|Kerry HughesAs Co-Founder and ‘Lead Vocalist’ of Two Hearts Rock™, Kerry Hughes combines her passion for working with children and love for music to put the spotlight on Rare Diseases of Childhood. The goal is twofold: to raise money for ‘in their lifetime’ research for countless orphan diseases from which children and their families suffer due to the lack of research funding and to use the power of music to unify support of this lesser known cause which impacts millions of people worldwide.
She is an advocate and spokeswoman for The Hope 4 Bridget Foundation, which exists to advance research in finding a cure for Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses, more commonly known as Batten Disease. Bridget, the daughter of Kerry’s close friend, inspired her to create Two Hearts Rock™ to make a difference in the life of not only her friend’s child, but the lives of all children who battle these diseases.
Kerry is an alumna of Marquette University where her philanthropic work had its beginnings. An accomplished educator holding a Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction, Kerry tutors young children experiencing literacy challenges. She is a community activist, who volunteers her time teaching art history and appreciation to children, and a former Board of Education committee member charged with redistricting local school boundaries.
Volunteering to comfort sick children in local hospitals, coordinating community outreach initiatives such as food and school supply drives are two of Kerry’s passions for giving. Creating and implementing the ‘Dollar Denim Days’ for the RARE Project’s ‘Global Genes Campaign’ is another cause Kerry holds dear to her heart. When she is not beating the drum for Two Hearts Rock ™, Kerry enjoys quality time with her husband, TWO children and TWO Golden Retrievers.
|Lori ButlerTwo Hearts Rock™ is aptly named, not only because of its two founders, but also because of the synchronicity of two things. For Lori Butler, it’s music and healthcare.
Lori began playing the piano at the age of 6, and eventually extended her musical inclination to the flute and oboe. She spent many years in the orchestra pit before being exposed to live rock-and-roll at Madison Square Garden. She was a teen, the year was 1980, and it was Bruce Springsteen. A new love was born.
After graduating with a BA in English from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, she began working at a medical publishing company, where she developed an interest in health and wellness. That became her springboard into the pharmaceutical industry.
Over the course of two decades, Lori’s experience has expanded beyond sales and marketing in the medical field, to Practice Development and Patient Advocacy in women’s wellness.
Disease also is very personal to Lori. She knows the challenges of coping with chronic illness first-hand; her father suffered from Crohn’s Disease.
The creation of Two Hearts Rock™ provides Lori with the opportunity to express her compassion and channel her love of music for a critical cause, which is to advance research for Rare Disease. When Lori’s not turning up the volume with Two Hearts Rock™, she’s at play with her husband, two boys and one very BIG dog.