Saturday, November 19, 2016

Lisa Saunders, CMV Awareness and Policy Advocate

Lisa Saunders is seen below holding a photograph of her daughter Elizabeth (1989-2006) with Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy at the ceremonial signing for “Public Act 15-10: An Act Concerning Cytomegalovirus” at the Office of the Governor in Hartford, CT, on July 28, 2015.

Lisa Saunders resides in Baldwinsville, New York, with her husband James P. Saunders, a recently retired Pfizer scientist.  Lisa is a founding member of  the New York Stop CMV Project and volunteers with the National CMV Foundation. In 2015, she was instrumental in helping Connecticut become the second state in the U.S. to enact a law requiring the testing of newborns for CMV if they fail their hearing screen. A graduate of Cornell University, Lisa is a public speaker, an award-winning writer and the author of several books--some with a CMV prevention message.

The following information was updated June 4, 2021. To download CMV resume, click here

Lisa Saunders is the mother of Elizabeth born severely disabled by congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV), the leading viral cause of birth defects, in 1989. Just prior to her pregnancy with Elizabeth, Lisa had a miscarriage but was not tested for CMV or other prenatal infections. Until Elizabeth's birth, Lisa was unaware of CMV and although she was a licensed, in-home child care provider, a church nursery volunteer and the mother of a toddler--all activities that put her at high risk for CMV--she was not educated about the disease and how to reduce her chances of contracting it. In 2015, Lisa was instrumental in helping Connecticut become the second state in the U.S. to enact a law requiring the testing of newborns for CMV if they fail their hearing screen. A graduate of Cornell University, Lisa is a public speaker, an award-winning writer and the author of several books--some with a CMV prevention message.

Updated June 4, 2021. To download CMV resume, click here

Lisa volunteers with the National CMV Foundation and other organizations that encourage a woman’s right to know how to protect her pregnancies congenital CMV, which disables approximately 4,000 newborns each year in the U.S. She tries to get laws passed to battle CMV and often asks the media to help raise awareness of CMV prevention. She says, “I am currently asking New York to expand its CMV law to require prevention education. I am also asking the public to share and perhaps sign my Declaration of Women's CMV Rights and Sentiments (inspired by the Women's Rights Declaration of Sentiments of 1848). Despite my work over the last 30 years, and the work of other families and doctors, a recent study concluded that 91% of women have never heard of congenital CMV (Doutre et. al, 2016).

Lisa’s CMV Awareness Efforts:

  • In 2015, Connecticut became the second state in the U.S. to require CMV testing when an infant fails their hearing test.

  • On May 22, 2019, OSHA announced in "QuickTakes," its newsletter on workplace safety and health: "A common virus, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) affects thousands of workers in childcare centers and healthcare facilities. These workers are at the greatest risk of exposure because the virus is often spread through saliva and other body fluids of young children. OSHA's new webpage on CMV [], explains how to minimize health risks associated with workers' exposure to this virus."on workplace safety and health: "A common virus, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) affects thousands of workers in childcare centers and healthcare facilities. These workers are at the greatest risk of exposure because the virus is often spread through saliva and other body fluids of young children. OSHA's new webpage on CMV, explains how to minimize health risks associated with workers' exposure to this virus."

  • The Education Committee updated their CMV fact sheet to add a question specific to occupational exposure.

Lisa’s CMV work includes: 

  • Lecturing on CMV prevention, legislation, and research. 

  • Writing adult and children’s books on CMV prevention. 

  • Interviewing health and wellness experts on  her local access TV talk show out of Baldwinsville, NY. See interview on PAC-B TV: "Did You Know? - CytoMegaloVirus (CMV) - What Moms Wished They Knew" (May 7, 2021)  

  • Coordinate the planning and delivery of CMV information through press releases, newsletters, Facebook (Congenital CMV News); educational campaigns (workshops, public service announcements,”Had I Known (about CMV)”; health fairs and behavior change programs such as “Share a Meal, Not the Germs” and “Keep Your Cups to Yourself.” 

Education: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY: B.S. - Business Management and Marketing (1982).


