Muscular Dystrophy Association

My brother-in-law, Mark Smith, succumbed to ALS, one of several hundred neuromuscular diseases. He was forty. We need to find treatments to improve quality of life for those who are afflicted, and ultimately a cure.

» Muscular Dystrophy Association Website

Susan G. Komen Foundation

Like many people, I’ve been touched personally, through friends, by breast cancer.

» Susan G Komen Website
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Happy Hill Farm and Academy

My late mother, an educator, highly respected Ed and Gloria Shipman, who established this excellent facility for children at risk. Each year in her honor, I donate a scholarship to a deserving graduating student or students. When you give to Happy Hill Farm, you’re investing in a life.

» Happy Hill Farm

Literacy Advocacy Groups

As a writer, and a voracious reader, literacy is another cause near and dear to my heart.

Various literacy advocacy groups: