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Cajun Navy Foundation

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“The Cajun Navy Foundation is rooted in technology. Yes, it’s boats, but it’s technology,” says Rob Gaudet, Founder of the Cajun Navy Foundation. While the Cajun Navy Foundation is a citizen-led relief effort, it wouldn’t be where it is today without... Read full article

Manners of the Heart

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She began going to lunch, armed with red paper napkins and silly puppets with spaghetti-filled mouths, to teach the children basic table manners, how to write thank-you notes, and how to have respect for one another.... Read full article

Finding Strength in the Struggle

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“I don’t remember a time when I was ever not conscience of my weight. I did a lot of swimming and played a lot of sports, but I was heavier. I was a bigger kid,” shares Jessica Stafford. When Jessica was 15 years old, she was in a bike accident tha... Read full article

Finding Purpose After Abuse

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Growing up in Arnaudville, Louisiana, Twahna P. Harris always knew who she was. “I was never one who cared what people thought of me because I had my own identity,” she says. “I knew what I wanted to be in life, and I was driven.”... Read full article

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital Child Life Specialists

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Hospitals can be intimidating and terrifying places, especially for children. At Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, 10 special people work their hardest to assure that the hospital can be a positive experience with even some fun and good memor... Read full article



Destined for Cupcake Greatness

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Haley, 19, has always loved to bake. As a child, she could usually be found carefully icing something she had just whipped up in the kitchen for her family.... Read full article

A Stand for Life, Independence, and Health

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Karen Roy has lived most of her life in a wheelchair. When she was 19, she was shot in the back during an armed robbery, resulting in a complete T-10 spinal cord injury.... Read full article

Building a Legacy of Love One Hug at a Time

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Avery Vasta is a preschooler at Central Primary in Gonzales. When she hears music, she has to stop and dance, and she’s free with hugs and kindness, making her a favorite at school and everywhere she goes. She loves Moana and Elena of Avalor. Avery, ... Read full article

100 Black Women of Baton Rouge

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When her young goddaughter’s parents passed away, 100 Black Women of Baton Rouge Chapter President, Dr. Tamiara L. Wade, was thrust into a mentoring role for her. It was through this experience that Dr. Wade realized how important an organization lik... Read full article

Fathers on a Mission

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“Growing up without my father in my life, I know first hand the struggles and neglect it can cause kids,” says Levar Robinson, Founder and President of Fathers on a Mission (FOAM). This direct experience is what propelled him to start the organizatio... Read full article

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