Who We Are

Our Team

We are mothers of young adult children who deal with chronic illness on a daily basic. Along with great medical care, all people dealing with chronic illness need support with stress, anxiety and depression. Our goal is to help with some simple meditational programs along with inspirational talks by and about young people dealing with chronic illness. We hope to provide ways to help young people with chronic illness cope, heal and thrive.

Lisa Abelow Hedley

Lisa Abelow Hedley

Co-Founder

Lisa Abelow Hedley started the Children of Difference Foundation to create and produce projects to educate, entertain and support. Lisa, a filmmaker, lawyer, writer, and mother of four created and produced the Emmy Award nominated HBO documentary: Dwarfs: Not a Fairy Tale. Other projects include: Just Sit, Yoga and Mediation For All, Healing Zone, Bridges of Hope, The Family Project to name a few. Lisa is committed through creative outreach to educate and entertain audiences of all ages.

Michele Kuvin Kupfer

Michele Kuvin Kupfer

Co-Founder

Michele Kuvin Kupfer is a behavioral therapist and educational consultant with certification in special education with twenty five years experience working with children and families in various medical and psychiatric settings. She has had experience at Johns Hopkins, Children Seashore House, Boston Children’s Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital. Michele is a mother of three.

Medical Advisory Board

Our advisory board is there to make sure that we address all the right issues all the time.

Michael Apkon MBA, MD, PhD

Michael Apkon MBA, MD, PhD

The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

President and CEO of Toronto Hospital for Sick Children

Marc Atkins PhD

Marc Atkins PhD

University of Illinois, Chicago

Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry

Researcher in the areas of childhood ADHD and aggression, and a leading resercher on the development of school based mental health services in urban high poverty communities.

Gary Kupfer MD

Gary Kupfer MD

Yale University

Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology / Oncology) and of Pathology; Clinical Program Leader, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital; Section Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Clinical Research Program Leader, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program, Yale Cancer Center