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Terrie Lea Exemplifies the True Meaning of Faith and Perseverance, and Shows Miracles are Possible through God’s Singing Children

Terrie LeaTerrie Lea has gone through a lot in her lifetime, enduring many smiles, laughter and love as well as heartaches, trials, and tears. The Lord called her in 1987 and gave her the gift of song. She was ordained in 1991 as a song minister. In 1992, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In December of 1992, she was in the hospital getting ready to have surgery, but the Lord told her to tell the doctor to check one more time, and when the doctor did, the cancer was no longer there. On through the years, Terrie Lea has had things happened to her, different sicknesses, but the Lord was always there on time to deliver her from all the attacks. She has been healed so many times by her Father God, who loves her so dearly. From the year 2003 to 2007, it seemed there was always something to discourage her, but her vision and the calling God had placed in her life gave her the strength to overcome all the traps the enemy had set before her.

Upon her arrival into the year 2007, everything one could have imaged when it came to illness was thrust her way every four days—but God was there, right on time. In October 2007, Terrie Lea suffered an injury from protecting her granddaughter that led to blood clots in her left leg that traveled to her right lung as well. In December 2007, another blood clot developing in the other leg and traveled to the other lung. Terrie Lea has suffered several physical ailments, disappointments or setbacks that have transformed her life, but she refuses to give into the despair or depression that could weigh her down. She focuses on the positive outlook in life and is sometimes described as too optimistic and trusting, and has come to be known as a “Pollyanna.” Through the many medical conditions, Terrie Lea had to make the difficult choice of moving to Florida to be close to the Mayo Clinic for her health. This was an extremely difficult decision to be away from her family. However, her health and medical care have improved and she visits as often as she can, especially during the holidays. She loves Christmas, and the holidays would not be the same without her family. They know that she is the spirit of Christmas in their home. She strives to a better Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend each and every day.

Terri LeaTerrie Lea believes in the goodness of others and the importance of unconditional love, faith, family and the Lord and Savior in her life. She has been extraordinarily blessed in her life and wants to continue to make her mark upon this earth. It is the Lord within her that sings, not her. When He called her to sing in 1987, she couldn’t talk let alone sing in front of people. He said then it was Him in her and to not be afraid. She has gone through many hardships and trials that have tested her faith and strength in the Lord. She has suffered physically with illness, such as COPD, cancer, and blood clots in both lungs and legs and when she felt like giving up and quitting singing for the Lord, He has spoken to her and said, “Terrie, I am not finished with you yet.” She is so blessed to have always been held in the palm of God’s hands to be protected, loved, guided and inspired. Her family is the most important thing in life and she has fought to protect her husband, her children and grandchildren from life’s hardships. She is not perfect, but she strives to be better each and every day.

Terrie LeaTerrie Lea hopes to see her legacy continue with her grandchildren. It is amazing to see how a young girl who was afraid to sing is working on her fifth album—singing, producing, and writing songs. She can see God’s blessings in her grandchildren and how they are touched with God’s love, empathy and grace. Her oldest grandson, Colton, wrote his first song at the age of seven. The younger grandchildren want to work for the Lord and she knows that one day Alyssa, Landon, Laken and the ones waiting in heaven to be born and bless the family, will work for the Lord in one capacity or another. Upon reflecting on the decisions she has made and on what she intends to be a bright future, Terrie Lea said, “I had to move to Florida for my health and to be away from all that I love in West Virginia. However, I know that with my family and God’s unconditional love that I will be okay. My calling has been to sing and speak to the broken-hearted with words and song. I am so blessed to have seen my life experiences, both good and bad, touch others in ways that I would not have thought possible.”

Please visit Terrie Lea’s website or http://godssingingchildren.com to learn more about her incredible journey.

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Worldwide Branding Member Theresa Magro, VP of the Michael Magro Foundation, to Hold An Evening of Tasting and Giving Tonight

Theresa MagroTheresa Magro, Vice President of Michael Magro Foundation, will be hosting an annual “Evening of Tasting and Giving” at The Carltun in Long Island’s breathtaking Eisenhower Park. The event is set to begin at 6:30pm EST.

