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Valley state House seat
Jan 6, 2020
BATH, Pa. - Northampton County native Ann Flood is running to fill the seat soon left vacant by retiring Pennsylvania Rep. Marcia Hahn.
Flood announced Monday her candidacy for the 2020 election for the 138th Legislative District, which includes much of Northampton County.
Hahn announced in December that she would not run for re-election, and her last day on the job will be Nov. 30, 2020. Flood was born and raised in Wind Gap, and graduated from Pen Argyl High School then Moravian College. She has lived in the Bath area for 22 years with her husband and two teenage kids.
Flood also started a non-profit organization after the death of her daughter. Lauren's Hope Foundation helps brain-injured children and their families at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. Flood serves as CEO for the foundation.
After the death of her daughter. Lauren's Hope Foundation helps brain-injured children and their families at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. Flood serves as CEO for the foundation.
She also serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Greater Bath Area Chamber of Commerce, and is on the Board of Governors for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
She was recognized as a top philanthropist by LVHN, and received the 2017 Haupert Humanitarian Award.
The 138th District includes Bushkill, East Allen, Hanover, Lower Nazareth, Plainfield, part of Bethlehem and part of Moore townships, as well as Bath, Chapman, Pen Argyl and Wind Gap.
Jan 6, 2020
The woman who started the Lauren’s Hope Foundation in memory of her young daughter has announced her candidacy for Pennsylvania state representative.
Ann Flood announced Monday she is running in the 138th district, according to her news release. The 46-year-old Republican lives in Moore Township. The Lauren’s Hope Foundation is named for her daughter, who died in 2007 at age 4 due to a brain injury.
“Ann leads an incredible mission to enhance the quality of life for brain injured children and their families,” her release says.
The release says her foundation helped develop a care program at the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
She’s board president for the Greater Bath Area Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The Wind Gap native graduated from Pen Argyl Area High School and earned a biology degree from Moravian College. She’s the college’s 2017 Haupert Humanitarian Award winner. She and her husband, Dan Flood, have two children.
She is seeking the seat to be vacated by state Rep. Marcia Hahn. Hahn announced she will retire at the end of her term in November. Her district includes Bushkill, East Allen, Hanover, Lower Nazareth and Plainfield townships; parts of Bethlehem and Moore townships; Bath, Chapman, Pen Argyl and Wind Gap.
Nov 23, 2017
A week ago, a fence went up around the Munros' Hanover Township backyard.
It's a pretty normal sight in a suburban neighborhood, but for this family of five its nothing short of life changing.
Scott and Shannon Munro's eldest daughter Taylor, 13, has a gross developmental delay. It means she can't speak and she's developmentally at the age of a young toddler.
Taylor is a joyous, loving child, who always wants to be outside with people, but she needs constant supervision, her father said. She's prone to dart out of the yard into the cul-de-sac on the heels of neighborhood children or her younger sister or brother.
It means her entire family must be vigilant about keeping Taylor close by any time they are outside.
Taylor's never received an official medical diagnosis, which means she often doesn't qualify for the support services that a child diagnosed with autism might receive, Scott Munro said. For example, the Munros know families that have received money to help them remodel a bathroom to be handicapped accessible.
"The safety is what is our stress," he said. "We don't need things."
They've paid out-of-pocket to outfit their house to accomodate Taylor's needs, like a ramp to help her up the stairs and railings to help her maneuver.
And Scott Munro, who works in IT, has no qualms about that. If Taylor needs something, they buy it.
The family loves to be outside together, so they bought a specialized wheelchair to hike at Jacobsburg Park together. A fence seemed like a logical next step, but the couple was surprised when a quote for a simple fence came in at $10,000.
They were floored when Lauren's Hope Foundation, which helps brain-injured children in the Lehigh Valley, offered to build the family a vinyl yard fence. The foundation partnered with B&B Custom Pools and Elite Fencing Concepts to make the gift happen.
The foundation was formed in memory of Lauren Flood, who died suddenly at the age of four-and-a-half. Lauren was born with a traumatic brain injury at birth that developed into cerebral palsy along with a seizure disorder.
Lauren was actually in Taylor's early intervention class and Scott Munro got to know Lauren's mother Ann Flood, who created the nonprofit after her daughter's death.
The Munros have been involved with the organization over the years as supporters, not beneficiaries. Last year, Scott Munro was the guest speaker at the nonprofit's annual Butterfly Ball.
His speech focused on the challenges and joys of raising a child like Taylor with an unclassified disability. He briefly mentioned the fence as an example of the financial hurdles families can face.
"We have never looked at it as a negative," Scott Munro said. "How else can you look at this. She's a joy. Everybody that gets to meet her sees how happy she is."
Taylor lives for the school year; she does not enjoy school breaks from the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 program she attends at Northeast Middle School. She takes great joy in being around any people and has an amazing memory for those she has met throughout her life.
"Her favorite thing is people and she wants to be able to go and move," her father said.
Taylor's story inspired some of the foundation's donors to approach Flood about building the fence.
"We definitely didn't ask. We didn't apply," Scott Munro said. "We weren't looking for anything."
The Munros went to the Butterfly Ball to share their story and have a fun night out. Instead, it is bringing them a peace of mind they've never truly had.
"When we are outside with her we aren't fearing where she is going," her father said. "Safety is everything with her... I described it as we can actually breathe."
Taylor is super excited to have the freedom to knock on the door and ask to go outside. She then can explore the backyard without someone hovering within arms reach.
Her sister Addyson, 10, and brother Finn, 8, are excited their sister can enjoy the outdoors safely and they're relieved to have their watching duties eased.
Scott and Shannon Munro grapple with guilt over the responsibilities their younger children have had to take on to help keep Taylor safe.
"Unfortunately, they don't get to live the same childhood their friends live," their father said.
The parents are grateful for the peace this vinyl fence will bring their entire family. And they're looking forward to lots of warm weather fun.
"(You) can't understand the relief this has given us knowing we can go outside," Scott Munro said.
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