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10-Year-Old CEO with Cerebral Palsy Makes a Difference in Local Community

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Keith's Ice Cold Lemonade Stand

Keith Boyd and Arthur Greeno

One special boy is doing incredible things in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Keith Boyd, 10, is currently on a mission to raise $250,000 this summer for The Little Light House, a local development center for children with special needs. Keith was born with non-verbal cerebral palsy and went to school at the center until age 6. He is now able to verbally communicate after receiving the Tobii EyeMobile as a gift from The Little Light House. The tool allows users to type a message by interpreting the gaze of their eyes, which is then read aloud. The Tobii is just one of many new tools to help kids with disabilities

And while the gift of communication is invaluable, Boyd is doing what he can to give back.

“[The Little Light House] has done so much for me; I want to give back so other kids can go to that school without paying any money,” he said.

But raising that amount of money in one summer is no easy feat, so Keith crafted a business plan to set up lemonade stands around his community. He presented the plan to Thrive15, an online educational resource for entrepreneurs. Moved by his proposal, local businessman Arthur Greeno stepped in to help make this charitable idea a reality.

Now, Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand is open for business.

Thanks to donations from local businesses, he’s off to a good start. Before the first lemonade stand opened, $70,000 had already been raised through donations. The local Chick-Fil-A franchise, owned by Greeno, also donated lemons. In his list of ingredients, Keith noted he would require lemons, water, and hugs to make the summer favorite. It can’t get any sweeter than that!

Check out Keith’s website to learn more about his mission, to donate, or to just read some good news. Because you know what they say: When life hands you lemons…

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Experts: Wide ‘Autism Spectrum’ May Explain Diagnosis Surge
During the briefing for reporters Thursday on the CDC’s latest findings that one in 88 children in the U.S. (one in 54 boys) has a diagnosis of some brain disorder that falls on the “autism spectrum,” there was a polite but revealing dust up. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conceded –in response to a question– that the increase in cases could be the result in changes in the way such disorders are diagnosed.

Recording Catches Teachers Mistreating Special Needs Student
Two Alabama teachers have been put on administrative leave after the mother of a 10-year-old student with cerebral palsy attached an audio recorder to the bottom of his wheelchair and caught them scolding him about drooling, among other things.

Bringing Up an E-Reader
It may take a generation to know for sure whether e-books are better for children than regular books.

Impatient Parents Tend to Bring Up Unruly Toddlers
According to new research, how mothers and fathers react when their children test their limits may have a lasting effect on their development.

‘Cinnamon Challenge,’ Popular with Teens, Proves Risky
It’s a relatively simple dare, but teens are sending themselves to the hospital by attempting the “cinnamon challenge.”

First Divorce Expo in U.S. Aims to ‘Empower’ Attendees
Exhibitors will showcase services to help people dealing with the divorce process.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

After Arrest, a Wider Inquiry on SAT Cheating
When Samuel Eshaghoff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Emory University, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly accepting money to take the SAT for six Long Island high school students, testing officials said it was an isolated event. But school officials and prosecutors disagree, and a continuing investigation is focusing on other schools and students.

Does Fatherhood Make You Healthy?
A new study says being a dad decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease. Anneli Rufus on whether having a baby can lengthen your life—if the 3 a.m. feedings don’t kill you first.

10 Years of Hope, Trying to Save Abandoned Newborns
When Bloomington police officers pulled a newborn baby from a toilet early Sunday, it was the first time in more than a year that an unwanted Illinois infant had been left in a potentially dangerous place.

Fish Oil Pills Don’t Improve Kids’ Braininess
Despite some evidence that taking fish oil pills during pregnancy can help children’s brain development, a new study suggests that the supplements make no difference in measures of intellect when the kids are six years old.

Faith-healing Couple Found Guilty in Baby’s Death
In front of a packed courtroom Thursday afternoon, a jury found a faith-healing couple guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of their newborn, who died hours after his birth in 2009.

Colds and Stomach Bugs Not Tied to Cerebral Palsy
Despite concerns that a mother’s infections during pregnancy may raise her baby’s risk of cerebral palsy, common colds and stomach flu were not tied to the birth defect in a new study.

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Meet Our Newest Blogger: Ellen Seidman

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Ellen Seidman

Ellen Seidman had been looking forward to having a child since she was one herself. “I had a history only of baby love” she wrote on her blog Love That Max. But after a healthy full-term pregnancy, Seidman’s son Max had a stroke at birth and was left with cerebral palsy.

Although Max’s diagnosis changed her life, she hasn’t let it slow her down. Seidman has held senior positions at many magazines, is currently a freelance magazine editor and has found time for a new Parents.com blog To The Max. She writes about the misperceptions people have about children with special needs and how her family tackles them. Seidman does not want pity for her son or the rest of her family, husband Dave and daughter Sabrina, 6, but she does ask one thing: Say “hi.”

Check out Seidman’s new blog To The Max (and don’t forget to say “hi”)!

Meet our other featured bloggers:

Heather Morgan Shott, High Chair Times

Richard Rende, Red-hot Parenting

Jill Cordes, Of F I Sing

Check out all the blogs!

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