Granting One Wish For Will

Where there's a Will...There's a way!

Where there’s a Will…There’s a way!

Will made his grand appearance in the world and our lives November 8, 2009.  His pending arrival was a complete surprise to me and the pregnancy tumultuous at best.  Several surgeries, strict bed rest, hospitalizations and we weren’t quite certain he’d make it.  Born almost 5 weeks early, my doctor cried with me when he took that first breath.
Life with us wasn’t much easier, unfortunately.  His first hospital admission at 11 weeks old for bronchiolitis turned into 12 days as he picked up RSV from his roommate.  His first two years continued on that path of random diagnoses and hospital stays for upper respiratory infections, pneumonia and RSV.  By the time he was 18 months we knew he aspirated (hence all the pneumonias – they were aspiration pneumonia), he had low muscle tone, glasses for strabismus, gait issues, was globally delayed in everything and wasn’t vocal.  We received the diagnosis of Angelman Syndrome just before his second birthday and generalized epilepsy at 4.5.
He has proved all of us wrong in terms of his prognosis by walking much younger than expected (first independent steps February 2013 at 3 years old), better fine motor than they said he should have and a keen interest in trying to communicate as verbal communication will not happen.  He attends preschool with typical peers and is just thriving beyond even what I thought he would/could do.
A service dog for Will is going to just open up so many doors for him.  To be a lifelong friend, to give him comfort in situations that always bring anxiety and therefore increase his seizure risk.  Someone to love and to play with.  A friendly visitor during hospital stays.  A helpful hand in the form of four legs, fur and a tail instead of therapists and doctors and tests.  Incentive to learn more sign for communication to interact with the dog.  He is the strongest, happiest, most positive human I’ve ever known and I am blessed to call him my son.
Special Thanks To Make A Wish Foundation for Sponsoring Will’s Wish for a W.A.G.S. 4 Kids Service Dog!
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Berea, OH 44017

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Perry Service Learning To Host 5th Annual Perry Community Walk & Roll

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Contact:
Sera Nelson
O: (216) 586-5853 x 2
sera@wags4kids.com

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release:                                                                                             February 16, 2015

Perry Service Learning To Host 5th Annual Perry Community Walk & Roll,

Bringing Awareness To The Abilities Of People With Special Needs

Benefit W.A.G.S. 4 Kids to Provide
Service Dogs to Local Children with Disabilities

WHAT: Perry Service Learning (PSL) and W.A.G.S. 4 Kids are teaming up to host the 5th annual Perry Community Walk & Roll on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015.   This event is designed to bring awareness to the abilities of people with special needs.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 6:00pm

Register Now: http://perryservicelearning.weebly.com/community-walk–roll.html

WHERE: Perry High School

1 Success Boulevard

Perry, Ohio 44081

INFORMATION: Perry Service Learning (PSL) and W.A.G.S. 4 Kids are teaming up to host the 5th annual Perry Community Walk & Roll on Wednesday, March 4th, 2015.   This event is designed to bring awareness of the abilities of people with special needs.

The program begins at 6:00 p.m. with Nick Walczak, a survivor of the Chardon High School shooting, sharing the story of his rehabilitation and experiences with his service dog.  The event concludes with a 1 mile walk around the track in our Community Fitness Center where participants can participate in simulations and learn about local organizations that serve people with special needs in Northeast Ohio.Walk & Roll Image

Exhibitors will include the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Lake County ADAMHS Board, W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, Laketran, Camp Sue Osborne, Unique Like Me, The Shoppe in the City & Vocations Solutions for Adults, NAMI, and PSL student simulations.

Free t-shirts will be provided for the first 50 people who complete the awareness walk. In order for the event organizers to plan accordingly, we request that all participants pre-register using the form at: http://perryservicelearning.weebly.com/community-walk–roll.html

If you have questions about this event, please contact Mark Soeder or Allison Trentanelli at  soederm@perry-lake.org or trentanellia@perry-lake.org

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Bachelorettes of “Have A Heart Raffle” talk about Cleveland guys, dating and more (video): Kristel’s CLE

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Video: Interview with Bachelorettes of Cleveland

By Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group
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on February 12, 2015 at 7:17 PM, updated February 13, 2015 at 1:11 AM

This week, we are profiling the candidates through a series of posts. Meet each of the bachelors and bachelorettes through a photo slideshow created by Northeast Ohio Media Group entertainment reporter Troy L. Smith. You can also meet them in person at the singles mixer at Barley House Cleveland this Friday for $20.
In the video above, the ladies share what they look for in a guy and tell us what they really think about the Cleveland dating scene. Hear what the guys had to say HERE.

Bachelors of “Have A Heart Raffle” talk about Cleveland dating scene (video): Kristel’s CLE

Interview with Bachelors of Cleveland Meet five of the nine bachelors of the annual "Have A Heart Charity Date Raffle" event benefitting Working Animals Giving Children for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids). We get inside their head to find out what it's like in the Cleveland dating scene.

