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Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run

5 Apr

Check out my guest blog over at www.northtexaskids.com!

Click here for my story about the upcoming Superhero 5K and Family Fun Run benefitting Dallas CASA.

-Jennifer

52 FEATS – NUMBER 45 (Helping Others)

8 Nov

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

This week I have the tremendous pleasure of delivering hundreds of food items to two local food pantries.  Each year, my husband and I do a food drive at Halloween, and we split the bounty between these two places that help hungry people in our community.  I do this because hunger is an important issue to me, and I want to help alleviate it in any way I can.

When I’m organizing the donations, it’s not uncommon to see tears in my eyes.  No, it’s not from the backbreaking physical work of crouching down over all those cans; it’s because every now and then I lift up a food item and think about who the recipient will be.  I imagine the real person who will eat this food, and wonder about who they are and what circumstances have led to them being hungry.  I’m humbled beyond words to think that I will be helping them.

I’ve long wanted to add volunteer work into my schedule (there’s always time), but I’ve been held back simply because I can’t decide which organization to help.  Isn’t that ridiculous?!  I’m wasting time simply because I can’t make up my mind.  Meals on Wheels?  Women’s shelter?  Hospice?  Animal shelter?  They all have such a need, I wish I be everywhere at once.

But like I said, this indecision is causing me to waste time that I could be helping someone – anyone.  So this week, in addition to delivering all that food, I’m going to decide on how I want to give my time helping others.  Maybe I’ll just flip a coin.  It really doesn’t matter – I just need to get out there and do it!

Register Now for the Jack Eight Fund Poker Night!

3 Nov

Over two years ago, my cousin’s girlfriend, Jessica, came up with the idea for the Jack Eight Remembrance Fund.  It’s a fundraising organization whose sole mission is to raise money for education, support, and prevention of suicide.  The cornerstone of the Jack Eight Foundation is the annual poker night, held every November on the National Survivors of Suicide Day.  Each year, the proceeds from the annual poker night go to a different charity, chosen each year for their substantial contributions to suicide awareness and prevention.

This year, the Jack Eight Remembrance Fund is partnering with The Alliance of Hope (www.allianceofhope.org), a wonderful organization that supports the survivors of suicide loss through online forums where survivors can connect with other survivors, obtain information, and find real-world resources to support them in their journey.

For many people who still feel backed up against the strong wall of negativity and stigma surrounding suicide, an online support group can be a very important tool for opening up, sharing experiences, and obtaining help without leaving home.

Ronnie Walker founded The Alliance of Hope to fill a void in support services for those grappling with the devastating aftermath of suicide.  The online services provided transcend time and distance, reaching survivors all over the world.  We are proud to be supporting her organization.

OFFICIAL DETAILS FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL POKER AND BINGO TOURNAMENT

WHAT:  No-Limit Texas Hold’em and Bingo Tournament

WHEN:  Saturday, November 19th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

WHERE:  The Diamond Club at The Ballpark in Arlington

WHY:  Each year, the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving is National Survivors of Suicide Day.  As survivors, we have lived through a difficult, challenging loss.  On this day, we recognize our loss, take pride in our accomplishments, and raise money to help those who are struggling with the loss of a loved one to suicide.

SILENT AUCTION:  There will be a silent auction during the event.  Please bring cash or checks to cover any bids you may place.

POKER: LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.  Register now to save your seat.  Pass-the-deal poker, 1st and 2nd places receive prizes.

COST:  With pre-registration, the fee is $55.  If you pay at the door, the fee is $75.  Included in the fee is dinner, and entrance into either the poker tournament or the bingo tournament.

DINNER:  Registration includes a Texas Rangers themed dinner, dessert, gaming, and a chance to experience The Diamond Club.

ADDED FUN:  There will be a personal gold representative present to evaluate any gold you wish to sell, and write you a check on the spot!  So dig through those jewelry boxes, and make some money!

REGISTRATION:  Pre-register now to reserve your spot, and save $20!  Register here, or send an e-mail to jessica@jackeightfund.com to register.  Please include the names of your attendees, and whether you prefer to play in the poker tournament or the bingo tournament.  You will receive an invoice for your payment through Paypal.  Alternatively, you can write a check to The Jack Eight Remembrance Fund, and mail to 1229 Alliance Blvd, Rhome, TX  76078.

**If you choose to pay at the door, we will accept cash or checks.  NO CREDIT CARDS OR DEBIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

***There are a number of ways you can help.  Get your friends, your spouse, or your neighbors and COME to the event!  It’s at a great venue, with great food and great entertainment!  Make it a girls or a guys night out!  If you don’t play poker, play bingo!  If you can’t come, sponsor someone else to come!  Maybe you know someone who’d like to come, but can’t pay the entry fee!  What a gift!  You can also help by sending this note to people you know via e-mail or FaceBook, or adding it to your own blog!  Tell people about it!  Go to the Jack Eight website and make a direct donation!  http://www.jackeightfund.com/  Thank you in advance for your support!  Both of these organizations mean a lot to me!  It’s not easy to lose someone you love to suicide.  It’s devastating.

World Food Day

14 Oct

World Food Day is Sunday, October 16.  According to the organization Save the Children, there is still so much work to be done in the global fight to reduce hunger.  Millions of children don’t get the nutrition they need, and food aid deliveries are actually at their lowest since 1961.

How informed are you?  Take the nutrition quiz to find out.  Click the link below:

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.7788801/k.BE39/World_Food_Day_2011.htm

No Cancer is Good Cancer

11 Feb

In honor of World Health Organization’s “World Cancer Day” this month, we invited guest blogger Christine to share her story with us.  Christine was diagnosed with thyroid cancer a year and a half ago, when her kids were only 2 and 4.  The pain of her illness and various treatments has often left her in dire need of childcare.  Wanting to help others in her situation, Christine founded Babysitting for Kindness, a nonprofit organization that pairs up volunteer babysitters with families in need.  If you would like to volunteer, or if yours is a family in need, please visit their website at www.babysittingforkindness.org.

