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Her "Diary" during Peter's 102 days in NICU became a viral sensation in 2000 before blogs and social media existed. Dede is the owner of Pete's Diary LLC, which began as a journal she kept after her oldest son, Peter, was born premature with Goldenhar Syndrome.
Today Pete's Diary envisions a world where everyone has the courage to rock their life. Dede & Peter work to achieve this by offering motivational speeches, inspirational guitar performances, and positive online content. They were recognized as one of Music Radar's 2020 Top Online Guitar Personalities.
Dede serves on the Board of Directors for two national non-profits: Children's Craniofacial Association and Harmony 4 Hope. Her volunteer experience also includes being a founding member of the Family Advisory Council at Children's Hospital of Michigan and a Parent Advocate on the Michigan Children's Special Healthcare Advisory Council.
Dede has extensive writing and speaking experience on topics related to parenting a medically-complex child, special education, grief and loss, and other family topics. She has a B.A. in Communication and worked in market research before becoming a Mom.
Dede resides in the Chicago suburbs with her husband of 23 years and two boys ages 20 and 16. She enjoys walking their two dogs and is an avid reader and fan of audiobooks.