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Family of the Month – February 2014

This month, we are going to highlight an amazing young girl, her family and the community that went above and beyond to support them during her health journey. On August 2, 2013, Sophia V. and her family received her life-altering diagnosis of stage 4 ryhabdomyosarcoma alveolar. “Our world shattered— we knew something was very wrong with our sweet daughter,” said […]

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Anonymous Generosity: A Cancer Quilt

The Diagnosis After I was diagnosed with cancer in June 2013, I experienced first-hand the significant impact a small, selfless act can make on a patient’s life. Among all the generous acts of outreach and support I received, one anonymous gift—a cancer quilt—stood out. After the initial diagnosis, I went through many tests, procedures and doctor appointments with specialists to […]

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A Pledge to Use Technology for Good

I’ve noticed a new trend amongst friends in the last several years. I see ‘Facebook Hiatus’ posts go up around the first of the year and profile photos on various social networks swapped out for ‘on social media vacation.’ I wholeheartedly agree that we all need time to unplug from the distractions in our life so that we can spend […]

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Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Relief

Here are some meditation myths: you need at least an hour, an abundance of floor pillows, an affinity for incense, and a private guru to guide you. The truth: As little as 15 minutes a day of simple relaxation techniques help you achieve increased immunity, emotional balance, lower blood pressure, decreased stress and inflammation, and a sense of calm. Science […]

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The Mackall Family’s Definition of Courage

In the late hours of a frigid night in January 2012, Officer Frank Mackall was answering a call from dispatch when he hit black ice, lost control of his squad car and slammed into a tree. Frank’s wife, Lisabeth, awoke to a knock on the door informing her that her husband had been airlifted with serious injuries to a nearby […]

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