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1988: The Pediatric AIDS Foundation is created by Elizabeth and her two friends, Susie Zeegen and Susan DeLaurentis, after Ariel loses her battle with AIDS at age 7. Their goal: Give hope to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

This is Victoria Soto, and although I didn't know her, she is my hero. I don't know too much about her, and she's amazing. Victoria was a Stratford high graduate and only 27. She was killed today after she hid her first graders in closets and cabinets and told the shooter they were in the gym. He killed her and not one of her children were harmed. God bless Victoria,

Danny Thomas - Founder of St. Jude's Children's Hospital to treat children, no matter their race, income or background, who were suffering from cancer, leukemia and other dreaded diseases.

from Mere Observations

Friday Five (Vol. 13)

Katie Davis is 21 years old, lives in Uganda and is an advocate for the people there. She went there in 2007 to be a kindergarten teacher for a year and stayed. Katie has 14 daughters.

This story gives me chills every time...Irena Sendler 1910-2008 A 98 year-old German woman named Irena Sendler recently died. During WWII, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers…

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. —Beatrix Potter portrait and quote..........an amazing woman...

Maria Montessori was born in Italy in 1870.She was the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy, and following graduation she became director of a school for the mentally disabled in Rome.While at this school she formulated her methods for the education of very young children. She achieved startling results and the children under her tutelage passed many exams given to normal children.Her system of education,proudly bears her name today.

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Share Our Strength

Watch Hunger Hits Home — a new documentary about childhood hunger in America on FoodNetwork. In this 1-hour special we take a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, activists, educators and politicians on the frontlines of the battle. The program is presented by Food Network and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. See the full documentary at Foodnetwork.com/Hungry Change begins with you. See it. Share it. Support it.