Meghan and Noel from FOCOS, and me.
Every Curvy Girl brought a care package to give to FOCOS, and a few other girls and I, who have worked with FOCOS before, were able to present the large amount the Curvy Girls brought to Convention to FOCOS. I am the girl with the mic.
Beth Janssen, the Guest of Honor and physical therapist from Scoliosis Rehab, and I. I have had the privilege to have seen her in WI for Schroth.
Mrs. Robin, Leah’s mother, and I.
Beth Janssen, the Guest of Honor, speaking to everyone.
The Curvy Girl sign and me!
Joe O’Brien, President of the National Scoliosis Foundation, and me.
Rachel, her mom, and me!
Leah, founder of the first Curvy Girls group in NY, Mrs. Robin, and me!
In all, it was a fabulous trip! I was able to see a lot of old friends, make new ones, meet amazingly knowledgeable professionals, and learn a lot more about scoliosis and ways to get involved with it.
In June, which is National Scoliosis Awareness Month, I spoke before my City Council of Cumming, GA, to receive the proclamation making every June Scoliosis Awareness Month in Cumming. I uploaded the video of my speech to youtube. The link is below! Make sure to check it out and share it with everyone!
P.S. Sorry this is a late post, but I have had a very busy June regarding TONS of scoliosis things! So make sure to look for lots of posts!
As some of you may or may not know, I have been having a bake sale for the past two Tuesdays at my school to raise money and awareness for FOCOS (Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine). It has been going phenomenally! SO MANY people have been actively participating and donating extra money for FOCOS!
This past Tuesday (March 25) was the second of the four bake sales to be held. At this half-way point, my school and I have raised over $150!
I have also taken pictures and emailed them to FOCOS by their request. It was a great surprise to see that they compiled some of the photos I sent them and posted them to their Facebook page. Here is the link if you want to check out the post: https://www.facebook.com/OrthoFOCOS/photos/a.191712060991.155124.80782255991/10152364189230992/?type=1&stream_ref=10
It has been so amazing these past two weeks to see my school come together for such a great cause!
I received a wonderful letter from FOCOS last week! Inside it stated that Dr. Boachie will be retiring in October 2014 to move to Africa to work full time at the FOCOS hospital in Ghana! How amazing is that?! He will also have a retirement gala in September, which I have been invited to!
We use the term “hero” so lightly in our society and apply it to (in my opinion) non-worthy people like entertainers in Hollywood, but I believe that Dr. Boachie fully encompasses the true meaning of the term. I’m so excited for such a fantastic opportunity to honor such a generous, compassionate, and charitable man. As I’ve stated before, FOCOS is such an amazing charity that I am proud to say I fundraise and raise awareness for!
Here is a picture of the letter:
P.S. Sorry for the awkward piece of paper on top, but it covers my address. Safety first!
So, it may not be Thursday, but you can still have a throwback right? :)
So Throwback Monday to the time when FOCOS (Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine, http://www.orthofocos.org/) personally called to thank me for my donations and posted about the donations on their facebook page.
I sent four boxes of care packages to NY for FOCOS to take to Africa to give to the patients there who are recovering from their spinal fusion surgeries. They were so kind and grateful. After they received them, they personally called me to thank me and tell me how much it meant to them and the children in Africa. Then they went a step further and pictures on their facebook page. Here’s a link to the post: https://www.facebook.com/OrthoFOCOS/posts/10152195073730992
If anyone is looking for a charity to donate to, FOCOS is definitely a worthy and appreciative cause.
Yesterday evening, I visited the dollar store to buy a few items to add a finishing touch to the care packages I had made and the care packages I had collected from some of my friends at school. While I was ringing up at the register, the lady asked why I was buying 12 toothbrushes and toothpaste containers, 5 pairs of sunglasses, 12 bars of soap, and some other weird quantities of items. I started to explain that these care packages were for FOCOS and the underprivileged children with severe scoliosis that they operate on in Ghana, Africa. When it came time to hand over the money, the lady behind me quickly said, “Wait! I would like to donate $20. It sounds like it’s a really good cause you are doing this for.”
This really touched my heart – that a stranger would donate her money to something I love so much and pay for out of pocket to make my care packages. So, even though Christmas has passed and the New Year is approaching, the Christmas Spirit and the Spirit of Giving is alive and well! I feel like she was an angel that God put there to remind me of the goodness of people.
Today, November 3rd, is Orphan Sunday. It is a Christian initiative to bring awareness to about 200 million children without families. http://orphansunday.org/about/ By giving, praying, and/or sharing these children can have families. Maybe a child with scoliosis can be adopted and then receive the medical attention he or she needs and deserves. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!?!? We all need to remember that children with scoliosis are also children with special needs.