Day 154- Cheryl Hines

It’s hard to believe, but Cheryl Hines and I have a few things in common. The actress, who has starred alongside Robin Williams and studied acting with Lisa Kudrow (her teacher!), is a UCF alum. Hines grew up in Tallahassee, and went to West Virginia University, and later Florida State University (for all you Seminole fans out there!). But, she graduated a “Golden Knight” from the University of Central Florida.

Fellow UCF alum Cheryl helps children with cerebral palsy. Now, that's a "knight in shining armor!"

After moving to L.A. to pursue an acting career, she worked several jobs (telephone operator, waitress, T.V. reporter) and was also Rob Reiner’s personal assistant.

Now, she’s a regular on the popular HBO series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” (I have no idea what it’s about– we don’t get premium cable here!)

Oh yeah– and here’s the other thing we have in common: we’re both suckers for good causes! As a sort of follow-up blog entry to last night, I chose to write about Ms. Hines today because she is an ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy. According to the UCP Web site, Hines’ nephew has cerebral palsy, and so the organization’s mission is very close to her heart.

In 2008, Hines partnered with other female celebs in designing yoga bags for Mother’s Day, with the proceeds going to the Libby Ross Foundation “OM Yoga Program,” a quality-of-life project that promotes health and wellness for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Cheryl has also put in her bid for Darfur. She has participated in several charity poker events, namely, the “Ante Up for Africa” tournament organized by George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, to raise money for Darfur and to help end mass atrocities in other countries (through their organization, Not on Our Watch). What an awesome gal. GO KNIGHTS!!

In other news, I want to say that I am so psyched that my blog’s stats are going up astronomically! I can’t pinpoint exactly what happened, but it’s very encouraging to know that I am writing for a very interested audience, who cares about people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. That means a lot. Thank you to all of you who have been spreading the word as often as possible, and also leaving comments and providing general moral support for me. It’s truly humbling!

Remember to please visit (and share the link) to find out how you can help Haiti. I am constantly reading the newspapers online, and watching television coverage of their plight, and it is a complex crisis that will not go away in a matter of weeks, or even months. Let us continue to reach out to our Haitian brothers and sisters, and no matter what you can do, let’s keep them in our prayers. They are very resilient people, and I admire their strength, even in the worst of times.

Also, even though it may seem obvious to you all, please share the link to this Web site with everyone you know. I’ve realized you can never anticipate who might be affected by spina bifida. You could be friends with a person and never know he or she knows and loves someone who has this condition. Please copy and paste this into your Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter status: and encourage your friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances to learn more about this initiative to raise awareness.

Good night, and love to all! ♥

Laurita (because sometimes “Laura” sounds a little boring!)


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