17-year-old Maryland Resident, Sarah Kramm, Miss Continental Teen America 2005 Begins her Quest to Visit all Children’s Hospitals Around the Country on Aug. 23, 2005

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Sarah Kramm, Miss Continental Teen America 2005, a 17-year-old advocate for disabled will begin her year visiting children's hospitals. With entrepreneurial parents and a disabled sister, Kramm is using her public position to speak out in favor of disabled (and human) rights, as well as visiting as many children in hospitals as possible.

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 “People with Disabilities- Orange Bands of Hope” in March, 2005, 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 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.

“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.”

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.

To purchase a Band of Hope, visit http://www.findthecure.us. Sarah's complete biography can be found at http://www.sarahkramm.com


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