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Dream Foundation and Honor Flight Fulfill Vietnam Army Veteran’s Final Dream

Gary Dehnert to visit Washington, D.C. and receive Vietnam War Commemoration Pin

Press Release – Santa Barbara, Calif. — Sixty-six-year-old U.S. Army veteran Gary “Lou” Dehnert will be taking a Stars & Stripes Honor Flight on September 15th 2018 to Washington, D.C. where he will visit memorials dedicated to honoring his fellow veterans’ service and sacrifices. This journey is Dehnert’s final Dream, fulfilled by Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, and Honor Flight, which transports America’s veterans to Washington.

Dehnert served in Motor Pool Operations in the 528th unit during Vietnam and dreamed of visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington with his son and caretaker, Daniel, to pay respect to the close friends he lost in the war.

“I really want to share everything I can with my son while we are there,” says Dehnert. “I see pictures of the memorials all the time in my VFW magazine, but to be there would give me closure, finally.”

Thanks to Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans program who covered Daniel’s trip costs and Honor Flight who covered Dehnert’s, the two will travel from Watertown, Wis. to Washington, where they will visit the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial, and the Air Force Memorial.

“Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans program is honored to recognize Gary “Lou” Dehnert for his strength and sacrifice during all his years of service and beyond,” says Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Kisa Heyer. “We are particularly thankful to Stars & Stripes Honor Flight. Their generosity and commitment to our veterans is truly extraordinary.”

While at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Rep. Glenn Grothman’s (WI-06) Legislative Director, Ryan J. Croft will graciously present Dehnert with a Vietnam War Commemoration Pin* to recognize his courage and service to the nation, a long overdue honor.

About Dream Foundation:

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. They have given life to more than 30,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and receive no state or federal funding—relying solely on private donations. DreamFoundation.org/donate.

*Please note that Dream Foundation is not part of, or endorsed by, the Department of Defense.


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DiscoverE Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

Press Release – Washington DC – September 2018 – DiscoverE, the leading U.S. non-profit that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering, today announced it has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.

The grant supports two DiscoverE signature programs; Global Marathon For, By and About Women In Engineering & Technology and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Both campaigns address the under-representation of girls and women in engineering and technology. Through the Girl Day movement, volunteers help K-12 girls realize engineering can be for them. The Global Marathon is an online series of conversations to advance success for collegiate and professional women throughout the world by connecting them to inspiration, information, and one another.

“Motorola was an early adopter of both the Global Marathon and Girl Day. We are grateful for their support and guidance,” said Leslie Collins, DiscoverE Executive Director. “Their financial and volunteer support have affected the large-scale yet very personal impact DiscoverE and the engineering community have when introducing young girls to engineering pathways. Or, when supporting women already in engineering to help them persevere.”

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2019 is February 21. The 2019 Global Marathon starts March 6, in connection with International Women’s Day, and runs for five weeks.

“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is honored and privileged to support the work of DiscoverE,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that are fostering innovation, building partnerships and driving change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they’re making in communities.”

Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as DiscoverE, to support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than three million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans and others.

About DiscoverE

DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit www.discovere.org.

About the Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation


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Sweet Dreamzzz Set to Host Annual A Night to R.E.M.ember Event

Press Release – Livonia, MI – September 12, 2018 — Tickets are on sale now for Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc.’s largest fundraiser, A Night to R.E.M.ember. It will truly be a night to remember at Plum Hollow Country Club as guests mingle while savoring cocktails and a gourmet sit-down dinner, bidding in both the live and silent auctions, and dancing the night away. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 6-11 p.m.

The event, which takes place through the generosity of sponsors including Michigan Medicine, Reverie, Superior Industries, Arrow Strategies, Michigan LECET, and Hour Media, will feature Elrico Shelton as DJ and returning live auctioneer Jim Alban of Midwest Benefits Auction. Our emcee for the evening is “Iron Mike” Racey!

This year’s auction items are exceptionally exciting, as guests can expect to bid on sports memorabilia, glamorous hotel stays, gift certificates to delicious restaurants, outdoor activities and museums, music/theater tickets, various outings, and themed baskets. Favorite items include tickets to the Fisher Theater for Book of Mormon, a Kindle, a signed U of M football, and 1968 Tigers memorabilia.

