Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kids take on breast cancer with cupcakes, lemonade

While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt

I don't think we give children enough credit, at times, adults focus on what's not right with children, instead of what's right with them. Children do amazing things, I can attest to that, Iam the mother of four adult children all good citizens of the world.

Here is an enlightening article from Sign On San Diego on how children contribute to making their world a better place - with the help of all things,  cupcakes and lemonade.


Kids take on breast cancer with cupcakes, lemonade

Friday, October 29, 2010 at 8:01 p.m.

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Four elementary school students walked into Scripps Polster Breast Care Center on Genesee Avenue the other day with a surprise gift of $138.

Abby and Max LeGrange, ages 10 and 6, had teamed up with their schoolmates, Lily and Jackson Stratton, to sell lemonade and cupcakes on a Mission Bay street corner.

The four La Jolla Elementary School entrepreneurs came up with the idea to help out Abby and Max’s grandmother, Jane Gleason, who is battling breast cancer. “Not many little kids watch a loved one go through a terminal illness, but Abby and Max don’t just help take care of their grandma, they are being proactive in helping find a cure,” says their proud mom, Wendy. They can “see that even the smallest amount can make an impact.”

Reappearing act: Nobel laureate Gerald Edelman, who heads the nonprofit Neurosciences Institute for brain research on Torrey Pines mesa, received the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ 2010 Navigator Award. The ceremony was Thursday night in Washington, D.C. With the Neurosciences magic show fundraiser scheduled the following evening, Edelman had to work a little magic himself, getting back from the East Coast the next day in time to make opening remarks and introduce magician Mark Mitton.

Inside journalism: Former NBC 7/39 news anchor Marty Levin took a moment to reflect on the economy’s toll on journalism during the San Diego Press Club awards Tuesday. He joked that in these penny-pinching days, reporters need to submit paperwork to go to Jamul. Plus they’re expected “not only to go to a Motel 6, but to share the same room.”

In accepting the outstanding journalism award named for the late great newsman Harold Keen, NBC 7/39’s senior field producer Paul Krueger said he feels lucky to have a job in this era of cutbacks — “but I know why.” He confided that he’s the only one who cleans the newsroom kitchen microwave, washes the dishes and ventures out to Super Discount to buy cleaning supplies. Others taking home special awards were 10News Managing Editor J.W. August, PR dynamo Lynne Friedmann, investigative reporter Shane Liddick, who performed perilous undercover work in Mexico and Iraq, and online editor Ron Donoho.

Inspired response: Local restaurateur David Cohn answered a host of questions at the recent international Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association’s version of Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio.”

He didn’t miss a beat when responding to the show’s traditional closing question: “What would you like to hear God say to you at the Pearly Gates?

The Cohn Restaurant Group founder quickly answered: “I’m hungry.”

A bear is feted: Tireless volunteer Catherine Rodriguez took home the local Parkinson’s Association’s “Spirit of Life” award Sunday. But she wasn’t alone. A companion award was bestowed on Honey Bear, her therapy dog. You see, Rodriguez herself suffers from Parkinson’s disease, an incurable neurological disorder, and Honey Bear helps steady her gait and balance.

The association has just eliminated the word “disease” from its name, Kathy Bruyere proudly announced. “Now all of us are working together to eliminate Parkinson’s.”

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