Improving the Life for People with Rare Diseases Through Courageous Faces with Trish Morris (Episode #34)

Trish MorrisDr. Lynn Hellerstein of Vision Beyond Sight speaks with Trish Morris, president, founder and CEO of Courageous Faces Foundation, and volunteer in the Special Olympics for 20 years. She talks about improving the quality of life for people with rare and severe medical conditions, and how we can do our part in helping them through Courageous Faces Foundation.

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  • Facts on rare diseases and the people who are affected by them
  • How people with rare diseases have no community
  • How joining them in their ongoing life’s journey is impactful
  • Why should you support Courageous Faces Foundation?
  • What are Champions and how are they selected?
  • What are the things the foundation has done for the Champions?
  • How can people help with the foundation’s work and make an impact on people with a rare disease?

Trish Morris is the President, Founder and CEO of Courageous Faces Foundation. She maintains the direction and vision of the only foundation of its kind that provides ongoing, direct and personalized care for people with rare and severe medical conditions to enhance their quality of life.

Trish has had more than a decade of compassionate caring for people with differences and always championed better futures for people who are differently abled. She coordinated hundreds of athletes with unique needs on the Rocky Mountain Special Olympics Team, and served on multiple boards and committees with similar vision before starting the Courageous Faces Foundation.

As a bonus, Trish also brings a savvy and strategic sense of financial management to the Foundation so donors can be assured their dollars are being allocated in the most carefully planned and cost-effective ways. Prior to embarking on her philanthropic journey, she served as Associate Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors. In 2010, Trish retired from the position to fully embrace her passion for helping people who have unique medical conditions to not just survive but thrive.

She and her husband Rick share their home with their dogs who are adoring enough to let them continue living there.

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Learn about the amazing people served by Courageous Faces Foundation, and do your part by making a donation or sharing this podcast and their info!

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Phone: 303-717-6869

“When I first started the foundation, I noticed that people who have a rare condition don’t have a community. They don’t have a group that surrounds them that really lifts them up, helps them figure out things day-to-day. It could be a resume, a clothing issue, or technology. We started the foundation with that in mind.” – Trish Morris

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Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, Developmental Optometrist, co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., award-winning author and international speaker, holds powerful and inspiring conversations with her guests in the areas of health, wellness, education, sports and psychology. They share their inspirational stories of healing and transformation through their vision expansion. Vision Beyond Sight Podcast will help you see with clarity, gain courage and confidence. Welcome to Vision Beyond Sight!

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A pioneer in vision therapy and developmental optometry, for more than 30 years, Dr. Lynn Hellerstein has helped thousands of children and adults improve their vision and transform their lives — at home, in the classroom, and most recently on the playing field. Her breakthrough methods unlock barriers to learning and “rewire” around brain injuries, and vision perception or processing deficits. But you don’t have to have a vision problem to benefit: her brain training strategies may be the missing magic if you’re an athlete trying to nail a tricky shot or stay cool in competition. If it’s a skill you can visualize, Dr. Hellerstein can help train your eyes — and mind’s eye — on success.

Award-winning and #1 bestselling author, Dr. Lynn has published numerous professional peer reviewed articles, chapters and four books.

See It. Say It. Do It! (2009) - How to see/recognize your goal, declare your intention, and taking action to achieve your vision.

See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It! (2011) - How to create a step by step process to make achieving your goal a reality.

50 Tips To Improve Your Sports Performance (2013) - How to improve your sports performance today by enhancing eye-mind-body coordination skills, achieving the mental edge, and preventing injuries.

Expand Your Vision (2021) - Discover the power of the seeing brain…the creator of your true vision. Gain Clarity, Courage, and Confidence. In this #1 Amazon best-selling innovative newest book, the power of visualizing and believing in the process to break through internal barriers and create new possibilities for achieving your goal is explored. Visualization can be used to increase creativity, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to build confidence in all of the things that they do.