From Long Island Magazine:

Some of Long Island’s best restaurants, bakeries and wineries will be available for tasting. At most recent count, 23 restaurants, five bakeries, and several wineries and breweries had signed on to feature their wares; there will also be a gelato station, as well as two martini bars.

Like any parent, when Ms. Magro’s 13 year old son was diagnosed with cancer, she felt helpless. It was 2005 and her son Michael, who was kind and had such a zest for life, was fighting for his life. Shortly after his diagnosis, Ms. Magro co-founded Michael Magro Foundation, to aid children suffering from cancer. A few short months later, Michael lost his battle with leukemia. In his memory, the foundation honors his life and continues to help other pediatric cancer patients.

Food will be served from the following restaurants:

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Chris and Tony’s
Colombo’s
La Bottega
Park Sports Bar & Grill
Palm Court Restaurant at the Carltun
Spuntino Wino & Tapas
The Farmhouse Kitchen
West East
West End Cafe
A Mano
Cirella’s Restaurant
Ciro’s
Fat Fish Bistro
Sea Levels Restaurant
Jewel Restaurant
Legal Seafood
…and many more!

The annual event will be a celebration of compassion and giving, and baskets will be raffled off for charity. These include “A Girl’s Best Friend,” which encompass items from Michael Kors and Pandora; the “Everything Goes With Wine” basket includes a private wine tasting tour at Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue, and a basket for those who love coffee—“A Jolt of Nespresso” featuring a Nespresso Pixie coffee maker.

An Evening of Giving Flyer2Event info:

Monday October 6th, 2014
6:30pm to 9:30pm
The Carltun
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554
Tickets are $75 per person, must be purchased in advance.

The Michael Magro Foundation is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization, which was established in January 2005 to honor the life of Michael Magro, a 13 year old who was diagnosed with leukemia, and passed away within months of his diagnosis. During his illness, Mike never gave up; his remarkable courage and strength were an inspiration to all who were blessed to know him. Michael never gave up; to watch Theresa Magro in action makes one realize where Michael gained his tenacity and strength.

For more information about the Michael Mangro Foundation, visit our Facebook page or http://www.michaelmagrofoundation.com

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Daniel LeBlanc Gives Youngsters “A Home for Life” at “L’appart à moi”

Daniel LeBlancThough Daniel LeBlanc has a long professional career with the CN Railroad, and is involved in all aspects of rail-based logistic solutions for customers across multiple industries, he feels that one of his proudest achievements was creating a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide appropriate long-term housing for individuals with intellectual disabilities, such as his own adult son. Together with other parents, Mr. LeBlanc established the foundation known as “L’Appart a moi” with the objective of making this dream a reality. The project consists of several bachelor-type condominiums that will be designed to meet the needs of these individuals. As Mr. LeBlanc explained, it is crucial for special needs individuals to have safe and secure housing so that they may fully contribute to society in their own ways. Though financing such projects is always challenging, the most critical aspect of the organization is having committed, well-intentioned people at the helm. Mr. LeBlanc considers himself fortunate to be working with just such a group of dedicated parents and individuals that share this common vision. He is also grateful for the support he receives from his employer.

Mr. LeBlanc believes that everyone is entitled to a long, full, and happy life, and he and his wife plan to give their three sons the best opportunities in life while making unique provisions for their son with special needs so he may maintain his independence. Once the first complex has been constructed, Mr. LeBlanc plans to share his journey with other parents, with the hope that the Foundation’s mission will be adopted by other groups across Canada.

From the website:

This project was conceived by a group of parents wanting to offer a stable, permanent and safe living environment to their adult children with Down Syndrome or another intellectual disability.
Daniel LeBlanc heads L'appart à moi, a project that seeks to help people with Downs Syndrome to fight poverty and vulnerability, and find affordable and sustainable housingThese parents have always encouraged their adult children to develop their intellectual, physical and social skills to the best of their ability. They are an integrated part of their family and their community.
Having reached adulthood, they now wish to prove that they are ready and willing to face the challenges of independent living.
In order to help them reach this lifelong dream, L’appart à moi has chosen the following mission:
  • To fight against poverty and vulnerability of young adults with an intellectual disability
  • To offer a stable and permanent living environment in their own apartment
  • To allow a natural transition while continuing their integration into society

Mr. LeBlanc received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1979. In his spare time, he is heavily involved with the Special Olympics. In three years, Mr. LeBlanc expects to have completed his first building. He will then lead the charge to build additional ones.

