus, fats become the necessary fuel.  Apparently, the higher the level of ketone levels the more improved control there is of seizures.

Jamie and Jason (pictured left with their kids) often have their scale and calculator where ever they go, to prepare and measure food that their daughter can eat, and are often rifling through pages of food options and measurements to make sure their daughter is fed well, with the right of amount of calories and fat, and so much more. 

What’s even more amazing is that they have become such a great team and work so well together to help their daughter. Even more, their daughter has learned about life with and without seizures and has gone along with the restricted diet to help reduce, or in this case eliminate, her seizures. 

I am always amazed at what Jamie and Jason do, and continue to do, to help their daughter, and also to raise awareness Dravet Syndrome.  There are so many activities, fundraisers and events they are involved with to help put this disease more on the map.

To think, managing a healthy baby, especially in the first year is challenging, I can’t even imagine what it is like with a child with special needs, let alone a rare condition., a non-profit organization started by parents of a child with the disease, is a community committed to awareness of the disease, and to motivate much-needed research. The group also offers grants for syndrome-specific research. Their role is to help move forward the medical community to finding better treatments and a cure while assisting with patients and their families coping with this disease.

Jaime and Jason also chronicle their own experience online at There you can also hear about their experiences first hand, fall head over heels for their adorable and precocious daughter, and their ongoing journey with Dravet Syndrome. Jamie says, “The first few months getting adjusted to this diet is important. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be tough. Your kid is going to want out. Stick with it, I implore you. It has worked for us and we still hit snags in the road, with our daughter not wanting to do this anymore and wanting a special treat. Being reminded of being seizure-free for over two years keeps us going.”

Raising children is a hard job. Doing so with a special needs child is even tougher. Mommy’s Point of View has signed up to support Dravet Syndrome and will continue to do so to help raise much-needed awareness and funds. If you would like to donate, as every penny counts, visit here.

Being in public relations, it is very hard to sit quietly and not do my part to help spread the word. So, I wanted to take this time to acknowledge Jamie and Jason for their incredible and tireless efforts for Dravet Syndrome, and for their daughter, and wanted to acknowledge them as health heroes for this cause.

A special shout out to Jamie and Jason for being awesome and dedicated parents, and who are today’s Mommy’s Point of View Health Hero’s, for Dravet Syndrome.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Helping Kids Not to Quit

This summer, my daughter asked to join the local swim team. My husband and I were so excited, and we didn't push her to sign up. We were none too happy when she asked, and excited to support her and cheer her on. 

However, for all of us, we had no idea what joining the swim team really entailed. 

It wasn't until my husband and I sat down with our calendars after we signed up, paid and committed that we realized that swim practice included "intense" Monday through Friday afternoon practices starting in early June when school was still in session for nearly two months, with "A" and "B" meets (home and away) all in one week. 

Daniel and I looked at each other and wondered, "what did we sign up for..swim boot camp?"

Now, don't get me wrong. I love to swim and Sarah has been in the water since she was an infant and loves it. We knew that Sarah's idea of swimming was frolicking in the water, learning some strokes, playing games, and doing somersaults. Nowhere in her head did she envision laps, after laps, after laps.

We don't think she, nor we, planned for what would happen on the first day of practice, and moving forward. The coach was, and is, tough, and despite getting glowing reviews from so many member parents, we struggled through Sarah's first practice, grinning and baring it as she swam 25 meters, and then 50, then 100 and more. All we could think of was that Sarah's little arms must be so tired and that this was a lot for a kid her age.  

After that, you will not be surprised to hear that Sarah wanted to quit on the first day.

In my head I thought, "what am I doing pushing her to stay involved?"  I thought, "this was nuts to encourage her to do this when she just was so unhappy, and tired."

I felt terrible. I felt like an inadequate parent.

There were moments where I wanted to grab Sarah, and let her cry, which she did anyway that first day and a few more after that, and tell her that she can quit.

I was really stuck between a rock and a hard place. I wanted so much to be part of the swim mom "club" and to cheer on my daughter as much as everyone else. However, after that first swim practice, Sarah always asked, "is practice cancelled" and I wondered if we should proceed. She would get upset when we said it didn't get cancelled, even on days when the weather may have been questionable. 

Once Sarah learned the backstroke, we thought maybe there might be a change in her disposition, as it was a stroke she had not really done before, and was nailing it and seemed happy, as were we.

