Spotlight on Komen’s Young Professionals for the Cure

17 05 2011

Originally seen on MakeCharityCool.com, April 30, 2011

Charity Spotlight | Susan G. Komen’s Young Professionals for the Cure Make Dreams Come True

By Jillian Diedrich

Just last week, a group of young professionals from Austin, Texas, used the power of social media to make a dream come true for 9-year-old Madeleine, who is battling stage IV Glioblastoma, by surprising her with a FOOD FIGHT at a local park.

Madeleine has been defying doctors’ predictions and is still fighting, enriching the lives of all who meet her with her infectious laugh and precious smile.

Komen’s Young Professionals for the Cure (YPC) group of Austin just-so-happened to meet Madeleine while out to dinner on her mom’s birthday.  Once the group talked with Madeleine and her family, they became inspired by her courage and strength.

“As we spoke with Madeleine, she informed us of the one thing she really wanted more than any gift: a food fight,” said Jeremy Butler, the social media chair of Austin’s YPC. “So, we decided to give her the best food fight ever!”

It took only a week and a half to plan the food fight – mostly via Facebook outreach and support.

“When Madeleine and her family showed up on the day of the food fight, I got to see Madeleine’s eyes light up in surprise,” said Butler. “How smoothly it went exceeded my expectations.”

About 100 friends and family members came out, armed with foods, to make Madeleine’s dream come true.

Madeleine’s favorite foods are spaghetti and chocolate cake, so cupcakes and pasta were donated by people in the community.  All those who attended were also asked to bring at least one canned food item to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank.

“The whole experience was positive,” said Jen Harman, active member of Austin’s YPC. “Madeleine’s smile was the best part of the whole day.  Everyone was there to have fun!”

This is a peak at what Komen’s YPC groups can do when they collaborate with the community.  The first YPC group was created in New York City by Eric Brinker, the son of founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen, Nancy Brinker.  The ultimate goal of all YPC groups is to collaborate and eradicate cancer.

“Madeleine’s Food Fight was so amazing,” said Glen Mayes, chairman of Austin’s YPC.  “Seeing our YPC group grow from last year to now have so many people around with like-minded views made it happen.”

Why get inovolved?

Do something that inspires you,” said Harman. “That’s what made us want to help. Madeleine inspired us.”

Please visit WWW.MADELEINESGIFT.ORG to learn more about Madeleine’s story and make donations toward her fight against cancer.

Photographs of Madeleine’s Food Fight can be found at http://oneseventwo.zenfolio.com/p549312694.  Twenty to 30 percent of all proceeds from purchased pictures will go to Madeleine’s family.

For more information, please visit: www.komenaustin.org

To volunteer with our Austin, Texas Affiliate you can visit http://www.komenaustin.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

Find out how to get involved in the Susan G. Komen Affiliate in your area by visiting www.komen.org.

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“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” – Charles Eames

25 02 2011

Oh my goodness, it’s been too long.  Even though I haven’t been writing it down, SO MUCH has been on my mind lately.  My senior year of college is literally flying by – go figure!

But I’ve certainly been making the most of it.  From music and friends to work and nonprofits, I have been loving every minute of it.

Although, living in the same apartment for three years is starting to grind on my nerves…  *Moving on up!* We can only hope.

I must tell the story of how this very blog led me to a great person and a great cause.  Although we have not met in person yet, Stefanie Cronin, founder and CEO of Make Charity Cool is my new role model!!! http://makecharitycool.com/

After Google linked one of the images I used in a post to my site, Stefanie stumbled upon my blog.  Flashback to my Nov. 19 post entitled “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

My post looking for a change made a cause that has the power to change the world fall into my lap! Funny how things work out.  Although it’s already been said, here’s a shout-out to Stefanie for finding me on the wonderful world of Facebook and reaching out.  A simple message is all it takes to make a connection.  It’s true.

I am planning to write Charity Spotlights for the Make Charity Cool website as well as help with future events and promotional efforts.  I will keep you posted on the organization’s developments.  Join the movement on the website, Facebook and Twitter!

Make Charity Cool began in a suburb of New York City in December 2010, and guess where I’m headed on March 14?! Yes, it’s back to the Big Apple!

I will be attending the Texas Exes NYC Seminar where I will meet other UT grads who are now working in the city.  I can’t wait to get insights and advice from those who were just like me not too long ago.

Right now, I’m getting excited to go home to Dallas for the weekend to see the family, shop ’til I drop, and eat my mom’s fabulous treats.  No guilt, because another plus to going to NYC over Spring Break: no bikinis just yet!

 

Oh my goodness, it’s been too long.  Even though I haven’t been writing it down, SO MUCH has been on my mind lately.  My senior year of college is literally flying by – go figure!

But I’ve certainly been making the most of it.  From music and friends to work and nonprofits, I have been loving every minute of it.

Although, living in the same apartment for three years is starting to grind on my nerves…  *Moving on up!* We can only hope.

I must tell the story of how this very blog led me to a great person and a great cause.  Although we have not met in person yet, Stefanie Cronin, founder and CEO of Make Charity Cool is my new role model!!! http://makecharitycool.com/

After Google linked one of the images I used in a post to my site, Stefanie stumbled upon my blog.  Flashback to my Nov. 19 post entitled “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

My post looking for a change made a cause that has the power to change the world fall into my lap! Funny how things work out. Although it’s already been said, here’s a shout-out to Stefanie for finding me on the wonderful world of Facebook and reaching out.  A simple message is all it takes to make a connection. It’s true.

I am planning to write Charity Spotlights for the Make Charity Cool website as well as help with future events and promotional efforts.  I will keep you posted on the organization’s developments.  Go to the website, Facebook and Twitter and join the movement!

Make Charity Cool began in a suburb of New York City in December 2010, and guess where I’m headed on March 14?! Yes, it’s back to the Big Apple!

I will be attending the Texas Exes NYC Seminar where I will meet other UT grads who are now working in the city.  I can’t wait to get insights and advice from those who were just like me not too long ago.

Right now, I’m getting excited to go home to Dallas for the weekend to see the family, shop ‘til I drop, and eat my mom’s fabulous treats.  No guilt, because another plus to going to NYC over Spring Break: no bikinis just yet!





I AM BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE…

31 01 2011

I am beautiful because I am true to what I say, what I do, and who I am.  God placed beauty in everything and everyone, and we are ALL beautiful when we live through Him.  Beauty comes from happiness and bringing happiness to others.  As a woman, I am beautiful for my femininity and the intuition that only females possess.  As women, we should not place ourselves in competition but embrace our differences for we are ALL beautiful.

In support of my beautiful friend, Veronica Chavez, BIAO Skincare, and the concept of beauty, please “Like” my post on BIAO Skincare’s Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/?sk=messages&tid=1654672320796#!/pages/Biao-Skincare/141902365867892 

We want to win a $500 gift card from Sephoras by receiving the most “Likes” and spread our beauty everywhere! THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO CLICK “LIKE”.  Comment if you have any questions!