Meet Dede Dankelson

Dede is the owner of Pete's Diary, which originally began as a journal she kept during Peter's 106 days in NICU.  She is the writer, graphic designer, and social media manager for the business.

Dede's writing has been published in several online and print platforms.  She's serves on the Board of Directors for Children's Craniofacial Association and Harmony 4 Hope.  Dede was a founding member of the Family Advisory Council at Children's Hospital of Michigan where she volunteered from 2005-2015 and a Parent Advocate on the Michigan Children's Special Healthcare Advisory Council from 2003-2004.

Dede speaks at medical conferences and with medical faculty, sharing her experience parenting a medically-complex child.  Her "How to Raise a Rock Star" keynote will have you laughing and crying simultaneously.

Dede believes that anyone can choose to be the hero of their own story.  She shares the chaos of family life with her husband of 22 years, two teenage boys, and two dogs. 

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