Thursday, May 31, 2018

Coffee Tree Roasters

If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen a lot of pictures of coffee. I'm definitely a caffeine addict - I have been since college! - and love checking out coffee shops in the area. I go to Starbucks a lot, because their mobile ordering is so convenient and I've perfected my order. But there are other local coffee shops I like to check out, too!

One of my favorite local places is Coffee Tree Roasters. It's a family-owned restaurant, and it really feels like it. The baristas are friendly and welcoming, the menu is great and changes based on the season, and it's the perfect place to hang out and chat with friends, or get some work done.

I also really love that they've recently begun partnering with Community Kitchen Pittsburgh to get their food. Community Kitchen provides culinary job training and support to people who might otherwise have barriers to employment, and they also provide food for after-school programs and community events. I think it's great when two local organizations team up and work together!

If you're in Pittsburgh looking for a great cup of coffee, check out Coffee Tree Roasters. They have locations all throughout the city!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

One Year of Blogging

I can't believe it's already been a full year since I started blogging. In some ways, I still feel like such a newbie - I have so much to learn, and so much to grow - but in other ways, it's hard to remember what it was like before I started blogging.

I remember being so nervous to publish my first post, and being even more nervous to tell people about it and for people I knew in real life to be reading it! But everyone has been so great about it and so supportive - reading and sharing and commenting.

Timing can be a tricky thing, but I feel like in this case, it kind of worked out perfectly for me. I've really enjoyed blogging about everything in my life, disability related or not, and then starting to get more involved in advocacy really fit in nicely with what I've been sharing here.

Thank you all so much for reading, and for following along with my life! I look forward to many more "blogaversaries" in the future.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

What I've Been Reading

I hope that you all enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend, whether you took a trip somewhere fun or had a nice weekend at home. I was really looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend. I've realized that as much as I need alone time and time to rest and recharge (both because I'm more of an introvert and because SMA makes me tired, physically), I also am someone who likes to be involved and do things. This means that the number of days I have to really relax is limited.

So when I realized that Memorial Day was coming up, and I'd have an extra day off work, I made an effort to keep my calendar (relatively) empty. While this doesn't mean I did nothing (these posts have to get written sometime!), it does mean I made an effort to leave time to do things that I wanted to do, not things that I had to do. And for me, this meant leaving time to read. So, I thought I'd share with you what I've been reading lately!
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
I mentioned earlier this year that I read and loved Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, and knew that I had to read her first novel, too. I love how she develops characters, and delves into families, and how family members interact with each other. My favorite part of her writing, though, is the emotion in the writing - I really sympathize/empathize with all of the characters.

Circe by Madeline Miller
I've always been interested in Greek mythology ever since I played the Wishbone Odyssey computer game when I was a kid. Circe is a character in the Odyssey, but certainly not the main character - in this novel, she takes center stage, and you hear about the story from her point of view. Even if you're not into mythology, you'll still love this book.

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
After I had bought this one, I saw it pop up as a pick in Reese Witherspoon's book club, so I knew it was a good choice! I am someone who feels really strongly about the importance of female friendships, so I really loved this take on mentorship and friendship. It also touches on ambition and making a difference, which I've been thinking a lot about lately, so I really enjoyed this one.

In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It by Lauren Graham
This book (and the next one) is a slightly longer version of a speech that Lauren gave - the graduation speech at her old high school. It's a quick read, but a fun one, and talks about looking for success and finding it where you might not expect to. If you're looking for a gift for a recent high school or college graduate, this would be a perfect pick.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My aunt bought me this a few years ago, and I've been wanting to read it ever since and finally did. It's adapted from a TEDx talk on the same subject. Chimamanda talks about her life, and her upbringing, and how everyone, men and women, should be a feminist. She mentioned about changing laws and policy is helpful, but more than that, it's society and culture that needs to change. That's something I agree with wholeheartedly - not just for feminism, but for accessibility, as well. It's another quick read, but it will make you think!

