Posts Tagged ‘Giving Back’

Blogs Against Breast Cancer

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

October is breast cancer awareness month. We’re supporting’s Blogs Against Breast Cancer promotion. By placing this badge here, $5 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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I’ve only had on person in my life affected by the disease, and I’m so thrilled that she’s still with us! I can’t tell you how much I learned watching her take on that fight and never once letting it take charge. I always knew she was strong, but I don’t think anyone knew just how much until faced with that challenge.

I know for a lot of women, that’s not how the story ends. I do not have a family history at all, and I pray that I don’t start a trend.

I once made the stupid mistake of finding a lump and waiting four weeks to call my doctor because I was scared. STUPID!! It turned out to be nothing, but the relief I felt in getting that exam outweighed an ounce of the fear that caused my hesitation. Don’t do the same. Do regular self-exams, have regular annual exams with your doctor, and talk to him to find out when it’s best for you to start getting regular mammograms.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Did you know one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer? I had no idea that the stats were that high.

I’m very fortunate that this is not a disease that runs in my family (we just have bad ovaries and diabetes!). Last summer my grandfather’s wife was diagnosed, underwent a double mastectomy, chemo, shaved her gorgeous blonde hair, got new boobs and new nipples and is alive and kickin’ today and up to her old rowdy self. It was the first time I’d ever personally known someone with breast cancer and I watched with admiration her strength, courage, and unwillingness to let this disease beat her. And it didn’t. Watching her survive breast cancer is something I will carry with me the rest of my life, and the lessons of her strength I will employ in times of my greatest need.

You can help support Breast Cancer Awareness month, and continue helping National Breast Cancer Foundation in their courageous fight against this disease, by publishing this button on your site.

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Help help National Breast Cancer Foundation- and help millions of women, men and families continue to be strong, courageous survivors.

Fertile Dreams IVF Grants

Friday, April 11th, 2008

We received this email this morning and I thought it was very appropriate to share with you. (Thank you Angie!)

Fertile Dreams is a fertility non-profit based in Florida. Each year they give each of two families a $10,000 grant to spend toward IVF expenses. (I cannot wait until BabyorBust is doing this!!)

The following is directly from the email with all of the event information.

I would like to invite you to participate in the 4th Annual Paths to
Parenthood Conference in Orlando, Florida, for those seeking
information about becoming parents through fertility treatments and

On May 4, Fertile Dreams, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
offering patients hope through education and access to resources, is
hosting the free event at the Orlando Marriott, Lake Mary, Florida.

This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Alice Domar, a pioneer on women’s
health issues, nationally known speaker and best selling author.
Among the books she has written are, “Infertility Explained” and
“Conquering Infertility”.  Dr. Domar has appeared on the Today Show,
Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dateline NBC, CNN and has gone
on tour with Oprah with the LLuminari team for health and wellness

The event is free, includes lunch and dinner, great give-aways, but
you must pre-register to attend~
For more information, go to or call Angie Best-Boss
at 317.861.8205

Donate to March for Babies

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Most of us are probably familiar with the March for Dimes– a wonderful organization that raises money to support mothers and babies. They provide funds for research for the health of infants and babies- to reduce the instances of premature birth, infant mortality and birth defects. It’s such an amazing worthwhile cause.

This year, the famous WalkAmerica campaign has changed its name to Walk for Babies. A little more too the point! This year, Bernie from the Biggest Loser is participating. BabyOrBust has made a $10 donation. If you’re interested in making a donation- help Bernie reach his goal to raise $5,000 by donating here.

Using my Web site for Good- not evil

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

OK- again, nothing to do with babies. But I know the nice people who visit this site will definitely help with the first item and possibly be interested in the second.

VOTE FOR WICHITA!! A good friend of mine designed Wichita’s minor league baseball team’s logo, Wichita Wingnuts. The logo has made it to the Sweet 16 in a national logo contest at CNBC. We need your vote today!!

As I shared- I had the opportunity to talk to Biggest Loser’s Bernie for Diets In Review last week, or the week before. He is such an amazingly nice guy that he sent me an autographed Berndana, and we’re giving it away at Diets In Review.

The Small Things

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

This past weekend, Wichita received its second winter blast in two consecutive weekends. We’ve got about 6-8” of fluffy snow covering our yard. It’s beautiful. All weekend, I just kept telling Shelton I wished I could be 10 again, just long enough to truly enjoy the snow in a way only a kid can. I kept telling him we needed to find some kids to play with so we could enjoy the weather. But it would probably be kind of creepy if we stopped by the neighbor’s and asked to borrow their kids for a while.

We got even luckier, though. I’ve been involved with a mentor program with the same little girl for a year and a half now. We’ll call her Ms. J. We happened to have plans to take her to a college basketball game yesterday afternoon and on the way in noticed a huge hill with plenty of kids enjoying the sledding action. While she enjoyed the game, she kept asking when we could go sledding. Not being at all prepared, Shelton left half way through the game to go procure some sledding materials. He met back up with us with laundry baskets and cardboard boxes. Ms. J then informed us that she had NEVER been sledding in her life. I could not believe it. So for close to an hour this girl flung her self down the hill and dragged herself back up with a grin that could only be described as pure magic. She giggled the entire time and kept wanting to go faster and farther. She even braved the snow ramp that had been build and launched herself airborn.

I just kept thinking that THIS is why we want to have kids. To watch them discover sledding. The way the icy cold blasts your face as you speed down a hill, that on any ordinary day is just a hill. Your pants and coat and gloves get drenched from the snow. And no matter how cold you get, no matter how tough it is to climb back up- it’s so worth it.

This little girl on more than one occasion has reminded me how fantastically fun the most simple things can be. Riding an escalator, going through a drive-thru car wash, having cupcakes at school on your birthday. Each time she beams the most beautiful, brightest smile I’ve ever seen.

I have read ”Dooce“ everyday for probably three years. She is a writer that I truly admire, and best of all makes her living staying at home with her beautiful little girl and telling the world about her life. Last week she posted a video of her 3-year old daughter laughing because she was so blown away by her own reflection in the video camera. This little girl laughs the heartiest laugh for an entire minute and by the end Shelton and I both caught ourselves howling right along with her. And again, I said THIS is why I want to be a mom.

It’s those small, perfect, innocent moments when you see them discover some other part of this big life. I want to be transformed by those as much as all of my friends say they have been.