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Pouches' Community Corner: Awareness Walk and Book Signing Event

Brain Aneurysm Awareness Walk for Austen Dunn

Austen Dunn, 23, passed away suddenly from complications of a massive ruptured brain aneurysm on September 24, 2016. There were no outward signs that a brain aneurysm was present. Austen was a graduate of William and Mary who was planning to begin a PhD in psychology. She was interested in getting young children screened for mental illness early in life. She had a tattoo of timshel on her arm, from the book East of Eden, which translates as “thou mayest,” meaning one can choose whether or not to be a good person. She rescued a cat with major burns, Botetort, and a dog named Noah, after Ryan Gosling in“The Notebook” . Her senior research at W&M was on “communitas,” the bonding that occurs when a group of people go through an experience together.

One in 50 people will develop brain aneurysms during their lifetime.

Her parents, Stacy Horner-Dunn and Gary Dunn, have set up a “Communitas” walk for September’s Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Old Mill Park, 2201 Caroline Street, at 10 am. (Packet pickup 9 am) Everyone who has gone through a relative or friend suffering or dying from an aneurysm is invited to meet, walk and enjoy the music and food trucks at the pavilion.

“It’ll be a good day of not just walking, but spending time with people and creating communitas, says Horner-Dunn.

Register at give.bafound.org/2018AustensWalk.

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Book Signing to Fight DIPG Pediatric Cancer

Diagnosed at 2 years of age, Moriah passed away from DIPG (Diffuse Instrinsic Pontine Glioma) an inoperable tumor on her brain stem, in 2013, two weeks before her fifth birthday. Her mother, Sharday Richardson, is the founder of the Forever Moriah Foundation, as well as the author of the children’s book, “The Sister I Never Met,” which is about a boy who tells his class during show-and-tell about the older sister he never knew.

“After Moriah passed, I went on to have two more children, my son Josiah who is now 3, and my daughter Faith who is now 2. While they know how to identify who Moriah is, there are really no platforms to help parents talk to younger children about the death of a sibling. One day, I’m going to have to explain it more, so I wrote this book to help.” The book is now available for purchase and all of the proceeds will go to the Forever Moriah Foundation. There will be a book signing at Jabberwocky, at 810 Caroline Street on September 22, 2018 from 12 to 2 pm.

Brain cancer is the number one cancer killer of children.

Richardson also provides parties for children who have completed treatment or are having a birthday after diagnosis.



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Splash into Summer with Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area


Looking for a fun way to cool down this summer? Look no further than the Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area’s Splash event!

SBRA Trademarked Logo Full Color TaglineAccording to Executive Director Carol Clark, “[Smart Beginnings] currently provides support to over 150 programs in the VA Quality North Central region. These include Head Start, VPI, private preschools and day cares (for profit, non-profit & faith-based), and family home providers.” They are working hard to make sure that the children under 5 in our area have the support they need to excel now, which will continue to provide them the individual resources they need to launch into their adolescent years and beyond.

For the past seven years, Smart Beginnings has thrown the Splash Pool Party fundraiser. This summer, the event will be held on June 24, 2018* from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Steve & Cheri Thurston Water Park at the Massad Family YMCA. Tickets range in price from $12 for a single ticket, $20 for couples and $35 for a family/group of four and each ticket also covers a hot dog, bag of chips and a drink.

Splash includes: door prizes, music, food and, of course, swimming! All proceeds for this event benefit Smart Beginnings and you are able to purchase additional tickets for children in the community who might otherwise not be able to attend. These tickets will be distributed by Healthy Families Rappahannock Area, as well as many of the community partners in our region.

It’s a great time for a great cause! For additional information on how you can support Smart Beginnings or the Splash Pool Party, contact Carol Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or buy your tickets online at http://smartbeginningsra.org/splash.

*Raindate: July 8, 2018

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The Laila Rose Foundation

Established in 2006 in memory of Laila Rose Engh, The Laila Rose Foundation partners with Living Hope Adoptions to provide financial assistance to families adopting foreign born children with medical needs. Laila Rose, the namesake of the charity, and her mother, Lisa, lost their lives tragically in an automobile accident in 2005.

Out of the family’s loss, the Laila Rose Foundation seeks to bring the sort of joy to others that Laila brought to the lives of her family and friends. The Foundation’s hope is to give other children “the gift of confidence and joy that Laila Rose exuded every day in her short life.”

