Today, Richard and Donna had the absolute pleasure of talking with talented radio show hosts from Salem Media Group: 94.9 KLTY's Starlene Stringer and John Hudson, Hondo with 99.5 The Wolf's Front Porch Show, Anna DeHaro of iHeart Radio and K104's Shannon Thomas. We were invited to sit among these talented radio personalities and share information about For Maddie's Sake, Inc, our non-profit foundation. We explored opportunities for growth and awareness. They also want to donate door prizes at our next Saturday Social Inclusion Dance. We hope to see you there and hopefully you'll get an awesome door prize.
A student led project called Links of Love was inspired to create awareness for one of Maddie's diagnosis', Microcephaly, a neurological disorder where the head size is small than average and developmentally delayed. This was held in honor of Microcephaly Awareness Day, September 30th. The student sold t-shirts and handed out For Maddie's Sake flyers to individuals to promote awareness of acceptance of differences in people. At the end of a one week fundraiser, they pulled together $1,080 to donate to a non-profit organization that is dear to our hearts, the Foundation for Children with Microcephaly. A big thank you goes out to Callie Roberson and Debbie Fussell for helping to get the word out.
We held our second annual scholarship fundraiser for two weeks in August and doubled our goal of $700 to a whopping $1,400. Locally owned, home based businesses, Mom’s Creations (Johnnie Lipsius) and Queeny V’s (Jenny Vasquez) have partnered with For Maddie’s Sake, Inc. to help raise funds to give a scholarship to a 2018 Midlothian ISD graduate in pursuit of a career path in special education or therapy program. See some of their work below.
Many people had a chance to enjoy the infamous chocolate chip cookies, that are always at our Saturday Social Inclusion Dances, as Thank You gift for making a monetary donation. A big thank you goes out to Sheila Williams (Maddie's Maw) for baking almost 40 baker's dozen cookies!
Michael D Swoveland passed away Sunday morning, June 25, 2017, after having a fun filled day with family and friends. He was loved by so many and his family. Click here for details about his Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, Mark, Michael's twin brother, has asked that donations be sent to For Maddie's Sake, Inc. for JW's granddaughter, Maddie Dixon. Click here to donate.
For Maddie's Sake held a fundraiser to fund a scholarship for a deserving 2017 graduation Midlothian ISD student who is planning to pursue a career as a therapist. The board decided to grant a $500 scholarship to two outstanding students: Victoria Tacker and Emily King.
We had a great time last night. We had a great turnout in volunteers. Dancers came to enjoy some pizza, friendship, games, prizes and a little dancing to some fun disco music. We are always excited to see how the dancers are going to be dressed. And they are always excited to see what prizes they are going to get. DJ Carl of Fire Bird Entertainment had us dacing in a conga line, doing the wobble, the cupid shuffle, and a little footloose to 70s and 80s music. View pictures
We truly appreciate all the help we received getting the venue setup and decorated for the party. A big thank goes to Red Oak DeMolay, St Joseph Catholic Church's student council, Midlothian Heritage High School's student council, Navarro College therapy student, and a couple of individuals for setup and clean up.
The next dance is scheduled for October 28, 2017. It's going to be SPOOKTACULAR. Learn more
We filled the streets of downtown Dallas on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in support of people with disabilities. About 50 people walked on this gorgeous day with our For Maddie's Sake group at the annual Marcch for Respect, a half-mile walk hosted by the Arc of North Texas.
Laughter, hugs and encouraging words from friends, family and co-workers made a wonderful day for a beautiful cause. We are so thankful for everyone who came out and who gave donations to support our cause.
The Midlothian Heritage Jaguars football team won their game, making them AAAA district champions. It seems to me they had a bit of luck on their side when the newest cheer team was at their final home game, cheering them on. The Pride Cheer team is a new cheer squad designed for the special education students wanting to participate on the cheerleading team. Thank you to Coach Kelsey Mayfield for being the champion for these three girls and boy. (boy not pictured here) The original cheerleaders are very excited to be a part of our kiddos' lives in this way. It's a beautiful thing!
Maddie absolutely had a ball being on the football field holding up the pom-poms and yelling, "GO JAGS!!"
You guessed it: Spongebob Squarepants
For Maddie's Sake held its tenth Saturday Social, an inclusion dance with an Under the Sea and Luau theme. We had a great time dancing with several fitting characters like Spongebob, Arial, Surfers, and more. Over 170 people showed up and supported our cause by making a donation and dancing. Pizza, games, pictures, dancing, and door prizes were enjoyed by many.
We are thankful for the volunteers pictured below. We had people helping from Midlothian High School and Heritage High School, as well as the board members of For Maddie's Sake, Inc.
In my early years, my mom and dad struggled to make life as normal as possible for me. The fears they had when I was born 15 1/2 years ago was real. They never paid attention much to people who were considered disabled before then. My, how time has changed. While I still try to succeed at learning new words and learning to chew, my mom and dad just love me and are so proud of me no matter how much I know or do. They want what's best for me. All I want is to always have them in my corner and to have friendships for a lifetime.
My mom read this story On Radical Acceptance (& not fixing your kid). It seems to me this is the way to be in this world.
"My name is Maddie and I'm a small teenager who enjoys life and has fun wherever I am!"
"There's more to me than just my special needs and my diagnoses. People are very curious about me and I don't mind sharing.
I was born with a rare disorder Feingold Syndrome which consists of my most noticeable characteristic,
Microcephaly (small head). Mommy says mine is cute and petite...just like me!
"God gave it to me, so I thought I'd wear it."