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Wartorn movie »

Sunday, April 10, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Ragnar Relay Race »

Friday-Saturday, June 10-11, 2011


Golf Outing »

Friday, June 17, 2011


Idol's Chris Medina receives life-changing donation for his injured fiancee »

Past news


October, 2010 »

RSVP for the Wartorn movie showing.


September, 2010 »

In Memoriam: Michael Robert Schwass


February, 2010 »

We're off to the races, again!

Also, see our race night II photo gallery.


January, 2010 »

A Breath of Fresh Air for Our Heroes


November, 2009 »

In Memoriam: Don Dalton


October, 2009 »

New partner profiles


September, 2009 »

Keeping Good Company ...


August, 2009 »

New Partner Profiles — Disabled Patriot Fund & Behavioral Vision


July, 2009 »

Golf Outing A Great Success!


May, 2009 »

Restoring a Delicate Balance


April, 2009 »

Program update ...


March, 2009 »

The First Step Foundation, a First Class Guy.

Laurus Foundation Golf Outing. RSVP Now!


February, 2009 »

Orchestrating an Amazing Symphony — Optimal Health.


January, 2009 »

A new year and we're off to the races.

Also, see our race night photo gallery.


December, 2008 »

Cooking with gas and healthy ingredients.


November, 2008 »

NextSteps Chicago and the next steps for Tre’.


October, 2008 »

Independence One Goes to College and our Newest Partner.


September, 2008 »

Partners In Progress Launched with a ‘Salute’ to Our Veterans.


August, 2008 »

In Good Company – Program Partners Continue to Grow.


July, 2008 »

Partner Profile – Mike Brougher, In His Own Words.


June, 2008 »

Three New Initiatives – Independence One, Healthy Bodies-Healthy Minds, and the Laurus Running Club.


May, 2008 »

New Logo, New Tagline, and New Relationships.

January, 2009

Thank you!


yuriy at nextstepsOn behalf of the Laurus Foundation, Yuriy and Aimee Zmysly, Larry and Debbie Pierog (Aimee’s parents) and our Laurus Foundation partners, we would like to thank everyone who participated in our first annual Race Night at Chicago Indoor Racing.


Friday night was a very special night for the Zmyslys. After the event Aimee said, “We had a great time, and felt very welcomed by everyone. Yuriy is enjoying his trophies, and his hat."


Those of you who were there heard Aimee express her appreciation for ‘just being able to have a night out’. For the families who are helping a loved one cope day-to-day with a disability, even a ‘night out’ can be a tremendous blessing.


As 24/7 caregivers, they truly appreciate the little things in life and the people who help make them possible. Everyone who participated in this event should feel proud of the fact that you helped make a difference in the life of this family.


The foundation is committed to helping even more. Together with our Partners In Progress — Salute, Inc., Dr. John Turner (Turner Chiropractic and Rehab) and NextSteps Foundation — Laurus Foundation has put together a team to provide Yuriy with much needed rehabilitation and physical, nutritional and other advanced therapies.

The proceeds from the Race Night will also help fund the purchase of augmentative communication devises and other assistive technologies to help Yuriy achieve a higher level of independence and a better quality of life.


You can read more about Yuriy and Aimee at their website:


We’ve included some pictures of the stars of the night on the following page. Above is a picture of Yuriy at NextSteps working out on the Locomat. This machine helps Yuriy to walk again, strengthens his heart and lungs, and stimulates his brain (as you may recall from an earlier dispatch, Yuriy suffered an anoxic brain injury during a routine appendectomy on his military base in NC).

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