Freezin’ For a Reason 2017

It’s time for the Polar Plunge – a thrilling run into the frigid winter waters to raise money for Special Olympics Florida!

I’m excited to once again be Freezin’ for a Reason.

Did you know that over 38,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities receive health exams and compete in year-round sports competitions at no cost to them or their families? By raising funds, even more athletes will get to experience the joy of sports through the programs of Special Olympics Florida.

You can help! Please click HERE  to make a quick, secure online donation for my Plunge. You can even post a note on my page to cheer me on!

If you prefer to give by check, please mail your donation to the address below and be sure to add a note with my name and “Polar Plunge” so it gets credited to my page. Some companies even match charitable donations. Consider asking your HR department about it.

Special Olympics Florida
Attn: Polar Plunge, Kelly Green aka SeaWorld Mommy
1915 Don Wickham Drive
Clermont, FL 34711

Thank you for your support!

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Ride MAKO for Give Kids The World Village

mako for gktwThrill-ride fans itching to board SeaWorld Orlando’s spectacular new Mako roller coaster can skip the lines and be among the first to experience the most anticipated attraction in Central Florida this year, by participating in a special seat auction to benefit Give Kids The World Village.

SeaWorld Orlando and Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) are holding a seat auction that will allow winners to be among the first to ride the Mako coaster on June 8, before the Grand Opening celebration on June 10. It’s a chance to experience the “tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando” and to be part of “hypercoaster” history!

Auction proceeds will help GKTW fulfill the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses whose wish is to visit Orlando’s world-famous theme parks and other attractions.

The seat auction will be available on this link from now until June 3. Riders may pick their preferred seat during the bidding process depending on their desired thrill level: a middle seat in the middle car, or a side-seat in the back.

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Brian and I did not take a test ride, but he will take YOU! Please give generously to Give Kids The World Village.

There’s even an exclusive, one-of- a-kind experience – offered at a minimum bid of $2,000 – that will award the winner two seats in the front row, riding with Brian Morrow, Vice President of Theme Park Experience for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Give Kids The World Village President and CEO Pamela Landwirth. In addition, the premium package winner will be awarded a two-night’s stay at a hotel near the theme park and lunch with Morrow, among other perks.

Mako you could be hereThere are 80 additional seats available for auction, offered at a minimum bid of $250 or $500 depending on the train and seat(s) chosen. Winners will receive their selected seat(s), a Mako T-shirt, free parking and admission to SeaWorld Orlando for the remainder of the day.

About Give Kids The World Village
Give Kids The World Village is a 79-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort, located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions, where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations.

Celebrating its 30 th anniversary in 2016, GKTW has welcomed more than 144,000 families from all 50 states and 70 countries. Working with more than 240 wish granting organizations, this one-of- a-kind resort is the destination for a child’s wish to visit Florida’s world famous theme parks.

The “storybook” Village has 144 whimsical accommodations and is made for children, featuring a castle, accessible playgrounds, pools and rides, as well as all theme park tickets, meals and entertainment free to all members of the family.

About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team
has helped more than 27,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

The company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld® , Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of- a-kind zoological collection of over 800 species of animals. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.

Freezin’ For A Reason 2016

Polar Plunge Freezin' For A Reason at Aquatica by SeaWorld Orlando for Special Olympics FloridaSaturday February 13, the Special Olympics Florida’s Polar Plunge® will be held atSpecial Olympics Florida Aquatica. During this statewide fundraiser, individuals and teams, alongside Special Olympics athletes raise money for the privilege of Plunging into the chilled down wave pool.

Aquatica is usually warm and tropical (as we all know!), but once each year they chill down the wave pool so plungers can experience the “thrill of the chill” all while supporting a great cause.

I remember my first Polar Plunge. It was exciting to be part of such a huge joint adventure, with people from all over in crazy costumes, all “fired up” to get really “chilled down!” Each time it’s a heck of a lot of fun, but more importantly it’s an opportunity to make a difference. Every dollar raised helps the athletes of Special Olympics Florida by transforming their lives through the joy of sports.

