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Fighting Breast Cancer

Think of eight women you know and love. It shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with eight. Now, think of women who are simply friends and acquaintances. Women who may have families, children, and other people who love them. Did your list get longer? Ours did.

Here’s a sobering thought to accompany that list: about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Those who have regular exams will have a better chance of catching it early and beating it, but until a cure is found, we will continue to lose mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends to the disease.

By raising awareness and working towards a cure together, we can be apart in changing these sobering statistics. October is the month set aside for breast cancer awareness, but it is something we should be thinking about year round. Too many women (and men), of all ages, have lost their battle with breast cancer in our area and worldwide.

In their quest to help find a cure, the Blue Ridge affiliate of Susan G. Komen has raised more than 1.5 million dollars for local and national breast cancer programs and research.

Lisa-and-MJ1Their October ribbon report spotlight features Lisa and her dog, MJ. Lisa and MJ were both diagnosed with cancer in the late months of 2013. Lisa explains when she feels weak she just looks to MJ for motivation, “I have learned so much from MJ. Sometimes I think about my cancer and how I might die. Then, I watch MJ. She wakes up everyday happy. Having cancer does not depress her or ruin her days. So, my advice is to live everyday like MJ!”

Lisa is one of many people living with breast cancer, and every penny donated, every hour volunteered, every mile walked is one step closer to finding a cure. That means every person giving whatever they can is contributing to a day when Lisa does not have to think about her cancer and the chance that she could lose her fight. They are helping her work towards happiness and hope– and another day to wake up happy, like MJ.

If you or someone you love are facing a similar battle and have questions or concerns, you are encouraged to call 1877-GO-KOMEN, a free breast cancer hotline offering professional support. For those wishing to donate their time or money to finding a cure, please visit www.komen.org.

Written by Kristi Hall

Meet Angela Gillespie

Angela GillespieAngela Gillespie’s life forever changed at age 49.  While mowing the lawn, she began to sweat profusely and could not breathe.  It passed, but the next morning, she collapsed on the sidewalk.  She managed to crawl and call 9-1-1.  An echocardiogram revealed a 5.5cm aneurysm and a severely leaking bicuspid aortic valve.  Two months later, she was on the operating table and she is now the proud owner of a stainless steel valve.  Angela is an American Heart Association Go Red Woman and she shares her story with other women to help them fight and prevent heart disease.

Nominated by Sarah Fedele

 Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. An issue that impacts millions of people around the world, most domestic violence incidents are never reported. It’s time to change that.

The Aspire News App is a way for victims to speak out. The app is sponsored by the Robin McGraw Foundation and offers several features to help those dealing with domestic violence.

Aspire is a free application that disguises itself as a source for top news stories, sports and entertainment updates. By clicking on the ‘HELP’ feature, users can take advantage of the safety applications. The app is designed to appear like any other smart phone app, allowing it to be downloaded and used in secret.

One of the features of the app is a system where you are able to create pre-written text or voice messages to be sent to designated numbers (911 or other contacts in your phone). The app’s “go button” starts recording to capture the details of the domestic violence encounter, so you have proof of the attack.

aspireThe app is not designed to be a replacement for emergency services; you should always call 911 in situations where you feel like you may be at risk.

Aspire News app has had more than 127,000 downloads and has been recognized as one of the most beneficial apps in 2014 to fight the end to domestic violence.

You can download the app for free in the ITunes store and at www.whengeorgiasmiled.org

 

Written by Kristi Hall

Meet Latoya Garrison

latoyaLatoya Garrison is an amazing young woman.  She’s independent, mature and respected by her colleagues. Additionally, she is a generous philanthropist, freely giving of her time to help young people and the unemployed  find meaningful work.

Nominated by Jenny Carter

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Sweet Tooth for a Cure

Pink_Nonpariels_Web13Satisfy your chocolate cravings and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by purchasing homemade treats from Edward Marc Chocolatier.

The Edward Marc Chocolatier Nonpareils are made with signature Edward Marc Chocolatier chocolate and coated with pink nonpareils in support of breast cancer. When you purchase these one of a kind treats 20% of the sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Edward Marc offers several other treats, including personalized chocolate and chocolates just for kids. Go to their website and satisfy your sweet tooth before they are all gone!

 

Written by Kristi Hall

Meet Amy Mogetz

Amy MogetzAmy Mogetz is the Associate General Counsel for Medical Facilities of America, a local corporation with over forty long term care facilities. She left a successful legal practice in Washington DC and moved to Roanoke, Virginia- despite having no connections or familiarity with the area (other than her experience taking the bar exam!)- all because she wanted her young son to grow up in a place like Roanoke. 

Nominated by Macel H. Janoschka

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

The Do’s and Dont’s of DIY Beauty

The natural beauty movement is gaining momentum with more women seeking all-natural ways to look and feel fabulous. A big part of this trend is creating beauty products at home. The benefits are many: products can be completely customized, women know exactly what ingredients are used, and oftentimes, they save themselves money, too.

If you want to join the DIY beauty movement, consider these top do’s and don’ts from the experts at Aura Cacia:

Do develop your own body spray

Not only are perfumes costly, they are filled with chemicals. By using essential oils, you can create natural body spray in minutes. For an amazing DIY Patchouli and Rose Body Spray, simply mix these ingredients in a small spray bottle or atomizer:

4 ounces purified water
19 drops bergamot BF essential oil
19 drops patchouli essential oil
19 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops rose otto or rose absolute essential oil

Don’t forget to use pantry staples

Some of the most commonly used ingredients in DIY beauty recipes can be found right in your kitchen cabinet. Learn more about pantry staples like sea salt, oats, honey, eggs, course sugar and coconut oil, and how your beauty recipes can benefit from them.

Do learn more about essential oils

 

Essential oils are the highly concentrated aromatic essences of plants. They are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than the oils in dried herbs. Using essential oils in DIY beauty products is a wonderful option, but they must be treated with safety and respect. Read up on essential oil basics and safety at www.auracacia.com.

Don’t use disposable containers

 

DIY beauty embraces the idea of natural wellness not only for the family, but also for the Earth. Always opt for reusable containers when possible, as they reduce waste and maintain the integrity of homemade products longer. BPA-free plastic containers and glass alternatives are both great options you can use again and again.

familydiybeautyDo make health and beauty essentials for the whole family

DIY health and beauty isn’t just for women, the entire family can benefit from natural products you can make in your own home. From luxurious body soaks for mom and back rub blends for dad, to baby balms and infant message oils, there are many easy-to-follow recipes at www.auracacia.com.  

 

Meet Piper Groves

pipergrovesBesides just having a cool and creative name, Piper Groves is a mover and shaker in the City of Waynesboro. She’s heavily involved in bringing out the artistic and creative vibe that is crucial for a thriving community, serving across multiple groups whose mission directly influences the beauty found here. Piper makes good on her promise to infuse the arts into our everyday lives, especially with younger generations.  

Nominated by Jenny Carter

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.