Yes, I’m Gonna Try and Pull at Your Heart Strings

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I know a lot of causes tug at your heart strings and I’m hoping I can add one more.

As you may remember, I visited Haiti last May. I went there to donate my time and provide business training to local artisans. While there we traveled around Haiti meeting artisans that make products for stores like Macy’s in their “trade not aid” initiative. Along the way, we visited a small group of women still living in tent camps in a ravine.

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Somehow this small group of women & their children have been pretty much missed by the NGO’s. Before the earthquake, most of them had small street stalls where they sold goods. After the earthquake, they had nothing and when it rains in the ravine, they basically get flooded. Despite that, they have hope and a few small skills.

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What they’ve done is formed a collective called OFEDA (translation, Organization of Women Devoted to Action) & my friends and I trying to help get them back on their feet.

They’ve learned how to make soap & embroider these simple cards and are hoping to develop a cottage industry around that. They really are on their way – they just need financial help getting the office set up and developing more of an infrastructure. My friends and I have launched an Indie Gogo site & together we are trying to raise $5000 – there are only five of us, so we are reaching out to all our family, friends, coworkers and asking if you would consider making a small donation. Anything you give can and will make a difference.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW.

I hope to make it back to Haiti next year and when I go I’ll be able to see what a difference your donation has made. Thank you for your consideration and if you have any questions please let me know.

Cancer Prevention Starts with YOU

Finding out someone you know and love has cancer can be a devastating blow to any person or family. My grandmother passed away from Cancer long before Cancer research was even a discussion topic, or the word Cancer was casually muttered during dinner conversations or chats with friends. My mother was to turn eleven the day after my grandmother passed.

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So now that we live in an age where we have a plethora of information at our fingertips, knowledge that grows daily and so many people that are willing and wanting to help ….this is where you can help! You can help Cancer Prevention.

  • Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is a long-term study that seeks to better understand the factors (lifestyle, environmental, genetic) that cause or prevent cancer and ultimately help eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.
  • Past long-term ACS studies have played a major role in cancer prevention, as well as in other national and international efforts. Past studies have demonstrated the correlation between lifestyle choices and cancer.

Involvement in CPS-3 includes:

  • Reading and signing a consent form, completing a survey, providing some physical measurements, giving a small blood sample, and responding to follow up questionnaires by mail every two years following (for at least 20 years).
  • Participants must be between the ages of 30 and 65 years & have no personal history of cancer to join CPS-3.

Why the CPS-3 is important

  • CPS-3 is one of the most important factors in ACS getting to the finish line of finding a link between lifestyle factors and Cancer.
  • CPS-3 offers an historic opportunity — a once in a generation opportunity — to be personally involved in research that will advance ACS’ understanding of the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental, and genetic factors that cause cancer.
  • The American Cancer Society has played a part in nearly every cancer research breakthrough in recent history and the next one could be found in this study.

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Bottom line: Enrollment in the CPS-3 study is one of the most important and impactful things you can do to fight against cancer; YOU can change the course of cancer and protect future generations.

Bay Area Recruitment Sites

  • Alameda (July 20-August 3)
  • Marin County (July 24-August 7)
  • San Francisco (July 17-August 10)
  • San Mateo (July 24-August 10)
  • Santa Clara (July 13-August 10)

So what are you waiting for? The world can become a more cancer free zone when we all help. I know my grandmother would be proud of how far our world has come in the fight to prevention. With your help we can ensure her great granddaughters (and all granddaughters) get to live their lives free of cancer.

Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in learning and sharing about CPS-3 through Women Online/The Mission List. All opinions stated here are my own.

The Three Best Places to Get Ice Cream in San Francisco

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I scream, you scream, everybody wants ice cream.

I love when we are blessed with warm weather in San Francisco; it provide the perfect excuse for us to eat my favorite food. What is my favorite food? Ice cream, of course.

When you live in this city, you can forget places like Baskin-Robbins; San Franciscans prefer local organic ice creams that are made in small batches with adventurous flavors. Below are our three favorite local ice cream hangouts – we highly suggest you try them out if you haven’t already.

Humphry Slocombe

Humphrey Slocombe has gained national attention from their unique flavors, like olive oil and secret breakfast. They have been featured in Food and Wine magazine and Bon Appetit. A local favorite is the Harvey Milk and Honey Graham Cracker, which is made with blackberry honey, homemade graham crackers, and carrot mango sorbet. The staff is always happen to make recommendations if you aren’t sure whether you should try Strawberry Candied Jalapeno or Balsamic Caramel first. You can contact them on Twitter @humphryslocombe, by phone at (415) 550-6971, or just stop by and give them a try: 2790 Harrison St. (at 24th Street).

Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous

Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous is the newest shop on the ice cream scene. Although still newbies, they already have eight small-batch flavors produced daily. Everything is made in-house, from the flavoring extracts to the cones with a hint of vanilla inside. Their out-of-the-ordinary ice cream includes the Ballpark, which is made from Anchor Steam beer, pretzels, and peanuts. Stop by 699 22nd St. (at Third Street). It’ll be well worth it!

Bi-Rite Creamery

Bi-Rite Creamery, across from the Mission’s Dolores Park, features popular flavor salted caramel, roasted banana and brown sugar with ginger caramel swirl, and the classic cookies and cream. They also have soft serve available in flavors that alternate daily. Some unique daily soft serve flavors include balsamic strawberry and spicy Mexican chocolate.  Their address is 3692 18th Street.

What is is your favorite ice cream shop and why?

A Creative + Modern Living Blog by Kelly Tirman