TSA of Greater Washington



April 2013
In This Issue
YA's Raise Awareness
Summer Camp!
Support Group Updates
Quick Links

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Get in touch with us!  The TSAGW Board of Directors is meeting later this month to plan programs, events, fundraising and more.  Do you have ideas you want to share, programs you think we need to pursue, or fundraising events you want to help create?  If so, share your ideas with us!  Just email us your thoughts, ideas, questions, comments or concerns and the board will review them as part of their planning process.  Thank you!  And now read on for more news of TSAGW activities. 
Let's Raise Awareness!
Two new YA's are ready to present - and represent!
Fresh from their YA training program, our new Youth Ambassadors, Samantha Swindell and Gavin McCool visited Capitol Hill in mid-March to visit with staff members of Virginia Senators Warner and Kaine, and Congressman Cantor.  With presentations both compelling and well-articulated, they made a powerful impact and demonstrated their ability to advocate on behalf of those living with TS.  Now home, they will join our existing Youth Ambassadors and be available to present to classrooms and other youth groups to raise awareness and understanding of TS. Don't let this valuable resource pass you by --- contact the chapter office if you would like to arrange for a YA presentation at your school or for a youth group.  We have trained YA's in VA and MD who can be available to present.
Camp Connect for Kids with TS
Time to register - Camp runs June 23-29   
Camp Connect is part of the group of Brainy Camps run by a non-profit organization that is a subsidiary of the Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine at Chilldren's National Medical Center.  All of the camps were developed to provide a fun, residential camp for children living with chronic health conditions. The camp is staffed by health care professionals and this particular camp for children age 7-17 with TS has been operating for 8 summers.  The camp is in High View, WV, not far from Winchester, VA. Check it out!
Connect with others, learn, share.  
Click on the link above to visit the TSAGW Support Group webpage for all contact info and more details on all of our groups. We have a lot going on!
Richmond Support Group - Bowling Party, April 13 - 1pm. Mark your calendar - we will kick off this new group with an event that will be fun for the whole family.  The location is Bowl America Short Pump located at 4400 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.  Cost is $5 per game and $5 for shoe rental.  RSVP ASAP to Beth Baxter.  Hope to see you there!
DC-Maryland Suburbs Support Group Meeting - Kick-off meeting will be Thursday, April 18 at 7pm at Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring in Education Room 3 just off the main lobby.  Bring your questions and issues, as well as your ideas for future group activities, speakers and topics. Contact Jennifer in the TSAGW office for more information.
Northern Virginia - Next Meeting - Wednesday, June 12 - 7pm
The next meeting of the NoVA group will be on Wednesday June 12 - topic info to follow. The group meets at Fair Oaks Hospital and directions can be found on our Support Group page.
North Baltimore - The group held a very successful rock-climbing event in March and will be scheduling their next meeting soon.  For more information on the group email Alicia. 
Frederick MD - The planning for the next meeting is underway with details to follow.  For information on this group, please email Diane Thornley.
Virginia Beach - The steering committee will be announcing their first meeting very soon - watch for the email!  For information on this group, email Jessica Gibson.
Join TSA and TSAGW Today
Membership in TSA includes TSA of Greater Washington 

Have you joined TSA this year?  If not, we encourage you to make the investment in the only national organization dedicated to advocacy and research on behalf of those living with TS.  Most non-profits, including National TSA and TSAGW, have struggled over the past several years during the economic downturn and are now trying to build back up with the help of our supporters and frieinds.  Individual membership is just $45/year and benefits include quarterly newsletters, research updates, and support of TSAGW, your local chapter, and our services. Please visit the TSA site to join online or to download the form - and thank you!

As always, if you need assistance or information, or would like to offer your help to the chapter, please contact us at admin@tsagw.org or call the office at 410-867-1151.  We look forward to hearing from you!