Polar Plunge Freezin' For A Reason at Aquatica by SeaWorld Orlando for Special Olympics Florida

It’s loads of fun watching the firemen! The Florida Professional Firefighters are Presenting sponsors.

If you haven’t signed up for the Plunge, and would like to, click this link or if you’d like to leave the “freezing” to me, please support here. (Team members wanted! Join me here.)

There is no cost for plunging but Plungers are asked to fundraise a minimum of $100. Plungers create their own personal Plunge webpage so friends, family and co-workers can donate online. It’s quick, easy and secure.

Spectators are welcome to join in, cheer on, and join the party. Only the wave pool will be chilled down, the rest of the rides are heated. Come for the Plunge, then enjoy Aquatica all day!

If you don’t want to Plunge, but still participate, you can become a Virtual Plunger.  Raise pledges and receive incentives just like a regular Plunger, but without going into the chilly water.

Plungers who raise the minimum of $100 in donations, automatically get entry into Aquatica, the official Polar Plunge® T-shirt, two spectator passes and bragging rights over everyone who just couldn’t bear it!

Please join me in supporting Special Olympics Florida.

 

Taste of Orlando Helps Ensure No Kid Hungry

Social Graphics4Forty-four of the area’s most accomplished chefs will showcase tasting portions of signature dishes, accompanied by fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails August 8, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, to ensure that no child grows up hungry in our city and across America.

Proceeds from this event support children’s nutrition programs provided by local beneficiaries Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, regional beneficiary Florida Impact, and national beneficiary Share Our Strength. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in the Central Florida. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Tickets can be purchased HERE. As an adult who was a hungry child in Orlando, I hope you’ll come out to support this event that helps so many.

 

Florida Hospital Foundation’s Gourmet Soiree

The Florida Hospital Foundation‘s Gourmet Soiree, Sunday, May 3, 2015, is one of Orlando’s top “foodie” events of the year. Featuring host Chef Robert Irvine (Restaurant Impossible) and local food celebs and co-chairpersons Emily Ellyn (Next Food Network Star contestant and recent winner of Cutthroat Kitchen) and Kendra Lott (editor, Edible Orlando), Gourmet Soiree is not your average fundraising gala. While some events are tuxes and gowns with food brought TO you, at Gourmet Soiree the guests actively participate in their table’s creations.

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Retro Rad Chef Emily Ellyn (from the Next Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen winner) is co-chair of Gourmet Soiree 2015.

Last year I went to my first Gourmet Soiree at Rosen Shingle Creek. The magnificent ballroom was beautiful, adorned not in flowers and fluff, but food, glorious FOOD!

Whole Foods Market, one of the event’s biggest sponsors, provided mountains of vibrant vegetables and scores of spices among other delicious options for the chefs and their tables. From those delicious pantries guests gathered their grocery listed items to create wonderful, healthy, delicious meals. Who would win the Silver Fork? We were most interested in creating our own award-winning meal as judged by those who designed our table’s menu: Us.

foods for gourmet soiree

In addition to the fun of working with a top local chef and learning tips and techniques, there was a huge silent auction with offerings from exotic trips to luxury merchandise. In the midst of all of that, was the ever-inspiring Robert Irvine whose hosting got the whole room pumped up and excited about Florida Hospital for Mission fit Possible that goes into schools to teach them about healthy eating and healthy living.

140518_Canon (115b)This year’s Gourmet Soiree promises to be even more exciting, with chefs from all over Central Florida from the top restaurants including Kevin Fonzo of K Restaurant Wine Bar, John Rivers of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Trina Gregory-Propst with Se7enbites, and Andres Mendoza with Norman’s to name but a very few.

The auction lineup is equally impressive:  LeVian Chocolate Diamonds, a SeaWorld dream package for 6 (which I would LOVE to win, LOL), tickets from Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, cupcakes for a year from Gigi’s Cupcakes Orlando, and an entire bookshelf of cookbooks, most signed by the authors. There are golf packages, amazing trips, and a personal favorite: stuffed animals and books from RugbyAndReme.com.

