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Karen Carter celebrates at the end of last year’s Jodi’s Race
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Karen Carter’s friends call her, “one of the lucky ones.” Ten years ago, she would have laughed at that description as she struggled for weeks with symptoms of the flu that she’d caught from her brother. Today, she credits her brother, that same flu and a dedicated medical team with saving her life. Carter was just 53 when she went to see her primary care physician due to lingering flu-like symptoms. When she didn’t respond to normal treatments, Dr. Elizabeth Bloomfield began ordering tests and didn’t stop until an abdominal scan revealed Stage II ovarian cancer.
Carter first learned about the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA) when she received a Comfort Kit while in the hospital recovering from surgery and chemo. She later made contact with Susan Hess, Clinical Supervisor at COCA and one of the founders of the organization, and began attending a Nicki’s Circle Support Group. The knowledge and insights she learned from the women in the group were invaluable as she navigated her path to living after a cancer diagnosis. As Carter learned more about the disease, which is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers and the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths for women, she began to realize that she was truly lucky. “Without Dr. Bloomfield’s insistence for testing, I wouldn’t have known that I had ovarian cancer until it reached a more advanced – and difficult to treat – stage,” said Carter. Because there is no screening test for ovarian cancer, recognizing the symptoms − which include bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, urinary urgency or frequency, and difficulty eating or feeling full quickly − is critical to early detection and treatment.
With a desire to spread the word about ovarian cancer awareness and help save women’s lives, Carter began volunteering on COCA’s behalf at health fairs. She finds the one-on-one interaction with participants rewarding and works hard to dispel the myths around the disease. “So many women think the Pap Smear screens for ovarian cancer,” Carter reports. “I explain to them that there is no screening test for this disease and that they need to be aware of their bodies and advocate for testing if something is amiss.”
In early 2010, Carter, who had participated in triathlons, learned about a race that was being formed to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. She signed up to run the 5K in the very first Jodi’s Race for Awareness and was honored to meet Jodi Brammeier, a young mother who started the Race so that other women might learn the symptoms of the disease and be diagnosed earlier. Jodi lost her battle with the disease shortly after the inaugural Race, but Carter and others like her keep Jodi’s legacy alive. Carter is looking forward to the 10th anniversary of Jodi’s Race, which will be held on June 8th at City Park. She’s participated in the event each year and enjoyed the support of her family, friends and medical team. This year, she’s excited for some friendly competition from her 12-year-old great niece, whom she pushed in a stroller during the inaugural Race.
More than 3,000 participants are expected for the 10th annual Jodi’s Race, which will include a 5K run/walk, 1-mile family fun run, survivor breakfast, music, kids fun zone, interactive expo and treats for furry friends. Carter, and others who have supported the event that has grown to become the second largest ovarian cancer run/walk in the country during the past ten years, will be recognized. For more information about Jodi’s Race for Awareness, please visit www.jodisrace.org.
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Hear no evil, Speak no evil, See no evil – Gavin McGee, Erin Cromwell and Patrick Groters
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Denver Ballet Guild presented its traditional “sending off of the senior girls” from its Les Demoiselles program at landmark Cableland, former residence of Bill Daniels and official residence of the Mayor of Denver. Encore Catering & Culinary Services created outstanding hors d’oeuvres stations while proud moms settled in to watch their soon-to-graduate daughters on the runway escorted by members of University of Denver’s Swim and Dive Team. Annalee Reavis is a senior at Cherry Creek High School and will be off to CU Boulder. Louisa Wingert is a senior at Ralston Valley High School who has chosen Miami of Ohio. Erin Cromwell is also from Ralston Valley High School and will attend the University of Kansas. Swim and Dive Team escorts were Blayse Jessen, Harrison Fudge, Gavin McGee and Patrick Groters. Active arts patron Julie Sachs was chair of the event. MAX provided the chic casual and dressy casual clothing.
All the models in their own formal attire: Blayze Jessen, Annalee Reavis, Harrison Fudge, Louisa Wingert, Gavin McGee, Erin Cromwell, Patrick Groters
Katrina Benes, chair Julie Sachs and JoAnn Cole
One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need. Alex Tooke & Derek Weber along with the entire Peak Properties Group have launched a shoe drive to collect 5,000 pairs of new or gently-worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.
Between April 1 and Dec. 31, bring new or gently-worn shoes of any kind to 2851 S. Parker Rd. Suite 100, Aurora. For more information, contact 720-515-7713 opt 0 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The donated shoes will be distributed to Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The micro-enterprise model provides individuals the ability to start small businesses by providing a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost product. They also give a second life to unwanted shoes, keeping them out of landfills and protecting the environment.
