Our son Tristan receives medical care at Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Randal Betz and Dr. Scott Kozin head his medical team with assistance from the finest physican assistant, Janet Cerrone. We are so grateful for this outstanding children’s hospital in Philadelphia which specializes in orthopedic and spinal cord issues. Other Shriners hospitals treat burns and cleft palates. Our son is living proof of how much the combination of medical expertise and kindness can do. Please click on the Shriners logo above to find out more about this institution. To learn more about Tristan’s hand surgery, performed at Shriners in March 2010 by Dr. Kozin, please read Tristan: a story in three parts.

Gesine Bullock-Prado has made a huge commitment: she will run marathons until she makes $64,000 for the American Cancer Society in honor of her mother Helga who died from cancer 11 years ago (That’s a pic of her mom running). You’ll see Gesine’s name all over my site; she’s uber-talented and I am so pleased to support her efforts. Click on the ACS link to go to her donation page. helps provide financial assistance to individuals and couples looking to adopt a child. They make grants of up to $15,000 regardless of race, ethnicity, marital status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. The grants go to domestic, international, foster, or special needs adoption expenses. The group’s founders, Becky and Kipp Fawcett, are dynamos for the cause with two beautiful adopted children of their own. You can get more information about applying for a grant on their website. To donate, please click here. To see the video clip of Becky featured as a CNN Hero, click here (I will also brag that Becky and Kipp are fellow alums of Franklin & Marshall College).


The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, particularly the Cardiac Center, is near and dear to our hearts, literally and figuratively. At seven months of age Tristan had a rare condition requiring reimplantation of his innominate artery. Other surgeons wanted to perform different procedures to accomodate the problem but Dr. Thomas Spray agreed with our desired approach. We were so impressed with the quality of care at this hospital from the care binders we were given when we checked in to the obsessive hygiene practiced by the nurses in the ICU. Only 48 hours after surgery we took Tristan home and his breathing problems were solved the moment the surgery was complete. We support this facility and encourage you to as well. Click here to learn more about donating.

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