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Talking about guns violence to our kids








The Two sides of MARIA ALEJANDRA REQUENA: A Mom and a Journalist




sponsored by iSwim Academy



SWIMMING LESSONS WITH coach Nick and iSwim Academy



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ANA VEIGAMILTON a mother who Inspires


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This issue is called “The Power of a Mother’s Love”


and is dedicated to all the wonderful mothers. Being a mom is not easy. When you want to get pregnant, sometimes it is more difficult than you think. Carrying the baby for nine months and felling their movements inside you, and then they are born and the journey begins! Your life and the way you see life will change forever. You don’t appreciate the meaning of a mother until you have your own kids and you know that you will give your life for them. When I found out I was pregnant a friend of mine told me to rest now because even when your kids are thirty years old your thoughts are with them. Now my kids are 6 and 2 but I’m sure she was right. I am constantly thinking about them. In this issue we interview Maria Alejandra Requena. We are going to talk about her two sides, a mother and a journalist. Also, we have an interview with Ana VeigaMilton, a mother who inspires through her charitable causes. After the heartbreaking tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School we decided to have an article called “Talking about gun violence to our kids”. All our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those families affected by this tragedy. You are not sure if what you are feeding your kids is healthy? Read the article “Cancer Protective Food Tips for Your Family” to find out. And because we want your kids to enjoy the summer, we have “Miami Kids Summer Camp Guide #2” Happy Mother’s Day to all of you beautiful mothers and thanks for all you do for your kids. Only another mom can relate to how hard our job is raising kids. A special thanks for the best mom and grandmother in the world, my mother.

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By Diane Landsberg

reparing, not scaring our children about gun violence is needed now more than ever. Using age-appropriate words and explanations is critical. It is important to assure them that they can express any concern they may have and that you will always answer as best and honestly as you can. Superintendent of Miami-Dade Schools, Alberto Carvalho, wrote a powerful, touching letter to all parents, “On February 14, 2018, the Broward County community experienced a heartbreaking tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School. Through a shameless act of violence committed in the sanctuary of a school building, 17 students and staff


members lost their lives. Dozens of others were injured, and many more have been left with emotional trauma from the events that transpired that day. The recent events in Broward County have undoubtedly devastated our community and the entire nation. While we hold our loved ones close and attempt to heal from this tragedy, I want to assure you that the safety of students remains our highest priority. You can support us in protecting our schools by reporting any suspicious activity to 305-995-COPS(2677) or 305-471-TIPS (8477). Remember, if you see something, say something. I trust that our collective efforts can help keep our children safe.”

Powerful words from Mahatma Gandhi “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”

I have four grandchildren in elementary school and two in high school. I had several conversations with the younger ones following the tragic incident to inquire what they knew, thought and felt. We focused on the positives which included mentioning the heroes and the first responders that rushed the injured to the hospitals and how brave the teachers and students were. They

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now think it is good that the classrooms are locked after the bell rings. I also asked them if they knew of any homes that had a gun. (Fortunately they said no). I suggest that before your child goes to a friend’s house for a playdate or party, you ask the other parent if there is a weapon in their home and if it is safely secured. To be clear, this is not about the controversial topic of gun control. It is about safety. If your child had a food allergy you would be diligent about informing everyone. Asking about a gun is also critical. I am the former CEO of the non-profit, The NonViolence Project which under my leadership for 18 years reached over 700,000 students with violence prevention programs. We focused on increasing selfesteem and self-worth in our youngest citizens which set the path to positive selfdirected behavior. I am proud that thousands of students signed our Peace Pledge: My behavior will set an example for others, and I will seek harmony for myself, my family, my school and my community.
I pledge to be a peaceful person in all that I do.

VeigaMilton a mother who Inspires

Miami Kids Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Ana VeigaMilton a philanthropist very well known in Miami for her dedication to community service.