Interview with Bachelors of Cleveland
Meet five of the nine bachelors of the annual “Have A Heart Charity Date Raffle” event benefitting Working Animals Giving Children for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids). We get inside their head to find out what it’s like in the Cleveland dating scene.

Source: Bachelors of “Have A Heart Raffle” talk about Cleveland dating scene (video): Kristel’s CLE | cleveland.com

Interview with Bachelors of Cleveland
Meet five of the nine bachelors of the annual “Have A Heart Charity Date Raffle” event benefitting Working Animals Giving Children for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids). We get inside their head to find out what it’s like in the Cleveland dating scene.

By Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Email the author | Follow on Twitter

on February 12, 2015 at 8:14 AM, updated February 13, 2015 at 1:11 AM

CLEVELAND, Ohio — We met five of the nine bachelors from the annual “Have A Heart Charity Date Raffle,” which will be held on June 25, benefiting Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids).

The bachelors and bachelorettes will be throwing a singles mixer at Barley House Cleveland this Friday and tickets are $20. This week, we are profiling the candidates through a series of posts. Meet each of the bachelors and bachelorettes through a photo slideshow created by Northeast Ohio Media Group entertainment reporter Troy L. Smith.

In the video above, the bachelors share their experiences in the Cleveland dating scene and get in touch with their romantic side. Check back later to hear what the bachelorettes have to say.

Meet the bachelorettes for the 2015 ‘Have a Heart’ charity date raffle | cleveland.com

Source: Meet the bachelorettes for the 2015 ‘Have a Heart’ charity date raffle | cleveland.com

Meet the bachelors for the 2015 ‘Have a Heart’ Charity Date Raffle – Cleveland.com

Meet the bachelors for the 2015 ‘Have a Heart’ charity date raffle | cleveland.com

Cleveland.com and CMG Management Present Love At First Bite

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Photo Nov 07, 3 21 55 PMContact:
Sera Nelson
O: (216) 586-5853 x 2
sera@wags4kids.com

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release: February 4, 2015

Cleveland.com and CMG Management are hosting LOVE AT FIRST BITE
a Singles Mixer at Barley House
Singles Mixer to Benefit W.A.G.S. 4 Kids to Provide
Service Dogs to Local Children with Disabilities

WHAT: Leave Your Business Cards At Home. This is NOT a networking event. We are NOT “Hanging Out”. This is Love At First Bite, a purposeful meeting experience for Cleveland’s busy single professionals. On Friday, February 13th, Cleveland.com and CMG Management are hosting LOVE AT FIRST BITE a Singles Mixer at Barley House! Join us for a fun evening mingling with 2015’s Have A Heart Bachelors & Bachelorettes and other fantastic singles!

WHEN: Friday, February 13, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

REGISTER NOW: Eventbrite - Cleveland.com Presents Love At First Bite

WHERE: Barley House, 1261 West 6th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
(adjacent parking lot. P lease don’t drink and drive. W.A.G.S. 4 Kids has a partnership with Uber. Download the app on your phone and sign up using promo code W AGS4KIDS to get your first ride free up to $20. $5 will automatically be donated to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids.)

INFORMATION: Leave your business cards at home! This is NOT a networking event. We are NOT “Hanging Out”. This is Love At First Bite, a purposeful meeting experience for Cleveland’s busy single professionals.

On Friday, February 13th, Cleveland.com and CMG Management are hosting LOVE AT FIRST BITE a
Singles Mixer a t Barley House! Join us for a fun evening mingling with 2015’s Have A Heart
Bachelors & Bachelorettes and other fantastic singles!

What is Have A Heart? Have A Heart is an annual charity event benefiting Working Animals Giving
Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids). Singles and couples alike will pour into Barley House in downtown Cleveland on June 25th, 2015 for the opportunity to help and support a great cause. The Date Raffle will feature the Heart of Rock N’ Roll’s most eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes raffling off their unique date packages, while the Silent Auction and Raffle will feature amazing items and exciting experience packages.

The Bachelors and Bachelorettes of Have A Heart will be on hand to mingle before the big event. Tickets Available Now! $20 – Ticket for Mix and Mingle with Love At First Bite on February 13th. BONUS! 100% of proceeds from each quarterly event benefits W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, providing mobility service and autism service the specific needs of children with disabilities in Northeast Ohio, utilizing our Award-Winning ODRC Accredited Cell Dog Training Program.

So what do you have to lose? Make A Date To Change A Life. You might just change yours in the process. Our parties are popular and space is limited . RSVP today to get on the guest list!

CMG Management Company is committed to partnering with neighborhood charities to help those in need. A tradition started by local leaders Bobby George and Corey May, community fundraising events are important to each restaurant by giving back to their community by serving families delicious, GMO-free food and donating proceeds to local charities and events. Last year, more than $10,000 was donated to local charities through the company’s Community Fundraiser program.

Guests who have questions or want to come to the Love At First Bite event are encouraged to register by calling 216.586.5853 x 2 or emailing sera@wags4kids.com. Guests may also directly register by visiting the above links.

Eventbrite - Cleveland.com Presents Love At First Bite

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