By Joyce Douglas, Office Manager, Pediatric Alliance — Allergy, Asthma & Immunology



(Joyce led “Team Pediatric Alliance Cares” at this year’s Highmark Walk For A Healthy Community on May 14. Read her preview of the event here.)


Last Saturday, the rain started at 8:00 am and the temperature steadily dropped throughout the day. Usually this would make me somewhat sad and perhaps a little irritable. Not this time! Why? Well, I guess it’s what my father told when I was five (and reiterated throughout his life): “Giving back makes you feel better”.

















Members of “Team Pediatric Alliance Cares” showed up just as the rain began to pour. We smiled, we laughed, and we were happy. We supported Autism Connection of PA. My 22-year-old daughter greeted and thanked as many walkers as she could. She knows she has autism and she was quite honored that so many people still came despite the bad weather. After walking, she went to work for a 12:00-8:30 shift. She’s come a long way. No, the day was not perfect. No, our “easy up” was “really not perfect.” (Ha-Ha!).

Better luck next time Mother Nature… giving back made me/us feel better!