This is a very special episode and one that's very near and dear to my heart. While on our recent trip to Orlando, I had a chance to sit down for a face to face with Kate Mazelin, Marketing Director of Give Kids The World.
Give Kids The World is an amazing place where kids with terminal, life threatening or serious health condions, along with their families, can spend time, make memories and find hope.
My family is one such family and we spent a week at Give Kids The World in 2017, when my oldest son has his wish granted.
Kate and I had an emotional discussion about what makes GKTW so special, why they do what they do and how they changed my family's life.
About Kate Mazelin:
Kate Mazelin is the Marketing Director at Give Kids The World. Kate has been with the Village since 2014. Prior to working for the Village she was the Program Director at Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Inc. in Zionsville, Indiana.
Kate is a licensed therapeutic riding instructor, holds a certificate in mental health intervention and has worked with children on the autism spectrum since 2005.
At Give Kids The World, Kate is a part of a dedicated team whose goal is to build the Give Kids The World brand and to build a battalion of supporters willing to donate to, volunteer for, and advocate on behalf of the organization.
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