  • Mother of a child who suffered from congenital CMV for 16 years (1989-2006). 

  • Former licensed child care provider (1986-1993) unaware of increased risk for CMV.

  • Commendations: Infection Control Nurses of Connecticut: Honored for “Unwavering dedication in her crusade to stop CMV (2013) and Cornell University President, Letter of appreciation for CMV work (2013)

  • International author of books providing a CMV prevention message. 


New England Consortium on Deafblindness, online (Feb. 12, 2021)

Cytomegalovirus Awareness Day. Presentation: “An Inconvenient Truth: What Everyone Should Know.” Co-presented with Nellie Brown, MS, CIH, Director of Workplace Health & Safety Programs, Lead Programs Manager, Certified Industrial Hygienist, The Worker Institute,  ILR School, Cornell University. Contact Tracy Evans Luiselli, Ed.D., Director, New England Consortium on Deafblindness (NEC),

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri  (March 8-11, 2020) 

Presentation: “Early Identification of Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing Plus (D/HH Plus) Including those who are Deaf-Blind” Parent panel. Contact Tracy Evans Luiselli, Ed.D., Director, New England Consortium on Deafblindness (NEC),

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Connecticut River Valley (Oct. 3, 2019)

Presentation: “What Child Care Providers, Teachers and Pregnant Women Need to Know About CMV”. AIHA works to provide information and resources to Industrial Hygienists and Occupational Health professionals. Contact: Nellie Brown, MS, CIH, Director of Workplace Health & Safety Programs, Lead Programs Manager, Certified Industrial Hygienist, The Worker Institute,  Buffalo, NY 14203. ILR School, Cornell University, t. 716 852 1444 x111, |

Siemens Healthineers, Healthy Mother/Healthy Baby Thought Leadership Webinar (Sept.18, 2019

Presentation: “Understanding TORCH Infections from both a Clinical and Personal Perspective”.Co-presented with Pablo J. Sánchez, M.D.,Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University – Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Divisions of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Director, Clinical & Translational Research (Neonatology).

Contact: Louise Loughran, Global Marketing Manager, Siemens Healthineers,

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science, Los Angeles, California (March 6, 2019)

Good News Radio Magazine: "Prenatal Infections". Co-presented with James A. McGregor, MDCM (obstetrician and gynecologist) and Marti Perhach, CEO, Group B Strep International. Contact: Andrea Jones, Projects Specialist, Healthy African American Families,

Prenatal Infection Prevention Symposium, online (Feb. 26, 2019)

Video presentation: “Help Child Care Providers Fight Cytomegalovirus (CMV): Protect Newborns From #1 Birth Defects Virus.”  Contact: Marti Perhach, Group B Strep International (GBSI) Cofounder and CEO:

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Shewsbury, Massachusetts (Jan. 16)

Meeting presentation: “Connecticut Experience with CMV Testing Legislation: Barriers & Solutions". Contact leader of Massachusetts Congenital CMV Working Group: Laura Gibson, M.D., Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Chief, Division of Medicine-Pediatrics, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical School,

CMV Public Health & Policy Conference, Burlington, Vermont (Sept. 24, 2018)

Poster: "Increasing Child Care Provider Awareness of Congenital Cytomegalovirus”, co-presented with Brenda Kinsella Balch, MD, Connecticut Chapter Champion for the American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. Contact: President, National CMV Foundation:

Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Las Vegas, NV (January 26, 2017)

"Congenital CMV and Research" – Caesars Palace. Sabine Bousleiman M.S.N,M.S.PH, Program Director, Columbia University, OBGYN Department, (212) 305-4348, (917) 673-7790, See study:

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coalition, Hamden, CT (December 13, 2016) “What Caregivers and Pregnant Women Need to Know About CMV”. 