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Ana, please tell us about your background, upbringing and education? My parents emigrated from Cuba when I was one. After a year in Spain and the Canary Islands, our family arrived in New Jersey. My father worked as an engineer for Bell Labs while earning a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. We moved to Miami, the dream city, when my dad secured a transfer to then Southern Bell prior to my starting 1st grade. We lived in Westchester, and I attended Southwest Miami HS, graduating Valedictorian. I earned a full academic scholarship to UM where I met my future husband Cecil. I studied Electrical Engineering, graduated with a 4.0, and then worked as an engineer at Bellsouth until I got married and attended UM Law School on a full merit scholarship. I graduated Summa Cum Laude and our family started to grow. Three babies later, I was a stay-at-home mom and dedicated myself to community involvement and philanthropy - determined on making South Florida a great place for all its residents and for the next generations.

As a mother, what is the most valuable trait you teach your kids? The most valuable trait I have taught my kids is to make the most of every minute and every experience by being responsible, conscientious, kind, organized, openminded, and efficient. A smile really does change one’s disposition and attitude. Now when you see your kids all grown up, would you go back and change any part of their upbringing? If I were given the opportunity to timetravel backward and change something in my kids’ upbringing, I would not take it for fear that my world and my children’s world would become different. I really like where I am and I could not be prouder of all my kids. My mistakes and consequent apologies and self-reflection serve to strengthen me and my relationships. I do not mess with what works - call it my little utopia. What is the mission of the Milton Foundation? The José Milton Foundation focuses on improving the quality of life in South Florida through education, research, and healthcare. Most recently, we donated the José Milton Foundation Recording Studio

at Miami Arts Studio 6-12 to Miami-Dade County Public Schools - the first of its kind in the USA. All children in the county will be able to professionally record their music, original songs, speeches, performances, for free and start their portfolios. I know you are very active with charities. Which ones do you enjoy the most? I cannot pick a favorite charity as all work to improve our world. Do you want to end with any special message for all the mothers? Mothers (and Fathers) are the greatest influencers of their children. We must advocate for children and encourage them to participate in the community, learn about social issues, and to be openminded. Listen to them at eye-level and with interest. Challenge them when they are wrong or confused, and delve into conversation about random topics. After school (and even now sometimes), I always asked my kids, “What was the worst part of your day - the thing you least liked? How did you handle it?” Then I asked, “What was the best part of your day? What made it special?”



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A parent’s primary focus is ensuring the safety and health of their child. Often times, parents may find it difficult to navigate the plethora of information available. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I often find parents asking me what they should or should not feed their child in order to prevent cancer. Here is a quick rundown on the do’s and don’ts of cancer prevention.


What should you eat more of? Fruits and vegetables are packed with phytochemicals. These can act as antioxidants and can also improve immune function and work on cells to minimize the growth or spread of cancerous cells. Carotenoids, a precursor to Vitamin A, can be found in green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, and orange vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes. Flavonoids, also found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, tea and soy, has been shown to slow the growth of breast cancer cells in laboratory studies. Specific foods to try to increase flavonoid intake include acai berries, blueberries, bananas, and apricots. In addition to phytochemicals, fruits and vegetables offer a low-calorie, high fiber and nutrient packed snack or side dish as meals.

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What should you limit or avoid? If children, or adults, consume large quantities of high-sugary foods and beverages, the balance of calories may be tipped in a direction that promotes excessive weight gain. Weight gain is a known contributor to over 10 different types of adult cancers. This does not mean to remove healthy sources of carbohydrate (sugar), such as whole grains, beans and lentils. These foods can actually offer a variety of vitamins and minerals that can safely meet the needs of the growing child. Processed meat has received a lot of attention regarding its role in carcinogenesis since the World Health Organization added it as a Group 1, and therefore known, carcinogen. A carcinogen is a substance which can disrupt the normal cell life cycle and cause cancer cells to form.

