Shelley DeBouter has faced severe medical challenges since being diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at the age of seven. Despite the fact that she is legally disabled, she adopted and raised her daughter, Sarah, as a single mom. Sarah is now an honor student at Norwich University.
Shelley is a strong advocate for organ donation, and dedicates her time providing practical and emotional support to people facing amputation and organ transplants, as she has experienced both.
She also has a passion for baking. As a result of a successful kidney/pancreas transplant, she is finally able to eat what she bakes.
Karen Turner is a California native who spent eight years as an Investigative Assistant with the US Secret Service, and nine years as owner of Elegant Expressions, a calligraphy and event planning studio. For the past ten years, she has worked as an Executive Assistant supporting the CEO of a nationally recognized Phoenix-based company.
Karen moved to the Phoenix area with her husband and young son in February of 2005. Sadly, her husband died suddenly in August of 2007 of an aortic dissection when their son was just 4 1/2 years old. She formed the non-profit organization, Acts of Simple Kindness (“ASK”), in 2009 to support children who were struggling with the challenges of losing a parent, having experienced firsthand the difficulties of being a young widow and mother of a small child grappling with the loss of his father.
Karen’s strength following her husband’s passing, and the compassion she showed for others experiencing young widowhood, exemplifies courage in the face of adversity.
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