Women's Consortium: Marijane Carey,

Congenital CMV Public Health & Policy Conference, Austin, TX (September 27, 2016)

As One Door Closed, Another Door Opened: CT Congenital CMV Initiative, co-presented with  Brenda Kinsella Balch, MD, CT pediatrician and Chapter Champion for the American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program,  

Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council's Women’s Health Committee, Hartford, CT (July 13, 2015) “Connecticut and Congenital CMV. Richard Eighme, Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council, (860) 240-0321,

Connecticut Public Health Committee, Capitol Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT (February 20, 2015). Public Testimony for H.B. 5525: “AN ACT CONCERNING CYTOMEGALOVIRUS” 

CMV Public Health & Policy Conference, Salt Lake City, UT (September 26, 2014)

How a Parent Can Raise a CMV Prevention Message”. Contact Gail J Demmler-Harrison, MD, Professor, Pediatrics, Section Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases Service, Texas Children's Hospital, Congenital CMV Disease Research, Clinic & Registry, 832-824-4330,

Infection Control Nurses of Connecticut Annual Spring Seminar, Plantsville, CT (April 2013)

“CMV: Threat to immunocompromised persons” - Aqua Turf Club. 

Kris Magnussen, Communicable Disease Prevention Supervisor,

CMV 2012 Conference, San Francisco, CA (October 29-November 2, 2012)

“Raising CMV Awareness by Writing'' - Conference Mission Bay Conference Centre. Lenore Pereira, Ph.D., Founder, Congenital Cytomegalovirus Foundation, and Professor, Cell and Tissue Biology Department, University of California San Francisco, 

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Tarrytown, NY (2010)

“Living With Congenital CMV” (webinar). Katherine Soreng, Ph.D., Director, Clinical and Scientific Marketing,; Louise Loughran,

Maternal-Infant Services Network, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties, NY (March 20, 2009) 

“Pregnant Women Need to Know about CMV” - Perinatal Update 2009. Stephanie Sosnowski, BS, ICCE, CLC, Director of Community Health and Wellness, 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA (November 5-7, 2008)

“Congenital CMV: My Daughter’s Life and Death” - First International Congenital CMV Conference held in the U.S. See: Michael Cannon, Ph.D., a research epidemiologist at the CDC. 

Additional Presentations:

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (Fall 1995) 

“Raising my handicapped daughter” - Guest speaker to a graduate class of special education teachers, therapists, and social workers.  Mary Goodin, M. Ed., OTR,

Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut, Waterford, CT (Oct. 4, 2017). “CMV: Protect Your Pregnancy.” Contact: Deborah Buxton-Morris, M.S., R.N. Program Supervisor, 

Connecticut Public Health Committee, Capitol Legislative Office Building, Hartford, CT (February 28, 2014) Public Testimony for H.B. 5147: “AN ACT CONCERNING NEWBORN SCREENING FOR CYTOMEGALOVIRUS AND ESTABLISHING A PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR CYTOMEGALOVIRUS.” 

The Woman’s City Club of Norwich, Norwich, CT (2015)

“How a Mother Raised Awareness of CMV and Got Connecticut to Pass a Bill.” Otis Library.

Eileen Nagel, 

Westerly Registered Nurse’s Club, Westerly, RI (April 22, 2014)

“Supporting a Connecticut CMV Bill,” Mermaid Café. Ida Manzella,

State University of New York at Rockland, Suffern, NY (December 9, 2008)

Science Lecture Series, #2: “Anything But a Dog”: Story of my daughter born with congenital CMV. Series organized by a nursing professor.  



  1. Help Childcare Providers Fight CMV. A workbook for child care directors and policy makers (2018).

  2. Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with CMV. A memoir (Unlimited Publishing, 2008, Japan: Thousand Books, 2017) 

  3. Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter’s Tale: Fairytale about losing a child plus moving forward (2013)

  4. Once Upon a Placemat--A Table Setting Tale: Coloring Book and CMV Prevention Tool (2016). When Lisa can't remember how to set the table, her grandmother teaches her to listen to the silverware. How does Mr. Knife keep the dish from running away with the spoon? Why does Miss Cup insist she and the others get a bath before being shared? Book includes images for coloring, recipes, and germ prevention tips, especially against CMV, which is more widespread than Zika.





Music (collaborated with singer/songwriter Debra Lynn Alt)







  • Content Coordinator, Groton-Mystic Neighbors magazine (Best Version Media publication), since March 2018-October 2019. 