For more information on thyroid cancer, visit the Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Association website at www.thyca.org.

People often say thyroid cancer is the “best” kind of cancer to have because it won’t kill you.  I can tell you personally thyroid cancer hurts.  Surgeries hurt.  Thyroid cancer spreads.  This means more surgeries.  Radiation is no walk in the park.  Thyroid cancer patients often do multiple rounds of radiation.  Many doctors are going by a playbook written forty years ago before diet coke and fertilizers consumed our population.

Today’s thyroid cancer is the one cancer that is on the rise with more diagnosis and more severity of symptoms.  Every cancer is unique to the individual that it is found within, and you can speak with any oncologist and they will tell you that even the “best” kind of cancer can kill you.

Don’t be complacent, and trust your body!  If you think you have a symptom, get it checked out.  The cost you pay in the long run is certainly dearer than the price of the doctor’s visit.

RESPECT YOUR INTUITION – You know your own body.  Listen to it!

I spent a year weak and at some points bedridden because of a doctor’s misdiagnosis and medication that caused me to lose almost all of my muscle mass.  I knew the problem was in my neck.  I had classic hyperthyroid symptoms including weight loss, weakness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and twitching.  I kept telling the doctors that my thyroid was getting bigger, and I was getting progressively worse.

In October, when the symptoms disrupted my ability to care for my kids, I went to an ENT who declared that I had Lyme disease and dosed me with medication that tripled the intensity of all of my symptoms.  He even said that other doctors wouldn’t understand.  When I went to doctors seeking “second” opinions – call it complacence or just plain malpractice – they didn’t see what was glaringly obvious to the doctors I saw later at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  (I had one neurologist who said my chart was so odd that he submitted my records to Mayo Clinic.)

I try not to gender stereotype and the aforementioned neurologist clearly isn’t implicated here, but while I was written off by five male doctors in DFW, three women physicians at Mayo Clinic saw my cancer poking through the skin and the misdiagnosis written in my blood work.  Of course ultrasound and biopsies followed to confirm.  I must say Mayo Clinic is one of a kind.  No wonder people seek it out from all over the world.  I had my cancer diagnosis within twelve hours of my plane landing, and surgery scheduled for two weeks later.  If you are ill, you can submit your case yourself at www.mayoclinic.com.

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD!

I could barely climb stairs, and all the while I was trying to maintain normalcy as I crawled after my rowdy children, aged two and four, who were bouncing off the walls.  Thank goodness for television.  I didn’t want my kids to become couch potatoes, but when I could hardly chase after them, it was in some sense a lifesaver.

Being at home was by far easier than where I spent most of 2010 with my kids – in doctors’ offices.  I kept wishing I had a babysitter to watch them while I went to doctor after doctor trying to figure out what was wrong.  (Playing hide n seek in a doctor’s office only holds water for about five minutes; although, playing hide n seek with a small toy bought me about thirty minutes.)

Keep in mind I was seeing specialists, so the wait time was often several hours.  I wanted/needed/prayed for a person to babysit.  We were already leaning on our family and friends for support, but it only put a small dent in our big need.  As soon as I began to get my strength back, I knew I had to be this support for others.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?  BABYSIT FOR KINDNESS – http://www.babysittingforkindness.org

We are doing our best to build and share a culture of kindness.  Plus, it’s totally fun!!  Parents with cancer NEED support.  Kids need it, too!  Something as simple as playing peek-a-boo, tag, or monopoly can make a kid’s week.

We are developing a solid volunteer base in the metroplex as we begin to reach out to local cancer support groups.  If you are willing to babysit for kindness, please email us at babysittingforkindness@gmail.com.  Please include “Volunteer” in the subject line, and let us know what information you would like us to pass along to a family in need as well as your Name and Zip Code.  A family in need will contact you and let you know more about their children, their location, and the time(s) that they would be grateful for your help.  Volunteer as much or as little as you want.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” – Mother Theresa

“If you wish for peace, give peace to another.” – Dalai Lama

“If you have much, give your wealth; if you have little, give your heart.” – Arab Proverb

“It’s a gift to be kind.” – Shaker Song

Babysit for Kindness Today!

Chick-Fil-A Coupon Calendars to Benefit La Leche League of Arlington

23 Nov

For the second consecutive year, La Leche League of Arlington is selling Chick-fil-a Coupon Calendars for 2011!

These make wonderful Christmas presents for teachers, co-workers, bosses, friends, and other moms.  They are the perfect size for stuffing into stockings.  Each month has a detachable coupon good for something yummy!

Please e-mail Lori at lori@morethanmothers.com for more information.  Pricing is as follows: 1 for $8, 2 for $15, or 3 for $20.

Shoebacca Community Clean-Up

23 Nov

Several employees from shoebacca.com braved the wind at Lake Grapevine on Saturday to clear brush and debris from a section of beach at Rockledge Park.

Shoebacca.com, an online shoe retailer geared toward the active lifestyle, continues to show their commitment to community involvement with volunteer activities and charity events.  This year, they were sponsors and participants in a local Relay for Life and the MS 150.

For a limited time, More Than Mothers readers can get a 15% discount on purchases at www.shoebacca.com!  Simply enter code MORETHANMOTHERS at checkout.  (Offer is limited to the first 100 customers, and expires on 12/31/10.)

Our appreciation goes out to Shoebacca and other companies that want to make a difference in our community!

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