Treasure Talk Number 1

May 2008
Treasure Talk
Caregiving Youth Newsletter

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Dear Reader,

Welcome to the Premiere Issue of Treasure Talk !
This is the first edition of the Caregiving Youth Partners' Project (CYPP) newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to recognize, honor and encourage youth caregivers as well as to share news and information. Treasure Talk is for and about youth caregivers and caregiving! We invite and welcome your suggestions and contributions.

Connie Siskowski RN,PhD

Leaders Recognize Caregiving Youth
Annamarie Lent
Annamarie Annamarie Lent, who attends Congress Middle School, has been honored by two local leaders. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings and Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Dr. Art Johnson sent Annamarie letters commending her for her devotion to her mother and sister. Five years ago, Annamarie's mother was disabled in an automobile accident.

Since then, Annamarie has cared for her, giving her mother injections for headaches and monitoring her blood glucose levels. Annamarie cooks, cleans and cares for her younger sister, who has a chronic illness. Her parents are very proud of her devotion to their family.

Annamarie has participated in CYPP's support group, camp and other activities. She spoke at the recent fund-raiser and was presented with the framed letters as seen in the picture. Annamarie is completing the seventh grade at Congress Middle School.

Whole Foods Creates a Stir
Store shares nutrition info with teens
Whole Foods Market On Friday, April 18th, Whole Foods Market in Boca Raton hosted CYPP youth for a tour of the market, buying hints and a cooking demonstration using a Slow Cooker. Jarden Corporation then donated a Slow Cooker to each student.

We hear "delicious" reports from both students and parents who were so pleased with the dinners students prepared that they are making a weekly tradition of their Slow Cooker meals!

Youth Caregivers in Action:
Raphael Spiro
When Raphael Spiro was 12 years old he visited his grandfather, who had suffered a stroke, five or six times a week in a nursing home. During those visits, Raphael frequently waited in the waiting room while doctors performed various procedures. He realized there was very little reading material there and started to take in recycled books and magazines.

When he was twelve, Raphael created Beside Books, an organization that has collected and distributed over 44,000 books to hospital, nursing homes, troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel, and prisons. In 2006, at age 16, Raphael was awarded the Bank of America Entrepreneur Award. He is now 18 and plans on going to college to study veterinary medicine.

Money Matters
What kind of spender are you?
1. I know I ought to be saving, but I never seem to be able to.
2. I really enjoy saving. In fact, I spend a lot of time and energy thinking about how to save.
3. I have trouble saving money, and this bothers me sometimes.
4. I spend only for things I really need.
5. Saving comes naturally to me. I save regularly.

Take the challenge and find out what kind of spender you are at!

Caregivers Featured
Professional journals and local radio broadcast raise awareness
In March Contemporary Pediatrics, a monthly medical journal read by pediatricians and other health professionals, put the spotlight on our youth caregivers with a feature article to raise awareness that over 1.3 million young people from ages 8 to 18 care for sick or disabled family members.

In April Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, printed a letter acknowledging the contribution and needs of youth caregivers. Our founder and director, Dr. Connie Siskowski, was interviewed on Forum For Nonprofits, a radio broadcast that seeks to enhance the success of nonprofit organizations. Many health professionals and educators don't realize that children and young adults often care for sick relatives. They are starting to become aware! That means they can become advocates for our youth caregivers.

Sophie's Corner
A regular poetry feature
Mother's Day

Oh, how I sit and wonder
how my life would be
without a mother.

Oh, how I sit and wonder
how it would be like without looking
into the woman's sweet face
that is full of grace.

Oh, how I sit and wonder
how my life would be if I lost
the one thing in my life that matters.
This woman I tell you of is like
the greatest gift received from above.
Because of her unselfishness,
she would rather do without
so that her four daughters can have
almost just about.
She always makes sure that I always
complete my chores,
and bakes double fudge cake
that the family adores.

Oh, how I sit and wonder
how it would be to lose my best friend.
The friendship we share,
no secrets we hide,
so we both have no pain hidden inside.

Oh, how I sit and wonder
how my life would be without a mother.
My life would be unhappy.

Sophie Dezulme is an eighth grader at Congress Middle School. She is a caregiver for her grandmother, Nana, and her neighbor, Marie.

phone: 800-725-2512/561-391-7401

Quote of the month:

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. "

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Editors: Millie Barber, MD; Kathy Skipper

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