  • New England/New York media and networking consultant.  Write press releases, biographies, and marketing materials for clients that include:

    • National Field Service Corporation 

    • New England Consortium on Deafblindness

    • Connie Howard Music. 

MYSTIC SEAPORT, Mystic, CT, 2010 – 2019 (part-time)

Historical Interpreter: Orally present maritime history and artifacts to the general public. 


Campus Communications Assistant 

  • Promoted events and programs to the media, authoring press releases, which resulted in newspaper coverage of the college and faculty. Wrote the alumni newsletter, SCENE, with quarterly circulation of 35,000. Used Twitter, Facebook, and RCC Speakers Bureau as additional promotional tools.

Key Accomplishments

  • Awarded by the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations, District I: “Gold Medallion” for Academic Convocation Booklet (2010); Silver for Departmental Brochures (2010); and Bronze for ad print series, which featured noteworthy alumni (2009).  

  • Received national coverage on Fox and Friends and in Associated Press through press releases relating the circumstances of individual students or faculty to current events. 

NATIONAL FIELD SERVICE CORPORATION, Suffern, NY, 1998 – 2008 (presently consulting)

Recruiter / Marketing Specialist for consulting company 

Interviewed approximately 80 candidates monthly and communicated with clients on employment needs in the utility, communications, and right-of-way industries. Represented company at job fairs and coordinated marketing events, including annual 100-guest Christmas party and sleepover event at West Point Academy. Placed many applicants with AT&T. Maintained database of applicants in People Trak.


Provided in-home care and educational programs for up to six children. 

CMV ceremonial signing Malloy

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy at the ceremonial signing for “Public Act 15-10: An Act Concerning Cytomegalovirus” at the Office of the Governor in Hartford, CT, on July 28, 2015.  (L to R): Jane Baird, Government Relations, Connecticut Children's Medical Center; Dr. Wallis Molchen, Chief Resident, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; Jane Brancifort, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Public Health; State Representative, John Hampton; Dr. Brenda K. Balch, American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Chapter Champion; Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman; Lisa Saunders, parent rep, Congenital Cytomegalovirus Foundation, holding picture of daughter Elizabeth; Kevin Ryan, State Representative; Governor Dannel P. Malloy; Cathy Osten, State Senator; Ken Hiscoe, Pfizer, Government Relations; Jarred and his mother, Melvette Ruffin; DeVaughn Ward, Liaison, Department of Public Health; and Kinson Perry, lobbyist at Rome, Smith & Lutz.


“Wash Away CMV: Protect Your Pregnancy”

I am Lisa Saunders, the mother of Elizabeth, born severely disabled by congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). My mission is to prevent Elizabeth’s suffering from happening to other children. According to the New York Times in 2016, CMV Is a Greater Threat to Infants Than Zika, but Far Less Often Discussed.

Most pregnant women know to avoid dirty kitty litter and mosquito bites to protect their unborn babies from disabilities caused by infections.  Very few, however, know how to prevent the leading viral cause of birth defects, congenital CMV. Congenital (present at birth) CMV is a more common cause of disabilities than fetal alcohol syndrome and spina bifida. Of the four million infants born each year in the U.S., approximately 1% are infected prenatally with CMV according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Ten percent of those infants, about 4,000 babies each year, are born with one or multiple abnormalities including hearing and vision loss; intellectual challenges; cerebral palsy; and seizures.

CMV is often found in the bodily fluids of otherwise healthy toddlers. Toddlers can spread the disease to other toddlers by mouthing each other’s toys, and to their adult caregivers who may be unaware of how to properly handle bodily fluids such as saliva and nasal secretions. Unfortunately, most women of childbearing age don’t know about CMV, and don’t realize they should avoid kissing toddlers around the mouth, as well as sharing cups and utensils with them. I was one of those women.

While I was pregnant with Elizabeth, I operated a licensed home daycare center, volunteered in our church nursery, and was the mother of a toddler—all things that put me at higher risk for contracting CMV.