I'm always looking for more book recommendations - let me know if you have any!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Favorites

Does anyone have any fun plans for Memorial Day weekend? I don't have anything major planned, but I'm really looking forward to having an extra day off and some time to relax.
Did anyone watch the Royal Wedding last weekend? One of my friends planned a really fun watch party, complete with a replica lemon elderflower cake! I thought everything was beautiful, and I loved how they brought a mix of both of their personalities to everything. If you didn't watch, you can check out Go Fug Yourself's amazing coverage - they have everything in one place!

You may have read (or heard about) the interview of the cast of Arrested Development in The New York Times. I love Arrested Development, but the interview was a really tough read. Jason Bateman has since apologized for his actions, but it's still worth reading to see how entrenched some things can be, culturally. Defending Jeffrey Tambor while Jessica Walter cries because of him should never have happened.

This advice from Refinery 29 about how to make a good impression at work when you're shy is really important! I can definitely be shy - I'm opinionated, but keep my opinions to myself if I don't know someone very well! But at work, it's important to talk to people and connect, so these are some great tips to make it easier.

This last article is my favorite - it talks about how "smart" technology can make living with a disability easier. I wrote about my Hue lights here and my Alexa here - I totally agree that these things make it easier for me! But I also share his wish that more technology was developed with people with disabilities in mind - the lack of representation means that some of the potential these products have are dampened by the way they are built and used.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Interview with the Health Activist Network

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by and featured in the Health Activist Network. This is a platform started by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation as a way for health activists to gather (virtually and in-person) and share/discuss their work with health activism.

Using this platform was part of my fellowship with the JHF (you can read about that here, here, and here). As you may know if you're a regular reader, while my fellowship ended in November, I've been continuing my advocacy work. I had the most amazing time working with them during the fellowship - they truly gave me the background and training that I needed to get my work off the ground. I definitely don't think that I'd be where I am if not for the fellowship, and I was really honored that they were willing to continue to work with me post-fellowship.

I was really grateful to be featured by the Health Activist Network, and to be given the chance to talk a bit more in-depth about what I'm hoping to do. There's even a YouTube interview, too!

As a relatively new activist, one of the hardest things to do is to get my voice out there - there are so many people speaking, and so many causes that people feel passionate about. That's why I feel so incredibly thankful that the JHF and Health Activist Network are helping to spread my message!

You can check out the interview here, and the YouTube video below. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Why Straws Matter

You may have seen the articles in the news lately about cities around the US that have decided to ban or limit the use of plastic straws in restaurants. The point is to limit plastic waste, and help keep the oceans clean of clutter and garbage. On the surface, these things sound great, and sound like things I would totally support. Except... I can't.

My need for straws is something of a running joke between me and my family/friends (don't worry, I'm in on the joke). I ask for straws everywhere I go - restaurant, coffee shops, my own house. Cups and glasses are heavy for me - I can't lift them to my mouth and tip them to be able to drink. And if the liquid gets too low and I have to tip my neck back a little bit? Well, if my next tips back, I can't get it back up by myself. So straw are a necessity for me.

So things that a straw ban worry me. I'm not the only person with a disability who needs a straw to drink. I think we rush to these extremes so quickly that we don't stop to think about the full picture, and how these bans might have negative impact on large groups of people. Does that mean every time I go to Starbucks or out to dinner, I need to make sure I bring enough straws for every drink I might have?

I'm more that fine with restaurants only giving out a straw if a customer asks for one (which, honestly, is what I think happens most of the time anyway). But banning them altogether has vast consequences - hopefully unintentional ones - that would make navigating social situations considerably more difficult for someone like me.

This is why compromise is key. Make sure all people are represented in the room where policy decisions like this are being made. All it takes is one voice pointing out the problems with bans like these - but you have to give people the chance to speak, and make sure you're listening.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Classic in Leather

As much fun as I had at the concert I went to over the weekend, I was nervous all day that it was going to end up being a complete downpour during the whole show. Luckily, the rain held off until right after the show ended, but it was cloudy and overcast all day, and a little bit chilly.

