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Monthly Archives: September 2016

EOD Warrior Foundation Seeks EOD Tech in Need of Assistance Dog

The EOD Warrior Foundation is partnering with MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs to pair a trained service dog with an EOD technician in need

Press Release – NICEVILLE, Florida – (August 31, 2016) – Many EOD technicians need assistance when they return home from combat. Those who suffer from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often find that service dogs bring relief, others who have physical injuries, including amputations, blindness, and many others, may find benefit in having a service dog for multiple reasons. The EOD Warrior Foundation is partnering with MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs to provide an EOD technician in need with a fully trained service dog. This dog is being donated in honor of former U.S. Navy EOD officer, Commander Kevin Childre, who passed away in May 2015 as a result of a bicycle accident while on a ride raising awareness for the EOD Warriors Foundation.

“We are pleased to work with MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs to find a fitting home for this beautiful animal, and a deserving EOD technician,” explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “We are also thrilled to honor Kevin, who meant so much to the country and did so much for our foundation. Kevin was a true dog lover and I feel this is a great way to honor his memory.”

Kevin Childre was an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician who started the annual 2-Day EOD Undefeated Bike Ride in 2009 to support the EOD community, which quickly became the largest fundraiser for the EOD Warrior Foundation, raising almost $1.3 million in support of EOD families in its six year history. While on a 6-day bicycle ride to raise awareness for the cause he was in a fatal accident. The annual ride continues in four cities across the country this fall in his honor.

Wanting to honor his memory, MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs began training a goldendoodle puppy to become an assistance dog. Kevin’s last dog was also a beautiful goldendoodle named Tucker. The puppy currently in training is named KC, in honor of Kevin Childre. KC will finish training this fall and will be ready to be paired with an EOD technician in need. The EOD Warrior Foundation is working with MADE to provide the selected candidate with travel and accommodations to meet KC.

“We believe in what Kevin did for our country and feel this is a great way to honor him,” explained Hailey Jumper Mauldin, founder and executive director of MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs. “Helping fellow EOD technicians was Kevin’s life and KC will help continue the mission in Kevin’s honor. We are thrilled to be a part of this legacy.”

EOD technicians who are interested in KC can apply online at the MADE in Texas Assistance Dogs site:

There are over 7,000 men and women in the U.S. military who serve as EOD techs. They have one of the most dangerous jobs in the military, helping to defuse and dispose of explosive devices. They are highly trained members who are responsible for disarming, rendering safe, and disposing of bombs.

Since September 11, 2001, the EOD community has sustained serious loss of life and limbs. Since 9/11 and to date, 131 EOD Warriors have lost their lives on the battlefield, approximately 250 EOD Warriors have lost limbs, sight, experienced terrible burns, as well as paralysis, and numerous additional warriors continue to suffer from the invisible wounds of war, including traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress. The numbers of invisible injuries are unknown at this point and the suicide rate numbers are quickly approaching the number lost in combat.

About EOD Warrior Foundation

The EOD Warrior Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help EOD warriors and their family members to include families of fallen EOD warriors. Specific programs include emergency financial relief, college scholarships, hope and wellness retreats, and care of the EOD Memorial located at Eglin AFB, FL. To learn more about the EOD Warrior Foundation, visit their site at:

Bimbo Bakeries USA Hosts 2016 Global Energy Race in United States

Race to be Held in 37 Cities Across the Globe

Press Release – Horsham, Pennsylvania (September 1, 2016)Grupo Bimbo announced the second annual Global Energy Race, which will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 in 37 cities around the world. Bimbo Bakeries USA, the U.S. arm of Grupo Bimbo, will host the races held in the United States. The races offer a 10K run option, certified by USA Track and Field, as well as a 3K family fun run/walk.

The race, started in 2015, was originally held in 22 cities, from Beijing to Long Beach, California. In 2016, a total of 37 races will be held globally – four being held in the United States including two new host cities in Arizona and Florida:

  • Long Beach, CA (Marina Green Park ‒ 386 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802)
  • Orlando, FL (Festival Park ‒ 2911 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL 32803)
  • Philadelphia, PA (Penn’s Landing ‒ 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106)
  • Phoenix, AZ (Scottsdale Sports Complex ‒ 8081 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255)

The 2016 race will also be a Guinness World Records attempt: The most number of cities participating in the same race on the same day.

For each kilometer completed by each participant, Bimbo Bakeries USA will donate two slices of bread to a local Feeding America food bank – one loaf of bread per completed 10K. First place male and female winners of the 10K race in each participating city will receive an all-expenses paid trip to run in any 2017 Global Energy Race participant city.

All participants will receive a Global Energy Kappa t-shirt, sling bag and towel. The 10K runners will receive a custom finishers medal upon completion while the 3K participants will receive a customer finishers pin upon completion. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each city.

Starting with the 2016 race, both the t-shirts and medals will be part of a collectable series. This year, the image is from Beijing and each subsequent year the items will feature different symbols of inspiration, persistence and global nature.

“We believe the food industry plays an important role in educating the general public about healthy choices and positively impacting lifestyles, especially for future generations,” said Fred Penny, president at Bimbo Bakeries USA. “The pursuit of health and well-being is no longer a trend – it has become a social imperative around the world. Small actions such as walking or running can really improve our overall quality of life.”

