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Comfort Your Loved One and also Support Iz-Bee Jammies! January 30 2016, 0 Comments

WearOurCare therapeutic garments are designed by the kids and adults who need them! For the next month, AudreySpirit is teaming up with one of those amazing young ladies, Izzy, who celebrates her 8th birthday this winter! Izzy wore WearOurCare garments during her bone marrow transplant.  So when you order WearOurCare garments through February 29th, you not only comfort and empower a loved one, you'll also support Iz-Bee Jammies with 20% of all sales! 

Our followers are aware I've already declared 2016 as AudreySpirit's Sweet 16, and of course it is a Leap Year! Congrats on your 8th birthday Izzy and Happy Sweet 16 AudreySpirit! 

Radio Program Listener Offers Apparel Executive-Level Help to AudreySpirit August 18 2014, 0 Comments

A few weeks ago I was invited to talk on our local NPR radio station's Up To Date Program hosted by Steve Kraske and was joined by Dr. Jeff Hornsby, Interim Director, Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation UMKC;  Ryan Bennett, Vice President of Idle Smart; and Mike Farmer - CEO of One of the radio program listeners, an executive of an apparel manufacturing company with international reach, contacted me to offer AudreySpirit his help (as a personal philanthropic gesture!). I met with him and the level of executive and practical guidance he's willing to provide and connect me to "insiders" is no less than a blessing.

Family Leadership Opportunities within Public Health June 24 2014, 0 Comments

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) works hard to advance each state's public health initiatives according to Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Bureau standards.

Audrey led me to a new world of advocacy for children and youth with special health care needs that has morphed into state and national level advocacy opportunities which include adults.  Here you can read more about how I got involved, and how you can too!


Logo Design and Brand Colors - Inspired by Audrey January 31 2014, 0 Comments

The logo is an evolution of a drawing created by Audrey Grace. As Donna recollects:

“The logo is an abstract design by graphic artist, Lee Orrison, based on an original artwork Audrey created. Children’s Mercy Hospital's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) was involved in a project to update posters in the hospital cafeteria. As a member of the board, Audrey brought posterboard home from the teen meeting and drew the picture of a cheerful, welcoming and colorful mouse with an elaborate background. At the following TAB meeting, she turned in her mouse poster. It was mounted in a prominent location in the cafeteria just a few months before she passed away. I tried and tried to get her to let me take a picture of her standing by it, but she refused time and time again!” said Donna Yadrich, AudreySpirit, LLC, owner, about her daughter. “After Audrey's death, I asked that when the time came to ‘change out’ the artwork in the cafeteria, the family would rather have it than have it thrown away. A few months later, the hospital gave the original poster to us. As a mom, I was amazed and perplexed to realize that such a beautiful and detailed work was created by a child whose life would be ended by an infection which had already begun attacking her brain.” Summary by Hannah Lemon


The logo will be placed on the tag of every garment, on informational packets, incorporated in the website as the web address avatar, social media profile picture, etc. The sky blue and coffee brown mouse will be a symbol of self-expression despite being sick, of safety and patient-centered care, and of how the impossible gets done


Dance with your Hero - Autoimmune Disease Awareness January 20 2014, 0 Comments

About Autoimmune Disease
"Autoimmunity is really complex and the group of conditions that fit within autoimmunity are very diverse. They often don’t have a ‘name’ that people recognize and are often really hard to explain. They are not ‘contagious’ – like many people think about ‘diseases’ but are life altering, lifelong and, in the most severe cases, life threatening."  Mara Becker, MD and Keith Mann, MD were gracious enough to share this information about autoimmune disease to help kids understand it better.  Both doctors took great care of Audrey and are among her biggest heroes. Audrey's school peer and dance colleague, MiKaylee, is working on a very touching senior project.  As this would be Audrey's senior year in high school as well, MiKaylee is fundraising for a scholarship in Audrey's honor for 1-2 members of their Class of 2014.  The scholarship really does honor Audrey's love of education - in 7th grade, Audrey already started a "college" folder where she stored scholarships opportunities she had identified to fund her college career!

