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Buddy Cruise Inc. is a non-profit charity that provides educational opportunities and resources for families, while promoting awareness, acceptance, inclusion and advancement for individuals with Down Syndrome.  Buddy Cruise is unique because it provides families with the opportunity to gain important information and also enables them to network with other families from across the globe that are in similar situations and form lasting bonds. 

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO) is the leading source information, support and referral assistance to families throughout 16 central Ohio counties. Our mission is to support families, promote community involvement and encourage a lifetime of opportunities for people with Down syndrome.  Our vision is for people with Down syndrome to achieve their fullest potential in an accepting and inclusive community. Get involved and do your part to show the world we are more alike than different!


A Heart For Honduras, Sarah Jones and the Central American Missions sponsored by Gloryland Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama works with orphans living in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras. Of the 100+ children, about 10% of the child population is special needs.  Sarah writes, "This last trip I made, I spent 3 months assisting a young 10-year old with Cerebral Palsy.  He is making wonderful progress, but more tools are needed to continue to feed his fine motor skills.   I refuse to accept the fact that just because these children are growing up in a third-world country, that their lives have to be void of opportunities, rich learning experiences, and creative adventures!"  (Crayon Rocks agrees!)  Want to help?  Click on A Heart For Honduras and email Sarah.

Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc. (BDRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides parents and expectant parents with information about birth defects and support services for their children. BDRC has a parent-matching program that links families who have children with similar birth defects. BDRC also sponsors the National Birth Defect Registry, a research project that studies associations between birth defects and exposures to radiation, medication, alcohol, smoking, chemicals, pesticides, lead, mercury, dioxin and other environmental toxins. Each year, BDRC responds to thousands of birth defect information requests from all over the world. BDRC's on-line environmental health updates provide thousands of parents, professionals and organizations with daily news on the latest birth defect research. BDRC's birth defect information is also available by phone: (407) 566-8304, 9-5 EST, Mon-Fri or mail by writing to BDRC, 800 Celebration Ave, Suite 225, Celebration FL 34747

Leukemia Research Foundation  was established in Chicago in 1946.In those 65 years ago, the Leukemia Research Foundation has raised more than $52 million in pursuit of their goals: To conquer leukemia, lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndromes. Their strategy to achieve these vitally important ambitions is to fund worldwide medical research into the causes and cures of blood cancers, provide patient financial assistance and offer educational/emotional support programs patients, family members, caregivers and medical professionals.  The LRF provides research grants to scientists around the world, funding New Investigators - individuals who are beginning to establish their own laboratories and are no longer under the tutelage of a senior scientist mentor.  These one year grants are $100,000 each, an impressive amount, allows innovative scientists to act on their ideas, and try new procedures and experiments that they hope will lead to significant breakthroughs. Although leukemia is still the #1 cause of death by disease in children, progress can be seen in the survival rates for leukemia and lymphoma patients. Since 1960, the survival rate for adults diagnosed with leukemia has tripled, and the survival rate for children up to the age of five with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), has skyrocketed from 4 percent to more than 90 percent.  Crayon Rocks' support for LRF is dedicated in memory of our friend, Robert Kelley, University of Miami, Math Professor, Florida Audubon President and spider aficionado. 

IAVQCC: the Iowa Voice for Quality Child Care dedicated to improving the education and lives of preschool children.
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