October 2011 Highlight: Anna’s Angels

Women For One is honored to announce our Highlighted Organization of the month: ANNA’S ANGELS FOUNDATION

In November 2003, on behalf of her daughter, and family, and in partnership with Duke Children’s  Hospital, Michelle and her husband Andy, created Anna’s Angels– The Anna Michelle Merrills Foundation for Down Syndrome Research.

Anna’s Angels provides funds to promote laboratory and clinical research in Down syndrome. A Scientific Advisory panel of leading physicians from Duke University Medical Center as well as Michelle and Andy (Michelle’s husband) review the applications and issue the grants once a year. The foundation’s overall vision is to improve the cognitive and communicative ability of individuals with Down syndrome.

In just 7 years, Anna’s Angels Foundation has raised over $825,000 for Down syndrome research with the enduring generosity of family, friends and the local community. Their goal is to reach the $1 million dollar mark by January 2013.

“I started Anna’s Angels so Anna and other children with Down syndrome would have the best opportunity to live a healthy and independent life. I hope Anna’s Angels will be a gift to Anna and others with Down syndrome. Passion, love, vision, clarity, and dedication created Anna’s Angles and hope will keep me working for years to come.” – Michelle Pfeiffer, Director, Anna’s Angels

For more information please contact Michelle Pfeiffer, Director at info@annas-angels.org.

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About the Author | Kelly McNelis

Kelly McNelis is the founder of global community, Women for One, a speaker, coach, facilitator, and bestselling author of Your Messy Brilliance: 7 Tools for the Perfectly Imperfect Woman. With more than 25 years of experience as a nonprofit and small-business consultant, Kelly empowers generations of women around the world to build the relationships, community, and confidence they need to achieve their wildest dreams. She finds daily inspiration in spending time with her husband and children in her home outside of Seattle.

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