It’s not too late to support the work of Florida Hospital’s Mission fit to fight childhood obesity, and all their programs by participating in Gourmet Soiree. Visit their website to see how you can help, get involved, or buy a ticket so you can sit at the table next to mine as I help cook up something great that just “might” win the chef from our table that Silver Fork….

Gourmet Soiree 2014 Chefs

Chef Robert Irvine with the many talented chefs who made Gourmet Soiree 2014 at Rosen Shingle Creek a tremendous success.

 

Gingerbread Run This Saturday

Hear ye, hear ye! The Sixth Annual Gingerbread Run 5K Presented by Aaron’s at Give Kids The World Village is this Saturday, November 8! Assisted by the King, Queen and Knights of the Roundtable, the 5K race will start and finish at the castle at Medieval Times.

gingerbread runThe race invites the public inside the whimsical 70-acre “storybook” resort to meet the families they help support. The professionally timed race will lead participants on a 3.1 mile path through the Village, past the Castle of Miracles and Ol’ Elmer the snoring tree, through magical bubbles and past the CANDY LAND game where sweet treats will be doled out by Queen Frostine and Princess Lolly.

If you can’t make it to the Gingerbread Run in person, you can still run “virtually” from anywhere in the world.

Murphy and Reme kissing with Rugby

Rugby and Reme give Murphy send hugs and good wishes to everyone who will be at the Gingerbread Run!

Participation cost is:

Adults: $30 (All participants will receive an event T-shirt, a 2014 Collectible Gingerbread Run medal, goody bag and refreshments)
Juniors 3-12: $15 with paid adult
Virtual Runners: $45 (All virtual runners will receive an event T-shirt and a 2014 Collectible Gingerbread Run medal)
As a special bonus, participants have the option of buying a $10 subscription through the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. For running and also giving through this link, participants get 52 weeks of Thursday through Sunday papers home delivery, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to Give Kids the World Village!
Thanks to all the sponsors, especially travel and tourism friends at Medieval Times, Nickelodeon Suites and Resorts, Last Minute Travel Club, and Holiday Inn Club Vacations.

Dining in the Dark Orlando 2014

I’m not going to lie. It was a strange sensation, to say the least. “Dining in the Dark,” while sounding mysterious and exciting from a culinary point of view, sounded DiningDarkNightVisionSmintimidating and, OK I’ll say it, scary from an emotional standpoint. Second Harvest invited the community to join them May 8, 2014 for a unique evening of fine dining to support not only their efforts feeding the hungry in Central Florida, but Lighthouse, an organization that assists the blind and visually impaired in our area.

The event began with a cocktail reception in the Second Harvest warehouse. In the middle of racks piled sky-high and refrigeration cases bloated with healthy goodness to be shared, we were serenaded by Asli Goncer, a local performer, while we enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres. During this time we got a chance to meet our servers, the Orlando Police Department SWAT Team who let the “civilians” check out their night vision headsets. Some of us tried on the apparatus, while others just checked it out from afar. As the meet and greet hour grew to a close, so too grew my apprehension.

While I’ve never been arm-in-arm escorted by an officer of the law before, in this instance it was the only way to find my way to the dining room, not to mention my chair. The officer in charge of our table asked a couple of times if I was OK. (While I could see nothing, he could see the panic on my face.) Happily, though, my friend Emily Ellyn had done “this sort of thing” before and was a comforting presence, not to mention our table’s go-to gal on determining what we were eating. dining in the dark SWAT

When the first course was set before us, I felt the bowl-like shape and laughed at the very real possibility that soup was on the menu. They were not as mischievous as I had envisioned, and instead presented us with a seared seafood boudin blanc (a seafood mix that is cut to resemble a scallop in shape, size, and texture). First course guess: wrong, but pretty darn close as I thought it was a scallop.

