I have two year-old twins named Maxwell & Riley. Like any parent, they are my world. About a year ago, Maxwell, was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called SLC6A1. The disease is too rare to even have a formal name and is known only by the genetic location. We were told nothing could be done and I chose not to accept that answer. I called 200 scientists over the course of a month and found the disease can be cured via gene replacement therapy. A world renowned scientist and I are working away to create this live saving therapy and we are hoping to advance a clinical trial next year that will cure every child with this disease. I have raised $1,000,000 in 10 months to advance this therapy.
Diana Hubner, The Tire Mom LLC, is on a mission to educate the public about tire safety and she is touring the country to promote her new book, Tire Mom: A Journey of Hurting, Helping and Healing. Traveling across the country to create tire safety awareness, she hosted her first book signing event this past Thursday, October 17 in Denver Last year, she purchased a set of tires for a family in each of the 50 states, some of them perfect strangers, to help heal from the death of her husband in a tire-related accident. Her book is the story of that journey.
As a stay-at-home mom who simply wanted to learn more about tires after the loss of her husband, she set out to learn from the experts. In addition to sharing her newfound knowledge about how to read the manufacture date on tires, Tire Mom is also the story of how Diana channeled her grief into helping others stay safe on the road. Tiremom.com
Gail believes that “Our desire to fly must be bigger than our fear of falling.” Gail holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance, and a Master of Arts degree in psychology and counseling. As a speaker, author, facilitator, performer, and teacher, Gail has empowered, and inspired others to see their opportunities, choices, passion, creativity, and to live a life of greatness. Gail’s autobiography: “Soaring into Greatness: a Blind Woman’s Vision to Live her Dreams and Fly” is a personal memoire of courage, truth, perseverance and determination. It reveals how Gail lost most of her sight at birth, became totally blind at age eleven, sang the leading roles in “La Boheme” and “La Traviata” while in graduate school, lost her Self in a relationship, found her independence and dignity with having four Seeing Eye dogs. Gail gives some valuable insights for those with sight in how to react to Seeing Eye Dogs.
When Sara Randall moved to Denver from California in 2014, she was familiar with the program from her work in the nonprofit sector, and couldn’t believe it didn’t already exist in her new zip code. Randall, with the help of a few volunteers, started the Imagination Library of Denver (ILD), which now serves 900 kids in three Denver zip codes (80205, 80211, and 80220).
“This program is proven to increase kindergarten readiness and kids in the program test higher on assessments,” says Randall, director of ILD. “But more than that, parents are happy to see their kids become interested and excited about reading.”