Watch out for myths! It is best to reference a reputable source. The United States Department of Agriculture provides a database for finding which foods are high in different nutrients such as phytochemicals. The American Cancer Society and the American Institute for Cancer Research offer information on cancer prevention through food choices and healthy activity patterns. These organizations analyze and review years of research when making their recommendations.


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A Mom and a Journalist

María Alejandra Requena is one of CNN en Español’s anchors. She presents “Café CNN” a morning news show, designed to start the day in a smart way. She has interviewed different personalities including George Clooney, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Anthony Hopkins, and Marc Anthony.

“Mariale” has been recognized for her performance as a communicator throughout her career. She won a Daytime Emmy in 2015-2016 for “Café CNN” as the “Best Spanish-language television program in the United States.” She also received the “Premio Carteles” for her outstanding work defending freedom of expression, and the award “Los mejores del año” and the Golden Award for being the Presenter of the Year. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, she studied Advertising and Marketing and also studied Radio and Television at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Miami Kids Magazine had the opportunity to sit with her and ask her a few questions to know more about her personal life. 1.- In your own words, who is Maria Alejandra Requena? I am a Venezuelan mom, a Latina mom. I try to be very involved in my kid’s Andres and Miranda’s life. Andres is 14 and plays baseball and Miranda is 12 years old and is taking acting and art lessons. It is not easy to be able to do everything, every day, but I try. First of all, I am a mom but as many


others, a working woman and a wife to Ismael Hurtado for almost 20 years. 2. - How do you balance your time between work and family? I have no idea (laughs). I guess I try to be very organized. I start my day at 3:30 AM. Yes, AM so I can do my hair and makeup. At 4:45 I am at CNN working on a computer, writing the stories and the news that we have for Café CNN that day. By 10:00 AM the show is over but we are on call for any breaking news until noon. Around 12:30 PM I usually head back home to prepare lunch for the family. Whenever I have the time, I try to take a nap but it is not frequent. It helps when my husband is not away working (he is a pilot). Any extra time that I have available I use to go to the gym, do some Yoga or walk outside. 3.- Do you have any regrets about anything professionally or personally in your past? No, not really. Maybe I don’t make enough time for myself. I always put my kid’s activities and work before me. I try to be the best mom, wife, professional, and take care of the house, but usually I sacrifice “me” and that is not right, so I am working on it. 4.- How is Maria Alejandra as a mother? I am a very loving mom. I tell my kids all the time that I

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love them. I talk to them and tell them that they can talk to me about anything but of course; it doesn’t work all the time, especially with my teenage son. I also try to be very strict when I ground them for bad grades or bad behavior. I take away their computers or block their phones with an App that only allows them to make and receive texts and calls. (To be honest, I used to take away their phones but after the Parkland shooting my husband and I decided that they should have their phones, God forbids, something happens at their school.) 5.- What do your kids call you? My kids call me “Ma” with a Southern accent. I don’t know why but it has been like that since they were little.

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6.- In what ways do you think your kids are similar and different than you? Physically they are both like a combination of my husband and me. They look alike but their personalities are very different, Andres is more outgoing, polite, noble, and amicable like me. He also likes to watch and play sports like his father. Miranda is more of an introvert and shy until she really gets to know the person. She doesn’t like to get out of the house too much on a daily basis. She loves to travel. She is a little messy in her room, like a good artist, (laughs) but she is super sweet and likes to talk to me and tell me everything that is going on in her life. 7.- What are your dreams and future aspirations? My dream is to see them happy and to know that they will be a good man and a good woman someday. I really hope to be part of their life, always, without intruding, and to be able to talk to them and love them. I hope they know they can count on me, always. 8.- Can you leave a final message to all of the mothers reading this article? Love your kids, tell them how much you love them all the time, and be VERY patient. It is not easy being a mom but the feeling that you get when they tell you that they love you is truly amazing. There will be times that they will make you crazy but there will be others that you will be very proud and happy. So remember those moments when you are about to go crazy. Breathe. Breathe as many times as you can when you feel or know that everything is not going as well as you would like, and remember there will be better times. Talk to your friends from time to time and PLEASE, take care of yourself. We, the moms, deserve time for ourselves.