Grupo Bimbo promotes a healthy lifestyle obtained through a balanced diet, smart eating habits and the daily practice of physical activity. The Global Energy Race emphasizes the importance of “energy balance” among communities – meaning the energy obtained from food should be equal to the energy used or spent from moving or exercising.

Global sponsors of the race include FOX Sports, Powerade and Kappa.

For more information or to register, visit

About Bimbo Bakeries USA

Bimbo Bakeries USA is a leader in the baking industry, known for its category leading brands, innovative products, freshness and quality. Our team of 22,000 U.S. associates operates more than 50 manufacturing locations in the United States. Over 11,000 distribution routes deliver our leading brands such as Arnold®, Bimbo®, Boboli®, Brownberry®, Entenmann’s®, Freihofer’s®, Heiners ®, Marinela®, Mrs Baird’s®, Nature’s Harvest®, Oroweat®, Sara Lee®, Stroehmann®, Thomas’®, and Tia Rosa.® Bimbo Bakeries USA is owned by Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B de C.V., the world’s largest baking company with operations in 22 countries.

The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research Unveiled Its Newly Design Website Features a New, Bold Look with Enhanced Resources, the Latest Information on Pancreatic Cancer, a Motivational Blog and Mobile-Friendly Access

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, CA – gets a makeover. Everything there is to know about pancreatic cancer can be found at the beautifully redesigned website for the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Relaunched in August 2016, the new and improved design makes the website more aesthetically attractive using upgraded navigational tools and amplified resources. The site will serve as a primary source of information for patients and families. In step with advanced technology, the new website can now be easily accessed and viewed on a variety of mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets.

The Hirshberg Foundation’s new website uses bold, clean colors such as blue and white as its blueprint and is mildly accented with the color purple, to show solidarity as it is the official color for pancreatic cancer awareness. Key components of the new website include: extensive research; comprehensive content and FAQs about pancreatic cancer; patient and family support information; a historical look about the Hirshberg Foundation, donations, ongoing events and the progression on the latest treatments and developments. A motivational blog has also been added to share/post inspiring stories that can be submitted by patients, families, caregivers, physicians and researchers alike.

“Our previous site needed to be updated in design, web development and functionality,” said Lisa Manheim, Executive Director for the Hirshberg Foundation. “Not only does provides the latest information for the general public, we also have valuable research material available for the medical community including a way to submit an application for our highly coveted Seed Grant program.” A video recording archive of the Hirshberg Foundation’s annual medical symposiums spotlighting patients and a think tank of this country’s brilliant medical experts is also available to stream with just a click of a button.

Created by graphic designer and webmaster, Jennifer Mola, the Hirshberg Foundation is extremely confident that the redesigned will increase traffic to the site while expanding awareness as well as reaching differing audiences inspiring site visitors to not just hope, but to help.

Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families. Established by Agi Hirshberg, whose husband Ronald died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54, the foundation includes the Ronald S. Hirshberg Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory; the Ronald S. Hirshberg Chair in Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research; and the Hirshberg Pancreatic Cancer Information Center. In February 2015, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA introduced the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Cancer Diseases made possible by the generous $10 million in gifts to UCLA from Hirshberg. For more information, visit

Jeffrey Lurie Announces $1 Million Donation to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Center for Autism Research

Philadelphia Eagles Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie announced that the Eagles Charitable Foundation (ECF) will be making a $1 million donation to the autism support programs at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the research programs at CHOP’s Center for Autism Research. The announcement was made at last night’s inaugural Taking Flight for Autism fundraiser at Lincoln Financial Field. In addition, more than $300,000 in net proceeds from the event will also be donated.

The entire Eagles organization was on hand for the event, including players, coaches and front office executives. They joined approximately 700 guests who purchased tables to support the cause. Attendees enjoyed a cocktail hour and dinner on the field, as well as a full program of football talk and speeches from Jeffrey Lurie, Doug Pederson and Christina Weiss Lurie, president of Eagles Charitable Foundation. Former Eagles quarterback Rodney Peete was also on hand to share his family’s experience raising a child with autism.

“There is a lot we all can still learn about autism and that is why we believe in the importance of providing financial support to leading institutions who are already doing amazing work in this area,” said Jeffrey Lurie. “One of those leading institutions is the Center for Autism Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and we could not be more pleased to partner with them on this cause.”

Studies show that autism spectrum disorder is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the United States, affecting approximately one in 68 children, and yet the causes are not yet fully understood.

A growing body of research shows that the earlier a child is diagnosed with autism and begins accessing services, the better their outcomes are later in life. CAR is conducting research to discover the earliest “biomarker” or signs of autism, as well as developing novel treatments and therapies, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for people with ASD not just in childhood, but over the course of a lifetime.

“The Center for Autism Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia conducts research, provides support for patients and families challenged by ASD, and trains clinicians in best practices in autism treatment. This very generous donation by the Eagles Charitable Foundation will have a positive impact on our ability to achieve significant breakthroughs for children and families,” said Madeline Bell, president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Eagles Charitable Foundation (ECF) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that serves thousands of low-income children in the Greater Philadelphia region every year with a focus on improving health outcomes. ECF’s mission is: Using our unique platform to provide children in the Philadelphia region greater access to vision care and autism research and services. For more information visit

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