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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 1/18/2011

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Orbitz is offering 50% off a bunch of all-inclusive, beach hotels at destinations such as  Jamaica, London, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Cabos, Paris, and more.  Book by 1/23/11. (Via Travel+Leisure) How about some wining and dining in gorgeous Napa Valley? The Michelin-rated Napa River Inn  is offering a Wine & Foodie Package for $200 off per night plus some additional goodies, including: $100-per-night credit at various restaurants, gourmet breakfast in bed, and wine tasting. The deal is valid for travel Sunday-Thursday through January. (Via TravelZoo) Escape the winter chill and head to warm and festive Puerto Vallarta with Continental Airlines. The carrier is offering a rare discounted round-trip rate of $238 on trips (out of Houston) completed on or before March 31. (Via AJC) Alternatively, embrace the winter season and hit the ski slopes in Hayden/Steamboat Springs, CO. United Airlines is currently offering roundtrip airfare for as low as $169 from select U.S. cities, including: Boston, Philadelphia, Orlando and  Washington Dulles. Book by 1/31/11 for travel between now and 4/10/2011. (Via travel-ticker) Fly.com has the inside on getting a cheap roundtrip ticket to one of the most eclectic cities in the world, Tokyo. Currently, flights out of San Francisco and

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Young Woman Survives Cancer and Becomes Humanitarian Globetrotter


In support of cancer awareness in general (October is Breast Cancer Awareness month), we interviewed survivor extraordinaire, Meaghan Edelstein. Two years ago, at age 28, Meaghan was diagnosed with stage 3B cervical cancer and told her chances of survival were slim. But she waged a victorious battle against the illness and then went on to establish Spirit Jump, a “grassroots non-profit organization with a mission to provide hope and comfort” to those battling cancer. During her own ordeal, Meaghan was so comforted by the “uplifting cards and inspirational gifts” that she has duplicated this experience for other cancer victims through Spirit Jump. Meaghan, yours is a remarkable story of survival against the odds and we toast to your continued health! Good luck as you travel around the globe dispensing comfort to others battling cancer. Here are a few of Meaghan’s travel tips: 1. Is there a gadget you can’t live without? I cannot live without my iPhone! Spirit Jump runs 100% through social media and email. We have people all over the world trying to connect with us and that means at all hours of the day. With my iPhone I can stay connected no matter where I am or