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Carrollton’s Summer Camp Programs 2018! Co-ed Camps Now Available! Carrollton provides your child with a high quality, safe and fun learning environment. They create a unique environment where children have an opportunity to learn from new experiences, to grow, to make new friends, and to develop important social skills that will last a lifetime. Now, girls AND boys PK3 through Grade 9 can choose from a wide variety of co-ed and single gender camp experiences that vary in activities from performing arts, athletics, visual arts, creative design and science. Phone: (305) 446-5673 Address: 3747 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133

Art Box : “Miami Art Scene” Frost Science Museum Explore the wonders of science through four different week-long camps themed around the amazing science showcased at Frost Science including engineering, astronomy, marine biology and health. Design a plane or rocket ship, meet the animals in our Aquarium, explore the universe in our stateof-the-art 8K Planetarium and learn about the amazing human body and brain. Summer Camp (Jun 18th – Aug 10th2018)

Biscayne Nature Center “Summer By The Sea” Marine Science Camp Come join us for the best summer ever! Campers will join our lifeguard-certified marine biologists for exciting, hands-on marine science explorations -- sea grass adventures, mangrove slogs, and squid dissections. Enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and paddle-boarding. Explore our unique fossil reef, design beautiful art projects, play fun beach games, and more!

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Camp Guaikinima Camp Guaikinima offers day and sleep Away Camp. A summer adventure for children of various ages. This is an adventure camp were children can connect with nature and make lifelong friends. We speak Spanish during camp.

In our Summer Cooking Camp, we teach your kids to have fun, eat healthy, develop or hone their cooking skills, experiment in the kitchen, improve math and reading skills … all in a fun way, while expanding their culinary palate. Phone: 786-395-0355 Address: 570 NE 81st Street Miami, FL 33138 Web page: https://therealfoodacademy. com/summer-camp/


Phone: (954) 654-0395 Email: info@campguaikinima.com Addresses: Sleepaway Camp Lake Geneva 36540 Vía Marcia, Fruitland Park, FL 34731 Day Camp: Oleta River Park & Virginia Key Beach Park

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Have you ever wondered where some of the best art in Miami can be found? Who are some of today’s most renowned artists? Where are the newest, most innovative pieces as well as timeless, precious collections of the greats? Join Art Box’s summer program, “Miami’s Art Scene,” as we learn about some of Miami’s best venues for Contemporary Art. We will be learning about current and past exhibitions from the Perez Art Museum, the Bakehouse, and the Rubell Family Collection and gathering inspiration to create our own unique masterpieces! Summer Camp: June 25 - August 10th Phone: 305-778-1270 Email: sofia@artboxmiami.com Website: www.artboxmiami.com Coconut Grove Sailing Club Learn water safety, develop sense of direction, make new friends, gain confidence. Our Sailing Camp is geared toward beginner to intermediate level sailors ages 6-17 using our fleet of Optimists, SailCubes, Laser Picos and FJ’s. A simple swim test is giving on the first day of each camp session. Children are then divided into groups by age, size and experience. Phone: 305-444-4571 Email: info@cgscic.org Address: 2990 S Bayshore Dr. Miami Fl. 33133

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MKB Watersports summer camp has been the most fun camp in Miami since 2010. Located in breathtaking Crandon Park tropical beach, we offer fully comprehensive watersports activities right on our beachfront concession.

White Tiger & Dragon Martial Arts offers kempo karate/brazilin jiu-jitsu/ mixed martial arts/kick boxing and self-defense. These classes promote a sense of physical and psychological well-being. The main goal is for students to learn independence and self-confidence that can be used inside and outside of the dojo.

