Potomac, MD (PRWEB) August 22, 2005
With resounding appeal and a focused mission for change 17-year-old Sarah Kramm, Miss Continental Teen America 2005, made a commitment to spend her year traveling to all of the Children's Hospitals in the country.
Sarah wants to bring a ray of hope and sunshine to those who are facing tough times and are less fortunate than herself. Ms Kramm is also spending her year spreading awareness of the limitations faced by children with disabilities.
As the older sibling of now 13-year-old Hadley, diagnosed in infancy with cerebral palsy, Sarah witnessed, first-hand, the disrespect and misunderstandings toward those with physical or developmental disabilities, and indirectly experienced the social stigma of being excluded from normal childhood playground activities.
Working with http://www.findthecure.us, Sarah launched her ÂPeople with Disabilities- Orange Bands of HopeÂ in March, 2005, with the message, ÂI am ableÂ at the annual ÂShane's InspirationÂ gala in Beverly Hills, CA. Net proceeds from the sale of the $2 Orange Bands of Hope are donated to Shane's Inspiration, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help communities create fully-inclusive playgrounds for all children.
Sarah's commitment to visit the various hospitals begins with her trip to Miami Children's Hospital on Aug. 23, 2005.
ÂWe live in a world where change implemented by a few dedicated individuals really can make a difference,Â Sarah mentions. ÂMy message goes beyond disabled rights. This is a critical issue Âwe need to accept and embrace the uniqueness of every individual worldwide. With universal tolerance and a collective spirit, we can eradicate the negativity that our society is stricken with.Â
An honors student at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD, Sarah follows in the entrepreneurial footsteps of her parents. Her father, Kenny, created the INC. 500 bio-tech company, FLAVORx, as a response to his younger daughter's unwillingness to swallow life-saving, bad-tasting medicine. Her mom, Shelley, was the designer and driving force behind the construction of 200 fully-inclusive playgrounds around the country.