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"Home" Ward Bound -- Impactful Real Estate News

Thursday, August 2, 2018   /   by Laura Petersen

"Home" Ward Bound -- Impactful Real Estate News

August 2018

Laura Petersen, Broker/Owner

FrontGate Realty


"Your" Life Matters

In the news right now, there are crazy things going on. Protests, police getting shot, politics with heated rhetoric, seems daily news breaks that breaks hearts

Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, All Lives Matter shouts one group or another.  It is difficult to absorb and much of it dividing. 


I took the opportunity last week at our company’s weekly training to make sure everyone was aware of our mission statement.  To sum it up for you here in this month’s Homeward Bound: Your Life Matters. 


We get up each day and approach work and life with a mission of putting OTHERS first. I told my team “whoever you are talking to, looking at, thinking about, whoever it is, in your mind say to yourself about them… your life matters”.  In fact, you may have heard or watched this mission in action if you have worked with any of the people on our team. 


Yes! We love selling real estate, but the reason we do it better than most, I believe, is because we approach everyone and each other with that mission in mind: Your Life Matters.  This way of thinking means we must go beyond what is required.  One of my favorite restaurants, Chic-Fil-A, calls it 2nd Mile Service. I call it a better way to work and live. 


This may help explain why we also do things differently than other real estate companies, like donating portions of our income to worthy causes.


And speaking of worthy causes…


Your friends, neighbors, work associates and family members who may be considering a move can now do so and celebrate true independence from the fear of getting stuck with two homes or none at all.  


And remember… Your referrals help the Children…


We are on a mission to raise $10,000 for The Ronald McDonald Homes in Central Florida.  Their work in helping families stay together while the kids fight thru and survive nasty debilitating diseases like cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia as well as other nasty diseases.  autism and spinal cord injuries is second to none! And as the leading not for profit hospital in our area, you probably know they need sponsorships and donations to continue their leading-edge care and keep family’s expenses to a minimum. We are committed to donating a portion of our income from home sales to this very worthy cause.  So, YOUR REFERRALS really do HELP THE KIDS…


Who do you know considering buying or selling a home you could refer to my real estate sales team?  Not only will they benefit from our award-winning service, but the kids at the Children’s Hospital will benefit as well. 


Just give me a call or pass my number on to anyone you know considering buying or selling. My number is 407-566-2555. 


You and your referrals mean more than ever to my team and I.  As we move forward in this new season, please know we are extremely thankful for you and you being a special part of our business. 


With all my appreciation.


Laura Petersen, Broker/Owner

FrontGate Realty


P.S. The story of this young person enclosed may cause you to look at your loved ones differently.  It did me. Check it out. 


Meet the Callais Family


When you see 4 year-old Camille smile, you would never know she is battling a disease that affects her ability to control all of her muscles.


Camille has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type 2, which is a progressive degenerative neuromuscular disease. She is not expected to ever stand or walk, pending further progression with treatment.

Her parents say the diagnosis changed their family's life. "It's completely opposite of everything you think and dream for your child before diagnosis. It rocks your world initially, but then you figure out that you and your child can still live life to the fullest, it just might look a little different," said Camille's father Brandon.

Breakthrough Treatments Far From Home

Camille, her parents and their 1-year-old son Jude have travelled to Orlando six times in the past year from their home in Louisiana to receive treament at Nemours Children's Hospital. Their doctor, Dr. Richard Finkel, is a SMA specialist and the first to receive the only FDA approved treatment for SMA.

The Callais Family learned about Ronald McDonald House through another former RMH family and through their doctor's office. They say the House was exactly what they needed.

"The House is very well taken care of and anything we could ever need is readily available and free. Also, just to be able to walk down the street to the hospital for all of our visits and treatment can't be beat."

Every single time, the family says they are welcomed with open arms. "We have been here so often, the staff remembers us and we always feel at home and feel like part of a family here," said Brandon.

"People that have never had a sick child may not understand the stress that comes with frequent hospital stays or traveling for doctor visits. Knowing that we are staying at RMH is one less thing we have to worry about and takes a big burden off our family," said Brandon. 

The Cost of Care

Beside providing comfort and care to the family, Brandon Callais says RMH has provided financial support to his family during their frequent trips. "This is a great aspect of RMH. Hotel costs quickly add up. We are fortunate enough to be able to contribute some for each of our stays, but we know most families aren't able."

The Callais Family says they are grateful for everything that RMH has provided them and they hope that the community will continue to support the charity in the years to come.

"People that have never had a sick child may not understand the stress that comes with frequent hospital stays or traveling for doctor visits. Knowing that we are staying at RMH is one less thing we have to worry about and takes a big burden off our family," said Brandon.

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