“Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love.” – Mother Teresa
On December 5th, 2015, several Life Leadership Members volunteered their time for the Life on Life Initiative through the Children’s Miracle Network to serve at the 13th Annual Research Thank You Party for the UC Davis MIND Institute in California.
The UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) is a collaborative international research center committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, care, and cures of neurodevelopmental disorders. They work with children and young adults ages birth to 22 years old with neurodevelopment disorders such as autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome and others.
The Thank You Party is designed to honor, recognize, and thank both research participants and their families for their dedication and involvement in critical research involving children. The celebration has grown from the first gathering of 200 people in 2003 to last year’s gathering of 1,200. The children vary from minor to severe levels of developmental disabilities. The families work hard all year long participating in clinical and behavioral studies.
This year’s event exceeded 1,300 people with over 150 volunteers supporting all of the activities. The party was a major success and a lot of fun and consisted of bounce houses, climbing walls, train rides, superheroes, craft booths, huge raffle prizes, musicians, food, singing and VIP’s.
“Life Leadership Members volunteered to serve food and beverages during the party. We set up the dining room, served food/beverages, and broke down and cleaned up the dining room. We also interacted with the children and their families throughout the event. Some of us drove almost 2 hours to get there but the distance was well worth it! Everyone had a blast!” – Moira Fitzgerald (Life Leadership Member)
“The children were all so polite and courteous. What a joy to watch their faces light up!” – April Campos (Life Leadership Member)
“I would like to do this again next year.” – Jason Ingram (Life Leadership Member)
“I am a comic fan so I enjoyed seeing all the comic book characters come to life and watching the children interact with them.” – Erwin Villanueva (Life Leadership Member)
Life Leadership is so proud and thankful for everyone who participated in this Life on Life Initiative from Team Concord, under the leadership of George and Jill Guzzardo. Your service and contribution made a difference for a lot of families!