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Red Shoes Rock and 99 Days to FASDay

20 Years of FASDay – Red Shoes Rocks steps us up to the celebration finish line building awareness #FASD #REDSHOESROCK

our sacred breath

On June 1 the international movement to bring awareness to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder began with the start of Red Shoes Rock to Stop FASD and the 99 Days to FASDay. There have been some exciting new additions to this year’s campaign.

Red Shoes Rock: Start the Conversation

Red Shoes Rock 18 logoFor the 5th Anniversary, a new logo, and tag line (Start the Conversation) were created, along with a dedicated website: Red Shoes Rock ~ but before I get into that, let’s take a step back and look at how the red shoe movement began.

I asked Jodee Kulp, one of the co-founders, how this came to be.

In 2013 R.J. Formanek, an adult (and Canadian!) with FASD decided to wear red shoes. He  wanted to stand out and be noticed. He chose red shoes as a way to express his individuality and remind himself that he is unique. And red shoes get noticed…

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Someone had to be the key

Red Shoes Rock honors the FASD pioneers - Her name appropriately was given as a clue. Kee Warner is a true KEY to FASD life with purpose. Thank you!  Kee Warner and Whitecrow Village envision a world where people with FASD are valued for the gifts they bring to all It will be a world … Continue reading Someone had to be the key

Collaboration Makes Hard Work, Work!

Red Shoes Rock honors the FASD pioneers - What if person can change a city as big as New York City? Susan Rose - Thank you! Susan Rose, tackled the hidden the white elephant in NYC and her writing goes around the globe. What do you do if you are the aunt of a child … Continue reading Collaboration Makes Hard Work, Work!

Warrior Mother Takes on FASD

Kathy Mitchel, spokesperson for NOFAS and her daughter, Karli.

Red Shoes Rock honors the FASD pioneer - Birth Mom, Warrior Mom, Karli's Mom Kathy Mitchell - Thank you! Mom's who drink while pregnant need Hope. Kathy is the sword of truth that cuts through the darkness. Shared by Jodee Kulp I met Kathy Mitchell at the FASD Teen Adult Camp in Michigan in 2004. … Continue reading Warrior Mother Takes on FASD

Little Dreams Grow Big Rainbow!

Red Shoes Rock honors the FASD pioneers - Patty Munter - Thank you! It takes a spark to get the fire started. Patti Munter was just the Spark needed to start NOFAS In South Dakota, Patti Munter launched a movement to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies and give hope to families who had been ignored. Her determination … Continue reading Little Dreams Grow Big Rainbow!

The FAS Pests of the West

Red Shoes Rock honors the FASD pioneers - FASTimes Team SHINES BIG IN HISTORY - Thank you! Very busy bees in Washington that took on the task to change how people think about FASD. Shared by Jocie DeVries - thank you Let's see: Our core team was Vicky McKinney, Linda LaFever, Ann Waller, Delinda McCann … Continue reading The FAS Pests of the West

Help! We Needed FAS Times.

Red Shoes Rock honors the FASD pioneers - Jocie DeVries - Thank you! This Tower of Power Shone Light in the Darkness of FASD Jocie DeVries: mother, FAS*FRI founder, advocate, visionary. Frantic calls poured into the Washington State Adoption Program in 1991 from overwhelmed and desperate parents trying to raise adoptive children with special needs. … Continue reading Help! We Needed FAS Times.

Someone had to plant the FAS garden.

Red Shoes Rock honors the FASD pioneers - Dr. Ann Streissguth - Thank you! Ann's work has blossomed, her seeds have scattered around the globe to help persons grow while living with FASD. The FASD worldwide community is eternally grateful to Ann Streissguth: mother, research scientist, monarch, gentle spirit, honored woman. Ann Streissguth's gardening began … Continue reading Someone had to plant the FAS garden.

Finding Calm in the Chaos of Life

Our next pioneer, Dr. Ann Streissguth, is being released at 9:09 this morning. She is a key researcher that has allowed parents, like Yvonne, Ann and myself to use intentional and proactive positive parenting and caregiving with the individuals we love with FASD. We share this blog first so that people can see the results … Continue reading Finding Calm in the Chaos of Life