My pregnancy with Elizabeth, due to be born on Christmas Eve of 1989, was a happy experience—until the moment she arrived on December 18th. Upon looking at her, I felt a stab of fear. My immediate thought was, “Her head looks so small—so deformed.” After a CAT scan, the neonatologist said, "Your daughter has microcephaly—her brain is very small with calcium deposits throughout. If she lives, she will never roll over, sit up, or feed herself." Further tests revealed Elizabeth's birth defects were caused by congenital CMV.

I was then given information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stating that, "People who care for or work closely with young children may be at greater risk of CMV infection than other people because CMV infection is common among young children..." This information came too late to spare my daughter the years of suffering that lay ahead. Nowhere in my daycare licensing training was CMV mentioned. CMV prevention was not discussed in my prenatal doctor visits. 

I felt sick at what my lack of knowledge had done to my little girl. In milder cases, children with congenital CMV may lose hearing or struggle with learning disabilities. But Elizabeth's case was not a mild one. When my husband Jim heard Elizabeth's grim prognosis, he stared at her and said, “She needs me”—just like Charlie Brown with that pathetic Christmas tree.

It took me about a year, but I eventually stopped praying that a nuclear bomb would drop on my house so I could escape my overwhelming anguish over Elizabeth's condition. Life did become good again—but it took a lot of help from family, friends, some Valium, and the Book of Psalms. Although Elizabeth was profoundly mentally impaired, legally blind, had cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a progressive hearing loss, we were eventually able to move forward as a happy, "normal" family. 

Years later, I awoke feeling so proud of Elizabeth. It was her 16th birthday and just one week before her 17th Christmas. When the song “I’ll be home for Christmas” played on the radio, I cried thinking how hard Elizabeth fought to be home with us, overcoming several battles with pneumonia, major surgeries, and seizures. Weighing only 50 pounds, she looked funny to strangers because of her small head and adult teeth, but she was lovely to us with her long brown hair, large blue eyes and a soul-capturing smile. She even won the "Best Smiling Award" at school. Although still in diapers and unable to speak or hold up her head, Elizabeth loved going for long car rides. She especially enjoyed school and being surrounded by people, paying no mind to the stares of “normal” children who thought she belonged on the "Island of Misfit Toys."

In 2006, less than two months after she turned 16, I dropped Elizabeth off at school. Strapping her into her wheelchair, I held her face in my hands, kissed her cheek, and said, “Now be a good girl today.” She smiled as she heard her teacher say what she said every time, “Elizabeth is always a good girl!” With that, I left.

At the end of the day, I got the call I always feared. “Mrs. Saunders, Elizabeth had a seizure and she’s not breathing." The medical team did all they could, but she was gone. While holding Elizabeth’s body on his lap, my husband looked down into her partially open, lifeless eyes and cried, “No one is ever going to look at me again the way she did.”

Shortly after Elizabeth died, I had a nightmare: visiting a support group of new parents of children with congenital CMV, they suddenly looked at me and asked, “Why didn’t you do more to warn us about CMV?”

Although I had written about Elizabeth’s life with her tomboy sister and a series of dysfunctional pets in my book, “Anything But a Dog: the perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV,” which was also published in Japan, CMV remains largely unknown.

In 2012, because of my online presence as a writer and speaker about CMV, I received an email from a grandmother distraught about her grandson born with congenital CMV. The baby’s mother was a high school student interning in a Connecticut childcare center. The young mother, just like me many years earlier, was unaware she was putting her pregnancy at greater risk by working with toddlers. Eight - 20% of caregivers/teachers contract CMV
(AAP et al., 2011). About 44 to 100% of two-year-olds in group daycare are excreting CMV (Pass et al., 1986).

When I visited the new mother and baby in the hospital, the attending nurse asked me, "Knowing what you do about CMV, why don’t you launch an awareness campaign?"

I explained to the nurse that CMV parents, scientists and doctors have been trying for years to raise awareness but we can’t sustain meaningful, long-term change without government help. “Despite being the leading cause of mental retardation and disability in children, there are currently no national public awareness campaigns on CMV” (Clinical Advisor, 2014).