To keep track of the project’s progress, visit http://www.lappartamoi.ca.

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Donna York: An Agent of Positive Change and ALS Awareness as President of HARK Inc.

Donna York Serves as an Agent of Positive Change as the President of HARK Inc.HARK Inc. was founded in 2012 with the focus on making educational and support services an abundant resource for families of people dealing with ALS. At the helm of the company is Donna York, who created the nonprofit after taking care of her father as he battled with ALS for a year and half. Chiefly amongst Ms. York’s many goals for the organization is that of her objective to educate others, raise awareness, and inspire others to hold on to their faith when facing ALS. Notably, Ms. York completed a documentary that was screened at NBC, which she hopes to use to raise more awareness for ALS.

In 2012, Ms. York was honored as the Somerset County Woman of the Year. She has also been the recipient of the Paul & Jean Krauss Award for Service to Youth. Most recently, Ms. York was honored by Worldwide Who’s Who for her contributions to those facing or caring for someone with ALS. Ms. York is pursuing certification in nonprofit management at Rutger’s University to further her knowledge of running a nonprofit. In the years to come, Ms. York intends to promote her film as much as possible, with the hope of gaining national recognition for her organization.

Watch the Hope on the Horizon Peak Dedication Video:

From https://www.hark-als.org:

A portion of the 48 peaks summited by the HOTH Expedition Team were dedicated either by donors to honor a loved one or a friend, or by the team to thank people they love, people that helped them when they needed it and others that supported them in their journey.


Please read more on worldwidewhoswhonews.com to learn where you can view the entire film at a screening near you.

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Marsha Goldford Demonstrates Human Resources Management Expertise while Helping Kids and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Marsha GoldfordMarsha Goldford serves as the Director of Human Resources for the Developmental Disabilities Association. A certified human resources professional with 15 years of experience working with public sector and nonprofit organizations, Ms. Goldford has spent the past two years working with the nonprofit dedicated to providing community-based programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. It is within this capacity, as well as her work as an independent consultant and community volunteer, that Ms. Goldford is able to employ her areas of expertise in human resources management and labor relations. As the director of human resources, Ms. Goldford provides advice and support for a range of human resources and labor relations activities including HR policy, recruitment, employee learning and development, organizational development, employee engagement, HR metrics, employee health, safety and wellness, benefits planning and records management.

Marsha Goldford helps children and adults with developmental disabilitiesThe success that Ms. Goldford has achieved throughout her professional endeavors is attributed to her ability to maintain strong relationships within her network of varied business contacts as well as her 12-plus years’ experience in line management roles in the social housing field. She is also a strong advocate for the use of technology as a means of offering affordable, accessible and innovative programs and services for organizations on a tight budget.

In order to prepare for her career, Ms. Goldford earned a master’s degree in public administration from Queens University in 1978. She also received certification in human resources and training design and facilitation. In recognition of her accomplishments, Ms. Goldford was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding. Additionally, she functions as a consultant for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and its member agencies, as well as Shelter Net BC. She is an active volunteer mentor with Dress for Success Vancouver and a past-president and active board member for the Red Door Housing Society. In the coming years, Ms. Goldford plans to retire and expand her consulting work with nonprofit organizations locally and beyond both on a fee-for-service and pro bono basis.

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Robyn Scott-Vincent Helms Attitude Pictures Limited and Produces Documentaries Relating to People Around the Globe Living with Disabilities

Robyn Scott-VincentRobyn Scott-Vincent is the Owner of Attitude Pictures Limited, and a Partner of Attitude Pictures Australia Proprietary Limited, the former being a production company specializing in documentaries, corporate and government video content, and the latter production company focusing on top quality production services. Ms. Scott-Vincent holds a BBC in broadcasting and communication from New Zealand Broadcasting School, having first gained industry experience and savoir faire through her work as a reporter for the Auckland Star, New Zealand Herald, and Television New Zealand as a One Network News reporter. She also acquired experience in such roles as freelance director, producer, director, and writer with various media outlets.

