I just started working as the Editor of a new Kansas City magazine, Parenting Children with Special Needs. Our first issue came out last week, July 15, and now should be blanketing Kansas City area hospitals, medical offices, schools and more! I am so proud of this publication – started by a Grain Valley mom of a little boy with kidney disease, its mission is to “to empower parents of children with special needs by communication, understanding, information, encouragement, support and guides to services.” I sent out a news release yesterday to a long list of Kansas City media, and already we’re working on an in-studio interview for one of the major TV stations! The next issue comes out September 15 and covers behavior issues. More on that in the coming weeks … For now, here’s the news release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kara Cowie
GRAIN VALLEY MOM LAUNCHES NEW MAGAZINE –
PARENTING CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
First issue going to 20,000 area families through schools, hospitals, businesses and more.
(Kansas City, Mo.) Monday, July 19, 2010 – Stephanie Myers of Grain Valley knows firsthand the joys – and challenges – of parenting a child with special needs. Her 2-year-old son Brayden has chronic kidney disease (CKD) and will need a kidney transplant in the next two to three years. Myers also knows how difficult it can be for families to find the education, support and hope they need. That’s why the stay-at-home mom is returning to work – as publisher of Kansas City’s new magazine, Parenting Children with Special Needs.
The bi-monthly magazine’s first issue hits newsstands this week The magazine features articles on the day-to-day life of raising and caring for special needs children, along with resources, information from healthcare professionals and stories and photos from parents. The July/August issue of Parenting Children with Special Needs will be distributed to an estimated 20,000 families across Kansas City through schools, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies, area businesses and more.
“Our mission is to empower parents of children with special needs by communication, understanding, information, encouragement, support and guides to services,” Myers said.
Inspired by Myers’ personal experiences, each issue of Parenting Children with Special Needs will also “pay it forward,” providing surprise financial gifts to families in need of a little extra help. At least $1,200 will be given away with the July/August issue. Learn more about this program and find additional resources at www.pcwsn.com.
A magazine launch party, open to all special needs families, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 28 at Faulkner’s Ranch,10600 Raytown Road in Kansas City. This free event, featuring pony rides, a petting zoo, crafts, music and more, will allow parents to meet others raising with special needs.