February Bowling Night!
Missouri Chapter Family – We need your help! (11/29/2022)
Giving Tuesday is coming up this week. Now, and as always, your contribution to our Missouri Chapter of the TAA is vital to help us continue to serve our area families.
As we no longer have a member/dues structure, the TAA does not continue to reflect any money directly to our local chapter.
We depend solely on donations.
Any donation made to the TAA goes only to the national organization.
You can now contribute directly to our Missouri Chapter online, through a link on the TAA website: Tourette.org
by following these steps:
– Scroll down the Homepage to “Find My Local Chapter”(lower left) and click the “Learn More” link (DO NOT click the “Donate” link on the upper right toolbar of the Homepage. This will send a donation only to TAA, and not our Missouri Chapter.)
– Under “Find a Local Chapter”, “State Results”, click the link for “Missouri Chapter”
– Click the “Make a Donation” link(upper right) and follow instructions.
*** You may still also donate by writing a check to: TAA/MO Chapter, Inc.
And mailing it to:
TAA/MO Chapter, Inc.
3646 Dover Place
St. Louis, MO 63116
Your ongoing contributions are what keeps our MO Chapter going !!
Thank You in advance for your support of our important organization.
TAA/MO Chapter Board
Back to School Summer Splash
A great time was had by all as Tourette families and Tourette Board members gathered at our Back to School Summer Splash on Sunday, August 12th. Information packets were available to bring to school for the Fall, as well as time to share snacks and network with other families and some of our board members. One of our board, Maureen Downey, donated materials and shared her expertise as a Master Tie-Dyer, helping us to create some fantastic work of art t-shirts. Our families stayed afterward to enjoy fun in the sun together in the waterpark and pool complex at River Chase in Fenton, MO.
Thanks to all our families who participated, and we can’t wait to see the pictures of how well your Tie-Dye t-shirts turned out! Please share your pictures with us on Facebook.
Stay tuned for upcoming details of our next Event and you can always email suggestions to MissouriTSA@yahoo.com.
April 2017: ANNOUNCING: “Lu Moorman Camp Scholarship”
The Lu Moorman Memorial Camp Scholarship
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since our Chapter lost our beloved champion, Lu Moorman. With her family’s permission, we have decided to honor Lu’s legacy by dedicating our camp scholarships program to her memory.
Lu did so very much…for so many families…for so many years, that her name was practically synonymous with “Tourette Syndrome” for families and educators in the St. Louis and greater Missouri area. Families and educators alike, who sought Lu’s assistance, always received it, and she was a tireless fund-raiser, too. But these activities were only part of her personal mission. Lu had a passion for “FUN-raising,” and that’s what we loved most about her! Lu knew that “fun” was something that kids with Tourette Syndrome might not always find in school or other social situations. However, she knew that if kids with TS could just experience a camp especially for them, then “real fun” would be the inevitable result!
Many years ago she encouraged children in our chapter to go to Joshua Center Camp in Lee’s Summit, MO. Some took her up on the recommendation and, it was so good, that they went back—year after year! The word spread and even more kids went! It soon became an annual tradition for our chapter to not only encourage participation, but to also offer camp scholarships making camp possible for anyone. It was all thanks to Lu, all her idea! It only makes sense to continue now what she started, and to do so, in her memory! Simply put, we wouldn’t be where we are as a chapter today without Lu’s guidance, vision, and generous spirit. Lu, you were our “glue,” and we sure do miss you!
Therefore, we are continuing the tradition to offer scholarship funds available for Joshua Center Camp, as well as expanding it to other TS camps that are offered.
In order to apply for scholarship funds, the following rules apply:
- You must be a dues-paid current member of the Tourette Association of America and participant in the Missouri Chapter.
- The camp must be one that offers a program specifically for children / youth with Tourette Syndrome.
- You must register your child, pay the required deposit, and be approved for camp participation. After receiving approval, you must submit a scholarship application.
- Full or partial scholarships for the remainder will be paid directly to the camp.
- If your child receives a full or partial scholarship, then cannot attend camp for any reason, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible.
Please email MissouriTSA@yahoo.com for an application.
Here are some links to camps, so you can peruse the possibilities! Note: scholarship amounts may be limited, based on total camp costs, number of applications received, and eligibility. The final decision will be made by the Board of Tourette Association of America – Missouri Chapter.
Joshua Center Camp — Lees Summit, MO
Camp Twitch & Shout — Winder, GA
Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization (TSCO) – Tourette Syndrome Camp USA — Ingleside, IL
Meet Our New Missouri Rising Leader (3/26/2022)
Hello, my name is Brady Whelihan, and I am a TAA Rising Leader. I’m 19 years old, and I was diagnosed at 6 years old.
I wanted to pursue being a Rising Leader, because over the years I’ve had some pretty severe tics, as well as comorbids like: Anxiety, ADHD, and OCD. I want to be able to help people learn more information about Tourette, families included.
Please feel free to contact me for more information or if you just want someone to talk to.