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The Lulu Foundation: Rose-Colored Dreams

By Elisha Neubauer

Gretchan Pyne had to face one of the worst experiences any woman can face- the loss of her beautiful daughter, Lulu. But, instead of allowing the grief to destroy her life, Pyne decided to take the sorrow and turn it into something beautiful, something her joy-filled daughter would have been proud of.

Two years after Lulu's accident, in 2003, Pyne published a story entitled "Lulu's Rose Colored Glasses." The story was based on a conversation Pyne held with her four-year-old daughter just months before her passing, in which Lulu was describing the world she saw through a pair of rose-colored glasses. Pyne believed that her daughter viewed the world with nothing but optimism, and wanted to encourage other young girls to do so, as well.

The book sold quickly, being picked up by both small and large bookstores. The Pyne family decided that just the book wasn't enough to memorialize their beloved daughter, and sought another way to do good deeds under her name. They decided to launch The Lulu Foundation.

"Our mission is to create a beautiful inside out movement," states Pyne. "We empower and inspire Girls to go out there and create the world they dream of with courage and compassion." The Foundation works in many unique ways, including donating thousands of books to children in need and providing college scholarships for young women. They strive to partner with grassroots organizations in order to empower both children and families in need.

The Foundation raises funds for its endeavors through sales of the Lulu series books in addition to art auctions and donations from corporations and the private sector. "We are excited to be opening our very first Lulu's Room in Partnership with Gifts to Give," exclaims Pyne. "It is a tranquil space for Mindful Mediation adjacent to the new Project Cinderella room. It is truly about finding that beautiful balance within; that is where your strength lives."

"What I see every day, professionally and personally, is young girls and women struggling to find that beautiful balance within themselves," Pyne states. "So much pressure is placed on being outwardly beautiful and inside these beautiful faces is A LOT of anxiety and self doubt." She continues, telling us more about her desire to launch The Foundation. "Truly learning to love yourself first, inside and out, is a conscious effort and is ever evolving."

The Lulu Foundation is also responsible for the collection and distribution of the "Olivia Lynn "Lulu" Pyne Scholarship," which got its start in 2006. The scholarship was awarded to a young woman attending the Palmer College of Chiropractic, Warren Pyne's college. "We felt so proud and grateful to all of our friends and Lulu family for making this dream a possibility," announced Pyne. "Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for allowing Lulu's legacy to live on!!"

For more information please feel free to check out their website at www.lulubellebooks.com.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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