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Local Hobbyists To Surprise Boca Caregiving Youth With New Set Of Wheels



Boca Raton, FL – Saturday, October 23, 2010 – Members of the South Florida Dirt Oval Remote Control Club (SFDORC) will be fulfilling a dream for 13 year old Marc Desty of Boca Raton when they award him with the surprise gift of a remote control car at the club’s weekly races at South County Park at 1:00 this Saturday.  Desty, a 7th grader at Boca Middle School, is a participant in the American Association of Caregiving Youth’s “Caregiving Youth Project” (CYP).  Desty selflessly helps his working mother care for his grandfather, who was shot in the back and left paralyzed during an armed robbery in 1986.

Weeks ago during the CYP’s “Camp Treasure”, Desty expressed a touching wish to someday have a remote control car. 

“His eyes just lit up when he spoke about having an RC car,” said Karen Harwood, Care Coordinator for the AACY.  “Caregiving kids give so much of themselves; we thought we’d appeal to the club and see if they could help.”

Three hours after posting an appeal on the SFDORC’s website, the club’s President, Dan Nixon had an answer: “We were touched,” said Nixon. “With the holidays just around the corner we thought this would be a great way to make a difference for a deserving child.”

Desty, who is unaware of the donation, will be awarded the RC car at 1:00 pm as the kick-off to this Saturday’s races.  The SFDORC consists of about 60 members ranging in age from 6 to 78 years of age.  Anywhere from 20 to 40 races will be held at the Park’s Dirt Oval.  For more information about the SFDORC go to http://southfloridadirtovalrc.com/ or call Dan Nixon at (561) 313-1469.

The American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) is a national non-profit organization based in Boca Raton, which provides support, assistance and resources for children who are caring for family members who are ill, injured, elderly or disabled.

 

Help for Children Who are Caregivers

Frances Shani Parker, author of "Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes,” writes the Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog. Topics include news, practices, and insights related to eldercare, hospice and palliative care, nursing homes, dementia, caregiving, death, bereavement, and seniors in America. Research, images, and videos are used often. The hospice philosophy supports quality end-of-life care. The butterfly is the hospice symbol of transition between life and death. On August 14, 2010 she posted the folowing article and video about Help for Children Who are Caregivers.  You can read the blog and view the video by clicking on the link below.

http://hospiceandnursinghomes.blogspot.com/2010/08/help-for-children-who-are-caregivers.html

Educational Champion Honored

EDUCATIONAL CHAMPION TO BE HONORED BY COMMUNITY AND CHEERED BY MIAMI DOLPIN CHEERLEADERS ON OPENING DAY OF PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOLS

 

Boca Raton, FL. What do you get when you combine an academic champion, Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders, elected officials, business and religious leaders, a fantastic ocean and Intracoastal view, and a fast-moving, early morning program designed to celebrate the opening day of school in Palm Beach County?  You get the “Back to School Breakfast and Pep Rally,one of the featured events of Boca Festival Days and the one community constituents won’t want to miss!

 

Held in conjunction with two locally-headquartered, national corporations, Call 4 Health and the non-profit American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), the program will be highlighted by a special award to Jody Gleason, Executive Director of the PBC Education Commission.  Ms. Gleason’s renowned twenty-five year history of public service in Palm Beach County includes 10 years as an elected member of the County’s School Board during which time she was instrumental in the implementation of school concurrency, a program that requires joint planning between the School Board, County Commission, and 37 municipalities.  She is recognized as a tireless advocate for partnerships with businesses, communities and parents that provide opportunities for students and has championed the special educational needs of students who also are family caregivers.

 

As a special treat, Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders will be on hand to lead the cheering section for Ms. Gleason’s many accomplishments as well as the fresh start of a new school year, and will be also be available for photographs and autographs.

 

WHEN:           Tuesday, August 17

                        7:30 am – 9:00 am

 

WHERE:        Carmen’s Restaurant at the Top of the Bridge Hotel

                        999 East Camino Real

                        Boca Raton, Florida

 

WHY:              Proceeds of the breakfast will benefit the

Caregiving Youth Project, a program of AACY

that offers services to children who care for ill, injured,

elderly or disabled family members

 

Breakfast tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Please contact (561) 391-7401, www.aacy.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to purchase a ticket or for more information.

 

 

NOT YOUR ORDINARY LUNCH IN A NOT YOUR ORDINARY TREE HOUSE

 

 NOT YOUR ORDINARY LUNCH IN A NOT YOUR ORDINARY TREE HOUSE

 

(March 15, 2010, Boca Raton, FL). They could hardly believe it – but it was for real.  For the fifteen members of the Caregiving Youth Project (CYP) who were hosted to a special luncheon in Frank McKinney’s uniquely designed tree house in Delray Beach earlier this month, it was an unforgettable experience that they will treasure for a lifetime.

 

Each of these local middle and high schoolers is a youth caregiver, providing care for ill, aging and/or disabled family members.  In February, they had received CYP “Awards of Courage” for previously sharing their personal stories with the media of being a student at school and a family caregiver at home.  Created in 2006 and headquartered in Boca Raton, CYP is the first comprehensive program in the United States to address this issue.  McKinney, philanthropist, visionary and five-time international best-selling author, was the keynote speaker at the event at which the students were honored and offered to host them at the tree house.  The event also celebrated the launch of the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), a national resource for the support of children who are caring for ill, aging or disabled family members throughout the country.

JEFFREY R. FIRESTONE Named Board Member of AACY

 

JEFFREY R. FIRESTONE NAMED BOARD MEMBER OF

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CAREGIVING YOUTH

 

Entrepreneur Jeffrey R. Firestone has joined the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) Board of Directors.  Headquartered in Boca Raton, the non-profit AACY is the only organization in the United States that identifies, recognizes and supports children who care for ill, aging and/or disabled family members.

 

Mr. Firestone is the founder and president of three global corporations.  LiberTEES®, established in 2009, provides assistance to veterans seeking to open independent businesses in the promotional product industry;  ChariTEES® , founded in 1999, provides custom printed tee shirts embroidery and promotional products to the not for profit community and socially conscious corporations; and the Exportrade® Corporation, created in 1984, is an international buying and consultancy firm serving the Caribbean basin.

 

A graduate of the University of Miami, Mr. Firestone has also established and funded the In Good Company scholarship program at the Adams School of Entrepreneurship at FAU,  the Take Note scholarship at the school of Music at FAU and helps the community through his ChariTEES® Foundation.  He and his wife, Susan, reside in Boca Raton, enjoying their 5 grandchildren.

 

Congratulations to Maria Sachs From AACY!


AACY would like to congratulate our future State Senator, Maria Sachs.

On May 20th, Dr. Connie Siskowski and Mark Hansen met with Maria to
discuss important topics such as students who are caregiving youth.

We appreciate her understanding of the issues faced by caregiving youth
and her willingness to work towards affecting change on their behalf in
the future.

We look forward to working with Representative Sachs and her team in November and beyond!

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