TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) -
Attention: Health and Parenting Editors
THREE TO BE, Canada's only charity dedicated to the advancement of research, education and therapies for children with neurological disorders, is thrilled to announce the launch of its Parent Advocacy Link (PAL). PAL is the only initiative of its kind in Canada and will be a valuable resource for thousands of families across the country who have children with neurological disorders. The free resource is available at http://www.threetobe.org/pal/.
"THREE TO BE's PAL program was created to offer support and guidance to empower parents to become the strongest advocates for their children," says Dana Florence, co-founder of THREE TO BE.
THREE TO BE was started in 2010 with the intention of raising funds to research treatments and therapies that would provide children, with neurological disorders, options that could enhance their future. In a short time, the foundation also realized that there was a great need to help and empower the parents of these special children, and this is how THREE TO BE's PAL program came to be.
Through the THREE TO BE website (www.threetobe.org), PAL will provide an abundance of information to equip parents, families, and caregivers with the tools necessary to educate themselves and advocate for their family. Moving forward, PAL also plans on adding a series of programs such as organized peer support meetings, online forums, community resource links, speakers, and more. Through the ambassador program, PAL will help to connect more experienced parents with newer parents facing specific challenges, in the hopes of giving advice or lending an ear.
"Just like all parents, these families are filled with utter excitement for the arrival of their new baby, but when they are told that their child has a condition, whether it's Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or another form of a neurological condition, their world has forever changed," says Brenda Agnew, Director of Parent Advocacy Link. "I am very excited to be involved with THREE TO BE's PAL initiative. If only this resource had been available when my son was diagnosed with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy 4 years ago, it would have saved mine and my family's life from a lot of frustration, confusion and loneliness. I look forward to having the opportunity to assist as many other families as possible while they navigate their journey through the special needs world."
For more information about THREE TO BE and the Parent Advocacy Link (PAL) please visit www.threetobe.org.
About THREE TO BE
THREE TO BE was founded in 2010 by Jared and Dana Florence. Jared and Dana are the proud parents of 4-year-old triplets - Taylor, Cole and Brody - who were each diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, a class of brain injury from birth that has no known cure. Overwhelmed and shocked by the diagnosis, but at once motivated by love, Dana and Jared made a decision to turn this potentially devastating situation into one of hope and empowerment. This is how THREE TO BE was born.
THREE TO BE is Canada's only registered charity dedicated to raising awareness and funds for research and therapy of a broad spectrum of children's neurological disorders, which range from Cerebral Palsy to Autism. THREE TO BE is proud to support the Hospital for Sick Children, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the March of Dimes Canada. The Florence's have the utmost hope that their children and the organization itself will reach heights that were never thought imaginable. For more information, visit www.threetobe.org.