(WWBT) - Molly McMunn Korte is the founder of a social media campaign called "Project: Just Like You," which advocates on behalf of special needs individuals. She is the mom of 3 kids, and a wife to an incredible Lego artist. Her youngest child, who was diagnosed with ASD this past summer, ignited a flame for her work and passion.
Project: Just Like You can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond MomProm benefits Good Causes in RVA
On Saturday, March 25th, I dressed up, grabbed a fellow mom blogger friend (burlap + blue), and we attended the 7th annual Richmond MomProm together. I had never attended a MomProm before, but as a mom of a special needs child, I knew I wanted to attend this one, as it benefitted JDRF, an organization that seeks to end Type 1 Diabetes. I have highlighted several children who battle diabetes on my social media campaign, Project: Just Like You, and have learned from these parents how life threatening and scary it is when your child has this condition.
MomProm raises money through it's ticket sale. They held it at the Doubletree hotel this year, since last year the tickets sold out fast at the last venue and they needed a much larger space. All proceeds benefit JDRF. The place was packed with moms decked out in their glitzy dresses, dancing around the room, laughing and having a blast! It ranged from tacky to elegant, with everything in between.
The event is for people to have fun of course, but the underlying sole cause for all of this is to raise money for their chosen organization. This year they chose JDRF. JDRF is a non-profit that is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. They advertised where the money for the sale of the tickets was going to on the invite and all other forms of publicity for the event.
In the middle of the event, a young girl took the stage to talk about her life with diabetes. This year, Sydney Barry, an 8-year-old, was there. They wanted the audience to hear about what a day in the life looked like for this very young diabetic. This speech captured my attention. Even though I do not share their same struggles, I know all too well what it is like to have a child with special needs. It is so important to continue to raise awareness. The speaker, Dawn DePepe, took the stage and explained in painstaking detail a day in the life for a diabetic with young Sydney by her side. The audience heard the struggles, the number of times they wake up during the night, the special foods they have to eat, the pricking of the finger, and all the worries that go with having juvenile diabetes. DePepe's speech was powerful and very detailed about how they, as diabetics, live. She showed the audience her patch and pump.
According to Co-Chair and founder Amanda Moore, each year they choose a new event to support. While they have the one already lined up for next year, it is not public knowledge yet. Moore also explained in the years past they have supported:
- Cerebral Palsy Foundation
- Children's Hospital Foundation of Richmond
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
- Jack and Abby Neonatal Foundation (I became involved with J&A after Josie was in the NICU. I can't believe I didn't mention that one on the phone!)
- Fanconi Anemia Research Fund
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond
The combination of events has raised over $120,000 for charities for local children. I am thankful that as a mom of a child with special needs there are so many wonderful groups raising money to improve the lives of children. Thank you, Richmond MomProm!
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