Happy 13th Birthday Megan!

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Megan,

I have hijacked your blog to wish you a very happy birthday. You have brought us so much happiness and joy over the years. Words cannot describe how much we love you. Watching you grow up has been fun and entertaining. You have been through so much in your short life and yet you face it all with courage and a smile.

Everyone that meets you loves the light that you bring into his or her life. You have such a big voice. You lend it to such great causes and you bring awareness to those around you.  You inspire me everyday.

I know you are excited to be a teenager. Enjoy these years have fun and make good choices. You star shines bright and you don’t just follow your dreams you run after them.

We love you,

Mom, Dad, and Alec

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Spring has Sprung!

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Time to start getting busy. I love Spring. The weather is just right. Not hot, not cold. This also means charity season will be in full force. I love raising awareness. I truly believe this is my calling. I like bringing people together. I plan on blogging a lot about my events. My blog is called “Megs in the ‘burg” because I am a local girl who wants to highlight the great things our community has to offer.  I hope you will share this blog and also follow me on twitter.

Celebrate Virginia Live is not only a great concert series they support the “ARTS” through the charity Project 324. One of the projects they are supporting is a local Fredericksburg Filmmaker, Paul Lewis, and his Kickstarter campaign to make a movie called “Ford Madox Ford: A Man Mad About Writing”.  I also had an earlier post about the PBS Online Film Festival “Live Art”. It is very important we keep the arts alive. It must be encouraged and never discouraged. Everyone keeps asking me if I know who is coming this concert season. I won’t know until you do. I know the suspense is killing you, but I have no doubt the CVL team will bring another amazing season for 2013.

I do know we have some new sponsors that you should check out. One is Legends Sports Grille. This is my kind of sponsor because I love food. Especially MAC and CHEESE. Legends is an authorized ticket vendor for Celebrate Virginia Live. If you have a business that is interested in being a sponsor for the 2013 concert season, go to the CVL website and sign up.

If you have been following me for awhile you know I am a patient at Children’s Hospital of Richmond/VCU. I love giving back to the hospital. Many don’t realize that Children’s Hospital has a satellite location here in Fredericksburg. I help raise awareness for ALL medical conditions and Children’s Miracle Network of Richmond. Next week we have a meeting to kick off the fundraising season.

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I hope that you all will enjoy my postings. If you have a local business and would like a shout out, let me know.

Love……Megs ♥

Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen

Yesterday was Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen stores all over the country. Proceeds of $1 or more from every Blizzard treat purchased at participating DQ stores were donated to Children’s Miracle Network.

I was invited by Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) of Richmond  to visit the Dairy Queen, located at 5115 Mudd Tavern Rd, Thornburg, VA, to partake in a Blizzard treat.

Imagine my surprise when I walked in and it was a party in my honor. I was so touched. I was named the Champion Child for that location. I was greeted by the owners, managers, staff and a giant inflatable Oreo blizzard. They showered me with gifts and made me the superstar of the day. Rachel and Amy from CMN Richmond came and bought my family a Blizzard treat and shared in my special day. They were spending the day traveling all over honoring Champion Children and their families.

Their energy makes me want to work harder at being an advocate and encouraging people to make a difference.

For the record, a Cookie Dough Blizzard makes for an excellent lunch!

Big Success for Children’s Miracle Network!

Megs at the LemonAID Stand Weather and last minute scheduling conflicts could not keep us down!  We managed to raise $681 for Children’s Miracle Network over the two days of the LemonAID stand fundraiser.  I’m really happy about that.

My mom and I were out there all day, and even though most people were happy to donate without accepting a drink, we still managed to run through our entire supply.  I want to thank everyone that came out to support the cause!  Your donations will help bring some happiness into the lives of some very sick children.

68 and Rainy Does Not Move a lot of Lemonade

Alec at the LemonAID StandIt’s a little discouraging that in a summer with temperatures routinely over 100 degrees, the temperature on day one of the LemonAID stand is 68…  And it’s raining.

Late yesterday, I got a call from my agent to do a photoshoot for Junior Achievement down in Richmond.  She has been hustling to find stuff for me, and I didn’t want to let her down, but this put me in a bind for Children’s Miracle Network.  My brother Alec stepped up!  He’s manning the stand all day today.  He’s cold, and wet, and I want to thank him for covering for me!

Alec, you’re the BEST!

I’ll be at the stand all day tomorrow, on Sunday.  In the meantime, please go say hello to my brother at the Walmart on Route 17, and make a donation.  Do it for the cold, wet kid!

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!