Zaniac’s STEAM camps are for kids 5-14 to learn robotics, code video games, fly rockets & drones, craft MinecraftŽ mods & more! Zaniac, 21st century skills that feel like playing!

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Camp Broadway Camp Broadway enables theater-loving kids, ages 10-17 regardless of experience to be immersed in an authentic Broadway process through a wide array of classes, workshops & experiences. The Camp is August 6-10, and this year the campers will perform 42nd Street at the final performance! For more information visit arshtcenter. org/campbroadway, email Tickets@ ArshtCenter.org or call 305-949-6722

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Summer Theatre Academy At The University Of Miami

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Is organized to give each camper opportunities for individual growth, for learning new skills, for making friends, for developing teamwork, and most of all, having fun.

Join us this summer for a musical theater intensive. Students will work as soloists and ensemble members to put together scenes from classic musicals with a performance at the end of the week!

Phone Number: Mr. Thomas Willis 305460-8874 Address: 3575 Main Hwy, Miami Fl. 33133

Phone: 813-293-4594 Email: Info@barrettschoolofmusic.com Web page: Barrettschoolofmusic.com

Six weeks of fun and learning! Students gain valuable theatre skills, confidence, self-esteem, and a love of creativity, through theatre games and acting exercises led by our well-trained, caring staff. Phone:305-284-4474, Email: sta@miami.edu Web page: www.as.miami.edu/sta

The Junior Camp offers beginner to somewhat intermediate junior golfers the opportunity to enjoy learning to play golf while having fun and making new friends. Each day will include a variety of instruction on different parts of the game including: chipping, pitching, bunker, long iron, driver and Golf IQ.

Shake a Leg Miami Shake A Leg Miami Watersports camp and Adventure Island Camp provides fun, safe & exciting water based educational opportunities for youth of all abilities. Youth enjoy sailing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and exploring Biscayne Bay.


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Check out Iroquois Springs, a premier three and six-week coed camp to experience a summer of a lifetime and where campers build confidence, independence, resilience and lifelong friendships.

The Junior Dolphins summer camp allows boys and girls ages 8-14 to work on their football skills. Get exclusive Junior dolphins jersey, shorts, arm sleeves and two preseason Dolphins tickets.

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City Trekker Camps At The Coral Gables Museum

Global Connection Global Connection Summer Camp includes Chinese and Spanish Immersion, Lego, cooking, sports, music and art.

iSwim academy managed by coach Nick, is a fun way for children to learn how to swim. The classes are divided into two main areas: Private and group classes. Each class is 30 minutes long. The academy also has a non- competitive swim team and a kids triathlon team starting this year. Phone: 305-456-0518

Explore the City of Coral Gables through a variety of disciplines and take advantage of the cultural destinations The City Beautiful has to offer. Phone:305.603.8067 Email: angela@coralgablesmuseum.org

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Summer 2018     Musical        Theater            Summer            Camp

Dates: 6/18 – 7/27 2-week session: $900 6-week session: $2,500 8:30am – 4:30pm (early and after care available) Activities include archery, arts & crafts, basketball, canoeing, carnival day, cruising, drama, football, game room, gym activities, karate, kickball, sailing, soccer, special on-campus events, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo, whiffle ball, yoga, and so much more! Introducing the all new DiscoveRE program! The DiscoveRE Program offers a combination of academics and fun for rising sixth graders. Students attend a Math and English class in the morning and then join RE’s Summer Camp for the rest of the day. English classes include reading, reading comprehension skills, grammar, vocabulary, and experiences with the writing process. Math classes include numbers operations, fractions, equation solving, and word problems. Students are given grades and receive written comments for their academic work. Students can enroll in two, four, or six week sessions. Registration available online at www.resummercamp.campbrainregistration.com Questions? Contact summer@ransomeverglades.org or (305) 460-8874

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School may be out for summer… but science is in! Explore the wonderful world of science during Summer Camp at Frost Science, located in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park.


