Air Travel and Autism: A Letter To Jet Blue

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Kings and Queens (Audio Adrenaline video)

I absolutely love this video and this song by Audio A🙂   The video was filmed in Haiti and the children are from the Hands and Feet Project.  www.handsandfeet.org

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CHILDREN’s SMILES LIGHT UP THE WORLD (From Real Hope For Haiti)

children’s smiles light up the world

Posted: 05 Nov 2012 03:20 PM PST

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

-Dr Seuss

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

-Frederick Douglas

“Stay a child while you can be a child.”

-Stephen Sondheim

 

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Way To Go D Wade! :) (from PublisherWeekly.com)

[words] Thanks Dwyane Wade Last week, basketball player and author Dwyane Wade (A Father First) donated his paycheck to Hurricane Sandy relief. Here, Jonah Zimiles of [words] Bookstore in Maplewood, NJ gives a thank you to Wade with a window … Continue reading

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Church access for people who have disabilities

Today is a  simple post. We start our workshop by having someone (usually the pastor or,  if we are in another country, a native speaker) read the Beatitudes for family  and friend.  We want to set a tone that people with disabilities should  not be ignored. They have something to offer, and they will always bring out  the good in everyone.
  

Beatitudes for Family and Friends
 
Blessed  are you who take time to listen to difficult speech, for you help us persevere  until we are understood.
 
Blessed are you who walk with us in  public places and ignore the stares of strangers, for we find havens of  relaxation in your companionship.
 
Blessed are you who never bid  us to “hurry up”, and more blessed are you who do not snatch our tasks from  our hands to do them for us,
for often we need time-rather than…

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Danny Thomas Forever Stamp unveiled at St. Jude – Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee

Danny Thomas Forever Stamp unveiled at St. Jude – Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee. click here for video

 

Action News 5 – Memphis, TennesseeDanny Thomas Forever Stamp unveiled at St. Jude

MEMPHIS, TN –

(WMC-TV) – The Danny Thomas Forever Stamp went on sale for the first time Thursday through the US Postal Service.

The stamp, sold in panes of 20, is already a hot seller among those carrying on Thomas’ mission at St. Jude.

With St. Jude patients front and center, Tony Thomas unveiled the stamp bearing his smiling father’s image with his beloved hospital as backdrop.

“I think the only problem he would have had with this is he would have said put the hospital in the front and put him in the background,” said Tony Thomas.  “That’s the way he would have wanted it.”

“I love it,” said St. Jude patient Grace.

“Danny is an icon, of course, but he’s also in a way a father figure for everyone who is working here,” said St. Jude CEO Dr. Bill Evans.  “The man drives us today as if he’s still in the room.”

St. Jude has over nine million donors.  Direct mail is a key strategy that has a now favored stamp.

“I think it speaks to the purity of our mission that 9.5 million Americans and people across the world have embraced Danny Thomas’ dream that no child should die in the dawn of life,” said St. Jude. Director Rick Shadyac.

The stamp’s debut coincides with Danny Thomas’ 100th birthday and the 50th anniversary of his hospital’s grand opening.

“Fifty million have already been printed, which is a pretty good printing for a commemorative stamp,” said Stephen Kearney with USPS Stamp Services.  “We’re ready to print more if the demand merits it.”

The demand was strong among St. Jude employees Thursday, who bought up the stamp as they work to advance their founder’s mission.

You can buy the Danny Thomas Forever Stamp at usps.com or at your local post office.

 

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Entertainer and humanitarian Danny Thomas honored on U.S. Commemorative Forever Stamp

Entertainer and humanitarian Danny Thomas honored on U.S. Commemorative Forever Stamp.

 

 

Entertainer and humanitarian Danny Thomas honored on U.S. Commemorative Forever Stamp

Danny Thomas stamp

LOS ANGELES, California (January 7, 2012) – The United States Postal Service tonight unveiled a commemorative Forever Stamp honoring legendary entertainer Danny Thomas, the founder of renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The unveiling took place at a star-studded gala in Los Angeles to celebrate Thomas’ 100th birthday and the 50th anniversary of St. Jude.

 

“The Danny Thomas stamp, which will be officially dedicated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and go on sale on February 16, will become an ambassador for philanthropy, traveling on letters and packages to households and businesses throughout America and the world,” said Ed Ruiz, USPS Los Angeles district manager.

 

“It also will serve as a lasting tribute to one of America’s most beloved and enduring entertainers who worked tirelessly to help the most helpless of all—children with diseases.”

 

“My family is honored that our father will be immortalized in a Forever Stamp not only because of his success in the entertainment industry, but also for his efforts to save the lives of children by founding St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – a place unlike any other in the world,” said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Dad always considered St. Jude—where patients are saved through the latest research and ground breaking treatments without any regard to pay—to be the crowning achievement of his life and career. This stamp is an incredible testament to him on his 100th birthday and St. Jude’s 50th anniversary.” Starting today, customers may pre-order the Danny Thomas Forever Stamp online at usps.com and by phone at 800-782-6724.

 

Ruiz was joined to unveil the stamp by Tony Thomas, son of Danny Thomas; Terre Thomas, daughter of Danny Thomas; Phil Donahue, talk-show host and husband of Marlo Thomas, Thomas’ daughter; Tony Bennett, singer and featured performer at the gala; and Ray Romano, a good friend of the Thomas family and an ardent supporter of St. Jude. Thomas was a star of radio, film and television. From 1953 through 1964, he received five Emmy® nominations for his starring role in Make Room for Daddy, winning in 1953 and 1954 for Best Actor Starring in a Regular Series. The show also received an Emmy for Best New Situation Comedy in 1953 and Best Situation Comedy in 1954.

 

In addition to Tony Bennett and Ray Romano, Hollywood turned out in force to support the nation’s leading pediatric research and treatment hospital devoted solely to children with cancer and other deadly diseases, including Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Mila Kunis, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Daisy Fuentes, and Vanessa Williams, among others.

 

In 1962, Thomas founded St. Jude with a mission to save the lives of children everywhere. He fervently believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” Thomas wanted to create a hopeful place that was accepting of all children whether or not the family could afford treatment.

 

Today, St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research hospital where no family is ever turned away due to an inability to pay and no family ever pays St. Jude for anything. For 50 years, St. Jude has advanced treatment of such deadly childhood diseases as cancer, saving the lives of children across America. Research at St. Jude has changed how the world treats leukemia, brain tumors, and sickle cell disease, helping push survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent in 1962 to almost 80 percent today.

 

Featuring a new portrait of Thomas by artist Tim O’Brien and depicting the hospital he founded in the background, the Danny Thomas Forever Stamp was designed by Greg Breeding.

 

Customers may view the Danny Thomas Forever Stamp, as well as many of this year’s other stamps, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for background on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

 

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to http://www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on http://www.facebook.com/stjude and http://www.twitter.com/stjude.

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