Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kennan's 5K

We have been extremely busy and I have fallen down on the job of posting some of the pictures that were taken on the day of the 5K fundraiser. It was a beautiful day for this event - not too hot and not too cold with clear, sunny, blue skies. We had a great turn out and a lot of fun.

A family in our area kindly brought their son's service dog "Keeper" to share in our event and we thank them for their support. It was great to have them with us!

Registration
The youngest participants and their mothers - thanks R and E for coming!
Other racers
Getting ready to start the race.
The first participant coming into the finish line.
Kennan and I watching the racers
A couple of our friends finishing the race - thanks S and E!
A four legged participant!
Kennan and his dad at the time keeping spot as the runners cross the finish line.
Handing out Medals
E with her medal - congrats!
Our youngsters at the starting line!
We had our very own fly over for the event - :)
One of the officers from our local police department - they helped with traffic at the intersections.
Some of our volunteer staff
This father and daughter duo each earned a medal in their age group!
More racers and staff - Kennan's big brother is in the red staff shirt
More four legged participants and their person! :)
 
We had a great time at the 5K and hope to do it again next year (if we can get our volunteer staff back -hint, hint ;)  ). It was the perfect day and we hope to get a total from 4Paws at the end of this month and post it. We extend our heartiest thank you to all the participant, volunteers, police officers, and local businesses that made it possible to host this event and even more - made it a success. There are not words enough to thank all of you for your kindness and generosity in helping us help Kennan to obtain his service dog. We thank you all again.

Monday, September 10, 2012

4 Paws 5K Results

Here are the results from the 4 Paws 5K. Thanks to everyone who participated!

 
Division
Times
Places
Male
0:22:30.0
1
15-19
Heinrichs, Ryan
0:22:30.0
2
20-29
Baker, Mark
0:52:43.0
26
30-39
Peterson, Cody
12:22:28.0
1
Ford, Justin
0:24:41.0
6
Porrez, Martin
0:31:54.0
12
40-49
Hovey, Kit
0:23:10.0
4
Miller, Greg
1:05:10.0
34
50+
Beekman, Larry
0:23:25.0
5
Shriver, Brian
0:24:42.0
7
Crouse, Rick
0:25:49.0
9
Rickert, Mike
0:34:47.0
19
Chapin, David
0:55:20.0
28
Whitehill, Wally
1:05:10.0
35
Female
0:22:33.0
3
14 and below
Barber, Noelle
0:34:40.0
17
15-19
Porrez, Maddie
0:31:53.0
11
20-29
Quasdorf, Amanda
0:27:26.0
10
Hovey, Leah
0:34:37.0
16
Jensen, Emily
0:49:27.0
22
St. John, Jessica
0:59:35.0
29
Larson, Heather
0:59:36.0
30
Fitzgerald, Morgan
1:02:52.0
32
30-39
Guerrero, Tara
0:22:33.0
3
Laufersweiler, Susan
0:25:05.0
8
Schuster, Christie
0:32:12.0
13
Goettsch, Julie
0:33:30.0
14
Wearda, Stacey
0:52:12.0
24
Vandi, Heather
0:52:12.0
25
Guyader, Veronica
0:53:12.0
27
Eggett, Robin
1:01:15.0
31
40-49
Saul, Penni
0:34:28.0
15
Barber, Brooke
0:34:42.0
18
Larson, Rae
0:35:21.0
20
50+
Dillion, Sherrie
0:49:27.0
21
Chapin, Lisa
0:50:28.0
23
Kanger, Carol
1:04:44.0
33

Friday, September 7, 2012

From a Birthmother!!

http://www.cdc.gov/features/AlcoholFASD/index.html
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Features -  Current Features


Alcohol During Pregnancy Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause FASDs.
(Published: August 31, 2012)

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

[]September 9th is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Awareness Day. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause FASDs. Read about Melissa’s experience with alcohol use during pregnancy. Information about the new FASD app is also provided.

Alcohol During Pregnancy: Melissa’s Story
This is the story of Melissa’s experience with alcohol use during pregnancy and her journey to find the best possible care for her son.
Watch Melissa’s Full Story on
Video http://www.cdc.gov/Other/disclaimer.html

“I drank at the beginning of my pregnancy, before I found out I was pregnant. My doctor told me that it was okay to continue to drink wine during pregnancy. He said I could have a glass of wine at night with dinner. He said it might even help me relax and improve circulation. Not only did I think drinking wine during pregnancy was okay, but I thought that it could be healthy. He never asked me if I had a drinking problem, or how many drinks I have a day, or if I binge drink. There wasn’t any dialogue. I really wish that my doctor would have had more dialogue or asked me questions about drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

“When my son was born he looked perfect. He has amazing strengths. He’s brilliant and he’s an amazing musician. However, as he got older I realized that things just weren’t quite right. He doesn’t like how clothes feel. He wore the same outfit for almost a year. I finally found a pair of socks that he would wear. Then the company stopped making the sock. That wouldn’t be a big deal for most people, but it was a terrifying moment for me. We went through about 25 packages of socks before we found a new brand that he would wear.

“On his first day of kindergarten, the school called me because he had turned over all of the chairs that people weren’t sitting in, turned over items in the kitchen area in the classroom, and thrown his shoes at the teacher.

“Most kids will get mad when they have to end play dates or sleepovers. But instead of just getting mad, my son tried to jump out of the car the other day because he had to leave a sleepover.

“When I finally realized what was going on, it was a relief, and it was horrifying, and I felt guilty, and I felt ashamed. But mostly I felt relieved to know what was going on.

“If a pregnant woman said to me, ‘I drink a little bit here and there and I was told it was okay,’ I would tell her that she wouldn’t if she had to live just one day with the way that I feel about myself, knowing how my son has been affected by my choices.

“I am angry that I was given wrong information about drinking during pregnancy. I want to tell as many people as I can about it. You never know how much alcohol during pregnancy is too much, so why take that chance?”

CDC would like to give a special thanks to Melissa and the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) for sharing this story with us.
Read more personal stories on the NOFAS website >> http://www.cdc.gov/Other/disclaimer.html


What We Know

There is no guaranteed safe level of alcohol use at any time during your pregnancy or even when you’re trying to get pregnant.
  • Alcohol can cause problems for your unborn baby throughout your pregnancy, including before you know you are pregnant.
  • All kinds of alcohol should be avoided, including red or white wine, beer, and liquor.
  • If you are pregnant and have been drinking, it’s never too late to stop.

 
Reasons Why

  • When you drink, your baby drinks, and that can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).
  • FASDs include a wide range of physical and mental disabilities and lasting emotional and behavioral problems.
  • You may not know right away if your child has been affected. FASDs include a range of physical and intellectual disabilities that are not always easy to identify when a child is a newborn. Some of these effects may not be known until your child is in school.

 
What You Can Do

  • FASDs are 100% preventable. By not drinking, you have the power to improve your child’s chances of a healthy start.
  • The sooner you stop drinking, the better it will be for both you and your baby. If you are pregnant and have been drinking, talk to your doctor or nurse.
  • There is no cure for FASDs. However, identifying children with these conditions as early as possible can help them to reach their full potential.