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IMG_7603Considering, in America, every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and every 13 minutes a woman succumbs to the terrible disease, chances are you know someone who has been affected by it, or have faced a grim diagnosis yourself. Such troubling statistics are discouraging, but often in the midst of despair comes courage, support and camaraderie. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is dedicated to providing a glimmer of hope for survivors, friends, family and all those eagerly working toward a cure. IMG_7607

The PowerDMS team was thrilled to participate, for the third year in a row, in the Central Florida Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K. It was inspiring to witness hundreds of runners unite to dedicate the race to a loved one affected by breast cancer. Beautiful weather, tons of positive energy and a great group made this run a blast. To make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Central Florida, visit their website at www.komencentralflorida.org.

IMG_7681Ronald McDonald House and their residents have captured our hearts, time and time again. Whenever there’s an opportunity to serve dinner and catch up with residents, we excitedly start planning. This time was no different. We met amazing families with heartwarming stories of hope and optimism, amidst long, draining days and weeks spent at the hospital at their children’s side. The Give Back Committee (GBC) is beyond grateful to offer a warm meal, be able to put a smile on their faces and provide words of encouragement.

The Ronald McDonald House’s kitchen was under construction, leading to a little improvisation this time around, IMG_7679which translated to Chick-fil-A platters. A sweet eleven-year-old resident even took the time to draw us a special thank you card. What a rewarding experience! To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House of Central Florida and ways to give back, check out their website at www.ronaldmcdonaldhouseorlando.org.

Children’s educational efforts are extremely important to us. We believe that every child deserves the gift of learning and excelling in school. While state standardized testing becomes increasingly difficult, textbook budgets are slashed and teachers struggle to keep pace with their outlined curriculums. The GBC received a request to provide financial assistance for reading resources at Indialantic Elementary School in Indialantic, Florida. We felt extremely fortunate to help purchase Florida Ready books that will assist with each student’s specific needs. To learn more about Indialantic Elementary and ways to donate, click here to visit their website.