11-13-16 Deborah Beauvais Welcomes Co-Hosts Torrin and Robbie Thorp & Zoe Terry
Most 13 year olds like to take a break from friends and school to watch movies and play video games but when Torrin Thorp was required to spend a lot of time in the hospital for Asthma, that became the only thing he could do for a while. Thorp began to look forward to and rely on the entertainment there to get through some painful, challenging procedures. His brother Robbie Thorp also went through surgery around the same time and had a similar experience. Being at the hospital so often they would both quickly reach the bottom of the movie and video game options and wished for more of a selection. Thorp wanted to take action to change this and encourage the friends he made that were still in the hospital too. In 2015, Thorp started the “The Helping Hand.”He has collected and donated almost 2,000 DVD’s and Movies, donated over 650 movies, TV’s and DVD players to Crossroads RI. is now expanding his outreach to “Blessing Bags” for the homeless and their dogs.
Torrin is a 1,000 grant recipient from Daisy Button Believes
Robbie (19) was RI’s Prudential Spirit of Community Bronze Medal winner this year. He is also the New England Epilepsy Ambassador, having traveled to DC twice to participate in the Teens Speak Up/Speak Out conference. He is mentor for teens with chronic illnesses and co-chairs the RI Walk for Epilepsy.
At age 5, Zoe Terry created her own organization called Zoe’s Dolls to inspire and motivate girls of color to love themselves. She promotes positive body image by holding her “Love the Skin I’m In” Creative Expressions Contest, where she encourages girls to submit a poem or video on why they love themselves. Since launching Zoe’s Dolls, she has donated more than 2,000 dolls of color to girls in need.
When Zoe was younger, her mom would teach her the spirit of giving by asking her to give away one of her toys at Christmas time. Right before Zoe’s 6th birthday, she told her mom that she didn’t want to give a toy away at Christmas anymore. Zoe exclaimed that instead of giving a toy away at Christmas, she wanted to do something totally different. Zoe said that for her birthday she wanted to give little brown dolls to little brown girls who did not have dolls to play and that was all she wanted for her birthday! This was the start of Zoe’s Dolls!
It was also important for Zoe to give away little brown dolls to little brown girls, because when she was in Kindergarten she was bullied because of how she looked and teased because of her “puffy” and “kinky” hair. Zoe wanted other little brown girls not to feel like she felt when she was teased. She wanted little brown girls to know that their image was beautiful.
Zoe is a 1,000 grant recipient from Daisy Button Believes
08-14-16 Snowball’s Great Adventure, Author Melissa Robillard
Deborah Beauvais Welcomes Janine Sullivan who shares Melissa’s journey through the creation of children’s book Snowball’s Great Adventure. With a rare neurological disease called leukodystrophy, Melissa is an inspiration to all kids and adults.
Hello, my name is Melissa Robillard. I am the author of Snowball’s Great Adventure, a children’s book about a white lion from Timbavati South Africa. Snowball was conceived while I was working with my speech therapist Kari Star. Kari is an exceptional therapist in Dartmouth, MA.
I was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called leukodystrophy when I was a young child. I have never let this neurological condition stop me from living life.
While in speech therapy Kari and I were looking for new ways to stimulate my memory and language skills. We worked with the computer, talked about animals, and soon we had a story building.
My personal care attendant Janine Cove Queen Sullivan was with me during these sessions. One day she exclaimed with great zest – if we are going to work so hard on this story we might as well publish the work as a children’s book. It was a fabulous idea and one I embraced whole heartedly. It is important to do new things to exercise the mind. It took one year from beginning to end. There is a lot involved in writing a book. Janine worked with me several times a week to pull a great story out of me. It was a stretch to define characters and create identities. I loved every minute of it. So many people came forward to help. My mom worked hard with technical matters. She has always been the wind beneath my wings and my greatest cheerleader.
I am thrilled for many reasons. One, the work of this book brought many people together. That is what life is all about. We really do need one another. So many people helped this dream of mine come to life. You see, when I was in the second grade, I wanted to be an elementary grade teacher. That dream was not possible for me. One day in the early stages of writing the book, Janine said to me, “Melissa, what is the tool teachers use most?” I said books. Then she said, “what do many children use to learn?” I said books. Janine went on to say, “you are writing a book that children all over the world will enjoy. That makes you a teacher.” I smiled from ear to ear. Janine has a way of making dreams come true.
