How Can You Be Thankful After Your Child Dies?

Hopefully, I’m not the only one that spends this time of year reflecting. We are expected to focus on those things for which we are thankful. Sometimes, I think it is too easy, almost cliche, for us share our expressions of thanks. Our kids get trained in this skill beginning...

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Doc in the Box

“Think outside the box.” This cliche is uttered countless times inside agencies and corporations around this country. I don’t think it is heard too many times inside hospitals or medical practices. However, it should be. There is a big disconnect between the medical community and lay people. We don’t speak the...

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Who Will Apologize on Election Day?

There’s a good chance that this title will scare everyone away. We’re all sick of campaigns. However, this one isn’t political. Today, Simon’s Fund was invited to make a presentation to the employees of Johnson & Johnson during their United Way Campaign kickoff. Adam Kaye, board member and employee at...

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The True Test of an Olympic Athlete

This morning, I was lying in bed watching handball, fencing and table tennis. My first thought was “The fencing uniform really isn’t conducive to selling replica jerseys at Dick’s Sporting Goods. They’re missing a huge marketing opportunity.”  Then I wondered, why the hell am I watching these sports? I know...

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If only . . . then.

I’m not big of the “if only . . . then” game. This can be played in many ways, some more trivial than others. If they had only changed the pitcher in the seventh. If we had only taken the backroads instead of the highway. If we had only gotten...

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A Tale of Three Kiddies

We just added another student to Simon’s Club, the Kids’ Stories section of our website.  It got me thinking . . . . Like many of you, I read A Tale of Two Cities in high school.  I attended Sycamore High School in Cincinnati.  As hard as it is to believe,...

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Science Proves the Need for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

Earlier this month, a study was published in the Journal of American Board of Family Medicine.  The study finds that 72% of all students that experienced sudden cardiac arrest exhibited symptoms.  This number is much higher than previously thought.  The study also confirms that many of the symptoms are ignored...

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Is Summer Camp Like Heaven?

Last weekend, thousands of families were reorganized (albeit temporarily), as children left for summer camp. For families that participate in this ritual, it is viewed as a tremendous gift, and an opportunity to learn independence. For those that don’t participate, it can be viewed as an odd – who sends...

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Enjoy your Flight

Every day across America, millions of people board airplanes for commercial travel.  In 2011, 632,000,000 people took to the skies in our country.  Interestingly, not one of those passengers is allowed to fly without hearing these words:  “insert the clasp into the buckle; the nearest exit may be behind you; the lights on...

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The Universe Did Right

No one would have blamed me for hating the world after Simon died.  After all, life was not fair.  My baby died before me and that’s just never supposed to happen.  The universe was not working . . . . As I stood next to Representative Mike Vereb and Governor...

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