The salad was an easy guess, but I wouldn’t have picked out the pickled shaved radish (that I learned later looked so vibrant on the plate). Guessing which pitcher held water and which had iced tea was accomplished with the “whiff” test, while the wine was being passed with running commentary as to being white or red. There were, thankfully, no comments from the SWAT officers on the horribly inaccurate pour job I, nee we, did getting beverages in our glasses!

dining dark scallopOver great conversation with my table-mates, we were then presented with the main course, a grilled lamb chop with a spring garlic and potato whip. I’m sure I wasn’t the only diner who, when presented with a big ol’ delicious bone sticking out, picked up my chop to munch happily. I learned that while there’s freedom when most everyone around you is in the same blind boat, it must be exhausting to live in that state at all times, constantly gauging your movements.

While I have intimate knowledge of what it’s like to be a hungry child in Central Florida, my experience with blindness is confined to migraines where, in my case, I go temporarily blind in one eye for as little as a few minutes, to an hour or more. My minor association with vision loss is enough to make me shudder at the reality faced by the visually impaired. More than any part of the event, that hard-hitting message touched a nerve.

One fellow guest who works at Lighthouse shared how their work helps families of young children either born blind or through trauma. Can you imagine teaching a toddler how to play pat-a-cake, or stack blocks? I, a grown woman, had a hard time finding my mouth for one evening (and it’s been in the same place for forty-some-odd years). Things we so often take for granted are absent daily to members of our community. Thankfully Lighthouse of Central Florida provides many critical services for the blind of all ages, as well as helping with job placement and training.

Second Harvest’s decision to partner with Lighthouse on Dining in the Dark was a great one, as people do tend to turn a “blind eye” to hunger. I doubt people around me even knew I was a hungry kid at the time. Adults rarely talk about it, and kids are embarrassed to share. (I remember I was!) Fortunately Second Harvest gets food in the hands of those who need it, so there are fewer kids like I was… wondering where my next meal would come from, and not even knowing who to ask for help.

I look forward to attending more Dining in the Dark Orlando events in the future. Not only was I impressed with the stellar job done by the chefs who donated their time (thanks Disney Chef team!) and the culinary students in the Darden Community Kitchen, but it was a great way to experience food in a more sense-ual way. Dining with heightened awareness to sounds, smells, temperature variations, brushes against your arm, etc., made for a memorable time.

Please keep an “ear out” for future Dining in the Dark events. Foodies and adventure-seekers alike will be happy to hear about this unusual outing that tickles your taste buds, awakens your senses, and warms your heart knowing that each ticket purchased helps bring a little more light to some dark corners right here in Central Florida.

 

Thanks Second Harvest for letting me originally share this as a guest post (here).

Shedding Light on Central Florida Hunger and Blindness

dining dark imagesmWhen I was a child, there was no such thing as Second Harvest here in Central Florida. The house I grew up in (not far from Fern Creek), provided shelter, but was often not often stocked with healthy foods. Some days it didn’t have any food. That’s just the way it was. I know the feeling of a rumbling stomach, and remember clearly how hard it was on occasion to focus in school because I didn’t have enough to eat. Those memories make it all the more personal for me to promote the excellent work done by Second Harvest Food Bank.

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is partnering with Lighthouse Central Florida to host a unique event, Dining in the Dark, to support both their excellent services here in Central Florida.

Dining in the Dark is a sensory experience, as well as a dining event like no other. Diners usually expect to be wowed by a lovely presentation, a grill mark or two, or a vibrant color that indicates an amazing meal to come. But what if you couldn’t see the meal in front of you? (And what if you couldn’t take a photo for Instagram!?) At a Dining in the Dark event, the sense of sight is temporarily blocked. Smells and sounds take on new meaning as you soak in the experience with other senses taking the forefront. Temperature, texture, acidity, sweetness… the sound of glasses clinking, the brush of a server’s arm by your chair… Close your eyes and imagine.

The elegant three-course meal will be prepared by Second Harvest Food Bank’s very own Chef Dawn Viola and her team and will be served by the Orlando Police Department SWAT Team (who will need special night-vision goggles to see what the guests cannot!).

