Giving breast cancer patients an added wellness boost

One year after beating breast cancer, Sue Weldon met a young woman who was about to begin treatment. The woman marveled at how healthy Weldon looked and apparently felt. Weldon said it was no accident: During treatment, she’d created her own healing plan, spending about $6,000 out-of-pocket on nontraditional treatments, including yoga and acupuncture. The…

Western Springs mom sends chemo care bags to cancer patients

A Western Springs woman wants to help cancer patients cope with chemotherapy.Jessica Brubaker, who went through chemotherapy herself, has started the #bettereveryday movement. She and other like-minded volunteers fill tote bags with products that are useful to people going through cancer treatment. They include a head scarf or hat; Biotene, a non-alcoholic mouthwash that eases…

A Principal, Her Dad, a Marathon, and a Sweet Tale of Thanksgiving

Stephanie Andrewlevich will sit down to Thanksgiving dinner Thursday with a heart full of gratitude. She’ll give thanks for her father, for hundreds of kids living in poverty who managed to raise money for their own school, and for another marathon under her belt, finished with cheers from both loved ones and strangers inspired by…

Artist In Santa Rosa Builds Tiny Houses For Homeless

A Santa Rosa artist has gone above and beyond when it comes to helping the homeless, designing and helping to build a group of miniature shelters for those in need. Harold Wallin is a Santa Rosa designer who began comparing his notion of the “starving artist” to the growing population of homeless people. “I just saw…

Shoppers give the gift of charity

It’s that time of year again to be shopping for Christmas gifts.  How does a one stop shop sound?  That’s what many did on Saturday at the 11th annual ‘Alternate Giving Fair’ at the Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls. Shoppers strolled through the ‘Alternate Giving Fair’ checking out 31 non-profit local charities.“It’s amazing…

Michael J. Fox Performs Guitar During Charity Event

Michael J. Fox took his hosting gig to the stage for a performance with Dave Matthews at his charity event in New York on Saturday night. The star-studded charity event, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s: An Evening of Comedy & Music to Benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation” was co-chaired…

Georgia Cystic Fibrosis survivor celebrates turning 50, hopes for lung transplant

When Nicole Kelly looks back on her life, she gets emotional.  Because she’s still here.”I’ve been hospitalized, honestly about 150 times,” the Grayson single mother says. Cystic Fibrosis survivor celebrates turning 50, hopes for lung transplant”But looking back, when people ask me, the tears come,” Kelly says. “Because I always have to fight for the…

Oxidine celebrates life as she battles cancer

Source: Independent Tribune / Erin Kidd Lisa Oxidine has a new outlook on life after her experience with breast cancer. She recently celebrated her 50th birthday and while some would be depressed about turning half-of-a-century old, Oxidine said it was a blessing since she has been living with terminal cancer for several years. Her journey…

How a Cancer Patient Gives Back to Her Doctor

Source: The Wall Street Journal / LUCETTE LAGNADO Bita Javadizadeh needed to be hopeful when she went to see an oncologist. A surgeon had told her she had a rare form of liver cancer that was considered inoperable. It had spread, and without treatment, he told her, she would have six months to live. “Am I…