Fearless Frontiers with Adrianne Haslet

12-06-17  Fearless Frontiers with Adrianne Haslet

Adrianne Haslet is an active blade runner, dancer, adventurer, and a fierce global advocate for amputee rights. Growing up in her parent’s independent bookstore with her two older brothers, she learned the meaning of hard work, commitment, and sticking to your dreams. At an early age, Adrianne decided she wanted to be Ginger Rogers when she grew up. Sticking to that dream with the support of an artistic family, she struggled but was able to make that dream a reality. The quote rings true to anyone seeking success in their own lives “When someone tells you it cannot be done, it’s more of a reflection of their limitations, not yours.”

During her recovery, Adrianne was determined to turn tragedy into opportunity to help others. She has become a strong voice for the amputee community, supporting organizations that share her value for helping others.This journey began shortly after losing her leg, when Adrianne was connected with Limbs for Life.

As she learned about their mission and was drawn to their shared passion and contacted them to get involved. Since that first call, Adrianne has dedicated herself to direct fundraising and advocacy for Limbs for Life, donating fly miles and hotel points, giving speeches on their behalf, and encouraging others to give the gift of mobility.

Adrianne’s story came full circle in 2016, when she herself ran the Boston Marathon on behalf of Limbs for Life, raising over $25,000 to support their work. She inspired thousands of spectators along the route, particularly when she triumphantly – and defiantly – crossed the finish line. www.adriannehaslet.com

Invisible Courage with Filomena Tripp

11-01-17  Invisible Courage with Filomena Tripp

Filomena Tripp had a dream, ad dream she held in her heart for a very long time. That dream was to write a book that told the story of her life in a way that would inspire people to live the life they were created to live. There were hundreds of situations along her journey that suggested she should give up. Giving up was not an option for Filomena. Her book, Invisible Courage, was not written to simply fulfill a dream. It was written to fulfill a mission. She recalls hearing the stories of how she would not live beyond her toddler years. Words of doubt, ridicule and rejection echo in her mind. All along the way, Mrs Tripp heard the voice of the One who created her. That voice deep within her heart has always been her guiding light. While many people along the way discounted the value of her live, many people offered her their assistance. Throughout life she learned a great deal about pain. That pain showed her the way to love. Throughout life she learned of sorrow. That gave way to joy.  Throughout life Filomena was shown defeat. Those lessons gave rise to success. If you enjoy a story that lifts the spirit, Invisible Courage is for you. If you have faced any challenge whatsoever, this book is for you. If your heart longs for a powerful transformational story, you will find it between the pages of Invisible Courage.

Bio: Filomena Tripp was born in October 8, 1955 in Sao Miguel, Azores, She lives in New Bedford, Massachusetts with her husband, James. She  is an Independent Living Specialist at Southeast Center for Independent Living in Fall River, Massachusetts.

She has spoken at numbers conferences and rallies, including Sao Miguel, Azores where she spoke before a large gathering of disabled children and their families. She works tirelessly for people with disabilities, encouraging many to live life to their fullest potential.

Filomena received awards from The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commision and Southeast Center for Independent Living.

Filomena Tripp can be contacted at filatprayer@comcast.net
Please learn more at filomenatripp.blogspot.com

Knocking your Dream out of the Park! with Brian Fox

10-04-17 Knocking your dream out of the park!

Brian Fox is a nationally-renowned artist specializing in painting athletes & celebrities. His forte and passion centers on sports and music but his ability and experience extend far beyond that scope. Brian has painted some of the biggest icons of our time, including the late Jackie Robinson, Keith Richards, Derek Jeter, Jim Morrison, Mark Wahlberg, Gene Simmons, Johnny Depp, Muhammad Ali, and Mixed Martial Arts Champion Georges St-Pierre, to name just a few.

Over the course of Brian’s 20-year career, Brian has forged numerous relationships with athletes and organizations such as Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett, Ryan Howard, the Major League Baseball Players Association, the National Hockey League, Rachel Robinson and many more in order to raise substantial money for their favorite charitable organizations, including the ALS Association, Major League Baseball Players Trust, Josh Beckett Foundation, Ryan Howard Family Foundation, Providence College, Hockey Fights Cancer and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Brian has been selected as the official commemorative artist for Major League Baseballs 2007, 2008 and 2009 All Star Games, as well as the official artist for the 2007 World Series, held in Boston. In 2009, he was hired to produce Original Artist Sketch Cards for TOPPS popular Series 1 Baseball Cards. Brian completed the sketches of forty (40) current and retired legendary baseball players, including Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Hamilton, and Ichiro Suzuki. Also in 2009 & 2010, Brian was commissioned by the NHL to produce original artwork for the 2010 & 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on January 1 where Brian’s artwork was featured on the cover of the limited edition game day program.

A highlight in Brian’s career, in anticipation for the 2010 Olympics, and 30th Anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice”, Brian collaborated with Olympic hero Jim Craig to create a collection of original artwork commemorating the 30 year anniversary of Miracle on Ice. The first release, a portrait of Craig draped in the American flag. Brian was also commissioned by a private collector to produce a one-of-a-kind collectors portrait commemorating the 30-year anniversary of Miracle on Ice. The portrait was signed by all members of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team, including Craig.

Brians impeccable draftsmanship, attention to detail and uncanny ability to capture the look of his subjects keep his masters of art in high demand. Brian is prominently featured in numerous celebrity events and high-profile charity benefits, always promoting his altruism and passion for expressive, visual art. Brian Foxs artwork exhibits and sells throughout the United States. http://www.brianfoxstudios.com/

Dealing with Onset Alzheimer’s and Turning Grief into Action with Rose Grant

09-06-17  Dealing with Onset Alzheimer’s and Turning Grief into Action with Rose Grant

About the Author Rose Grant earned a BS and MS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts.  She also holds certificates in Teacher Mentoring from the University of Massachusetts and in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

In retirement, Rose spends her time gardening, quilting, traveling and as a volunteer with the Alzheimer Association, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the Trustees of Reservations.  She was a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul-Living with Alzheimer’s & other Dementias.

Residing in southeastern Massachusetts, she now shares her home with her two cats, Will and Grace.