It’s that time of year again…Smile cookies are back at Tim Hortons! I was celebrating a belated birthday with my 2 year old niece and nephew and I couldn’t resist giving them one of these special treats. Each cookie is $1 plus tax and all proceeds go towards an organization in your community.
The campaign will be running September 15th to the 21st. As you can see, my little cookie monsters were filled with smiles while devouring their cookies. Go give a smile or enjoy a smile this week to help support your community; everyone loves a smile!
To see what your proceeds are going towards in your area, click here.
Michelle Wolfe, aka: Auntie Chelle
Chelsie Hill grew up with a strong desire for dancing. By the time she was 3 years old, she was involved in a dance team. Sadly in 2010, Chelsie was in a drunk driving accident leaving her with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and unable to walk. Although she was no longer able to dance with her legs, she didn’t lose the passion to dance.
Together with her father she started a foundation called “Walk and Roll Foundation” which helps raise awareness about spinal cord injuries. They believe that every survivor of a SCI should have an opportunity to live their life to the fullest and to achieve their dreams. As Chelsie says, “I can strive to walk again and I’m going to but I don’t want that to side track me from life. I still have a brain, I still have my life.”
While I was in California, I was lucky enough to meet this inspiring young woman. It was easy to see that she had a contageous smile and a drive for life. After meeting her, I was doing my research and found her story. Along with starting the foundation with her father, Chelsie also found 6 other young girls with similar injuries, as well as other able bodied dancers, and she created a dance group called the “Walk And Roll Dance Team.” The team travels around the USA performing at many events. You may recognize dancer, Ali Stroker who is a singer and actress from “The Glee Project.” Some of the dance team members are also involved in “Rally4Reality” which is a public speaking program for middle schools, high schools and community organizations. This program helps spread awareness about drunk driving and distracting driving. Generally at a function for Rally4Reality, the girls will also perform.
These young woman have not let there limitations hold them back. They have taken there struggles and life experiences and have found a way to teach others about the importance of safe driving while also having fun and enjoying something they love, dancing.
For information to book the girls for an entertaining, motivational experience call 1-855-925-WALK (9255), or email R4R@WalkandRollFoundation.org.
Fashion designer Carrie Hammer has given a beautiful young woman the opportunity of a life time.
Karen Crespo lost all four limbs after contracting a bacterial meningitis two years ago. She wishes that her disability didn’t define her although she finds it a struggle everyday. Earlier this year, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk made history, becoming the first ever wheelchair model while rolling down the runway in Carrie Hammers design. After seeing this, Karen reached out to the designer. She has always had a passion for fashion and she wanted to show that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Many young woman only dream of having the chance to be a part of a fashion show. Although Karen has challenges with her new body image, she wants to show others that although you may have a disability, it doesn’t have to stop you from making your dreams come true.
Karens story does not end here. When Carrie heard that Karens $100,000 prosthetic arms had been stolen, she was determined to get her a new pair. With the help of the prosthetic company, she was given a new set of functional arms.
“I never thought in a million years I would be at New York Fashion Week, even as a spectator,” she added. “And now I’m going to be a fashion role model. It’s such a big deal for me.”