I was trying ti figure out what to wear - something that would be okay for work during the day and for the concert in the evening, because I didn't have time to come home in between and I didn't want to have to bring a complete outfit change. Layering is the smart way to go, but also kind of a pain for me. I'd much rather do a wrap, because it's easier for me to move around in, but it's not quite as warm as something with sleeves.

Jackets don't usually fit me very well - things don't zip or button correctly when you're sitting, so it's hard to find something that's the right fit. But after the concert on Friday, I realized that I "needed" a (faux) leather jacket with a drape front. Drape front means that I don't have to worry about the buttoning or zippering issue, and it's also easier for me to get it off/on (with help). It's a fun twist on the classic leather jacket, and still timeless.

So I spent the weekend browsing online, and pulled together my favorites below. I can't decide which to choose - let me know which you'd pick!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Making Things Happen

I'm so happy it's finally summer. I know that I keep mentioning it, but it's because I really am SO happy - honestly, I think everything just seems better and easier in the summer.

One of my favorite things about summer is going to outdoor concerts. I love live music all year round, but hearing it outside is just such an experience. So this weekend I kicked off my outdoor concert series by seeing Vance Joy at Stage AE.
Stage AE is actually one of my favorite concert venues in Pittsburgh - it's small enough that you can see the stage from every spot, and they have designated accessible viewing areas so that I can see above the heads of the rest of the crowd.

Alice Merton was the opener - she's a singer/songwriter whose first single came out in 2016. In between songs, she was talking about getting her first single released, and she said that no record label would sign her, so she actually started her own label because she believed in herself so much. She said it wasn't an easy process, but one that (clearly) was worth it for her.

I really loved this reminder that sometimes, you have to make things happen for yourself. That it's not only about believing in yourself, but about following through and taking action. And while that's the most important part, it's also the hardest.

Starting something big, whether it's a record label or an advocacy project or anything else - can seem incredibly overwhelming. It's so hard to know where to even start. I've been making some progress, slowly, on my advocacy project, so I thought I'd share what I learned so far.

  • Take baby steps
    When something seems so overwhelming, the best way to start is by taking baby step after baby step. Pick something little, that's easy to check off your list, and do that. Even if it seems like something insignificant, it's progress, and forward motion, and that's what matters!
  • Talk to everyone and anyone
    This one is hard for me, because I'm not one that likes to just talk to people about projects I'm still in the process of working on! But you never know who you'll meet that might be interested in connecting and learning more about what you're doing.
  • Take people up on their offers
    So, after you've talked to people, you should take them up on whatever they might offer you. Whether it's a connection, a phone call, a donation... accept it graciously. You do need other people's help, so when they offer it, make sure you accept it!
I'd love to hear any tips you have - let me know in the comments!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Favorites

We made it to the weekend! I'm not a huge Anglophile, but I'm looking forward to going to a friend's house to watch the Royal Wedding (we're recording it, though, not watching live at 7 AM, which I'm very grateful for ). I also am headed to a concert tonight, if the rain holds out... fingers crossed for me!

On to the weekly favorites...

I had to share this interview with the Miranda family (as in, the family of Lin-Manuel Miranda) about the importance of philanthropy in their lives. It's so refreshing to see that they still have such a focus on helping others, no matter how "famous" they get! I know I don't actually know any of them, but they seem like such genuinely kind people.

I love when orchestras do their take on pop songs - it's just such an unexpected combination, and it just sounds so GOOD! Check out this arrangement of "Love Song," sung by Sara Bareilles herself.


You've probably heard this audio clip making its way around the Internet - is it "yanny" or "laurel?" I can't hear anything but laurel, and can't understand how anyone could possibly hear anything else!

Yesterday I talked about accessibility and technology, and then saw this article about Microsoft releasing an adaptive Xbox controller - what timing! The whole article is worth a read, and I loved learning that Microsoft has en entire lab devoted to "Inclusive Tech."

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

This week is a heavy week for accessibility and disability posts (two in a row!) but sometimes that's just the way it works out. I feel like it's a fairly accurate representation of my real life, too - sometimes disability-related things are a bigger focus in my life, and sometimes they're more in the background.

