Most families (97%) agree that the key to achieving the American Dream is through investing in their children’s college education. Yet, for a growing number of American families, meeting the full cost of college is an obstacle to achieving that dream.
Marfan syndrome. I never heard of it either until my son, Owen, was diagnosed with the potentially fatal genetic disorder in 2014, when he was 13 years old. We are among the lucky ones. About 200,000 people in the U.S. have Marfan or a related disorder, but half are not diagnosed. Without a diagnosis and treatment, they are at risk of a sudden early death from a tear in their aorta.
Domestic violence is a pervasive and insidious problem in American society, with one in four women experiencing physical violence and roughly four million women battered each year. On a local level, those numbers are equally distressing. A study conducted by the National Census of Domestic Violence Services found that in one 24-hour period on September 15, 2011, 866 victims came seeking help statewide.
By Jeffrey Bloss, Astellas USA Foundation Board Member
For Jeff Bloss, giving back is more than a phrase – it’s a responsibility. As an Astellas USA Foundation Board member, Jeff explains how Astellas USA Foundation supports Living Smart by helping people in our communities access the health & well-being programs they need.
Hurricane Matthew crossed the Western portion of Haiti on October 4 and portions of Eastern Cuba that afternoon. It was the first category 4 storm to make landfall in Haiti since 1964. According to the Haitian government, the death count associated with the storm is more than 1,000. The hurricane destroyed homes, displaced thousands of people, ruined plantations, and drowned livestock.
Today, 51% of students in U.S. public schools—over 25 Million children—live in poverty. Many of the impacts of poverty—like access to healthy foods, school attendance, and stability at home—are immediate and stretch across generations. Only 9% of students from low-income families earn a bachelor’s degree, compared to 77% of their high income peers. And 65% of children whose parents have no more than a high school diploma go on to live in poverty.