Friday, November 26, 2010

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving brings family together and feelings of gratitude for the year past.
This year I am especially grateful for my loving family and our health.  Having lost my last living grandparent this year, I am especially aware of continuing and establishing new traditions within our family as a way to honor ourselves, and those we love, as we move move into the year ahead.
Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Leaders Launching Learners; Beyond the thrift stores

                  Two of my Minnesota Women of Today sisters

Our MN Women of Today group works closely with the Salvation Army, which is how I began my involvement.  Because I really love kids, working with the Salvation Army is a natural fit for me and I truly believe in the need to support members of my community.
Being a S.A. volunteer allows me to connect with and positively impact the lives of young people through the various programs this vital and amazing organization offers.

Getting ready for school will be a financial challenge for many families this fall. The cost of school supplies and clothing will put a strain on already stretched budgets. The Salvation Army is determined to help as many families in need as possible. We have the funding to help 850 children, but there are more on the waiting list hoping to receive assistance.
One of my roles as a "leader" is to help young people pick out and purchase new clothing for the school year.
What's most wonderful, is to see their eyes light up as they are able to shop and make cost-conscience decisions, with just a little guidance from me! 

Coats For Kids!

Well, winter is almost upon us!  That means it's time to go through the closets and sort through all of the winter gear, deciding what no longer fits our constantly growing kids, one year later.
This is your perfect opportunity to donate gently worn winter coats, hats and mittens to The Salvation Army Coats For Kids program!

For 25 years, the Coats for Kids program – a joint effort of The Salvation Army and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS – has provided coats for Twin Cities’ children. More than 277,000 coats and winter accessories have been distributed to Twin Cities’ children through Coats for Kids since the program began.

As a coat intake and distribution volunteer, I sort through and organize hundreds of warm & comfy coats for some wonderful children in need!
There are hundreds of convenient drop off locations, simply click on the Coats For Kids logo/link above and find the one most convenient for you.
Thank you for your generosity and commitment to Minnesota children!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Zero CEO, Skip Lockwood

At ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer, we commit ourselves not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease, but to end it. We see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journeys.

My years advocating for increased funding and legislation on Capitol Hill have allowed me to make connections with survivors, care-givers, urologists, advocates, and cause supporters from across the country.
I am pictured with my friends-survivors, Henry and James, and my dear friend, Sherry Galloway.
Three years ago, Sherry's 36 year old son Jeremy, was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.
He was a vibrant, fit and active young man and their family had no history of prostate cancer. 
He suffered tremendously and died a year and a half after diagnosis. 

Jeremy was her only child.
This is further evidence-Prostate Cancer is NOT an "old man's disease", as many believe.
I am in awe of her strength and impacts she's made while speaking on behalf of Zero at Congressional hearings to increase funding for Prostate Cancer.
My friend Mitch Laurance, actor (Matlock), ESPN Golf Commentator and Prostate Cancer Survivor at the Summit.  He's an incredible inspiration to men everywhere!
Mitch serves as Vice Chair and Spokesperson for Zero

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Blue Moon Night

Light A Blue Bulb on the night of November 21st.
Men’s Health Night began as a project of the national men’s cancer survivor nonprofit, Malecare.  We are launching this project, with the hope that all individuals, families and organizations will take this idea, this one night for all of us, ever so briefly, to think about ourselves and the men in our lives.
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The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.

Please support the Movember movement by donating to the MN chapter, "Blackbeards Delight" team captain and Bobo's (our dog) veterinarian, Dr. Jay Epping. Donations can be made at:

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.  The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days. 
The funds raised through Movember’s US campaign benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.