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Keep Calm and Rock On—Despite Cancer

“I won’t give you up mom; you can be my mom forever.” Those were the words of my then three-year-old as we cuddled before bed on August 11, 2013. I held back the tears because I didn’t want to upset her. My three- and four-year-old daughters weren’t aware that I was diagnosed with advanced Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma just three days before. […]

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The Good in Give and Take

Humans are not meant to go it alone. Science is finding evidence that we may be wired for close companionship, built to connect with and care for one another. Study after study shows not only that too much solitude hurts us, but also that offering and receiving support bring emotional and physical benefits. It is good to receive. Researchers have […]

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Back to School after Surviving Cancer: One Boy’s Story

Summer is soon over and the anticipation of the upcoming school year is here. It’s time for children to say goodbye to bonfires and swimming and hello to schedules, desks and books. It is a time for new beginnings and endless possibilities for most children. For my two healthy children, it is just that. But for my son Gavin, who […]

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5 Easy Tips for Heat Safety in Your Community

Red Cross Disaster Health Services Manager Mary Casey-Lockyer is the expert in being ready for anything. Read on for her heat safety suggestions for making sure everyone in your community is keeping their cool during end-of-summer heat waves. When you hear that a heat warning is in effect, your first inclination is to lock up inside. But Mary suggests that […]

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The Impact of School Supply Donations

It’s that time of year. Back to school supply fliers arrive in the mail or with your newspaper, lists of necessary supplies show up at local stores and the aisles fill up with neatly stacked boxes of crayons, pencils and notebooks. All the latest favorite characters appear on backpacks and folders. The hottest colors in locker accessories, organizational items and […]

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