If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
By: Sara Messelt
The entire FASD community is feeling a huge loss with the death of Brad Wing. Many people knew Brad for his relentless energy, deep commitment and huge heart for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Brad was instrumental in many innovative education programs for children with FASD including the District 287 SAFE (Students Addressing FASD through Education) Program. SAFE became a place where students with an FASD were identified, supported, and valued. Through Brad’s leadership this program blossomed to serve children with FASD challenges. Other school districts sought Brad out to help initiate better programming for their own students on the spectrum.
Brad was a lifelong educator, and upon his retirement dedicated countless hours to MOFAS as a trainer and school consultant. Over the years Brad served on many committees and task forces, and did it all to help create opportunities and improve outcomes for children with an FASD. Brad engaged MOFAS and other collaborative partners in the FASD field with respect and humor, and an unwavering belief that everyone deserved a happy, productive, fulfilling life. One parent echoes what so many families have said about Brad, “When I thought it was hopeless, Brad gave our family hope.” Our deepest sympathy to Brad’s wife and best friend Jan, his cherished children and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Details will be included in the next E-newsletter.
Brad’s commitment to the field of FASD continues. He and his wife Jan have requested all memorials be directed to MOFAS in celebration of Brad’s life. Please send to MOFAS, Brad Wing Memorial Fund, 2233 University Avenue W, Suite 395, St. Paul, MN 55114. For more information please contact email@example.com.