Give Real Hair To A Child with Cancer

May 16, 2015

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Give Real Hair To A Child with Cancer

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Jonathan Farrant with the recipient of his donated hair through Wigs of Hope at the Centro Médico Ayúdame a Vivir Cancer Hospital in El Salvador, Central America. “I felt inspired to do something for this girl,” said Jonathan Farrant.

ORLANDO, Fla. – As a result chemotherapy, children with cancer lose their hair every day. Wigs of Hope, a nonprofit organization based in Orlando, Florida, provides an opportunity for donors to donate hair and money to make free wigs.

Hundreds of children with cancer lose their hair due to cancer. Wigs of Hope delivers the hair pieces to girls with cancer. Jonathan and Alicia Farrant founded Wigs of Hope in 2015 after learning about the need. Hairpieces were expensive for most children.

After visiting the children at the Centro Médico Ayúdame a Vivir Cancer Hospital in El Salvador, “I felt inspired to do something for this girl,” said Jonathan Farrant.

You can learn more about donating your hair and or how to donate money to make wigs by watching the video below and by visiting WigsofHope.org.

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Literacy Opens Up New Opportunities

April 1, 2015
Adult LIteracy League Workshop

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida Public Relations Association Orlando Area Chapter members Amanda Hidalgo, Chad Binette, Chris Gent, APR, CPRC, Gabriel Soltren, Jeannette Rivera-Lyles, Kacie Boniberger, Katarina dos Santos, Kerry Martin, APR, Laura Kern, APR, María Isabel Sanquírico, Michael McCarthy, and Roger Pynn, APR, CPRC developed a public relations plan for the Adult Literacy League of Central Florida.

Click here to learn more about the project.

The public relations plan provided strategies for social media, corporate partnerships, media relations, and communications.

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Florida Public Relations Association member María Isabel Sanquírico along with Dwayne Alers, and Joseph Sweredoski produced public service announcements with journalists including Anchor/Reporter George Estevez pictured above.

The Adult Literacy League serves around 900 students annualy in the Orange, Osceola and Seminole county coverage areas and recruits volunteer tutors. About 300 instructional volunteers provide 37 classes held mostly at libraries in the three-county area.

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Journalists Orealis Martinez, Soraya Galan, Farah Paret, Leo Reyes, Jorge Estevez, Paul Gamache, Iza Montalvo, Paula Machado, Rafael Palacios, and Velezka Gil produced public service announcements to inform language learners about the services of the Adult Literacy League of Central Florida.

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Leadership Summit Inspires Hundreds at The University of Central Florida

2014 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit Inspires Hundreds of Students, Educators, and Leaders at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida

Keynote Speaker Geraldo Rivera

Keynote Speaker Geraldo Rivera at the 2014 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit at the University of Central Florida.

Keynote Speaker Geraldo Rivera at the 2014 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit at the University of Central Florida.

More than 250 high school students, educators, and community leaders from Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties attended the educational summit.

October 6, 2014

Orlando, FL – Dr. Cyndia Morales, Assistant Director of Multicultural Support Services, greeted attendees of the 2014 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit on behalf of the University of Central Florida. “Education is the only thing that you have that nobody can take away from you,” said Dr. Morales. She stated that only 3 out of 1,000 Latinos earn a doctorate degree but, it is absolutely possible. “I have been there,” she said. More than 250 high school students, educators, and community leaders from Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties attended the educational summit.

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Jesús Omar Rivera, author of “Boricuazo Tu Orgullo Nacional,” speaks to students at the 2014 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit at the University of Central Florida.

Author Jesús Omar Rivera also known as “El Boricuazo” spoke at the Summit held on Monday, October 6 on the main campus of the University of Central Florida. “The avalanche of negative information about Puerto Rico in shocking,” said Rivera. “Everything you hear on radio, television, and the press is negative.” He told attendees that his fourth grade teacher once said, “We have to teach about Puerto Rico, but, unfortunately, there is not much to say about Puerto Rico.”

“Why didn’t the teacher tell us that the oldest government structure in all of America, from Canada to Chile, is the fortification in San Juan?” he said. “Why didn’t the teacher tell us that the oldest coat of arms in all of America, from Canada to Chile, is the Lamb of Puerto Rico?” Rivera found evidence to support that there is no other place in the world with similar size and population with as many contributions to humanity as the island of Puerto Rico.

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Lieutenant Colonel Olga E. Custodio, former United States Air Force officer and first female Hispanic U.S. military pilot speaks to students at the 2014 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida.

Olga E. Custodio, an American Airlines pilot for 20 years, spoke to the attendees about her experience as a female pilot. “My last airplane was the 767,” she said. “It was a man’s world. Passengers would ask me, Can I get a pillow? Can I get a blanket?” Custodio directed them to a flight attendant and let them know that she would fly them to their destination.

José Baez, trial attorney, introduced Television News Journalist Geraldo Rivera, to deliver the keynote address. Baez shared highlights of Rivera’s career including award winning investigative reports, interviews, and television programs.

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The National Puerto Rican Leadership Council Education Fund is an organization made up of Puerto Ricans – and individuals that identify with Puerto Rico – living in the United States. The mission of the NPRLCEF is to discover and then expose its members to new and exciting educational and business opportunities.

This initiative emerged as a consensus among community leaders of a need to promote education in diverse areas such as economic, political, and civic participation and advancement among Puerto Ricans. The main goal of the organization is to create an environment for Puerto Ricans and others living in the Mainland to network with business, government officials, and professional prospects that fit their personal and/or business profile.

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