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VOL. 21 NO 8                                                                               AUGUST 2020

      First Front Row Lecture Series At Abacoa

      Report and Photos by Penny Sheltz
         Before the virus this year Scripps held their first lecture
      of the Front Row Lecture Series at Scripps Research at
      Abacoa in Jupiter. Scripps president and CEO Peter Schultz,
      Ph.D., spoke on many topics important to anyone who has
      experienced cancer, dementia, ALS or any incurable disease
      in their family. Solving ongoing medical problems has
      become a major focus and strength for Scripps Research as
      they want to find discoveries to improve lives.

                                                                                                              Research is so important to find a cure for Alzheimer’s
                                                            Schultz said, our understanding of what drives disease at   with almost six million people and their families suffering
                                                         the molecular level is expanding exponentially in this age of   from this disease.
                                                         genomics and artificial intelligence. Yet we still face major      Scripps Research is in chemistry, molecular medicine,
                                                         challenges finding effective treatments for diseases ranging   neuroscience, biochemistry and immunology. They study
                                                         from cancer to dementia. How can biomedical research   degenerative disease of aging like osteoarthritis, autoimmune
                                                         institutes bridge this gap?                       diseases, cancer and more. CALIBR is their nonprofit drug
                                                            In the first lecture of Florida’s Scripps new Front Row   discovery program with funding from the Gates Foundation
                                                         Lecture Series, Peter Schultz, a pioneering chemist, shared   and Pharma.
                                                         his vision for ensuring that discoveries made in biomedical
                                                         research institutes reach patients and improve lives.   Front Row Lecture Series on page 6
       Live Like Jake Foundation Announces

       New Date For 5K Run/Walk In Jupiter

       Sixth Annual Event Will Raise                        “We are excited to once again host this event,” said Keri   If you go:

       Awareness About Childhood                         Morrison, executive director of the foundation, and mother to   Where:  Abacoa Town Center, 1260 University Blvd,
                                                         Jake Morrison. “Drowning prevention classes are something
                                                                                                           Jupiter, FL 33458
       Drowning Prevention                               that literally cannot wait. We need to raise money, award   When:   Aug. 29
                                                         scholarships, and help prepare children with water safety skills.”  Schedule:
          In light of the pandemic,                         Live Like Jake Foundation was created after the tragic   6 a.m. Race day registration opens
       Live Like Jake Foundation has                     drowning death of Jake Morrison at the age of 2 years, 10   7 a.m. Timed 5K Run and 5K Walk
       rescheduled their annual 5K                       months while on vacation. His parents, Keri and Roarke   7:45 a.m. Jake’s Mile – 1 mile memorial walk
       event for August 29, 2020 in                      Morrison, created the foundation to raise awareness for   8:15 a.m. free Kids’ Fun Run (100 yard dash with medals
       Abacoa Town Center, Jupiter,                      childhood drowning prevention. Live Like Jake provides   given out to all children)
       Florida. The sixth annual Live                    self-rescue swim lesson scholarships for those who cannot   8:30 a.m. Awards for 5K age group winners (Note: only 5K
       Like Jake 5K Run/Walk was                         afford them as well as emotional and financial assistance   runners are chip-timed)
       originally scheduled to take                      for families who have lost a loved one or have a child with   8 to 10 a.m. free Kids’ Zone
       place on Saturday, May 9.                         critical care needs.                              Registration:
          Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) is once again the      According to the Centers for Disease Control, drownings
       event’s Lifesaver Sponsor and the parents and younger   are a leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1      For more event details, visit
       siblings of Jake Morrison will honor his life by raising   to 14, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.   details/. Sponsorships, “sleep in” donations, and team
       awareness for the prevention of childhood drowning.   In 2019, the race had nearly 1,600 participants and over 80   fundraising opportunities are available. For information
          The walk will begin at 7 a.m. (registration opens at 6 a.m.)   sponsors. The Morrisons have two daughters: Julia, age 6, and   about the event or the 501(c)(3) foundation, please email
       and will feature a timed 5K run, 5K walk, 1 mile memorial   Josie, age 4. Keri says both graduated from their ISR lessons   Keri Morrison, founder of Live Like Jake Foundation, at
       walk and kids’ fun run. In addition, attendees can visit the   and now swim like fish. They encourage all parents to get ISR or call (561) 441-7611. Donations
       kids’ zone filled with activities for children of all ages.   lessons for their children as soon as possible.  may also be mailed directly to the foundation at P.O. Box
                                                                                   Since the foundation was   31652, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420.
                                                                                 created, more than 1,800   About The Live Like Jake Foundation
                                                                                 ISR self-rescue swim lesson      Committed to honoring the life and joy of Jake Roarke
                                                                                 scholarships have been    Morrison, our foundation’s mission is to raise awareness for
                                                                                 awarded. “Without the support   drowning prevention and help other families who have lost a
                                                                                 of our local community, this   loved one or have a child with critical care needs. We achieve
                                                                                 work would not be possible.   this by providing survival swim lesson scholarships to those
                                                                                 Together, with multiple layers   who cannot afford them and also by providing financial
                                                                                 of safety and survival swim   assistance to those families who have lost a loved one or
                                                                                 lessons, we can save lives,”   have a child with critical care needs. Visit
                                                                                 continued Morrison.       and
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