I recently found out that today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), so I wanted to do a quick post to highlight the day and what it's trying to achieve. GAAD focuses on technology, and making it more accessible to people with disabilities. I'm really glad to learn that this day exists, and that some group of people are working towards this goal globally.

Technology moves so quickly that sometimes, I don't think people slow down to think about who the technology is really serving. I've talked about representation of people with disabilities here before, but I think it's so important in terms of technology. These innovations have the potential to have profound implications on people's lives... positively and negatively. We need to make sure that the technology we're building and designing is going to improve everyone's lives, and not just deepen the divide between those who can utilize it, and those who cannot.

That's why I think representation is so key, and why I won't shut up about it. Because including people with disabilities in all stages of technological development is the only way to make sure that the technology created is something that we can actually use

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Good Service Goes A Long Way

Over the weekend, I finally made it to check out Floor 2, the restaurant in the Fairmont Hotel. The restaurant closed and then re-opened last year, with a new look and new menu. It looks stunning - the bar area is gorgeous - and the new menu was great, too. But the best part of the night, by far, was the service.
Going out to a restaurant is a bit of a gamble for me. I love going out to eat, but I always make sure to check out the menu ahead of time. Not only can I be a little bit of a picky eater, but I have to make sure there's something on the menu that will be easy for me to eat. Something that requires a lot of cutting isn't going to be ideal, because I'm going to need more help. And it's not that the people I'm eating with aren't willing to help - they are, of course - but it's just another thing I'd need help with.

But I now know that I don't have to worry about any of that if I am out to eat at Floor 2 - especially if my new favorite waitress, Katie, is there to serve me. From the very beginning to the end of the meal, Katie went out of her way to make sure she accommodated my needs. She asked me if I would like a straw in my drink WITHOUT me having to ask for one, and she asked me which side was my stronger side so she could be sure to put my drink on that side. When I ordered a seafood dish that came with some mussels, she let me know that she'd asked the kitchen to remove them from the shells for me, and asked if I'd like them to cut up my sea bass, as well.

These might sound like minor, simple things to you, but I cannot tell you how impressed I was. Katie went out of her way to make my meal as enjoyable as possible, without making me feel like I had to impose on her, and without being prompted. Most impressive of all, she never assumed what I wanted, but just presented me with options that might make things easier for me.

It's little things like this that I appreciate the most - things that make me feel included, but not singled out. I hope that one day, we get to a point where this is the norm, rather than the exception. But until then, I want to make sure to highlight situations where accommodations are done well, and not only ones where I think improvement is needed! So thank you, Katie, for allowing me to have such a fantastic dining experience - I will definitely be back.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Women Who Rock

I always love finding fun events happening in Pittsburgh to give my life a little variety, because otherwise I tend to find myself going back to my same favorite places over and over. So when I saw a post about Women Who Rock on Instagram, I was really excited - it looked like it would be a really great night, and it was raising money for Magee-Womens Research Institute and breast cancer research.
You know that one of my good friends, Katie, was diagnosed with breast cancer - she wrote about her experiences with breast cancer in a series on this blog (you can find the posts here, here, here, here, and here). I'm always happy to donate what I can to charitable causes, but having a personal connection to a cause always makes it seem a bit more meaningful.
I wasn't really sure what to expect, but it turned out to be such an amazing night. The event was held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square, and I started the night by walking the "pink carpet" that they had set up outside - I'll never pass up a photo opp! They had some incredible female musicians performing, and a really fun "beauty bar" room where I was able to get a quick styling from Drybar (you know you have a blowout addiction when the store manager recognizes you...) and a make-up touch up from Sephora.

The best part of the night, in my opinion, was how enthusiastic everyone was about supporting the research done by Magee, and supporting the other women attendees and performer It was really such a great experience!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Mother's Day Weekend

Some weekends, I end up wanting to do nothing more than sit at home, watch a few hours of Netflix or a good movie, and read a book. Other weekends, like this past one, there are too many things that I want to do!
I started out the weekend at The Frick Art Museum - they had an exhibit featuring works by Degas, Monet, and Van Gogh. Degas is one of my favorite artists - I love his ballerina works - so I couldn't pass up the chance to see his Little Dancer sculpture up close! The exhibit was fantastic, and if you're in Pittsburgh, you should definitely check it out - I think I'll be back before it closes!