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1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 | 305-434-9600 | frostscience.org The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is supported by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County. This project is supported by the Building Better Communities Bond Program and the City of Miami. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. Frost Science is an accessible facility. All contents ©Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. All rights reserved.

g n i m m i Sw







icholas Bevilacqua, well known as a Coach Nick by many of us, is the owner of iSwim Academy. He is the husband of Carla and father of three beautiful children Sophia, Rocco and Lucca. Coach Nick is a Miami native who grew up in Kendale Lakes. “I love Miami! I love the people, the culture, the weather, and you can swim almost year round!! Nick started his career teaching back in 1992 when he was 16 years old. He started working for “Swim Miami” owned by Thom McAnaney (Tall Thom). Swim Miami was started back in the early 1970’s with a very interesting program built around five consecutive days of 30-minute classes. In 1978, Tall Thom taught Nick these classes for a week. The system is still working today with only minor changes. After working in several industries, including 8 years as a police officer for the MiamiDade Schools Police Department, Nick and Thom joined forces once again in 2013. Coach Nick had a growing company in the West Kendall area and Tall Thom was traveling to client’s homes from downtown to Palmetto Bay. Fast forward five years and Tall Thom’s Swim School is now iSwim Academy. iSwim Academy is a company dedicated to teaching survival in and around the water, swimming for fun and stroke development. The idea, whether teaching private, semiprivate, or group classes is to convey to the students that swimming is fun, fun and more fun! They have been offering


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My biggest goal is to pass on my passion for being in the water,exploring and having fun! fun!

swimming lessons to children and adults in the Miami area for over 40 years. In 2016 Coach Nick partnered with the City of South Miami and has been contracted to run his program at Murray Park Aquatic Center. iSwim Academy offers private and group classes during a morning and afternoon block. A nice addition to the classes is the non-competitive swim team and triathlon team starting this year. “My biggest goal is to pass on my passion for being in the water exploring and having fun!” Coach Nick and the iSwim team can be reached at 305-4560518 for more information. They can also be found online at www.ttssmiami.com and on FaceBook and Instagram as well.

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TO SEE LIFE By Claudia U. Orrett

hen you grow up, you find your life partner and you may or may not have children. I was blessed to be the mother of twins as I always wanted to be a mom. When my two daughters started to grow I noticed that one of them didn’t reach her milestones as quickly as the other one did. Whenever you do not like what you are seeing or experiencing, you try to remove yourself or change the situation. Sometimes this doesn’t seem like a possible option. My daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy – also known as CP - is the MOST common motor disability and the second most common disability in children, after Autism. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 278 children have Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy describes

a disorder that affects the ability to control movement due to damage to the brain. This is a non-progressive disorder that can occur before birth, during delivery, or soon after being born. The physical symptoms typically appear in the first few years of life. This finding made me and my husband feel terrible but we tried to see the situation with another point of view. As a parent we can’t be dejected or depressed. We went throw triumphs and challenges, and we did all that we thought was the best for our daughter. I decided to write a book “Chloe’s Journey” that is the story about my daughter named Chloe. The book describes my journey as a mother with the purpose of helping other mothers or families who have experienced similar situations, and also to help raise awareness about the challenges of raising a child with Cerebral Palsy

April-May 2018

Miami Kids Magazine


was a proud sponsor of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival On February 17 – 19 Miami Kids Magazine was a sponsor in the Kids Zone. We had different activities like a craft station, games, and a lot of giveaways. On stage we presented Mommy and Me where the instructors wore Equilibrium Activewear. We presented the winners of “Be a Star with Miami Kids Magazine” contest. Danna Rojas played the violin and Kaitlyn Villardefranco sang. Both represented Mater Grove Academy. Other winners were Adrian Echazu, who is a cancer survivor and Allison Estevez who did a gymnastic performance with her friends Anastasia and Grace. White Dragon Martial Arts were present as were many other local schools. We were also entertained by The Barrett School of music.

