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Masannat-FamilyWe all have a common bond...not just because we are parents, but also because we are all riding on this roller coaster called LIFE! Now, as much as all of us would like to go through life without extreme peaks and valleys, you must admit that would get boring after a while. I have found in my own life that staying focused on the positive gets me through anything! I have two amazing children. My oldest is a witty, nerdy, funny, messy, confident girl who continues to remind me that I'm getting older because she refuses to stop growing. I try to balance the encouragement of academic excellence with knowing that once she is grown she cannot ever be a child again.

Now, contrast that with my son, in whom I find joy in his amusement with the simplest things. He has autism and is basically non- verbal; while he will continue to grow to be a man, developmentally he will probably top out at age 12. I continually struggle to unlock this child who has a quirky sense of humor and the best smile... and I'm reminded to be grateful. He has something that I believe is the ability to be happy no matter what is going on around him. This has helped me 'to seek the opportunity in the obstacle' and not 'see the obstacles in the opportunity.' My son's disability has enabled us to meet people, develop friendships, and touch lives that we never would have encountered otherwise.

As I joined the Fredericksburg Parent Staff, I was welcomed into a new "family." As our FredParent family adjusts to new members and new roles, we have had a few quirks to work out but the joys, companionship, and satisfaction of a job well done have made us a cohesive group with one goal in mind... connecting the outstanding resources this community has to offer with the parents who need them.

Nancy Masannat joined our Fred Parent Family this year. She is an amazing office manager who has SOMEHOW managed to get us organized! There are not words! Nancy's talents do not stop with her innate organizational skills...she is also our Clever, Crafty Mom who provides amazing craft content for all of you each month. We are blessed to have her on board!

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Pouches' Community Corner

St Baldrick’s Foundation began in 2000 over a simple idea – shave a colleague’s beautiful hair while also raising money for kids with cancer. And now this Foundation has funded over $200 million worth of research to cure pediatric
cancer. In 2015, the FDA approved a treatment that offers a higher chance of a cure for high-risk neuroblastoma patients because of that research.

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