Posted in accomplishments, Amazing, baby, cancer, charitable organizations, charity, chemo, children, comfort, commitment, compassion, disease, family, finances, gifts, giving, health, Heart, Heart to heart, help, hospital, hospitals, illness, Impact, kids, making money, medical, medicine, mental and physical health, MONEY, responsibility, sickness, stress, support, Teamwork, trauma, well-being, tagged auction, baby bag, baby chickens, bid, camcer treatments, cancer, cancer support, charity, childhood cancer, childs wooden rocking chair, donations, fabric purse, Facebook, family, financial hardships, fundraising, handsewn purse, hardship, hospital, hospital gown, medical, non- profit organization, sock monkey, stress, swaddling blanket, Team Keegan, tote bag on March 7, 2012|
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It has come to my attention that people will often find themselves doing amazing things after finding themselves in challenging situations. Take for instance this family i know. Their son Keegan had cancer…and life got pretty challenging not only for Keegan but for his whole family. Keegan lives with his parents and he has a younger sibling and an older sibling. Living in a rural area means that when you have cancer treatments you often have to do a lot of traveling to and from bigger cities that have the facilities that you can not necessarily get in your own small town. This not only puts a financial hardship on families but it also creates many opportunities for separation of family members. It is difficult to be able to work a job or two, balance the physical and emotional needs of all the family members and still find the extra energy to take care of yourself. Those are issues this family understands, the stress of it all, as they have been through it themselves.
This particular family has gotten through all of that and they decided, as a family, to give back to others going through similar situations. They were blessed over and over again by friends, family members and even total strangers during all of the trials they faced while going through testing and treatments. They have decided to form a non profit to help others. To get the non profit status, they must raise funds to file all of the necessary paperwork with the state and federal government.
This week they are doing an online auction on their Facebook page Team Keegan If you believe in doing good things, in taking a challenge and using it to bless others…won’t you visit their page and bid on some of their donated items? I believe there are wonderful items such as: a child’s wooden rocking horse, a picture hand-created by Keegan, a sock monkey in a hospital robe, baby chickens, a hand-sewn American made fabric purse, a tote bag with a swaddling blanket and burp rag and a photo package from a local photographer. This is a fundraiser…and they are planning on doing good things to bless other children and their families facing medical challenges.
If you have ever known someone who has faced cancer then you know just how important support can be. Please help this family achieve their dream of becoming a non-profit organization who reaches out to others in need. Thanks for being willing to read this far. Now won’t you go visit their page at Team Keegan ?
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Posted in Amazing, armed forces, Blogging, cancer, commitment, communication, courage, Descriptive Words, Dreams, Education, emotions, encouragement, family, fathers, finances, friendship, future, giving, goals, health, Heart, help, hopes, ideas, Impact, inspiration, life, loss, love, media, medical, mental and physical health, mom, mother, news, Opportunities, Passion, publicity, relationships, Remembering, Robin Roberts, science, support, Teamwork, tagged Army of Women, Avon fondation, breast cancer, community, Dr. Susan Love, Education, goals, Good Morning America, health, losses, Pink, prevention, research, Robin Roberts, treatments on January 4, 2009|
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Dr. Susan Love has started a massive undertaking to understand the complexities of breast cancer by organizing an army of women. She has partnered up with the Avon foundation to get an army of women to sign up to do research on a large cross section of women to get accurate information on genetic links as well as environmental links to help the medical community understand breast cancer better…so that we can more effectively treat and PREVENT breast cancer. Check them out: http://www.avoncompany.com/women/avonfoundation/overview.html
She made an announcement on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts (cancer survivor) interviewing her in October of 2008. You can see the interview here: http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6118891.
I sort of envision an army of women all decked out in pink camouflage uniforms as they take up the challenge. Breast cancer has stolen too many wonderful people from our world. We have lost sisters, mothers, friends, lovers,aunts, daughters, grandmothers; as well as sons, daughters, fathers, uncles, grandfathers and friends! If we can understand how it starts…then we will be able to figure out ways to prevent it. If we can prevent it…maybe we won’t have to subject our loved ones to such difficult times during treatments. It is a win-win situation. You can learn more about Dr. Susan Love and about breast cancer by going here: http://www.dslrf.org/breastcancer/content.asp?L2=1&SID=119
Many people want to help…but, if they dont have money to give; they may say how can I possibly help? This is an excellent way. You can sign up to be a part of the army. If nothing else….you can get information to help arm yourself in the war on breast cancer. You can go here to sign up: http://www.armyofwomen.org/ Surely you would like to see an end to breast cancer as we know it!
See possibly related stories here: https://writeasrain.wordpress.com/2008/08/27/stand-up-to-cancer/ or, https://writeasrain.wordpress.com/2008/03/19/triple-negative-breast-cancer/
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Posted in celebrity, competition, dance, Dancing With The Stars, emotions, entertainment, health, hospital, mental and physical health, news, opinion, seasons, Teamwork, television, tagged appendix, Broooke Burke, Cody Linley, competition, couple, dancing, Dancing With The Stars, Dereck Hough, entertainment, fans, Julianne Hough, Kym Johnson, Lacey Schwimmer, Lance Bass, relationships, Teamwork, Warren Sapp, winner on November 19, 2008|
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So tonight on dancing with the stars…it is the fab four. Four teams of dancers who have gotten to the top of their game by working hard. What four dancers are left in the competition?
