Friday, May 25, 2012

Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

The mission; saving lives and ending breast cancer forever guides what we do each and every day at the Komen Minnesota Affiliate. For us, the women we serve are our highest priority in everything we do. Our local needs assessment is the primary driver of the Minnesota Affiliate’s funding decisions and community partnerships.

This year's event marks my 10th year volunteering for Komen Race For The Cure, and I was so happy to celebrate with survivors at this year's Pre-Race Dinner event!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

American Heart Association-Start! Walk

I was a team leader for my company again this year at the AHA Start! Walk.  
As you may know, I lost my sweet Grandma Ruth to a cardiovascular disorder in 2007.  I'm a proud supporter and Speakers Bureau Member for the AHA, in honor of her. 
I love this event!  We were blessed with beautiful weather and thousands of participants who helped raise $2 million dollars this weekend!

  • Raising awareness — Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women over age 25, but many women don’t make their own health a priority. Through Go Red For Women, we’re raising awareness among women about their risks and empowering them to protect their heart health.

  • Protecting the future — Nearly one in three children and teens in the United States is overweight or obese. As a result, more kids than ever before are developing high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. We are helping kids develop lifelong healthy habits and working to make sure that today’s children can grow up to be tomorrow’s healthy adults.

  • Educating Americans — We save lives every day by offering information and education. We pioneered CPR and millions of Americans use our patient education materials and online tools to help themselves and their loved ones live longer, healthier lives.

  •  With my daughter, Jasmine

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012

    Walk MS 2012

    It was a chilly, but fabulous Multiple Sclerosis event!  Over 4,000 people came out to support the Upper Midwest MS Chapter to raise awareness and much needed funds for research and education of MS.  
    I am so thankful to have received the invite to participate in the Hoopla Tent, where we awarded MS fundraisers with great gifts for their commitment and contributions. We raised over $2 million dollars at the walk this year!   Looking forward to 2013!
    Pictured with Alex, MS volunteer

    Sandy Dyer Open Tennis Tournament

    My kids and I had a wonderful time volunteering for silent auction event at the12th Annual Sandy Dyer Open Tennis Tournament.  The event was held at the Minnesota Lifetime Fitness-Fridley club, April 29-May 1. 
    Proceeds from the tournament benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, in honor of Fridley Lifetime member and USTA player Sandy Dyer, who died of ovarian cancer in 1999. She bravely fought the disease and continued to play tennis through her chemotherapy treatments-she was a true warrior!
    The event has grown to be the largest tennis tournament in the United States Tennis Association Northern Section.