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Local Cancer Survivors Raise Money for Cancer Research at Speedy Green Car Wash

Local Cancer Survivors Raise Money for Cancer Research at Speedy Green Car Wash

Nine Manassas Park women are preparing for the Washington, D.C., Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure in September and getting a head start on their fundraising efforts at Speedy Green Car Wash in Manassas, Park,  Va. Speedy Green Car Wash is featuring Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure as its charity of the month, now through March 31. When you visit Speedy Green Car Wash, select code 3003 at the auto teller and 20 percent of your car wash purchase will go to Team “Shirl’s Girls”, all walking 60-miles in the 3-Day Walk for the Cure.  The team has already raised $3, 680, but needs additional help to reach their final goal of $18, 400. Speedy Green Car Wash is located at 8411 Centreville Road. For more information, call 703-257-0737 or view www.speedygreencarwash.com.

Gainesville Pediatric Dentistry Takes a Polar Dip to Help Children

Gainesville Pediatric Dentistry Takes a Polar Dip to Help Children

Drs. Arshia Shingler and My Tran plunged into cold waters for the Virginia Polar Dip in Reston, Va. at the Reston Community Center in Lake Anne, benefitting Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. All proceeds help send children from the DC area to Camp Sunshine. To date, the Virginia Polar Dip has raised more than $73,000. The 2011 year, our goal is to raise $75,000 which will allow 37 families from the VA/MD/DC area to come to Camp Sunshine. For more information, go to www.freezinforareason.com.

MRSA Updates for the 2010–11 School Year

From Prince William County Public Schools:

Continuing the practice begun in the 2007–08 school year, Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) will report on a monthly basis any confirmed cases of the staph infection known as MRSA during the 2009–10 school year. This bacterial infection can spread easily among people who spend time in close contact with each other, such as household members and participants in close-contact sports. MRSA is not spread through the air. Personal hygiene is very important in preventing and controlling the spread of MRSA infections. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is the primary means of preventing staph infections. For more information, please follow the links that appear below. This page will be updated on the last workday of each month. You can check out more information, including a parent tip sheet and general information on MRSA infections.

For Fitness Resolutions in the New Year, Sport&Health Says Think Reasonable Baby Steps

For Fitness Resolutions in the New Year, Sport&Health Says Think Reasonable Baby Steps

From Brett West of Live Wire Media Relations:

Among New Year’s Resolutions, consistently each year, increasing fitness – or decreasing weight – is on the Top 10 List of promises Americans make to themselves. Sport&Health, the largest health club company in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area tackles fitness resolutions for the New Year with simplicity to prevent burnout.

Taisha Hayes, personal trainer at Northwest Sport&Health Club, encourages New Year’s “Resolutionists” to take baby steps when first entering the gym. Hayes, who lost more than 130 pounds on her own, understands the importance of applying patience at the onset of a fitness and wellness program.

Two NoVA Cancer Non-Profits Will Represent Washington, D.C., at Academy Awards of Philanthropy

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation (TBKF) has won the distinction of being named Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.,  by StayClassy. TBKF now moves onto the national round in California to compete with charities from seven other U.S. cities for the Classy Award and title of National Charity of the Year.

The Classy Awards are sponsored by StayClassy.org, an innovative outlet for non-profit organizations. The awards recognize the philanthropic work of charitable foundations, businesses, and individuals.  Awards are given in one of ten categories including Charity of the Year, Small Charity of the Year, and Most Creative Awareness Campaign.  The Charity of the Year winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while other winners will receive $10,000. Presented in downtown San Diego on November 7, the Classy Awards are the Academy Awards of philanthropy.

TBKF went up against 10 other Washington, D.C. based charities in the first round of online voting. First round voting took place from October 9 through October 22. The final stage of voting is happening now and will continue through November 5.

Lisa Millar, founder of TBKF, said, “We are so honored to represent the brain tumor and cancer community and to be able to increase much needed awareness. We are fighting for everyone touched by cancer and for all the angels taken too soon.”

DC Candlelighters, an organization for childhood cancer awareness and support was also awarded Small Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.  The DC Candlelighters an all-volunteer charity that supports families of children fighting cancer and was started by families whose own children had been diagnosed with cancer. 

TBKF was born out of love, by Lisa Millar, for her 29-year-old brother who died from a brain tumor and for her need to avenge the disease that took him. TBKF co-founded a national branding and unification movement to join all those working towards a cure for brain tumors. Over 71 non-profits have united under the Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade campaign. TBKF, along with its many D.C. Metro events, including their Kids Helping Kids event for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, is developing a new project that will motivate and guide members of communities to join together and do their part to help put an end to all cancer.

Both The Brad Kaminksy Foundation and DC Candlelighters are founded by women whose personal lives have been impacted by cancer.  These charities are informing and motivating our communities to get involved and raise awareness to beat cancer.