Tami produced and financed a documentary entitled Given A Chance…A Little Girl’s Journey. This documentary focuses on the adoption of ‘Special Needs’ children. Tami and her partner Kim Marriner, not only are experienced producers, writers and editors, but know this subject well. They adopted a little girl named Kassie, born with cerebral palsy. They knew she was different but not less, and this is her story. Kassie narrates the documentary and answers the question, “how do you treat someone with a disability?” With three simple words “Like A Person!” GIVEN A CHANCE chronicles her life struggles, and how she has met her personal challenges…creatively. Being ‘creative’ is the key in helping a ‘Special Needs’ child to reach his or her potential.
Question: How does a child reach his or her potential? Answer: “Provide to the child every possible means of therapies and treatments available. Most of all, include the child in family and social environment.”
The highlight of the documentary is Dakota, Kassie’s ‘Animal Rx’ Service Dog. Dakota is the reason Kassie is walking today. The doctors said that Kassie would never walk. The love and devotion of this wonderful Assisted Animal, embraced Kassie’s life full circle, and gave her the will and drive to walk.
Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton introduces the documentary. GIVEN A CHANCE…A Little Girl’s Journey is dedicated in loving memory of John Ritter who played an important role in this 'little girl's journey.' John, his brother Tom Ritter, Henry Winkler, Nancy Dussault, Tiffani Thiessen, and others provide additional inspiration.
GIVEN A CHANCE…A Little Girl’s Journey was honored at the CONGRESSIONAL COALITION ADOPTION INSTITUTE (CCAI) in Washington D.C., received the
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE from the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and was honored at the
AFI PERSPECTIVE FILM AWARDS.
Tami Lynn managed Christina Applegate for 26 years on the series, Married…With Children, and the series, JESSE. Tami also managed Valerie Bertinelli for 11 years on the series, One Day At A Time. Other series actors include: Adam Rich on Eight Is Enough, Mary Beth McDonough on The Waltons, Robbie Rist on The Brady Bunch, Shane Butterworth on The Bad News Bears, Katy Kurtzman on Dynasty.
Tami produced the film VIBRATIONS and served as Executive Producer on the films CLAUDINE’S RETURN, and KISS OF FIRE starring Christina Applegate.
She produced the NBC series JESSE, which won two People's Choice Awards.
Tami developed a 30 minute documentary for children...I’M JUST LIKE YOU... that teaches children that physically challenged kids have the same dreams as all kids. I’M JUST LIKE YOU will also be a series of 'learning tool' children books.
The documentary AND JUSTICE FOR ALL is produced by Tami. She is working with Chief Tony Cerda of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe to tell his true story of his ancestors who were the actual builders of the Carmel Mission.
Tami is determined to produce and develop projects dealing with important issues...
"I have had a wonderful 35 years working with wonderful people on projects that were most interesting and fun. I am so grateful for this... however now, I want to devote my life to meaningful projects that make people feel good about themselves, about life and the life beyond. This year I attended my Notre Dame High School reunion. After all these years, when we were sharing with each other our accomplishments... did we take out pictures of our car, or our house? No, we took out our pictures of our children... our most important accomplishment in life."
In 1991, Tami was diagnosed with a form of breast cancer known as Intraductal Carcinoma-in-situ. Her relentless research led to a Santa Barbara physician trained in a technique known as 'Subcutaneous Mastectomy.' This procedure removes breast tissue without leaving the physical and emotional scars caused by a typical mastectomy. Her attempt to spread the word about a procedure that offers an alternative to a surgery that produces unsightly scars, led to the development of a screenplay entitled NOT SCARRED FOR LIFE written by Marc Alexander and Kate Donahue.
Tami's dedication to producing this project is so that women everywhere will know there may be an alternative to the usual mastectomy.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS FROM NOW...IT WILL NOT MATTER WHAT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT WAS, THE SORT OF HOUSE YOU LIVED IN, OR THE KIND OF CAR YOU DROVE...BUT THE WORLD MAY BE DIFFERENT BECAUSE YOU WERE IMPORTANT IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD.
Tami Lynn is a Honorary Board Member of Canine Support Teams, Inc., Past President and Honorary Member of the Conference Of Personal Managers, and Past Executive Director of the National Conference of Personal Managers. She is an honorary member of the ANGEL FOUNDATION, which helps to bring aid and humanitarian relief to war torn children in third world countries. The ANGEL FOUNDATION was founded by, Prince Mikhail.
She is a member of WOMEN IN FILM and PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA.
If a woman has an appreciation, of the world around her and of her unique place in it.
If she has people she trusts and is trusted by, people she cares about who care about her...
If she conducts her life always with integrity and devotes herself both to her work and to her family...
If she welcomes each day with enthusiasm with warmth and love... then she is truly a successful woman.
- The Hollywood Reporter - 1998
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