My second son, Jeremy, was born prematurely. It was a scary, emotional time. If it weren’t for the fine doctor and nurses who took care of him and especially the rapid advances in research and treatment, I wouldn’t have the healthy son I do now. So I have recently started a charity, “Jump Start”, to raise money to endow the chair of Neonatology at the hospital where my son was born. Also, I am alarmed by global warming and active in promoting a greener planet. Regardless of the facts and science, I am amazed at how people can deny the waste we generate and the pollution we cause.
My mother suffers from very severe rheumatoid arthritis, and I have watched her struggle with chronic pain and become wheelchair bound. So that is why I support the Arthritis Foundation and advocate for stem-cell research and anything that will speed the cure of auto-immune diseases. My support for animals extends from the wonderful dogs we got from a local pet rescue organization.