“At Peak Properties it is our mission to support our local and global communities; however, we can,” said Alex Tooke, co-founder and employing broker at Peak Properties. “Our partnership with Soles4Souls is a unique way to help our global communities here at home while working with our clients and friends to collect unwanted shoes while they are moving or cleaning out their homes. Such a simple act can have such a huge impact.”
The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty do not have access to stable employment. The income generated by selling just one pair of shoes in Haiti can provide up to five meals for a family in need, whereas 30 pairs sold by an entrepreneur in Honduras can provide up to a year of schooling for a child.
Revenue generated by Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise operations funds the organization’s free distribution programs. These distributions provide relief in many developing nations around the globe in times of disaster and help bridge the economic gap in the United States and Canada.
To host a shoe drive or find out more information, go to www.GiveShoes.org/Get-Involved.
Keeping with its goal of service to the community, the South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) will host The Tank, its annual fundraiser for local nonprofits based on the popular television show “The Shark Tank.”
Six Colorado nonprofits will pitch a unique new program to a panel of “sharks,” comprising business leaders, lenders, investors and philanthropists. All nonprofits receive donations to help kick off new initiatives and a share of 40 percent of proceeds from ticket sales.
Last year’s event raised more than $16,000 for participating nonprofits.
“These nonprofits provide services to people who often can’t find help anywhere else. This is a noncompetitive way to support them all,” said Tank Chair Barb Findlay. “The Tank fulfills our mission of going beyond helping businesses thrive and ‘raising all of the boats’ in our community.”
The Tank will be held at the Lone Tree Arts Center Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Cocktails will follow presentations, followed by an award ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Nonprofits scheduled to present are Courageous Faces Foundation, Zane Beadles Parade Foundation, Friends First Home Builders Foundation, ShesCHERIshed and Warrior Bonfire Program.
Six area nonprofits will also exhibit at the event to raise awareness and obtain funding for their work. Exhibiting nonprofits are Arapahoe Philharmonic, Crisis Center, Denver Audubon, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Tall Tales Ranch and Wings Over the Rockies
A $250 donation is required to register as a “shark.” Donations may be split among nonprofits or given entirely to one organization.
Tickets are $40. Tickets and spaces on the panel of sharks are available at www.bestchamber.com/the-tank.html or 303-795-0142.
For more information, contact Barb Findlay at email@example.com or 303-588-1766.
An amazing evening raised $15,000 for Milestones for Maxwell to help pay for gene replacement therapy at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas for young Maxwell Freed.
As was reported recently in The Villager, $1 million is needed for the procedure to replace Maxwell’s DNA because he was born with such a rare disease it’s only known by the letters — SLC6A1, This is the gene that controls the gamma-aminobutyric acid that is the largest inhibitory neurotransmitter in the nervous system. It is also what is missing Maxwell’s genome.
Attending the Milestone for Maxwell event March 8 at Infinity Park Event Center, included members of the Colorado Avalanche hockey team, and Leah Block from The Bachelor, James Love, Canadian professional golfer, and NFL football player Justin Drescher.
Thus far, Milestone for Maxwell has raised approximately $300,000. For more information contact Amber Freed at Afreed@SLC6A1connect.org. Donations are accepted at milestonesformaxwell.org or at the GoFundMe pagegofundme.com/slc6a1-connect.
Maxwell’s parents Amber and Marc Freed.
Marc Moser, Colorado Avalanche announcer and master of ceremonies for the evening.
Life stops when a family is faced with the serious illness of a child.
However, the financial obligations don’t stop, expenses mount as the child requires treatments and care. But, thanks to the generous support of nearly 300 people, hope exists.
On Feb. 9, those individuals gathered to raise $470,000 at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation’s annual Kaleidoscope Gala to support of these children and their families. Kaleidoscope is the signature fundraiser for the foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for families, sick children and infants throughout our communities by providing support when and how they need it most.
Between the festivities, guests were treated to an exquisite menu crafted by Frank Bonanno, one of Denver’s favorite chefs. The meal included five courses, each specially paired with a fine wine.
Special guests included Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, and a few of the thousands of children who were positively impacted by the foundation during its ten-year history.
Kaleidoscope 2019 is the most successful event to date. Since the event’s inception, it has raised more than $2.6 million for the foundation and its four programs: Mothers’ Milk Bank, Patient and Family Assistance, The Stink Bug Project, and the Best Start Program.
“We are thrilled with the terrific response of our sponsors and guests,” said Luanne Williams, executive director of the foundation. “Without their dedication and support, we could not serve the thousands of families who look to us every year to provide direct assistance during some of their most difficult times.”
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