A Sister's Unwavering Love Spreads 10,000 Bands of Hope Across the Country.

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Sarah Kramm, Miss Continental Teen America 2005, is on a mission to help raise both funds and awareness for those less fortunate than herself.

17-year-old Sarah Kramm, Miss Continental Teen America 2005 made a commitment to spend 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 “People with Disabilities -- Orange Bands of Hope” with the message, “I am ABLE” at the annual “Shane’s Inspiration” gala in Beverly Hills, CA. Net proceeds from the sale of the $2.00 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 and the National Organization on Disabilities, NOD. Last week Sarah traveled to Los Angeles, CA home of Shane’s Inspiration to present them with the first check from her Orange Bands of Hope, and Sarah has another check to present to the National Organization on Disabilities.

“Sarah is a wonderful representative of today’s teen, she has a natural beauty inside and out and we are so thankful for all of the work that she is doing to further our mission at Shane’s Inspiration and help spread awareness for the disabled.” -- Tiffany Harris, Executive Director of Shane’s Inspiration.

“We live in a world where change implemented by a few dedicated individuals really can make a difference,” Sarah mentions. “My message goes beyond disabled rights. This is a critical issue -- we 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. And I hope this is the beginning of understanding, I know that there are 10,000 people wearing the bands and carrying this message and this thrills me to no end!”

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.

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