Saturday and Sunday I went to two great restaurants - Floor 2, the recently re-opened restaurant in The Fairmont downtown, and had a delicious brunch at Senti for Mother's Day, after which I was stuffed for hours!
I'm incredibly grateful for my mom, and that she has always been there to help and support me - and I think that takes on a different meaning for me, as someone who needs a lot of physical help. For years, we didn't have any personal care aides who helped us at home, so it was just my parents helping my sister and I with everything we needed. And since we were girls, there were things we just were more comfortable with my mom doing! In some ways, we're probably a lot closer than other mothers and daughters - privacy takes on a different meaning when you need help with going to the bathroom or taking a shower.

This isn't to say that it has always been a smooth, easy relationship - it can be difficult to balance personalities and freedom and mood swings, and it's hard when you want space but you can't get it because you still need more help with whatever you're in the middle of doing. But we always get past it, and we're probably closer because of it.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Liz's Nutrition Notes: Shopping Wisely for Whole Grains

Quiz yourself: Which of these two breads pictured below is whole wheat?

This is actually a trick question - we can't tell just from the picture!

In the above picture, the white bread is more than likely refined. Refined grains have been processed to improve shelf life and create a smoother texture. During the milling process, the germ and bran are removed. 

The brown bread pictured above appears to be whole wheat. HOWEVER, it may not be whole wheat. In order to figure out if bread or another product is whole grain, look at/for the following things:
  • Look for the National Whole Grain Council Stamp. There are different variations of the stamp. The stamp on the left is a "basic" stamp whereas the one on the right is the "100% stamp"
  • Check the ingredients list. Multi-grain breads are not necessarily whole grain breads. If the product is indeed a 100% whole grain product, then the first ingredient should have WHOLE in front of the type of flour. (i.e. WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR or WHOLE GRAIN FLOUR).  
Some quick tips:
  • If the first ingredient reads “wheat flour,” then this is not a whole grain/wheat product
  • There are whole wheat WHITE flour breads, meaning the bread is whole wheat/grain… in this case the bran is white so the bread is white. This has helped with getting children to consume whole grains. Again, read the ingredients and look for the word “WHOLE” in front of the type of flour
  •   A full serving of whole grains contains anywhere from 0.5-3 grams of fiber

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mad About Maxis

I'm someone who has very strong opinions on almost anything. This is no surprise to anyone who knows me in real life, but might not be so obvious to people who aren't quite as close to me.
When I say almost anything, I mean it. So when maxi dresses started to come back into style, I quickly decided I hated maxis and refused to wear one. And not am I opinionated, I'm also known to be a bit stubborn (I prefer decisive, but...). So my maxi hatred lasted a good two years. I don't exactly remembered what the tipping point was where I decided it would be ok to give one a try, but I was sold from that moment on.

I love that maxi dresses make you look like you put in more effort than you really did, and I really love how comfortable they are. I basically feel like they're a version of pajamas that are acceptable to wear out in the world! I've gone so far to the maxi dress side that I now might own more maxis than non-maxis. I have a particular favorite from ASOS (now sold out) that I love so much I own in four different colors! Clearly, my decisive streak works both ways - when I decide I love something, I am all in.

My favorite maxi might be sold out, but there are so many other cute ones - I pulled together some of my favorites below!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

My Happy Place

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is read for a bit after work. Since I don't live close enough to work to walk home, I'm not usually super excited to get into the car after being inside at work all day. So sitting outside, getting some sunshine, and reading for a little while is the perfect way for me to relax and unwind.

This means that most days, you can find me in Schenley Plaza. The area actually used to be a parking lot (years ago), but they tore it up and turned it into an amazing "green space" in the middle of Oakland. It has little food kiosks, is home to one of my favorite restaurants The Porch, and has tables, chairs, and a big covered tent. It's the perfect space to hang out when the sun comes out. It can get a little bit crowded when Pitt is in session, but once classes let out for the summer, it's much calmer!