As parents, we want to encourage our children to strive for more...and for them not to quit and see things through. Despite many conversations that swimming on the team is not about winning but instead growing as a swimmer, she didn't seem to change her thinking. What is also so very hard is that sometimes after practice she is glowing and smiling because she did so incredibly well. The same was true for her first big swim meet.  

Oh, it's so confusing. We want to encourage our child to strive and excel. But, at what cost? We don't want her to hate us for pushing her into something that maybe we were not fully prepared for, and to give up too easily in the future when things in life are hard.

We can't all be Tchaikovsky when we first sit at the piano or van Gogh when we want to paint a masterpiece, or the 2012 Olympian for backstroke Missy Franklin, without training, passion, enthusiasm, and a little pushing. 

Sarah knows that she is continuing with swim this season and we hope that by the end she sees the lesson we have been trying to teach her, and for her to be proud of the already accomplished swimmer she has become. She has come leaps and bounds in the pool and we are so incredibly amazed at what she has accomplished in such a short time.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Rare Disease Day on February 28

Tomorrow, February 28, is rare disease day. 

Being a parent is a tough job, as many of us know and experience first hand. We worry about our kids when they are little and as they get older, and even well into their adulthood. The reason: because being a parent never stops and that's what we do. We love our children to the point that it hurts. We want to protect them from harm’s way and to prevent them from getting hurt emotionally and physically.

Now, elevate that worry for a parent who is raising a child with special needs. There is a whole different kind of concern that they have to live with and manage on a daily basis to keep their children safe and protected.
Imagine what it would be like to raise a child living with a rare disease that only 1 in 100,000 people are diagnosed with and where there is no cure or currently approved treatments to do more than just manage the disease's symptoms.

For one mom in particular, Deborah Sittig, my boss and friend, this is her reality. And, in honor of Rare Disease Day, here is her story.

I shared Deborah's story last year on my blog, and felt it was important to share again as this disease continues to be rare and the community of families impacted by this disease are growing.

Deborah's son Cannon, one of her three children, lives with a disease called hypophosphatasia (HPP), an inherited metabolic bone disease that results from low levels of an enzyme called alkaline phosphatase (ALP), which is normally present in large amounts in bone and liver. Abnormalities in the gene that makes ALP lead to production of inactive ALP for people living with HPP.

The severity of this disease varies from patient to patient, which includes both children and adults, with the most extreme cases failing to form a skeleton in the womb and are stillborn to those mildly affected showing only low levels of ALP in the blood, yet never suffering any bony problems.

Cannon Sittig, HPP patient
When Cannon, was just 4 months old, Deborah noticed something was a bit off about his body and his development. She said, “His wrists looked wide. He did not bear weight on his legs. He was not a strong sitter. My pediatrician blamed it on low muscle tone and said this one “won’t be our athlete.”” 
Deborah could not let it go. She wanted to figure out what was causing the low muscle tone and why her baby’s wrists looked the way that they did.

That is when her extensive research began. She frantically scoured patient forums, read every possible website, emailed and chatted with patients, and conducted endless Internet searches leaving no stone unturned to get to the root of her baby's problems.

When Cannon turned 18 months he received his HPP diagnosis. Deborah said, “That was the one web search with results that left me breathless. Children diagnosed with HPP have a 50 percent chance of survival. Many go on to do quite well.”

I don’t know about you, but I am having a hard time breathing thinking about what could have gone through Deborah’s mind with worry for her child.

Having a child with special needs was one thing, but having a child to endure life with a rare disease where very little information and resources were available, let alone treatments to cure or even manage symptoms was a very scary place for Deborah, and the many parents and caregivers of children and adults living with HPP.

As a result, she began her mission for awareness and public policy around HPP. Deborah founded an organization called Soft Bones: The U.S. Hypophosphatasia Foundation. Because there were little to no resources specifically dedicated to this disease impacting her son, or a place to vent, cry, express, and share, she made it her mission to create that haven for others.

The mission of Soft Bones is to “provide valuable information, education and support for people living with HPP, their families and caregivers." The Foundation also promotes research of this rare bone disease through awareness and fund-raising efforts. The organization has been running now for six years.

The following heart felt video was created of the many faces of HPP around the world to commemorate Rare Disease Day and to recognize this terrible disease, HPP.

To help show support, let's take action let's tweet and post this story and the mission of Soft Bones in various social media channels and share it around to help spread the word. And, if you would like to do more, feel free to visit the Soft Bones website to make a donation to research this important cause. 

Deborah is one of many health heroes. But, at the end of the day she is a loving parent dedicated to doing everything she can for the sake of her children. It's her commitment to helping others that makes her someone I admire and support.

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