"I am honored to serve as the President of the Laila Rose Foundation. The tremendous work started by my mother, Patricia Engh, and my uncle, Mike Flynn, continues today through the work of the dedicated Board of Directors of the Foundation,” says president Jeremy Engh on the Foundation’s website. "Having lost a child, it brings me a great deal of joy to help children of others. To see happiness and the improved self-esteem of the children the Foundation helps, I am reminded of the smile my daughter carried throughout each day she was with us."

LailaRoseFoundationlogoThe Laila Rose Foundation's Board of Directors supports families through providing financial grants that enable parents to better care for their child when the need arises. Families apply for assistance grants through the Foundation’s website. When choosing families, priorities for funding are (in no particular order):

• Medical, dental, vision services
• Medical equipment
• Imminent housing needs
• Rehabilitation services
• Personal adaptive support services
• Psychological/ counseling services/ support services
• Assistive technology
• Home modifications due to medical need
• Recreational to improve the quality of life for the child

This year, the Laila Rose Foundation celebrates its 10th Anniversary on June 9, 2018, at Lakota Ranch in Remington, Virginia. Families, friends, and sponsors can expect a day filled with children’s activities, beef barbecue dinners, sheep races, a silent auction, raffles, hay mazes, live entertainment and more to raise money for children in need.

Learn more about the Laila Rose Foundation and its 10th Anniversary Fundraiser event on June 9.

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lailarosefoundation
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/LailaRoseFounda
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.laila.rose.foundation/
• Website: http://www.lailarosefoundation.com/







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Pouches Visits the Past

If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.

While this year’s exciting program is still being planned, past activities have included participation in a costumed play-and-learning about leeches and 18th century medicine at the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, sending messages in code, quilling (a curled paper craft), and making syllabub at the Mary Washington House. For those who have not tried syllabub, it is a truly delicious, refreshing, creamy treat.

At the Rising Sun Tavern, campers learn about class and gender roles in the late 1700s while taking part in wood crafts, simple sewing activities, and washing clothes in wooden tubs and drying them on the line as was done during the colonial period.

At Kenmore and Ferry Farm, campers play outdoor games, participate in musters, learn about colonial food, music and manners. They are also taught about sea travel, navigation, dancing, and more.

The camp’s activities are designed to delight both boys and girls, and is intended for children 8-12 years of age. The week culminates with a camp-wide family picnic at Ferry Farm on Friday afternoon. This year’s campers will be the first to enjoy the picnic in the shadow of the newly reconstructed home of Mary and Augustine Washington, where a young George Washington would have learned to work and play.

Participants wear a t-shirt and a mob cap or tricorn hat provided by the camp. Each day campers travel to a different location, so that by the end of the week they have visited the Mary Washington House, Kenmore, Rising Sun Tavern, Ferry Farm and the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop.

Campers take home their crafts, which have often included their very own stuffed leech!

History Camp is limited to 60 participants. Those interested should call or email 540-370-0732 ext. 24, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Early registration is encouraged as the camp can fill up quickly.

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Local Events Support Big Causes

Support Research for Pediatric Cancer

16th Annual St. Baldrick’s Event

Sunday, March 11

Written by Julie Brosnan

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. Money is raised around the country
every March, and Paddy’s Steakhouse and Pub on Route 610 in Stafford will host its 16th annual St. Baldrick’s event on Sunday, March 11. The event is family friendly with face painting, bake sale, a silent auction and door prizes!

To learn more about St. Baldrick’s, visit www.stbaldricks.com.  And to learn more about our event search “Paddy’s Steakhouse and Pub” or visit: www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/98/2018.

 Support School Readiness

A Night on Broadway

Saturday, March 24 • 7-10 p.m.

Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area, a community nonprofit that promotes school readiness for children birth to five, will host a “Night on Broadway” fundraiser on Saturday, March 24, from 7-10 p.m. at Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania. The Rappahannock Area YMCA is the presenting sponsor for the event, which will feature a DJ, silent auction, raffles, heavy appetizers, and cash bar. Tickets: $60 for singles; $50 each for two or more; includes one drink/ticket. For more info: www.smartbeginningsra.org

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