Andy Bhatti – Men of Hope

Sometimes the line we take through life isn’t always the straightest, and the ghosts of our past can haunt us for a long time. Andy Bhatti has been through that struggle and came out the other side. See more about him in this video.

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The 1st Miles For Smiles Walk, featuring Yvonne Goss, Be the Voice

With the help of a very talented dear friend, Gerry Carew, we decided to create a video commemorating the first Miles for Smiles.  Along with the production of this video came the challenge of finding the perfect song to accompany.

Bev’s step-daughter, Sarah, decided she wanted to help. She quickly found ‘Be a Voice” by singer/songwriter Yvonne Goss from North Carolina. Yvonne, a victim of childhood abuse, wrote and recorded this heartwarming song to encourage us to be the voice that cuts through the darkness and spreads light on the victims that fall prey to abuse. In an email to Bev, Yvonne expressed gratitude to her for choosing her song and being that voice.

Listen to the video and let her inspirational words move you.

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The Print Shop

Originally the Miles For Smiles walk was scheduled for the Mundy Pond Trails. However with its growing support it was decided that the trail and parking area might not be able to accommodate the expected crowd. The decision was made to move the walk to Bowring Park, this decision was made just 1 week after posters (donated by the Print Shop)  were sent to organizers for distribution. Bev contacted Tony, owner and operator of the Print Shop and requested a second batch with the updated information. This time however,  Bev insisted on paying for the posters.

Tony, a big supporter of the Miles For Smiles project, refused the offer and generously donated the second batch. A big thank you to Tony and his staff at The Print Shop.

Tony continues to support the Miles For Smiles Foundation and we are thrilled to have Tony – and his staff – as part of the Miles For Smiles Team.

2013 – St. John’s declared April Child Abuse Prevention Month, for the first time.

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Mayor O’Keefe welcomed Bev Moore-Davis to the council meeting this evening. Introducing her as a fellow model, as they both walked the “cat-walk” to support a recent charity fashion show. During a lengthy conversation at this event  Bev talked about ASCA, a group she facilitates twice a month for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. She also mentioned her plans to organize a walk to help bring awareness to child abuse, the walk was scheduled for April,  fittingly,  April being Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Mayor O’Keefe was pleased to see Bev again today,  this time at a St. John’s Council Meeting as she requested a Proclamation declaring April, Child Abuse Prevention Month in St John’s. Mayor O’Keefe was very supportive and thanked Bev for standing up for such a worthwhile cause. Councillors Debbie Hanlon and Sheila O’Leary as well stood to offer support and commended Bev on her dedication to the cause.

April 1, 2013

Blue Balloon Chain

The colour blue has long been recognized as the symbolic colour representing Child Abuse Awareness.

At the Miles For Smiles Event, participants were encouraged to blow up a blue balloon for themselves or in honour of someone else that may have lost or had their childhood stolen by abuse.

As we unconsciously connected to other survivors at the event, the balloons were fastened to a string and attached to the Bungalow deck for a powerful display, symbolizing the support we have for each other and the cause.

A message from the Miles For Smiles Founder

At age 17 I ran away from home. I ran from an environment that can only compare to a Hollywood Horror Film, a life of severe mental, physical and sexual abuse.
I kept secrets of the abuse my entire life and was contented to this, until meeting another survivor (from my past) in 2011. While talking I realized that he too had kept secrets of the abuse, and from the conversation I had 2 life-changing revelations.
1. As survivors we often struggle with shame, guilt, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, PTSD….as survivors we are more susceptible to heart disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases etc, and we struggle with all this as we SILENTLY protect the abusers. How wrong is this?

2. I also realized that I had to accept my past. It IS after all, the past and at this point there’s nothing that I can do or go back and undo, I cannot change or fix what happened…..I have to accept it, AND move forward knowing I can control today, and everyday forward.

With the help of a therapist and a wonderful support system I have been able to turn a very dreadful childhood into a positive. Since 2011 I have founded the Miles For Smiles Foundation and channeled my energies into supporting other survivors, raising awareness and I am now working on an educational tool aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse.

Clouds, by Zach Sobiech

On May 20, 2013, cancer took the life of Zach Sobiech but his legacy will live on through the beacon of love and hope he delivered through infectious lyrics and memorable tunes have imprinted on the minds and hearts of millions around the world.

Help fulfill Zach’s dying wish to help kids with cancer by supporting the charity he set up before his death- the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at Children’s Cancer Research Fund:http://www.ChildrensCancer.org/Zach.

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Someday we’ll see you again, Zach, up in those clouds where we’ll never see the end..

Check out Zach’s other song – Fix Me Up –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvSYZH…

“Clouds” is now available on iTunes!

To download go to: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/clo…

All proceeds support the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.

Zach’s CD – Now Available!

Zach’s family also started the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund-http://ccrf.convio.net/site/TR/Events…, to fund research for the cancer that is taking his life, in hopes that kids diagnosed tomorrow will have a better chance for a cure. For gifts $20 or higher, you will receive a copy of Zach’s album featuring the studio recording of “Clouds”, along with an acoustic version, and a selection of other songs. Click here for more information:http://www.childrenscancer.org/zach/

To read Zach’s story or to donate to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, visit ChildrensCancer.org/Zach. Read more about Zach on his personal blog: CaringBridge.org/visit/ZacharySobiech

Special thank you to:
Dan Seeman – VP/General Manager KS95
Karl Demer – Atomic K Records and Production
Merritt Benton – Tracking Engineer
John Lynn – Piano
Zach Miller – Drums
Sean O’Hea – Bass
Matt Vannelli – Guitar
Mike Rominski – Video and Editing – Woolly Rhino Productions

CLOUDS LYRICS

Well I fell down, down, down
Into this dark and lonely hole
There was no one there to care about me anymore
And I needed a way to climb and grab a hold of the edge
You were sitting there holding a rope

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear
It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now

When I get back on land
Well I’ll never get my chance
Be ready to live and it’ll be ripped right out of my hands
Maybe someday we’ll take a little ride
We’ll go up, up, up and everything will be just fine

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear

It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now
If only I had a little bit more time
If only I had a little bit more time with you

We could go up, up, up
And take that little ride
And sit there holding hands
And everything would be just right
And maybe someday I’ll see you again
We’ll float up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end

And we’ll go up, up, up
But I’ll fly a little higher
We’ll go up in the clouds because the view is a little nicer
Up here my dear
It won’t be long now, it won’t be long now