Lance Bass and his professional pro-dancer Lacey Schwimmer have made great gains in the last couple of weeks. Then there is Cody Linley and his pro-partner Julianne Hough. Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson are in the final four as well as Brooke Burke and Dereck Hough. Each team has learned how to bring out the best in each other…the teamwork has evolved into some wonderful relationships.
As the competition heats up…who will end up in the finals will be determined by tonight’s outcome. I predict the couple to leave tonight will be Cody Linley and Julianne Hough. Cody has improved alot since he began on the show…however he was sidelined a couple of weeks back when Julianne had to have her appendix removed. He soldiered on with Edyta as his partner and did alright but he never regained his focus that he was beginning to establish when he was dancing with Julianne.
Tonight’s results on the show could surprise me …but i believe that the other dancers either have been more consistent in their dancing or have a stronger fan base. We will see. Who do you think is leaving…and, who do you think will be the final winner this season?
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Posted in accomplishments, celebrity, competition, dance, Dancing With The Stars, entertainment, friendship, Fun, music, relationships, support, Teamwork, tagged accomplishments, alumni, athletics, celebrities, comedy, competition, competitors, dancing, Dancing With The Stars, entertainment, fraternity, friendships, Fun, music, Performance, relationships, s acting, Teamwork, television, Time on September 22, 2008|
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In less than an hour, Dancing With The Stars will premiere this years season opener. It will be a three night premiere. I can’t wait to see who starts out the season making a sparkling entrance and who will clearly make a splash. All of this year’s participants are interesting and talented in their own field…so it will be another season of fun…watching them grow and learn. The celebrities are skilled in athletics, acting, comedy and so on…so it will be cool to see them using teamwork with their professional dance instructors to perform each week. This first week, two yes i said two couple will leave the competition.
Watch it with me and feel the tension and competition mount as relationships are formed and the competitors become a fraternity with one another. It seems that each season has it’s own little close knit group. They have fun and challenge themselves and support other couples who they form friendships with. I wonder if they ever have reunions together? I think Mel B will be back on this season making cameo appearances. It is fun to see things through the former competitor’s eyes! Who are you rooting for and why?
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Posted in accomplishments, anger, Blogging, commitment, communication, culture, death, Education, emotions, family, friendship, future, goals, grief, help, hopes, Impact, Jeff Wellman, Ken McArthur, life, loss, media, medical, mental and physical health, MONEY, news, pain and misery, Passing Away, sadness, stress, suicide, Teamwork, the impact factor, trauma, tagged attention, awareness, balance, broadcast, commitment, communicate, death, depression, discussion, educate, emotions, financial problems, goals, health, help, hope, horror, hurting, Impact Action Team, interact, intervention, isolation, Ken McArthur, learn, life, listen, listening, loneliness, loss, media, mental health, minutes, National Suicide Prevention Week, needs to know, observe, physical problems, problems, public, restoration, risk, sadness, saving, speak up save lives, Suicide prevention, suicidology, Teamwork, teen suicide, teens, value, vulnerable, witness, worth on September 9, 2008|
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Anyone who has lost someone to death realizes just how precious life is. Anyone who has lost someone, due to suicide, realizes what a waste of precious life, suicide is. No one wants to talk about the horror of suicide; there is no way, to make the subject easy to discuss. When the media does a story on suicide…it seems that there is an increase in suicides attempts that take place. It is a careful balance to bring awareness to a terrible tragedy that affects so very many people; and yet, not give it so much attention that it plants seeds in the minds of those who are most vulnerable. Here is a site that can shed some light on the subject: http://www.suicidology.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=2
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. It is important to bring the message of hope and restoration. Hurting people need to have a reason to live; they need to know that someone cares and is listening to them. Those same people need human intervention to help them when they are vulnerable. It is crucial to educate the public on ways to observe and interact with individuals who are struggling in their life and may be at risk for a suicide attempt. People experiencing loss, loneliness, physical or mental health problems, financial problems, depression or isolation are at risk. Every life has value and is worth saving! Won’t you take a few minutes to learn more?
There is a team of committed people who are working very hard to educate and bring awareness to the public about the issue of suicide prevention. The team is called Ken McArthur’s Impact Action Team; and they are trying to communicate the importance of teen suicide prevention. Here is a glimpse into the combined efforts of the Impact Action Team : http://speakupsavelives.org/general/speak-up-save-lives-message-to-be-broadcast-live-to-15-million-people-wednesday-morning-at-730-am-on-comcast-cn8 Check out their message and their goals…witness the impact that individuals can have by joining together with like-minded people. Have you been affected by suicide during your lifetime? If you could do ONE thing to help prevent a suicide, what would it be? Speak up…someone who needs to know could be listening!
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