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SUDC Community Gathers for Family Day 2020

Charitably active, Mercia Grant has a history of contributing to nonprofits that work on behalf of military veterans and people with disabilities. Mercia Grant’s generosity also extends to health organizations like the SUDC Foundation.

The SUDC Foundation stands out as the world’s sole organization dedicated to creating a future free of sudden unexplained death in children (SUDC). As part of its commitment to supporting people affected by SUDC in more than 20 nations around the world, the foundation maintains several initiatives, including the recently created Family Day.

Unable to hold its annual retreat in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SUDC Foundation responded by presenting its first-ever Family Day on September 26. The event centered on a half day of online programming designed to bring together members of the SUDC community. Family Day 2020’s virtual proceedings included a parent-led panel discussion on coping during the holiday season and a half-hour service during which attendees shared lanterns memorializing their departed children. The foundation also welcomed kindness and communication expert Jeannette Maré for a keynote speech on the power of words in the context of grief.

In addition to these and other virtual activities, such as a family yoga session and a guided zoo tour for kids, the foundation organized small, in-person gatherings for members of the SUDC community at 11 locations across the country. To learn about Family Day 2020, including one parent’s reflection of the event, please visit


An Overview of PVA Women Veterans Empowerment Retreat

For many years, New York resident Mercia Grant has put a lot of time and effort into supporting charities that make a positive impact in the community. In her quest to improve the livelihoods of various groups of vulnerable individuals, the former senior payroll clerk has contributed to various organizations. One of the non-profits that Mercia Grant supports is Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life and welfare of veterans as well as individuals who live with various kinds of diseases including spinal cord injuries. The PVA Women Veterans Empowerment Retreat seeks to celebrate women by offering them an all expenses paid retreat. The purpose of the retreat is to address issues that affect the well-being of women veterans. The retreat, whose membership is limited to 40 attendees, aims to equip women with unique skills to rise above their challenges and encourage them to face life with a positive outlook.

During the event, participants enjoy four days of learning and community-building in an exciting and supportive environment. Experts and thought leaders discuss various topics such as PVA’s employment program, education as a path forward, and stress management. At the end of the event, women veterans with disabilities feel encouraged, empowered, and ready to face both work and life.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Issues Budget VA Recommendations

Based in Baldwinsville, New York, Mercia Grant is a retired senior clerk who has experience with a variety of organizations, such as the Metropolitan District Commission. Alongside this, Mercia Grant is involved with a variety of philanthropic organizations, such as Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), a non-profit which looks to support military veterans with spinal injuries, among others.

The non-profit recently partnered with Veterans of Foreign Wars to issue recommendations ahead of President Trump’s upcoming budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The suggestions, which form what the PVA calls ‘”The Independent Budget,” outlines what it believes to be adequate funding for various areas, as well as how this would directly benefit veterans.

The Independent Budget suggests that $98.4 billion be spent to meet the demand for medical care in VA facilities across the country. The Independent Budget also recommends for prosthetics and sensory aids to be increased by $328 million from the previous budget as well as a $20 million bump in funding for reproductive services for disabled veterans.