Philanthropic Friday: “Born Just Right”




The day after Hurricane Sandy struck the New York & New Jersey areas in 2012, those of us whose homes were unaffected, scrambled to find ways to help our neighbors who were affected.   I was quickly unscrambled when my great friend introduced me to the wonderful Jen Lee Reeves via email.  At the time, Jen had just accepted a brand new job working on my friend’s Team, which would require her to travel extensively while running a household and co-parenting with her husband to raise two children (aka the important stuff). In addition to a full and demanding life, Jen decided to dedicate her precious time and stellar social media expertise as a “digital volunteer” for the Red Cross to provide resources to the victims as well as those searching for ways to assist during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  Jen, who does not live in New York, connected me to a trove of information, which I was able to pass along to my personal network.  Unscrambled, indeed.

I was immediately drawn to Jen and found her to be very interesting.  To my pleasant amazement, through Facebook, I found out about another important hat that Jen wears.  She has dedicated her life to helping parents advocate for their children born with differences around the world.  Jen founded and runs an organization called “Born Just Right” which includes a blog on which she documents how her family has a positive focus as they help her daughter grow up with a limb difference and offers resources and support to those who need it.  Jen acts as an advocate for the limb difference community and in the 25th hour of her day, fundraises for a special limb difference summer camp.

The Candi Dish invites you to explore Jen’s website and share it with those in the special needs world.  “Born Just Right” has been nominated as a “Best Kept Secret” by a health activist website called WEGO Health, so if you are so inclined please consider endorsing “BJR” by clicking on the “Endorse Jen Lee Reeves” button on the WEGO site:!

For a solid dose of inspiration, here is the link to Born Just Right:

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