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Katlyn's Hope, Inc.

By Shari Willis

I am Shari Willis, president of Katlyn's Hope, Inc. Following the death of our deafblind daughter, my husband and I started this organization. We give scholarships to deafblind children. You may contact us at this toll free number: (877) 677-HOPE (for parents only please). The phone number for others to call is: (316) 326-6118. Our e-mail address is khope@idir.net and our snail-mail address is Katlyn's Hope, Inc., 303 South Elm, Wellington, KS 67152. We will be getting a Web site very soon, hopefully by November 1st.

On November 15, 1998, CBS is airing a program, "Monday after the Miracle" starring Roma Downey. It is the story of Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller in Helen's adult years. The movie was filmed in Lawrence, Kansas, and as a result, we had the great fortune of hooking up with the producer. She invited us and several deafblind teenagers to the set, and let them tour the place and enjoy some of the filming. As a result of our meetings with the producer, she has arranged for a Public Service Announcement to air following the program. It is only 10 seconds in length, but it will give all pertinent Katlyn's Hope information so that families can contact us. We are really excited! The premiere for the movie was wonderful, the scholarship recipients were incredible, and we gave a 13 year-old boy (and his family), whose dream is to see the Statue of Liberty before he loses his remaining vision, a surprise trip to New York City for Christmas. "Monday After the Miracle" will air November 15th. Be sure to tune in!

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