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December 5, 2018 (San Diego) – 2014 Veteran of the Year for the 71st District of San Diego and Award-winning Author Karolyn Smith announced that her nonprofit, 3 Paws Up, has teamed up with Rady’s Children’s Hospital and will attend this year’s Rady’s ”Holiday Toy Drop Off” event on December 14th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. With a gracious donation from the Julian Arts Guild, 3 Paws Up will be donating 25 copies of “Sophia the Bionic Cat” to Rady’s kids.

Smith’s nonprofit has a mission of providing children in critical care, inspirational true stories of overcoming and persevering that are written in children’s book format at no cost. This event will take place at the Rady’s Rose Pavilion, 3020 Children’s Way., San Diego.

“Sophia the Bionic Cat” is the true story of an amputee kitten and wounded Veteran (Karolyn) and how they found that through the use of 3D technology and love, would both overcome almost unbeatable odds,” said Karolyn Smith while speaking of Rady’s event. “I feel honored to be able to gift this large of a donation from our young nonprofit to Rady’s Kids. Rady’s kids are in the biggest battle of their young lives and I hope this story gives them a focal point of true strength to remind them that when all the odds are against them, with the help of Rady’s, technology and heart, anything is possible. Our book is uniquely written in a new ‘Open Dyslexic’ font and endorsed by the American Dyslexia Association.

3 Paws Up is an approved nonprofit with low overhead that while young, our donated books can be found in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Naval Medical Center Balboa as well as Kaiser Permanente.

Karolyn Smith is a renowned author and motivational speaker who is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF2- 2004). Her inspiring thoughts have turned out to be life changing for many and she says that her mission is far from over. She talks and writes about “Lead, Believe, Achieve” after deployment and combat injuries. In 2014 Karolyn was selected by Assemblyman Brian Jones as the 71st district of California “Veteran of the Year” which allowed Karolyn’s unique story to be heard not only nationwide but also around the world.

After years of struggling with injuries sustained and left untreated by Veteran Affairs (VA), Karolyn is a recipient of the newest medical technology provided on behalf of Operation Mend at UCLA. Karolyn currently leads exploratory partnerships to synergize the bio-tech community into the Veterans Affairs community to lessen the incidence of Veteran suicide by creating a more robust partnership.  Moreover, after her story aired on the Animal Planet, featuring Jackson Galaxy. Karolyn was able to not only create 3 Paws Up but continues to create a speaking platform based on 3D Printing and STEM and speaks around the nation sharing her story of overcoming and persevering.

“A wounded warrior and amputee kitten, what a combination of hope. Couldn't help a bit of mist when reading this original story. A great book for the kids, especially for those who don't feel right, but are. So good, I bought an extra copy for Toys for Tots!” T. Folke, Retired Navy, CCCA

“This is the feel-good story of the century!” K. Woody, Atlanta

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