Presently, working in dual capacities, Ms. Scott-Vincent makes the most of more than a quarter-of-a-century’s worth of professional experience at the helm of Attitude Pictures Limited and as a partner of Attitude Pictures Australia Proprietary Limited. Operating from Auckland, New Zealand, and Brisbane, Australia, the companies cater to regional and international client demographics. Attitude Pictures Ltd is an Accredited Media Partner of the IPC (International Paralympic Committee).

Robyn Scott-Vincent Attitude Pictures LogoBoth functioning as production companies, they focus on documentaries, corporate and government video content, and production services. During the course of her impressive career, Ms. Scott-Vincent has independently produced and directed 60 prime time documentaries and 320 episodes of her series Attitude that specializes in content relating to people throughout the world who live with disability. Her content has appeared during the Special Olympics International World Games and, she has contributed production work to the International Paralympic Committee, as well as the New Zealand Government, the Australian Human Rights Commission and a variety of disability throughout the world. Equally proficient in writing, Ms. Scott-Vincent also authored a biography on Susan Devoy entitled “Out on Top” and co-authored “Cindy: Breaking the Cycle”.

With a forte for documentary projects that address issues related to disabilities, Ms. Scott-Vincent was honored with the Workplace Diversity Award by the EEO Trust. A founder and trustee of the Attitude Awards she was also honored as a lifetime member with Worldwide Who’s Who. She feels her success can be most aptly attributed to a strong sense of humanity, integrity, and an ability to deliver high-quality content on budget and on time. In the coming years, Ms. Scott-Vincent intends to expand the international presence of her company into five key markets through networking, branding, and consulting worldwide.

Check out an Attitude Pictures MiniDoc: “The Mutes on The Road,” a documentary about The Mutes From Mars, a West Auckland band consisting of individuals with intellectual disabilities, as they practice for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Please click here for a directory of resources provided through Ms. Scott-Vincent’s company.

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Support the Emily Sadowsky And the Beat Goes On Foundation

Emily SadowskyEmily Sadowsky is a wonderful, bright and lively spirit whose cause on this earth was to show others how to love from within and enliven mankind through service. She was a vocalist and had an extremely angelic voice. After her unfortunate and untimely passing in July of 2012, she has continued to contribute her love and generosity to the world through her foundation, Emily Sadowsky and the Beat Goes On Foundation.

The foundation’s goal is to raise money for music programs for children, with an emphasis on mentally challenged kids. This organization helps children who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder, as Emily had also gone through experiences with this ailment during her time on this earth. Ever compassionate about helping others and giving back, she has been of service to others through her foundation, and been a voice for young people who want to overcome adversity through their tough times with ADD and other challenges.

Support the Emily Sadowsky And The Beat Goes On Music Foundation, a Fundraiser for Children’s Music Programs

Support the Emily Sadowsky And The Beat Goes On Music Foundation, a Fundraiser for Children’s Music Programs

Emily also played the piano, and her beautiful voice could be heard by all of those who were close to her in their time of need, or in times of celebration.

Thank you for expressing an interest in Emily’s charitable endeavor: Emily Sadowsky And the Beat Goes On Foundation. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

You can also reach out via Facebook.  Thank you!

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Milena Morrow is a Disabled Individual who Advocates for Others Like Her

Milena Morrow Helps Disabled Individuals to Overcome ObstaclesMilena Morrow, President of Lifebridge East Inc., is a disabled individual who was hired for a position she applied for at the company. She comes from a background where she was taught to believe that she would not be able to participate in the mainstream arena due to her disability; she developed the desire to prove people wrong, and became determined to prove to them that she would not only succeed, but also become successful at leading an organization. She is interested in challenges, a qualified editor, and is in the process of publishing her book “Sipping Champagne Through a Straw: A Migrant Daughter’s Tale with a Difference.”