The Dining in the Dark Orlando dinner is an artistic event designed to enhance dining pleasure for sighted guests. Dining in the dark—the daily experience—is nothing out of the ordinary for those with vision problems. Lighthouse Central Florida helps people living with vision loss and blindness in Central Florida and offers them a comprehensive range of services.

Your ticket purchase price helps fund both organizations: Lighthouse Central Florida and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Tickets to Dining in the Dark are $125.00 each to include a cocktail hour from 6–7 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live music, followed by a three-course gourmet meal prepared by Second Harvest Food Bank’s very own Chef Dawn Viola and her team from 7–9 p.m. Learn more, or purchase tickets by visiting www.DiningInTheDarkOrlando.com.

Special offer: Through May 5, purchase tickets for 25% off!
No code needed. The new price will show up in your cart.

Twitter Party This Thursday for GKTW Village

Scavenger Hunts are perfect this time of year. And while this one is online and not outdoors (unless you want to take your tablet outside…), it’s a fun way to get your game on while learning more about Give Kids The World Village, and about impressions made on bloggers who recently visited in our first-ever Blogger Bash.

Mayor ClaytonWhat:  

“Trick or Tweet” Twitter Party Thursday, October 17

When:

7–8 p.m. EST.

How:

All you need to do to join in on the fun is:

• Register by entering your Twitter name in the comment section of the GKTW Trick or Tweet page (click HERE)

• Follow Give Kids The World Village and our sponsor, Holiday Inn Club Vacations

• Follow the hosts @SeaWorldMommy and @AdventuresByDad

• Read the blogs listed below. The questions asked will be directly related to the posts. Answers can be found within the text or in the photo captions. Hint, hint: There may even be a question or two taken from the GKTW website.

•Respond to each Question using hashtag #GKTWTweetUp

Of course, what’s a party without some presents? We’ll be providing some cool GKTW Halloween-themed swag packs and our generous event Sponsor, Holiday Inn Vacations, is donating a 2-night stay in a 2-bedroom villa at any Holiday Inn Club Vacations® resort.

Scavenger Hunt Clue Destinations:

(Tip: Read these before the event so you have the best chance at answering first)

5 Minutes for Mom

Attraction Tickets Direct UK

ClickOrlando

Disney Orlando Blog

Examiner

Guard the Door

Lost Island of Book Reviews

Mama Mouse

Mouse Steps

Saving Said Simply

Saving Said Simply

SeaWorldMommy

Sparkly Ever After

Taking the Florida Plunge

Temporary Tourist

The Daily City

The Disney Blog

Pre-Tweet to Win:

Anyone who tweets the link to this GKTW page with the hashtag #GKTWTweetUp before the start time of the “Trick or Tweet Twitter Party” will be entered to win a GKTW Logo Watch.

GKTW MushroomAbout the Party:

Despite the fact that Give Kids The World Village has been serving families since 1986, many people in Central Florida, and around the country, do not know about their amazing work. They haven’t heard about the special families that visit every week and they don’t know of the army of volunteers and workers who help provide a vacation-of-a-lifetime for kids facing a life-threatening illness. Blogger Bash ’13 was a way to introduce (or re-introduce) bloggers and local media to this storybook resort. Their blog posts detail the impact our Village had on them.

Come join the conversation about Give Kids The World Village Thursday, October 17th to discuss those blog impressions, and how you can help spread the word about our mission to provide memorable, magical, cost-free experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Disclaimer and Twitter Party Giveaway Details:

Open to legal U.S. residents aged 18 and older at time of entry. No purchase necessary. The event will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (EST) on 10/17/13. The Twitter Party Conversation will be tracked by the Hosts, Sponsor, and Give Kids The World (the Promoters) on HootSuite. Winners for each question will be the first person to correctly answer the question and post. Post is verified by Promoters. All decisions are final. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoters and/or Sponsor reserve(s) the right to offer alternative prizes of equal or greater value. Ten prizes (listed below) will be awarded for correctly answering a Scavenger Hunt question. The Grand Prize Vacation (retail value of $498) will be selected at random using Random Picker (randompicker.com) from all entries received during the “Trick or Tweet” Scavenger Hunt. The Pre-Tweet GKTW Watch prize (retail value of $50) will be selected at random using Random Picker from all properly formatted posts tweeted from the time of this blog posting until 7:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, October 17.

