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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Inspiration Found at Delta's Disability Fair


This week, the CSG team attended Delta's Disability Fair, celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Delta's ABLE (Advocacy, Barrier-Breaking, Leadership, Education) Network on Disability.

The fair was headed up by David Martin, Disability Program Manager and the President of ABLE for Delta.  I worked under David years ago as a member of Delta's Regulated Team ensuring DOT compliance in air travel.  He continues to be a dedicated leader within the organization and an incredible advocate for those with disabilities. 

We were thrilled to meet representatives from many different organizations who serve a similar purpose to that of CSG - Including Gayle Lee of Nobis Works (www.nobisworks.org),  members of the staff of the Marcus Autism Center (www.marcus.org), and others.  We were also happy to spend some time with our friends Marie Sams and Misty Lackey of the wonderful Joseph Sams School (www.josephsamsschool.org), our neighbor in Fayetteville, GA. 

We were moved by the testimony of guest speaker Jennifer Arnold, the founder of Canine Assistants (www.canineassistants.org). Jennifer's story is one that many can relate to. . . the emotional upheaval that accompanies a life-altering situation, as well as the understanding, dedication, and perseverance that it requires to make a dream a reality. We all now have a better understanding of the special relationship - and the power of unconditional love - between a service dog and their owner. Jennifer's organization has placed over 1,000 service dogs nationally, reached more than 400,000 students through disabilities awareness educational presentations, and provide communities with over 120,000 hours of animal assisted therapy.


Additionally, there are not enough adjectives to describe the inspirational (I know, that's only one - but we could go on and on) keynote speaker, Aimee Copeland.   As many know, only five months ago, Aimee fell off a homemade zip line, resulting in the development of necrotizing fasciitis and the amputation of one leg, her remaining foot, and both hands.  At one point, she was placed on life support. 

Free-spirited student battles for her life photoA lover of nature, the 24-year-old Aimee is studying humanistic psychology with a focus on eco-psychology at the University of West Georgia.  With her bubbly personality and wonderful smile (truly a free spirit and beacon of light) she says, "Motivation is the Key to Innovation" and plans to to develop an accessible Wilderness Therapy program.  Her story, as well as how to help her cause can be found at www.aimeecopeland.com

The indomitable Aimee Copeland inspired us all, and is an incredible example of the resiliency of the human spirit.  We are honored to have met her.
 
--Desiree Morris (Exec Assistant) and the CSG Team

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

McBride's Amazing Fundraising Party for CSG

Recently, Tom McBride, one of our Zamily Family, held a fundraiser to benefit Camp Southern Ground.   Sadly, before the event, Tom's father passed away.  However, as Tom says, we know his spirit was "alive and well and all around the party". 

A lot of work went into this amazing event which included music, activities, a 50/50 raffle, delicious food, and more. 

The fundraiser was a great success - and raised $2556.00 for CSG! 

Tom has shared with us the link to the CSG Party Blog Page which includes photos and videos of the party:

http://thisiscountrymusic-cma-tmcb.blogspot.com/2012/09/camp-southern-ground-fundraiser.html


We LOVE this poem from the party flyer:

 
A POEM OF HOPE

TAKE AN OLD MASON JAR
START FILLIN IT WITH LOOT
BRING IT TO THE PARTY
DUMP IT IN THE BOOT
 
THE BOOTS WILL BE SENT
FROM HERE DOWN TO THERE
SOTHE KIDS IN GEORGIA
WILL KNOW THAT WE CARE
 
ABOUT WHO THEY ARE
AND WHO THEY WILL BE
IT DOES TAKE A VILLAGE
NOW DO YOU SEE
 
THE KIDS THAT SEEM LOST
CAN FINALLY BE FOUND
WHEN THE ZAMILY HELPS OUT
FOR CAMP SOUTHERN GROUND
 
"change for change"
 
The CSG team thanks Tom and EVERYONE involved with this amazing event -- We are truly grateful for your generosity and support of this amazing facility for kids!