06-12-16 Choosing Hope, Moving Forward from Life’s Darkest Hours with Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis
Bio: Kaitlin Roig-Debellis is the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who saved her entire class of fifteen six- and-seven-year-olds from the tragic events that took place on December 14, 2012, by piling them into a single-occupancy bathroom within her classroom, mere feet from the brutal and indiscriminate massacre taking place outside the door. Since then, despite the unimaginably painful experiences she endured, she has chosen to share her experience with others, in the hope that they too can find light in dark moments.
Choosing Hope is a lot of things. A written witness to a tragedy that will never be forgotten. A gripping firsthand testament to the power of good over the power of destruction. An inspirational memoir by a brave young woman whose story is one of courage, heroism, faith, and resilience. And a celebration of all the people who make the choice to pass along their hope and positivity to young ones—parents, mentors, and especially teachers. There is no moving on, but there is always moving forward. And how we move forward is a choice.
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis is the Founder & Executive Director of Classes 4 Classes, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. Kaitlin founded Classes 4 Classes knowing that positive social change was needed, and that this needed to begin with the youngest members of our society, our K-8 students. Classes 4 Classes is a social networking tool, for every student in the United States to learn: compassion, caring, kindness, empathy, consideration, through active engagement. Classes 4 Classes has worked with over 1,000 students in 10 states. In 2015 they are expanding to all 50 states. www.Classes4Classes.org
Joining us: Kate Dagianis Psychologist and Guidance Counselor at MicroSociety Academy Charter School is the first C4C school in New Hampshire, enabled by our collaboration with The Kraft Family Foundation (Mr. Robert Kraft)
05-16-16 Deborah Beauvais Welcomes 16yr.old Izabela Comer and Musician Debara Bruhn Towt
Co-Host 16yr.old Izabela Comer
Izabela Comer is a high school student at Desert Hills who is also working on her Associates Degree with the Success Academy Program at Dixie State University. She is working towards a degree in the health field. She is an advocate for eating whole foods and practicing a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys going on hikes, dancing, kickboxing, doing meditations, and hitting the gym with her mom. All activities she uses to bring peace to her world, so that she can be an influence of peace in the lives of others. She is constantly encouraging herself and others around her to accept themselves for who they are, while they are striving to become better.
Izabela Shares: I enjoy accomplishing something difficult that requires me to step outside of my comfort zone. Only when brave enough to venture into the unknown can we learn and grow. How else are you supposed to make new friends if all strangers are assumed danger? How can we learn if failure doesn’t come first? I love my failures because they become my biggest successes. It’s the attitude I’m trying to adapt when addressing my failures. I try to celebrate all little things because if not, what is there to celebrate? The little things, lead to bigger successes so why not celebrate every milestone and take pride in everything already accomplished?
Musician, Angel Messenger, Debara Bruhn Towt
I am thriving while working with husband on our subterranean eco friendly garden sanctuary (Home) non-profit organization ~ In 2008 we were gifted branches of the Oklevueha Native American church Toquerville & Orderville. Grateful and Honored .We are releasing, The Second Genesis Passage to spontaneous Regeneration book on the website. The cutting edge for Your health & your Wellness… & much more .. WE ~ loving Eating Raw Whole Organic Foods (no animal products, a plant based diet, No supplements . Feeling great while growing Young Gracefully. http://callinallangels.com/
Debara Bruhn Towt, shares her musical sojourn into healing. Debara affirms “Each person has a song with a melody with unique sounds and words. It is not a song like any one else; it is a profound tapestry woven through the universe. I love to listen to the songs that come forth from each soul, for I am the always blessed & transformed by the grace that attends us. Yes, we are all connected”. Debara shares her experiences in life as a mother, who has lost her father to down wind radio active fallout in southern Utah, lost her brother to HIV related immune disorders, lost her second daughter to a rare birth defect that put her into an eight year coma, lost her oldest daughter to a single car roll over accident.