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Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 5/18/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

If you met Katherine Taylor you would see a vibrant and creative muralist and fine artist. What you wouldn’t see is the rare disorder that causes her impaired immune system to produce fewer antibodies than she needs to fight off bacteria and viruses.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 5/4/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

There was a time when most Americans lived in small towns and the ties that bound them together were strong. When illness or tragedy struck, neighbors would rally to one another’s aid without a second thought — whether to leave food on a doorstep, join a barn-raising or shelter an orphaned child.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 4/20/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Among Orange County's many treasures, the exemplary network of local nonprofit organizations may be our most valuable asset. But fulfilling a charitable mission year after year is like running a marathon that never ends. To be successful, nonprofits must have the right team behind them. They have to hit “mile markers” to demonstrate their progress. They fuel their efforts with the time, talent and treasure of their donors and board leaders. And a large crew of volunteers cheers them on, running by their side every step of the way. 

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 4/6/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Remember the joy of digging your tiny fingers into soft dirt and imagining you were a jungle explorer? Or the freedom of climbing a tree in your yard to survey your little corner of the world from a lofty perch? Whether or not we realized it, these outdoor activities—the staple of many of our childhoods—were powerfully fueling our sense of wonderment with the world, inspiring our creativity and developing our critical-thinking skills. 

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 3/23/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

By age 3, Adelynn’s world had begun to grow silent. Not only did the fun-loving tot suffer from progressive sensory-neural hearing loss, she belonged to a population of children who did not show their disability outwardly. Addie’s seemingly “normal” development enveloped the toddler and her family in another kind of silence — the vacuum created when critical needs remain undiscovered and unmet.
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