Prizes (retail value varies):

1 – Spook and Splash – a beautiful Give Kids The World beach bag and towel with a GKTW logo.

2 – Fantasy Fingerprints – two canvas containing finger art done by a GKTW wish child

3 – Haunted Hats – two GKTW baseball hats

4 – Candy Surprise – two champagne flutes with the GKTW logo filled with candy

5 – Costume Combo – two Gingerbread Run tee shirts

6 – Box of Mystery – a lovely jewelry box with a GKTW logo

7 – Spook and Splash 2 – another beach bag and towel

8 – Candy Surprise 2 – two more champagne flutes with the GKTW logo filled with candy

9 – Boo Bag – a gym bag with the GKTW logo

10 – Trick or Treat Time – Trick? Or Treat? This prize is a surprise!

 

Win a 2-night stay at one of seven Holiday Inn Club Vacations properties

Win a 2-night stay at one of seven Holiday Inn Club Vacations properties

Grand prize:

–       2-night stay in a 2-bedroom villa at any Holiday Inn Club Vacations® resort.

–       Travel must be completed by March 31, 2014. Accommodations are based on availability.

–       Holiday Inn Club Vacations resort locations include:

o       Orlando, FL

o       Panama City Beach, FL

o       Marco Island, FL

o       Brownsville, VT

o       Myrtle Beach, SC

o       Gatlinburg, TN

o       Las Vegas, NV

o       Lake Geneva, WI

o       Galveston, TX

Blogging for Good, Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida

Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida

Spina Bifida affects more people than you would imagine, yet many are unaware of how prevalent it is, what contributes to it, and in what ways the Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida (SBACFL) is helping those with it live a more productive life.

Every day about 8 babies are born with Spina Bifida or a similar brain and spine birth defect also known as Neural tube defects (NTDs). In the United States, they are the most prevalent permanently disabling birth defect. Effects can range from mild (where the person may be unaware they have it) to severely debilitating. People with manifested (easily seen) Spina Bifida are in what is collectively known as spina bifida manifesta. Incidences of these more serious cases occur in one out of every 1,000 births.

SeaWorld Mommy taking photos during birth

Taking photos while giving birth.

As an older first-time mom, I worried about many things when I was pregnant, spina bifida being one. I read that the CDC recommends taking 400 µg of folic acid every day to reduce the chances of an NTD. I followed this (and many other health guidelines) and, thankfully, despite losing one twin during my pregnancy, delivered a healthy* baby boy**. All parents, however, are not given that same news and are, instead, faced with the challenge of coping with a child suffering from spina bifida. The good news is, associations like the one here in Central Florida have resources to help.

In addition to providing literature and a “welcome home” packet for parents to take home from the hospital, SBACFL provides continuing education with Illuminations: Resources for Parenting a Child with Spina Bifida Program (Illuminations). They also encourage patients with spina bifida through programs designed to foster independence.

The Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida works with both the state and national associations to provide camps and educational opportunities. Their goal is to help people with spina bifida, and their families, live their lives to the fullest.

There are a number of ways to get involved in helping SBACFL. One is by word of mouth: educating others about what spina bifida is through conversation, or blogging, tweeting, etc. You could also take advantage of one of their volunteer opportunities (email them for more information). There’s also a fundraiser coming up called “Walk n Roll!” How will you help the Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida (or the chapter in YOUR area)?

Rollins Philanthropy Blogging for Good

*Taking folic acid during pregnancy and eating healthy are but two ways to reduce (not completely avoid) NTDs and other birth defects. Maintaining a healthy weight is another.

**He did have some health problems that required additional time in the NICU, and some extended medical care after, but is healthy as can be now at age 5.