Mental Health Matters




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Nominations due by April 6, 2018.


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Sponsorship confirmation due by April 20, 2018.


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Applications due by April 27, 2018.

The event will be hosted by Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson is an Emmy award-winning Television News Reporter, Author and Speaker. In addition to her years of reporting at Detroit’s WKBD-TV 50, she has worked for such top networks as ABC, NBC, CBS, UPN, FOX and E! Entertainment.

As a Speaker, Lauren has an enthusiasm that is contagious. She shares motivating lessons based on the countless news stories she has covered, along with her own personal challenges from bankruptcy to breast cancer. She has developed an indomitable spirit, along with personally-proven ideas for harnessing human potential.

Lauren has authored several books and CD’s, including “The Power of Happiness,” and “On the Road to Happiness.” She is also the founder of “The International Happiness Network,” with members in more than 70 countries and on all 7 continents.

Active in the community, Ms. Hudson has been named one of the ‘Most Influential African-American Women in Metropolitan Detroit.’ As a Breast Cancer Survivor, she was appointed as a national representative for the Saks Fifth Avenue “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer” campaign. Additionally, she has been recognized by Sears and the WNBA with its Breast Hero award, and has worked extensively with the American Cancer Society, Gilda’s Club and the City of Hope.

When Lauren Hudson speaks… audiences listen, learn & enjoy!

To learn more about Lauren, visit her website.


Guest Speaker

John Waterman is the Founder and Executive Director of  PEAC. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation from Western Michigan University. He has been working with individuals with disabilities for over thirty years. In 2002, John received the Boggs-Mitchell Award. This national award recognizes individuals and community organizations that provide year-round, challenging and inclusive recreational programs for people with disabilities. In 2008 he was named the Bicycle Educator of the Year by the League of Michigan Bicyclists. In 2009, John co-authored a white paper on including individuals with disabilities into the Safe Routes to School movement. John is currently the chairperson of the Seniors and ADA Committee of the Citizens Advisory Council of Southeast Michigan’s Regional Transit Authority, and is on the non-motorized technical advisory committee for the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study.

PEAC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Ypsilanti, Michigan and our mission is to empower individuals with disabilities through cycling, active transportation, and self-advocacy education. We believe that biking and alternative modes of transportation play a critical role in increasing community access, fostering social involvement & self-esteem, and promoting healthy lifestyles among individuals with disabilities.  We at PEAC know that everyone can ride.



Event Entertainment

Joshua Wilde

He performs a family-friendly stage show filled with magic, comedy, and juggling that's “as funny as it is mysterious”. Mr. Wilde is the house magician at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Henry Ford Museum. 







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