Last Friday, a daughter-hero dance was held at the high school to support the scholarship. MiKaylee and her high school dance team peers worked with elementary students and their hero's for three intense dance sessions to prepare for their public performance.

My son Peter is pictured with me at the booth which explained Autoimmune Disease, the scholarship, and AudreySpirit.

For more information on autoimmunity visit or



AudreySpirit = composing your own song to dance to January 16 2014, 0 Comments

Audrey's 18th Birthday - September 8, 2013 January 12 2014, 0 Comments

Several months ago, Audrey's best friend Ashlyn posted this photo and comment on Facebook.  The girls' birthdays are just one week apart!  It was too emotional for me to share this until now.  I am so proud of Audrey for continuing to make a difference in others' lives.  That's what AudreySpirit's mission is, to continue to make a difference, just as Audrey does.

Ashlyn's Birthday and UMKC September 01 2013, 0 Comments

Today is the birthday of Audrey's best friend, Ashlyn, (pictured with Audrey on AudreySpirit's home page).  I am so proud and blessed to know this amazing young lady! She plans to enter the field of medicine and just this summer she completed a University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy summer internship program.  She's also shadowed an adult oncologist at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. Have a beautiful year Ashlyn - both academically and socially!

UMKC is so special to me because it not only has unique programs for metro area students like Ashlyn, but it has allowed me to pursue Audrey's legacy through its Entrepreneurship Scholars Program at the Bloch School of Business and Management.  Mr. Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Bloch has generously funded the university's programs and is present to celebrate and counsel its students!

Working with UMKC Regnier Institute faculty - Tom Boozer, Mark Parry, and John Norton, administrator Beverly Stewart and E-Scholar colleagues has been a blessing for me.  I would encourage anyone who is interested in pursuing their dream of a venture to apply for such a program in their geographic area.  There is a description of the program and AudreySpirit's participation at

Karen Cox (right), Executive Vice President and Co-COO of Children’s Mercy Hospital helps AudreySpirit founder Donna Yadrich (center) explain her clothing to judges.

(photo from link listed above)

Family Caregivers of Children with Special Health Care Needs August 31 2013, 0 Comments

Family-Centered Care is so important and needs to be practiced as a universal standard to optimize the health and quality of life of each family member of special health care needs children (CSHCN) across the life course of special needs child, their siblings and parents.  I was so blessed to meet Jess Nelson, a LEND Fellow from Minnesota at the 2013 Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Conference.  She produced this Fact Sheet as coursework last semester

Please share your thoughts about the Fact Sheet using the survey link at the bottom of the document.

Power Pose June 17 2013, 0 Comments

The Power Pose is something I tried and it worked!  Heading into a potentially contentious meeting, I excused myself to use the bathroom and spent 2 minutes doing this.   The meeting went entirely different than I anticipated -- in my favor.

I can do something for 2 minutes!  This video is 21 minutes, but is well worth the time 

Whenever I am in a situation (or just having thoughts run through my head) that make me feel uncomfortable, I try to remember the Power Pose!  It is amazing, it does make me feel much better!

Audrey's book March 08 2013, 0 Comments

After Audrey passed away, I found a book she had written after a three month stay in the hospital, part of which she was on a ventilator. She titled the book "Dealing with Disease .. Your Way." The book is only 7 pages, but is full of heart, truth and humor. Her topics ranged from advocating for yourself to soulful animals to her 7th grade year at school. Reading her book in the midst of the daily grind of launching AudreySpirit helps remind me of her beautiful soul and why I am doing this. I wanted to share with you a small glimmer of her personality with a screenshot from one of the pages of her book which gives me a good laugh. Please enjoy and remember to slow down and spend time with those around you. It's important.