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Monthly community newspaper. Direct mailed to homes and businesses in the 32940 & 32955 zip codes. Distributed for pick-up in local high-traffic areas.

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  • Once bullied teen barks back

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    J a n u a r Y 2 0 1 3 VOLuMe 6 issue 12

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    Anti-bullying continued to page 9

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    Viera VOiCe George WhiteGabrielle Ford of Suntree uses her dogs and her experience

    with illness and bullying during high school, to help spread the word against bullies at schools and other events nationwide. She wrote Still Dancing to explain her challenges and current efforts.

    BY GeOrGe WHiTeAfter being bullied in high school because of her illness, Gabrielle Gabe Ford of Viera, now a national anti-bullying spokesperson, had all but given up, for nearly four years shutting herself in and the world out.I just thought everybody would treat me like those kids in school did. I cut myself off from people really, she said.That was before she got a long-eared coonhound name Izzy as a reward for starting to get out of her shell.The only one I even wanted around me all the time was my dog. I love animals so much because they are always there. She didnt care what I looked like or that I couldnt do things anymore, she said. Ford, who moved to Viera from Michigan in March, suffers from a rare genetic neuromuscular disease called Friedreichs Ataxia.Ataxia means without coordination. My nerves dont communicate that well with my muscles, my coordination is poor and its progressive. I was born with it. I was a dancer, just like most kids. When I was 12, I became symptomatic. I walked wobbly and I couldnt stand still, she said.Ironically, Izzy later would come down with a similar condition,

    Headmaster search launched at Holy Trinity Page 24

    Fords 2009 autobiography Still Dancing has

    garnered national media attention, first on Animal Planets A Pet Story and

    later a segment on the Today show and articles

    in Cosmopolitan and Guideposts.

    Whos the Superhero? Page 2

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    Call 321-242-1235

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    Viera VoiceVolume 6, Number 122012 BluewaterCreative Group, Inc.All rights reserved

    Address7630 N. Wickham rd.

    Suite 105Viera, FL 32940

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    PublisherBluewater creative Group, inc.

    Managing EditorJill Gaines

    Office ManagerLourdes Shaver

    Designercindy McKee

    Writers/ReportersMary Brotherton

    carl KotalaJeff Navin

    rosemary Lynnangela SmithGeorge WhiteLinda Wiggins

    Contributing WritersFrank Kneiser

    charlotte corbeil

    Web SpecialistKaren ragucci

    PhotographerDarrell Woehler

    Contributing Photographercharlie corbeil

    Viera Voice digital issue is online.

    Forward to friends! The entire contents of this newspaper are copyrighted by Viera Voice with all rights reserved. Viera Voice is

    not liable for errors or omissions in editorial, advertorial or advertising materials. Distribution of

    this newspaper does not constitute an endorsement of products or services herein.

    reproduction or use without permission, of editorial or graphic content in any manner is

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    Childrens real superheroes? GaL volunteers

    BY Linda WiGGinsGeorge Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton were not superheroes, but the money they appear on is, lessening the horror for children plucked from their homes for their safety, sometimes in the middle of the night, and then trotted through the courts

    system.The second annual Guardian Ad Litem Superhero Run will take off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, where adults, children and families can dress up as their favorite superhero and walk or run to raise awareness and money to help GALs serve childrens needs. Organizers hope to top

    the $10,000 raised last year.Friends of Children of Brevard is a nonprofit auxiliary group that purchases items and services not included in the Brevard County courts budget to create a sense of normalcy for the abused, neglected or abandoned children.Each year, hundreds of Brevard Countys children

    are removed from their homes and placed under the Dependency Court as the result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Each child is assigned a volunteer advocate called a Guardian ad Litem (GAL). When these Guardians have a child with an unmet need, they call upon Friends for help with almost anything: a bed, a bike, a pair of shoes or a school uniform. This helps to bring a sense of normalcy to their disrupted lives, said Patricia Williams, event coordinator and GAL spokesperson.The real superheroes are the GAL volunteers, none of whom consider themselves such, according to Williams.They leap tall obstacles in a single bound, cut through red tape with their X-ray vision,

    saturday, Jan. 12 at space Coast stadium

    7 a.m. Packet pickup and registration8 a.m. 5K start. Awards ceremony immediately following the race.

    9:15 a.m. Childrens run, no chargeCost is $20 for early registration,

    $25 day of runAdvance sales: packet pickup

    and registration takes place at Running Zone across from Brevard

    Community College Melbourne campus on Wickham Road,

    10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 11

    Viera VOiCe PhotoSuperheroes raise money to give abused children a sense of normalcy.

    and speed through challenges like a bullet, Williams said.They are the most humble, most willing to give of themselves, and the least interested in recognition of any kind.Brevards Superhero Run last year was the first such event in Florida, first launched by the GALs national network, Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, which hopes to spread the event across the state.For more information about the run, becoming a GAL volunteer or donating to help children in dependency, call Williams at 321-690-6823 or go to GALSuperheroRun.com. VV

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