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Governor Deal Signs House Bill 429

If you or anyone you love has been diagnosed with autism, you may already be aware of Georgia House Bill 429. The bill aims to ensure kids with autism have early access to critical therapies by requiring state-regulated insurance companies to cover treatment for those ages 6 and under. This is a huge victory for Georgia’s kids and legislation we can all celebrate, regardless of our political leanings.

We were thrilled to have our own Jason Hales on-site at the Capitol to capture the signing of the bill by Governor Nathan Deal. The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta mascots brought their usual spirit to the event!

The autism insurance reform bill was sponsored by Senator Charlie Bethel (R-Dalton) and passed as an addition to HB 429, sponsored by Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah). Along with Senator Bethel and Representative Stephens, many members of the General Assembly worked together to make this a reality, including strong support from Governor Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and Representative Richard Smith (R-Columbus).

Special thanks to Patty Gregory at CHOA for allowing us to cover this momentous event. We applaud your efforts in supporting kids with autism.

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Cox’s Movember Kick-Off

One of our most memorable experiences of 2014 was covering Cox Enterprise‘s Movember kick-off event. During Movember, the month formerly known as November, men and women work together to raise awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer.

For 30 days men grow a Mo–that’s Aussie slang for moustache–and women support that growth. Mo Bros and Mo Sistas ask family and friends to donate to their efforts.

Cox’s Movember campaign kick-off was a powerful way to raise awareness in our own community and get people involved. The event attracted about 2,000 people and raised more than $2,500–an incredible level of participation that single-handedly crashed the Movember.com site!

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The massive turnout on the C-Tech lawn hints at how personal this cause is for the Cox community. Many have been touched by prostate cancer, including Jamie Kennedy’s father.

One of the coolest things about this campaign is that it combines doing good with having fun. The Cox team made it clear that wearing a ‘stache is really a blast! Lyndsey and I were thrilled to see so much support for Movember taking root at the kick-off.

Cox’s efforts are part of a movement that now spans more than 21 countries and five continents. Funds raised in the US go toward programs run by the Movember Foundation, often in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the LIVESTRONG Foundation and other organizations. Since the kick-off event we’ve learned just how incredible Cox’s contribution really was: Team Cox ultimately raised the most money in the world this year! The company matched employee contributions, donating nearly $1,600,000 to the cause.

A Magical Journey to the Big Top

It was a special night at the circus for special needs kids. Gas South teamed up with local mayors, government officials and Feld Entertainment–producer of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circusto provide free admission and a unique, kid-centered pre-show.

The fun began with a Magical Journey, a private pre-show designed just for the kids, with hands-on activities and the lights and sounds of the circus, plus sign language interpreters and wheelchair accessibility.

The kids and their families got to spend one-on-one time with Ringling Bros. circus clowns, jugglers and other amazing performers. The wardrobe station gave the kids a real feel for what it’s like to don a clown costume, nose and all.

For the animal lovers in the crowd, the amazing performers didn’t disappoint. This show had it all: Beautiful horses in the ring, a fabulous tiger and some very playful elephants.

The elephant’s game of choice was kick ball; to the kids’ delight, the ball quickly soared into the the crowd! 

If they hadn’t already stolen the show, the elephants were determined to make a lasting impression with artistry. One elephant-turned-Picasso grabbed a brush and began painting a real picture! I can’t imagine that anyone in that audience–including me–will ever see elephants the same again. Amazing!

The AEP team and I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to Gas South for including us, and to their community partners–the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayors Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Feld Entertainment–for creating such a magical experience for the kids.