Annual Jog For Jude Race Scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd

Jog for Jude 2017 (2)Runners will lace up their sneakers and compete in the third annual “Jog for Jude” 5K run/walk on April 23 at the Dunmore Community Center. Unlike traditional races, runners will not be competing against each other but collectively competing against a rare and horrible disease known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS.

SIDS is the number one cause of death in children under one year of age in the U.S. Over 4,000 lives are suddenly cut short each year due to SIDS; that equates to about one in every 2,000 children.

On July 23, 2014, the terrible disease took the  life of a 3-month old Jude Zayac. In wake of his unexpected death, his parents, Greg and Theo Zayac of Dunmore, founded the Jude Zayac Foundation. The mission of Jude’s Foundation is to raise funds to support SIDS research and to enrich the lives of living children in the community.

Jog for Jude 2017 (1)The first “Jog for Jude” event was held on April 19, 2015, at the Dunmore Community Center. Since then, the foundation has raised over $167,000 and hosted over 3,000 runners/walkers with the help of hundreds of community volunteers.

The foundation has donated $110,000 to the Boston Children’s Hospital, which stands at the forefront of SIDS research. Also, it has donated $30,000 to St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry, which serves infants from families in need. This year’s event will again benefit the St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry.

The foundation hopes that members of the community will join it in the upcoming 5K run/walk and help it spread awareness and fight SIDS.

Dunmore Native Develops Super Baby App

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Dunmore native Karen Hennigan Holmes, co-creator of the Super Baby app, poses with her son Nathan and felllow co-creator Dr. Patrick Kelly.

Super Baby is a revolutionary exercise app that has been formulated by a team of pediatric experts to help your baby soar through the crucial first years of life. The app comprises 43 developmental activity videos, which cover many of the clinically proven therapeutic techniques to help your baby be well on the road to impressive lifelong development. Perform these interactive exercises with your little one a few times a day to help them achieve the key milestones in their physical development.

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Super Baby is the brainchild of pediatric physical therapist Dr. Patrick Kelly, PT, DPT and pediatric occupational therapist Karen Hennigan Holmes, OTR/L. Both of these experts have a combined experience of over 18 years in pediatric therapy and have used their clinical expertise to craft this developmental tracking app.

Karen Hennigan Holmes is originally from Dunmore and received a Bachelor of Science degree  in occupational therapy from The University of Scranton. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Douglas Holmes, also from Scranton.  They have two boys, Noah, 3, and Nathan, 1, and are expecting a baby girl in September.  Holmes currently works with children of all ages in sensory gyms, homes, and schools in New York.

“After working with new parents for many years, we realized the need for a developmental activity resource that parents could follow to give their baby a head start in development,” said Holmes.

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The Super Baby app has 43 clinically proven developmental activity videos, which have been expertly designed to help your baby reach their developmental milestones effectively and effortlessly. This interactive app allows you the freedom of choosing to watch videos by age group or by the milestone you wish to work on.

From rolling over to crawling to walking, the Super Baby app will allow you to successfully track all your baby’s key milestones as well as their progress. The interactive format only requires that you enter your baby’s birthday, weight, and height to track their development and progress. The app provides your baby’s growth percentile ranking, and tells you which milestones you and your precious baby should be focusing on.

The app also provides useful tips for fine motor and sensory system development and notifies of any particular developmental concerns you should be aware of. There is a unique timeline feature that helps you track which videos you have watched and which milestones you have achieved.

Download the Super Baby app for free from the App Store.