There are some pretty amazing athletes in our GP2C community. We are inspired by them and the extremes they will go to. One of those people is Carey Keever. She is participating in the Lake Placid Ironman. This will be Carey’s third Ironman. Even for avid athletes, training for such an event can be hard, but Carey has been able to push through with the help of her inspiration, Emma Dalton. Emma was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome in 2008 and she will soon be turning 13 years old. At posting Carey had raised over $1800! Recently, we spoke with Carey about her next event.
Karen Waggoner and the Ladies Auxiliary of Superstition Mountain VFW Post 9399 have supported Girl Power 2 Cure for three years. Each month, their thoughtful donations provide for birthday packages delivered to all of our girls and boys affected with Rett Syndrome!
At this time of the year, many people are becoming more introspective. Where does one start? With so many facets to our crazy lives, it is hard to put the brakes on and remember why we do what we do; why we have what we have; and how our lives have been shaped into what they are now.
Is it the cool and crispness in the air that brings people closer? Is it the thought of sending someone a special gift? Or is it just a time when celebrating a holiday-a-month becomes so important, we get reminded of what is truly important to us.
Meet Holly Lafort she is married to Bryan and the mother of 2 beautiful twin girls. Sophia and Olivia are 7 years old and Sophia was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome at 22 months old. Holly and her family are amazing supporters of Girl Power 2 Cure and committed to finding a cure. She has been participating in the Disney Princess Half Marathon Race Weekend for the past 3 years and will be joining Team GP2C again in 2019. She has an amazing team of women that make up Team Bella Blue and they have raised over $94,000! We are so happy she is part of the GP2C family and we appreciate her continued support.
Co-founder of Riplaces, David Nicholson is quoted saying, “we’re elated to partner with GP2C during Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. When this way to give back was suggested, we couldn’t wait to see how we could make an impact. Both Riplaces and GP2C are local to the Jacksonville area and the partnership makes a lot of sense. We have recently been getting feedback at the running events for the other uses of Riplaces. Finding a local partnership to illustrate this is nothing shy of a blessing.”
“The Best kind of people are the ones that come into your life, and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds. The people that believe in you so much, you start to believe in you too. The people that love you simply for being you. The Once in a Lifetime kind of people.” -Unknown
The pink ribbon...the shamrock...the hot air balloon...the sneaker...the puzzle piece. It's time for our flower to represent our girls and be a beacon of strength, beauty and hope around the world. "We've come so far as a community in encouraging and inspiring others to see what we see -- competence, intelligence and worth. That it’s our flower representing Rett Syndrome is indescribable. I am so grateful for each and every staff member, volunteer, family, teacher, donor, student, business and mentor who has helped tend to our flower along the way; nurturing, sharing and representing to the world what we are all about." - Ingrid Harding, Founder and President of Girl Power 2 Cure.
Runner spotlight time! Meet Ashleigh Rivera from McDonough, Georgia. We are blessed to have Ashleigh as part of Team GP2C. "Ashleigh is a spitfire! She a strong and driven," shares Amei Prachthauser, GP2C Program Manager, "but she is a loving mom and wife that rocks #girlpower! She continues to make a difference... one step at a time!"
Runner spotlight time! Meet Kelly O'Donahoe from Apopka, FL. We celebrate Kelly who has been an incredible addition to Team GP2C. "Not only is she a strong and impactful role model," shares Jen Tucker, GP2C Program Manager, "but she's rocking the #girlpower! We appreciate her compassion and are proud of her leadership, drive and dedication. She continues to make a difference... one step at a time!"
Runner spotlight time! Meet Melissa DeAngelis from Wakefield, Massachusetts. We are honored to have Melissa as part of Team GP2C. "Not only is she a strong and passionate," shares Amei Prachthauser, GP2C Program Manager, "but she is a fierce fundraiser with a team that rocks #girlpower! We appreciate her dedication and are proud of her leadership, drive and dedication. She continues to make a difference... one step at a time!