That's why Schenley Plaza is my "happy place" in Oakland. I've spent almost every day there after work now that the weather has cooperated - I finally finished reading My Absolute Darling (dark, but amazing), and have moved on to Circe. I'm looking forward to spending many more days there this summer (and probably into the fall, for as long as possible...), so send any book recommendations you have my way!

Monday, May 7, 2018

2018 Pittsburgh Half-Marathon

Happy post-marathon Monday! Yesterday, I got up bright and early (actually, dark and early because the sun had not yet risen) to cheer on my mom and friends running in the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon. It was Pittsburgh's 10th year in this series of marathons/half-marathons, and the first half-marathon ever for two of my friends, so it was a special year!
For the past few years, we've had a team running for Cure SMA, and I'm so honored and appreciative that my friends and family want to run to fundraise for SMA support and research! Race day weather ended up being perfect for runners (a little chilly for us spectators, but we managed) and Team Cure SMA had a great half-marathon run.

Marathon days are rough for my family as spectators because my mom running means that it's on my dad to help me and my sister get ready. That's not to say that my dad never helps out on a normal morning (see, Dad?! You're getting your credit!), but it's different when it's only him - we're not quite the well-oiled machine that we usually are. We have to get up reallyyyy early to make it downtown in time to see everyone near the finish line! But it's totally worth it, and we all make up for it for it later with some afternoon naps.

And, last but very definitely not least - thanks to all who shared and donated to Cure SMA through my mom's run! We appreciate it more than you could know.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend! I can't wait to cheer on my mom and my friend (and all the other runners!) downtown on Sunday.

Last night was the happy hour on stage at Heinz Hall to officially launch the Pittsburgh Symphony's Young Professionals Club. It was a really fun night - the happy hour was actually held on stage, and we got to hear some incredible performances from symphony members! I cant wait for the next event.

Now, on to what else I've found this week...

I've been playing the newest #Hamildrop (monthly "drop" of a Hamilton related song/video/media) on repeat since Monday when it was released. I cannot get over how good it is! Take a listen below and let me know if you're as obsessed as I am.

This article from The New York Times about the influence of Meghan Markle and her style is great. I do love all of the cute bags she carries (though they are generally out of my budget), and it's crazy to see how many other people feel the same way, and what happens to a brand/item when she is seen with it.

This line of greeting cards (currently sold exclusively at Giant Eagle) is SO Pittsburgh, I couldn't help but laugh. Sometimes living in Pittsburgh, you get so used to the unique accents and language that it's easy to forget it sounds really strange to outsiders!

Grease has been one of my favorite movies for as long as I can remember. I had multiple 50s themed birthday parties, where I made my friends dress up in homemade poodle skirts and go to a local ice cream shop that had an old-school jukebox and fit the theme. I thought it was really cool to see how this iconic scene came together!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Ms. Wheelchair PA USA Wednesday

I thought it would be fun to post occasional updates about the Ms. Wheelchair USA pageant, and my involvement with it, between now and when I compete in Nationals in July! It's been a whirlwind of an experience so far, and I want to be sure I share it. Today I'm going to give a little bit of background on why I got involved and what I'm looking forward to.

I've talked before about wanting to get more involved in advocacy around accessibility, and when one of my friends found out about Ms. Wheelchair USA and shared it with me, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I'm excited for all the different parts of Nationals - meeting the other women, getting to explore Ohio, doing community service projects throughout the week, wearing a pretty dress - but there is one part that stands out the most to me. One of the most exciting parts is that each woman has to choose a platform that they're interested in, that they will then worth to further throughout their "reign."

While the platform does not have to be wheelchair-related, it will not be a big surprise to anyone who reads my blog that mine is! I'm really looking forward to use my title as Ms. Wheelchair PA USA to improve and increase the inclusion of people with disabilities into their communities. I can't wait to start partnering with more organizations around the city to help further this goal.

If you're interested in helping me raise money for Nationals - which I would really appreciate! - you can donate here - you just click on "Sponsor HEATHER TOMKO - Pennsylvania." Thank you so so much to those who have donated already!!