Golden Angels Centennial Gala Draws Hundreds to Celebrate Jackson Health System 100th Anniversary Jackson Health Foundation kicked off the 100th anniversary celebration of Jackson Health System with its Golden Angels Centennial Celebration Gala on January 20, 2018 at Soho Studios in Wynwood. The sold-out event brought more than 800 philanthropists and community leaders together for a spectacular evening of giving and festivities. Over $2.7 million was raised during the event, which was hosted by WPLG Channel 10 news anchor Laurie Jennings. This year, Fana Holtz, naming benefactor of Holtz Children’s Hospital and Silvia Rios Fortun, immediate past chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, served as co-chairs of the gala.

Roy and Una Gonzales; Chris and Edward Joyce, JHF Treasurer; Gerardo and Lourdes Rodriguez, Eric Vainder; Sara Mesa, Scott and Karla Richey

Scott & Karla Richey

Andrew, Matthew, Nicole, Andria and Javier Holtz

George Villacampa; Dan and Trish Bell; Josie Wang; Ariella Midolo, Maggie Villacampa; Alex Montague; and Maria Alonso

Laurie Jennings WPLG Anchor & Celebrity Hostess; Fana Holtz, Gala Chair Geralyn Lunsford, Holtz Children's Hospital CEO; Alitza and Caroline Weiss, Platinum Seraphims; Silvia Rios Fortun, Gala Chair; Carlos Migoya, Jackson Health System President & CEO Keith R. Tribble, JHF President &CEO; and Dr. Rudolph Moise, JHF Chairman of the Board.

Chuck Todd, Alberto Carvalho, & Tom Cornish

Perla Tabares Hantman, Alberto Carvalho, & Maria Carvalho

PTA-PTSA President Alvin Gainey and wife.

For The Love of Learning Gala 500 of Miami’s philanthropic leaders celebrated the Foundation for New Education Initiatives’ 10th anniversary at the third annual For the Love of Learning Gala. The MiamiDade County Public Schools Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were also honored at the gala. Alumnus of Distinction, Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Thomas Cornish, COO of BankUnited, and Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director of the Miami City Ballet were inducted this year. The Gala raises money the “extras” for the school district’s 350,000 students, many of whom live at or below the poverty line.

Karla Richey, Louis Aguirre, Ann De Las Pozas

April-May 2018

Miami Kids Magazine


Jacey Birch & Narendra Kini

Christina Getty-Maercks & Friends

The Most Fashionable Women in South Florida Came Together to Support Patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Jennifer Valoppi, Suzy Buckley Woodward, & Friend

Elysze Held & Swanee DiMare

On March 5, 2018 over 600 women slipped into their stilettos to be a part of the 7th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes (WW&S) benefiting the children and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The sold-out event took place at the JW Marriott Marquis, was emceed by Local 10 Morning News anchor Jacey Birch, and included a fashion show by Jitrois. “We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of the women in South Florida, and we are thrilled to have brought back this exclusive event to Miami,” said Tim Birkenstock, Interim President & CEO, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The support of this amazing group of ladies, as well as our committee members and our Event Co-Chairs, Susanne Birbragher, Suzy Buckley and Melinda Gonzalez, allows us to come together to support the children and families we serve at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.”

Karla Richey & Chris Joyce

Micheleen Clancy & Tyler Hartrick

One of the event’s special moments included an emotional and touching speech by Micheleen Clancy and Tyler Hartrick proud parents of Theodore, a Nicklaus Children’s patient.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation

Saima Aftab, Kim Wood, & Friend

Melinda Gonzalez, Suzy Buckley Woodward, & Susanne Birbragher

Susanne Birbragher & Asha Elias

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Miami Kids Magazine issue 204  

The Power of a Mother's Love issue. Education, Health, Art, Sports, Activities for the family, and more.

Miami Kids Magazine issue 204  

The Power of a Mother's Love issue. Education, Health, Art, Sports, Activities for the family, and more.

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