it's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since the inception of the LemonAid Fund (LAF). I remember so clearly sitting at Denny's Diner in Highland Park, Illinois ( at 3am) with Nancy Peddle and Andra Barmash Greene Ellingson having a delicious and greasy meal and recapping the prior evenings events. We had just attended our 20th High School Reunion and there was much to discuss!!! It was during that chat that I learned that while Andra and I were returning to our respective homes (California and New York) that Nancy was traveling to a place that I couldn't easily locate on a map.....Kuala Lumpur. I returned to New York, got out the Atlas, and located it on the map. I knew that whatever work Nancy was doing around the world as an International Psychologist I wanted to follow and someday be a part of. She and I have had a long friendship (over 49years) and I have been fortunate to be part of the LAF Family as a donor and more recently as the LAF Liaison. This journey back to Sierra Leone is about celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the LemonAid Fund but it's also about celebrating all the people who have been enriched by Nancy's work. For me, it's also about celebrating 49 year of friendship. Who would have thought that two girls from Highland Park, Illinois who became friends at 14 would end up traveling the world and teaching people that Forgiveness, Gratitude and Appreciation is available to all of us...even if you have suffered extreme trauma. My growth as a women, mother, friend, nurse..... etc. has been enormous from the work that I have had the privilege of being a part of with the LAF. Let the journey continue! Vicki
As I left Sierra Leone in the white UN Land Rover, flying a white flag through the sea of fearful faces, some with tears running down them in 1997, little did I really understand the promise I made to myself that I would do something to help those left behind. Now 20 years after founding LemonAid Fund, Vicki Brendel Browne, one of LemonAid Fund's longest supporters (time, talent and treasures) and I will be heading to Sierra Leone to celebrate the achievements of those receiving some of that help through LemonAid Fund over those 20 years in Sierra Leone (LemonAid Fund now acts globally as well). We are excited to take along our friend and her two children who have followed and supported the work of LemonAid Fund over many years. We hope you too will follow us here as we Blog our experiences and share first hand stories of how truly no individual is too small to make a difference. Nancy
Dr. Nancy Peddle Founder of LemonAid Fund and Vicki Browne Liaison for LemonAid Fund, friends since 1972 and co-adventurers and passionate people supporting positive and lasting change globally, write about their experiences and invite others to share theirs along the way.