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Maureen's Hope to hold inspirational program for youth

Today's teens are seeking inspiration and Maureen's Hope is delivering.

More than 86 students have signed up for the program "Live Your Life to the Fullest," which will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Aspen House in Radisson.

"Our Maureen's Hope Youth Club has done many projects to support the foundation and our community," said Susan Bertrand, founder of Maureen's Hope. "I felt this was a way to give back to the kids and inspire them as we start the New Year."

This event is open to students in ninth through 12th grades. Guest speakers are Michael Mort, who has lived his life with Duchene's Muscular Dystrophy, and Bryan Morgan of Dynamic Health and Fitness.

"Michael is a 2009 graduate of Liverpool High School and he has handled adversity in his life with such a positive spirit and outlook," Bertrand said. "The students will be able to relate to Michael, and I think his story will offer them some meaningful insight as they go through their day to day experiences."

Mort and Morgan put together a 90-minute, interactive and thought provoking presentation. Mort's 15-year-old brother Andy, who is passionate about music and also has lived his life with Duschenne's MS, will incorporate music into the program.

"The high school years can be such a busy time for students with academics, athletics and work that I want this to be an evening for them to take time for themselves...a little food for the soul," Bertrand said. "It is a wonderful way to start off the New Year feeling inspired."

Students are asked to RSVP Bertrand at maureenshope@yahoo.com, as space is limited.

Maureen's Hope is a not-for-profit organization offering support and assistance to people facing the challenges of cancer and other life threatening illness. The organization has been able to provide more than 400 baskets to cancer patients over the past five years in addition to providing patients with cleaning services for their home; meals for the family; complementary therapy; and more. For more information, visit maureenshope.org.

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