Milena MorrowIn her role with Lifebridge East Inc., Ms. Morrow is responsible for setting the organization’s value, vision and strategic direction. She is also in charge of monitoring the annual business plan to ensure that the organization is meeting its targets and objectives.  Upon reflecting on a rewarding career, she attributes her success to her passion, determination to not listen to others, ability to follow her dreams, love for challenges and positive attitude.

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Teresa Dawn Baker Creates Positive Change for Children with Disabilities through New Hope Advocacy

Teresa Dawn Baker Helps Disabled Children through New Hope AdvocacyTeresa Dawn Baker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hope Advocacy, a charitable organization that provides advocacy services for families and children with disabilities. Ms. Baker, an expert on the laws that support individuals with special needs, is in charge of answering the requests and phone calls from parents who feel their children with disabilities are not receiving the proper attention that they need. In her executive leadership role, Ms. Baker also makes the most of her strong knowledge of the law while reviewing the paperwork and informing families of the disabled of the actions that need to be taken in order to ensure that their needs are being met properly and fairly.

Ms. Baker was recently named a VIP of Worldwide Branding, and she continuously strives for excellence in her endeavors to champion the initiatives of those with special needs.

Teresa Baker Advocates for the Rights of Disabled ChildrenMs. Baker was prompted to pursue her current career path by a desire to make the most of the knowledge and experience that she had come to acquire after teaching special education for 28 years. She was working with a special education director and found it frustrating when she was not able to provide what the students really needed, so she decided to advocate for parents. She attributes her success to her passion for those with disabilities and commitment to them; this encouragement is the very thing that keeps her going. In looking forward to a bright future, Ms. Baker aims to become a national speaker to advocate for those with disabilities.

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You Better Believe it, No Mountain is too High to Climb — Stephen J. Wampler is Living Proof

Steve WamplerFor anyone who feels beset by personal limitations, let them look no further than Worldwide Who’s Who® member Stephen Wampler for drive and inspiration to accomplish anything imaginable. Steve, who was born with cerebral palsy, has limited use of one arm and does not have use of his legs. In 1992, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental engineering from the University of California, Davis. Moreover, he is a committed husband and a father of two.

But his achievements do not stop there. As with most great people, he has taken on the task of helping others. Steve has devoted his life to bringing positive change to the lives of physically disabled kids.

In 2002, he founded the Stephen J. Wampler Foundation to provide outreach and resources to disabled youth. As CEO of the organization, he is responsible for the formation of programs and activities that immerse them in the outdoors surrounded by nature and conservation, and wilderness living. One of Steve’s main priorities when he founded the Wampler Foundation was to fund Hawley Lake, which is part of a camp he attended as a child and where he first learned how to overcome his disability.

Presently, the Wampler Foundation — in a collaborative effort with the City of Sacramento — funds outdoor enrichment and recreation programs for kids from five western states. The foundation also endows financing to numerous other state programs. Steve is also active as a public speaker, motivating and illuminating others. He is endorsed by numerous organizations, including Time Inc., Waste Management and Media Networks, Inc. Celebrities such as Will Ferrell, various cast from SNL and Ellen DeGeneres also tout his cause.

In 2010, Steve achieved his goal of becoming the first person with cerebral palsy to climb El Capitan — a towering granite rock formation rising more than 3,000 feet from the ground in Yosemite National Park. Prior to this he underwent months of rigorous training. He started with a reasonable workout regimen (one hour per week) and worked that up to the tune of five hours a day, six days a week. On September 17, 2010, after 20,000 pull-ups over the course of six days, he achieved what most would think is impossible — he triumphed over El Capitan.

Steve’s feat is a validation of personal willpower and a substantial victory for disabled populations. Numerous high-profile organizations have taken note of his extraordinary talents and abilities. In 2011, United Cerebral Palsy™ — a large-scale education, advocacy and support services group — bestowed him with the Life Without Limits Award. ESPN also got wind of his climb, and recently nominated him for an ESPY award in the Best Male Athlete with a Disability category.

The ESPY award is a tremendous accolade shared by only the world’s most revered athletes, and Steve is proud to have been nominated for the prestigious honor. Dubbed a local hero, Steve makes every effort to continue to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere, from all walks of life.

Please also take a minute to visit the Stephen J. Wampler Foundation website and make a donation.

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