Welcome to Jodi's Journey

A monthly sharing from our founder, Jodi O'Donnell-Ames, on a plethora of topics which may include, life, purpose, ALS, and children.

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Jodi O'Donnell-Ames is a certified teacher, writer, member of Union Fire Co. and Rescue Squad, and tireless advocate for Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). She is also the founder and Community Outreach Director of Hope Loves Company, a non-profit organization committed to providing educational and emotional support to children and young adults who have had or have a loved one battling ALS in their lives. She lives with her husband Benton in Titusville, NJ. Their children, all young adults, have lost a parent to ALS before the age of 11. Jodi is the author of two books, The Stars that Shine and Someone I Love has ALS. She was chosen as People Magazine's "Hero Among Us” and is the recipient of many awards including the Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award, the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) Founder’s Award, the TIAA Difference Maker Award, the New Jersey Governors Jefferson Award, the TCNJ Alumni Humanitarian Award and the Princeton Mercer Chamber of Commerce Women in Achievement Award. In addition, she was invited to give a TedX talk on Leading a Life with Purpose.