For all my life, giving back has been an integral part. Raised from humble beginnings, stewardship and reliance on the donations of others provided me with clothes and food. Life is all about helping one another. As a physical therapist, I aid people back to health; as a mother, I teach that giving is greater than receiving; as a volunteer I work to ease the burdens of babies and their at-risk mothers; and as a model I raise money for charity. With my husband, I have established Brigid's Hope. A philanthropic not-for-profit charity whose purpose is to fund college education for deserving young people who otherwise could not afford to go to college. I believe EDUCATION is the "way up" and it is my mission to help.
I grew up in Upstate New York in a family of six children; my twin sister and I being tied for the spot of youngest. Family is important to me. Incredibly, I have greater than 30 first cousins on EACH side of my family! I have my parents to thank for staying close with them - we went on cross-country road trips every summer to stay in touch. Cherishing the value of family is one of my parents' legacies and it lives on in my children. (They now maintain contact with their second and third cousins with thanks to social media!)
My husband and I live in Webster, NY with two of our four children and our quirky dog, Cujo. I am a physical therapist, fashion model and recent Mrs. Upstate New York America. I am raising money and awareness for BRIGID'S HOPE, a 501(c)(3) non profit foundation, raising college scholarship money for youth living in at risk situations, including homelessness. 100% will be donated to the program. Brigidsineadmodel
I began modeling later in life because my mother believed my education came first. With an education, I could obtain a job, improve myself, my community and help others. It also allowed me to afford my own headshots and modeling classes. Being self sufficient was a trait of which I quickly learned to be proud.
In working as a physical therapist for 21 years, I saw the tangible gains made by my patients, from school-aged children, to the orthopaedically compromised and the elderly alike. Empowered by this knowledge and driven to make a difference in all avenues of my life, it became apparent to me how I could make an equally valuable impact through my modeling: I would use my modeling to raise money for charity.
In doing this, I can help raise funds, encourage the community to donate and increase awareness for a specific charity. Being a ROLE MODEL is more important to me than being just a model. I no longer model for the money, I model for the cause.
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