Bret Michaels IS something to believe in!


I have been very fortunate in my role as Junior Officer in Command at Celebrate Virginia Live to meet some wonderful artists. I have enjoyed sharing their stories on my blog and how they have used their success to pay it forward.

Last night was one of the first times I actually became emotional when meeting an artist. When I met Bret Michaels I felt my eyes fill with water and a lump form in my throat. We have both been through similar things medically and just sharing that bond and talking about friends and family with diabetes overwhelmed me. I think if he had time we would have talked for hours. He gives big hugs that just make you feel comforted.

My mom summed it up and said, “He is truly genuine”. I had to ask her what that means. She explained that it means you believe in the message you are spreading and really care about the impact you are making and the people you are touching.

Every winter my Children’s Hospital /Children’s Miracle Network of Richmond holds a Radio-A-Thon. Last year Darius Rucker and The Band Perry gave me items to donate to the silent auction. I was thrilled when Bret Michaels signed a “Chance Dog” for this year’s event. Bret said he was touched I was thinking of others.

I know a lot of people think I am “lucky” because I attend all these concerts and stand on stage with the radio stations, but for me it is about bringing the community together. It’s about giving back and being thankful for all I have been through. I can bring awareness. I have a VOICE that needs to be HEARD!

That is why Project 324 is important to me. Project 324 is about bringing the arts and the community together. Giving kids a chance to live a dream by getting on stage and singing the National Anthem, or a local band getting a venue to showcase their music. Project 324 is about paying it forward. Giving those in our community a chance to use their talents to make a difference in the world. Helping a filmmaker finish that film, providing a scholarship for a child to take music lessons, sponsoring a sports team, or inviting local charities to spread their messages. Every person who comes out to a show is part of making a difference.

Rocking out an RV with Bret is still on my “Bucket List”, but I am not lucky I am blessed that I am part of a family at CVL that allows me to help pay if forward and promote the spirit of giving back to our community through Project 324. You are never too young to make a difference.



“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; we can start now, start slowly changing the world!” – Anne Frank (diary entry, 1944)


PBS 20013 Online Film Festival – Please Vote for Live Art


The film “Live Art” is very special and deserves for everyone to watch and VOTE. As a spokesperson for the Celebrate Virginia Live Project 324, this is an initiative we are supporting. Performing Arts have helped me. After my stroke, I took dance lessons to work on my balance and coordination. This grew into me learning how to act and model. It helped my confidence soar. Take a moment and just watch. Help spread the word on twitter, Facebook, or email.

Support the Children’s Miracle Network – Enjoy LemonAID!

I hope everyone can make it this Saturday or Sunday to the Wal-Mart on Rt17 in Fredericksburg. My family is hosting an Anthem LemonAID Stand. All money raised supports the Oncology and Hematology Clinic at our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

All donations will be accepted. If you can’t make it and still would like to contribute, you can mail a check to:

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Attn: Anthem LemonAid
2924 Brook Road
Richmond, VA 23220

I have a friend I met volunteering, another advocate, that is currently in remission from childhood cancer. I have met so many brave kids going through some incredible journeys. I will continue to be their voice.

And yes, I am in the commercial!