Support My Friend In Raising Money for Spina Bifida Awareness

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Have you ever met someone and immediately felt like you knew them for years? As if they were put into your life for a special purpose?

That’s exactly the way that I felt when I met Laura Tellado a few months ago at Relay for Life. We were both volunteering with the Hispanic Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE).

Not only is Laura just a plain amazing person with a friendly smile and great sense of humor, she is a gifted journalist.

Laura is using her blogging talents to raise awareness of Spina Bifida. There are currently more than 166,000 people in the U.S. living with Spina Bifida, but not a lot of people know much about it.

Spina Bifida occurs when a baby is in the womb, and his or her spinal column does not close all of the way. It’s actually the most common birth defect that disables people for life, according to the Spina Bifida Association.

Hispanic women have the highest rate of having a child affected by Spina Bifida compared with Non-Hispanic White and Non-Hispanic Black women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While research has shown that taking folic acid while pregnant can prevent having a child with Spina Bifida, there’s no known cure.

When I met Laura, she shared with me that there’s no celebrity spokesperson for Spina Bifida, but to me, Laura is the hero for Spina Bifida awareness. Through, Laura has started a very important conversation about people living with Spina Bifida, prevention, research and quality of life initiatives.

Want to join in the effort? October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month and Laura is raising money for the Spina Bifida Association of Central Florida’s inaugural Walk-N-Roll fundraiser taking place on Saturday, Oct. 29. You can donate on her fundraising page by clicking here.

In addition, if you take this special flyer to any California Pizza Kitchen restaurant in Orlando (Florida Mall, Mall at Millenia or Waterford Lakes) this Friday, Oct. 14, CPK will donate 20% of your bill to SBACFL!

The promotion lasts ALL DAY, and applies to take-out orders, too.

Thank you for your support!

–Ashley Cisneros
Ashley Cisneros is a co-founder of Chatter Buzz Media, an Orlando Internet marketing firm that helps companies and organizations engage with their target markets through inbound marketing via the Internet. Chatter Buzz Media, which won the Social Madness competition for the Orlando small business market, is a full-service digital marketing firm specializing in website design, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing and content creation. Prior to founding Chatter Buzz, Ashley worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, technical writer, marketing manager, public relations practitioner and freelance journalist. To see Ashley’s content writing, visit You can also reach Ashley on her Google profile.

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About the Author:

Ashley Cisneros Mejia is a journalist, entrepreneur and marketer. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later as an editor at Florida Trend business magazine. Ashley has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2009, as a technical writer, marketing manager, and public relations practitioner. She also founded two digital marketing agencies in Orlando. Named one of Orlando’s 40 Under 40 and honored by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando for achievements in media and communications, Ashley earned a B.S. in Journalism and an M.S. in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida.

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