Friday, July 6, 2012

Girl Power

We celebrated the 4th of July by watching "A League of Their Own" with our neighbors at the Moore Family Outdoor Theatre (which is a screen we hang on the side of the house). It was a lovely night, complete with gourmet popcorn, popsicles, and fireworks down the street. If you've never seen the movie or read anything about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, you really should. Talk about Girl Power!

Georgia in her official AAGPBL t-shirt. Good advice, by the way.

Outdoor movies and veggie corndogs? Ivy likes it, likes it, yes she does.

My great aunt, Ruth "Tex" Lessing - AAGPBL all-star catcher 
and coach of my short-live Bad News Bears CYO softball team.

Often described as "cute as a bug's ear," she was once thrown out of a game
for punching an umpire. The fans raised $2000 to pay her $100 fine,
and the ump wrote her an apology.

As I mentioned last week, while there is a lot going on in the healthcare world at the moment, one thing we want to highlight is the passage of the Creating Hope Act. Because you made your voices heard to your Senators and House Representatives, this Act was passed as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act and now just awaits President Obama's signature. This is the first time Congress has passed legislation addressing the dire need for new drugs developed expressly for children with cancer or other other life-threatening illnesses, and you helped make it happen! Thank you! With these measures in place, the hope is that researchers can develop safer, more effective drugs for these kids and avoid dangerous drug shortages. Nancy Goodman with Kids v Cancer was instrumental in the creation of this Act and the momentum behind it, so go visit their site if you want to see real passion in action. True Girl Power.

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