I finally made some headway in 2015. By modeling efforts in Utah, I helped Connecticut become the second state to pass a law requiring babies who fail their hearing exam to be tested for CMV. But CMV prevention education is also needed—especially since studies have shown that the effectiveness of hygienic precautions is greater than 75% (Adler, 2015).

According to a recent study, only 18.5% of licensed “in-home” daycare providers have heard of CMV and “Providers do not know how to appropriately sanitize surfaces to reduce spread of disease” (Thackeray et al., 2016).  For example, many providers use diaper wipes to clean a surface, but diaper wipes do not sanitize it.  Given that “61 % of children under the age of 5 are cared for in a child care facility...Intervening with child care providers and parents through child care facilities are key opportunities to reduce prevalence of CMV infection and other diseases.” 

My goal is to make CMV prevention required training in child care centers across the country. The American Academy of Pediatrics states in their book, “Caring For Our Children,” that “Child care staff members should receive counseling in regard to the risks of acquiring CMV from their primary health care provider. However, it is also important for the child care center director to inform infant caregivers/teachers of the increased risk of exposure to CMV during pregnancy.”

“Increasing risk perception is important because providers may not be concerned about taking measures to reduce the probability of infection if they feel that they are at low risk” (Thackeray et al., 2016).

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is a worker's right to know occupational hazards. Given there are more than half a million child care workers in the U.S. (Childcare Aware of America, 2016), that mothers of children in daycare are also at increased risk for CMV  (Pass et al., 1986), and that congenital CMV costs the U.S. health care system approximately 1.86 billion annually (Modlin, et al., 2004), it’s time for a national CMV prevention campaign.

To help prevent CMV (and other diseases spread by saliva), I provide educational materials for the whole family with my “color-me-in” fairytale, “Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale,” which includes a free teaching toolkit. The fairytale, co-authored by my daughter Jackie Tortora, uses "Grandma" to speak for “Miss Cup” to enforce germ prevention, and features “Mr. Knife's” fear of the dish running away with the spoon to teach table-setting. The teaching toolkit includes  placemats, with the tableware characters correctly arranged, for downloading, coloring and laminating. The other side of the placemat features germ prevention and hand-washing tips. A YouTube video introduces children to the placemat characters and how to download the free placemats.

I present CMV prevention education through workshops,  public service announcements, health fairs, and my articles such as  "The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children" (ChildCare Aware of America, 2017). I interview health experts, including Yale University doctors, on “The Lisa Saunders Show” (SEC-TV, channel 12 and YouTube) and regularly write about CMV in newsletters to healthcare professionals, for my “Congenital CMV”  blog, and for germ-fighting organizations such as “Henry the Hand.” My Facebook pages,  "CMV in Child Careand "Congenital CMV News," encourage behavioral changes through hand-washing and no cup sharing campaigns.

Upon request, I lecture at conferences nationwide such as those held by the
CDC, Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Maternal and Child Health Coalition, and Infection Control Nurses of Connecticut.

As a result of me contacting organizations, OSHA is now creating a CMV publication for childcare workers, the updated their CMV fact sheet to add occupational exposure, and the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood’s Division of Licensing for Child Care Providers/Operators now includes Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV)  under Disease and Prevention” on its website.

If you can help raise CMV awareness, according to studies on prevention, our nation should have a higher number of healthy newborns.

Thank you in advance for your help! 


ADDITIONAL IMAGES, ETC: Since Elizabeth's birth, and later death, I have written four books about congenital CMV:

Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with CMV (cytomegalovirus) (my memoir about my daughter's life).

Survivng Loss: The Wooder's Tale (a fairy tale inspired by my daughter's death and belief we will all be reunited one day)
Once Upon a Placemat--A table setting tale: Coloring book and CMV prevention tips from Miss Cup. (Click here for video of me introducing book and here for placemats for downloading and coloring.)

Mystic Seafarer's Trail: Misadventures trying to get thin and famous so people will hear about CMV (2012)

Contact Lisa Saunders
PO Box 389,  Mystic, CT 06355,

Types of Organizations Lisa collaborates with: click here

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