AJ Coleman, Chicago Author, Tells His Widower’s Survival Story in a Live Webinar

This webinar deals with raising an infant as a young widower and coping other challenges as they surfaced.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass.June 27, 2023PRLog — AJ Coleman, author of “Keep Those Feet Moving” will share his story of loss and provide his widower’s 8-step guide to surviving and thriving against all odds in a webinar hosted by the National Widowers’ Organization.

Keeping those feet moving: Lessons from a widowed parent

Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 8:30-9:15 pm EST

Coleman says. “Many of us don’t know or understand what our life’s purpose is or how to achieve it. I didn’t know my life’s purpose for a long time. Sometimes it takes an unthinkable event to occur in order for the purpose to reveal itself.  For me, it began with a cancer diagnosis. Not mine, it was my wife’s diagnosis—brain cancer, with a prognosis of less than two years to live. From that moment on, my entire perception of life changed. The world looked different. I cried for a few moments and then collected my thoughts. I decided that no matter what was coming, I would rise up and fight alongside my wife. It was during my wife’s fight, and then ultimately when I lost her, that I discovered my life’s mission: to inspire those directly or indirectly affected by cancer and other personal challenges to keep moving forward. However, to be completely honest, it took me some time to figure things out. In fact, it was a full five years after my wife’s initial diagnosis before I finally broke my silence through blogging—I haven’t looked back since.”


For more information contact info@nationalwidowers.org.

The National Widowers’ Organization, a 501c3 nonprofit, was formed in 2009 to help widowers deal with the death of their spouse or life partner and has expanded to understanding and promoting support for men and their families dealing with all forms of grief. Help and support is here for you and them at the National Widowers’ Organization (http://www.nationalwidowers.org/) and The Men’s Grief Network (http://www.mensgriefnetwork.org/).

Our mission is to support the community of men in grief by raising public awareness, providing education, research, and advocacy. Visit the National Widowers’ Organization, website (www.nationalwidowers.org) or Men’s Greif Network (www.mensgriefnetwork.org). Contact us by email for more information at info@nationalwidowers.org

Chicago Nonprofit Supporting Families Living with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Secures $1M Donation



CHICAGODec. 14, 2021PRLog — Chicago nonprofit Lorenzo’s House, an organization that works to empower families navigating younger-onset Alzheimer’s through innovative, specialized programming for both the person diagnosed, their care-partner-spouse and children, is capping off its eventful first year of operation by announcing a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor.

Founded just 11 months ago, Lorenzo’s House aims to reach families locally, nationally, and internationally. The donation will be used as seed funding to scale programs to match the demand in the community of overwhelmed and isolated families. Worldwide, an estimated 3.9 million people aged 30 to 65 years old are diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The nonprofit has reached thousands of people, including this recent donor, who said in a statement: “As someone who was a care-partner myself, I am so pleased to find a deserving place for this donation to carry on my late husband’s legacy. I have been searching for a place that takes an innovative approach to making a difference in the Alzheimer’s community, and I found it in Lorenzo’s House.”

“There is a huge need here – a need for community, for resources, and empowerment for the whole family in a comprehensive, integrated manner. As a social entrepreneur, I saw opportunities to bring light and our pilot projects this year have been very successful,” said Diana Shulla Cose, the founding executive director of Lorenzo’s House. “We are building a holistic support model that cares for the whole family – that’s been missing in this community.”

Shulla Cose is no stranger to finding inventive ways to provide services to overlooked communities. She served for 25 years as co-founder and president of Perspectives Schools, a network of public charter schools in Chicago. The network scaled from 40 students to over 2000 students with 250 staff, thanks in part to the $50M that was raised under her leadership.

In 2017, her husband Lorenzo was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s, turning life upside down for the couple and their two sons, just 11 and 14 at the time. She founded Lorenzo’s House out of a compelling desire to fill a gaping care and connection gap and empower her own family, as well as other families living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

“This niche group in the Alzheimer’s community is misunderstood and under-resourced,” said Dr. James Mastrianni, the Director of the Memory Center at the University of Chicago, and a Lorenzo’s House ally. “They struggle to find specialized resources as a younger family who is still working and raising children. As a neurologist, all too often I see the multidimensional problems experienced with a younger-onset diagnosis. We need a place like Lorenzo’s House to send families – a place that is creating a way for families to come together and to be empowered.”

Lorenzo’s House is currently wrapping up its ‘100 Days of Light’ end-of-year fundraising campaign, for which it has already raised over $250,000 from donations of $10 and more.

The resources couldn’t come at a more important time. “Every day, I hear from families, social workers, and medical professionals emphasizing how important our work is,” said Shulla Cose. “Thanks to the breathtaking generosity of this $1 million donation, we will build out our infrastructure and develop our programming. Our mission resonates with so many who are walking this very difficult path, and we intend to bring solidarity and comfort to them all.  We are just getting started.”

To learn more about Lorenzo’s House, visit www.lorenzoshouse.org

Chicago, IL Author Publishes Inspirational Christian Book

Finding Me in You, a new book by Evangelist Lorri A Neely, M. Th, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

With many different circumstances throughout a person’s life, women face very specific challenges that are hard to overcome, such as appearance, being rejected, pressure, or low self-esteem. Lorri Neely provides the encouragement one needs to survive these challenges through the comfort of God.

About the Author
Lorri Neely is a mother of three children and grandmother to three grandchildren. Her hobbies include traveling and reading. Neely’s also helps hurting women and counsels the youth. She holds a Master’s in Theology and a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies. Neely is also a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, and vice president of Daddy’s Girls International.

Finding Me in You is a 58-page paperback with a retail price of $10.00 (eBook $5.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6453-0801-0. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at http://dorrancepressroom.com/finding-me-in-you/ or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at https://bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com/finding-me-in-you/

Chicago, IL Author Publishes Book Of Empowerment

The Burning Truth of Tiffany Wright Tales: The Truth Believer Who Knows What’s Best and a Leader Who Rises to the Top, a new book by Tiffany Wright, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Where you come from is not where you’re going. Follow the origins of Tiffany Wright, a young girl raised on the Southside of Chicago, as she rises from underdog to successful business woman. See the effects of confidence and a never-say-die attitude, and learn to be true to yourself and take control of your life, just as she did.

About the Author
Tiffany Wright is an empowered woman who is a role model to people of all ages. Family is her number one priority. In all that she does, she strives to give back to those in need.

The Burning Truth of Tiffany Wright Tales: The Truth Believer Who Knows What’s Best and a Leader Who Rises to the Top is a 50-page paperback with a retail price of $10.00 and eBook ($5.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6480-4968-2. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at http://dorrancepressroom.com/the-burning-truth-of-tiffany-wright/ or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at http://bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com/the-burning-truth-of-tiffany-wright-tales-the-truth-believer-who-knows-whats-best-and-a-leader-who-rises-to-the-top/