Proceeds from A Night to R.E.M.ember will fund Sweet Dreamzzz sleep education programs. Funds will also go towards purchasing bedtime essentials such as sleeping bags, fleece blankets, Sweet Dreamzzz teddy bears, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and reading books for the children the organization serves.

For those interested in purchasing tickets, please purchase directly online at REM.givesmart.com.


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Sheku Kanneh-Mason To Join JDRF In The Fight Against Type 1 Diabetes

JDRF names internationally renowned cellist as a global ambassador

Press Release – September 13, 2018—JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, is honoured to appoint internationally renowned cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason as a global ambassador. The 19 year-old British cellist captured the world’s attention during his performance at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

“We are thrilled that Sheku has joined us as our international ambassador,” said Karen Addington, JDRF UK Chief Executive. “We look forward to collaborating with him to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes – which is much misunderstood – and of our mission to find the cure.”

Sheku was diagnosed with T1D at the age of 12, five years before he won BBC Young Musician 2016 and made his mark as one of the brightest young stars in classical music.

In January, Sheku released his debut album, Inspiration, which topped the classical charts and reached number 18 in the Official UK Album Charts. He performed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle during the wedding ceremony of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May, which captured the attention of viewers across the world and catapulted him on to the global stage.

Having T1D means Sheku has the added complication of constantly counting carbs, injecting precise doses of insulin and balancing his blood sugar levels to avoid life-threatening highs and lows before he performs and multiple times throughout each day to stay alive. “Managing my type 1 diabetes does provide an extra challenge before I perform. Most musicians don’t have to think about avoiding hypos!” Sheku explains. “But playing at the Royal Wedding was awesome and I’m glad I can help raise awareness of the condition, and of the type 1 diabetes charity, JDRF.”

“We are excited and honoured to have the support of such a talented, distinguished and remarkable international role model who shares our commitment to achieve a world without type 1 diabetes,” said Derek Rapp, President and CEO of JDRF US. “With Sheku’s support and through the power of his voice, we will raise global awareness for the importance of research to find life-changing breakthroughs and one day, a cure.”

As JDRF Global Ambassador, Sheku will help to highlight JDRF’s international research programme and lend his voice to enhance fundraising, advocacy and education efforts in the fight against T1D. Sheku will begin to collaborate on initiatives immediately. On 17th September, JDRF is staging a party at LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in London with an auction. Sheku will be providing a private cello lesson to the highest bidder. The money raised on the evening from the event and the auction will support T1D research and JDRF is extremely grateful to Sheku for donating this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

About type 1 diabetes

  • Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that can happen to anyone, regardless of family history and is not caused by diet or lifestyle choices.
  • People with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day just to stay alive, until we find the cure
  • Type 1 diabetes affects about 400,000 people in the UK, 29,000 of them are children

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our mission is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion (£1.69 billion) in research funding since our inception. We are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. We collaborate with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org.

About Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason first entered the spotlight as winner of BBC Young Musician 2016. He made his BBC Proms debut the following year, and released his first album, Inspiration, earlier this year on Decca Classics. It entered the Top 20 in the Official UK Albums Chart, making him the youngest cellist ever to do so, and he also became one of this year’s biggest breakthrough artists – across any genre. His cello arrangement of Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ went viral worldwide.

Sheku has been on a whirlwind adventure in the past two years – performing twice at the BAFTAs, playing at 10 Downing Street for the 30th anniversary of Black History Month, making his Carnegie Hall debut, performing at Paris Fashion Week, as well as high-profile TV appearances (including two BBC documentaries) and a busy international concert career. His performance at the Royal Wedding garnered huge public attention with Vanity Fair describing him as “the cellist who stole hearts” and Esquire calling him a “cello rockstar”.

Sheku is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music. He is passionate about making classical music accessible to all. He comes from an incredible musical family in which all 6 of his siblings (he is the third child of 7) play instruments to a phenomenally high standard.


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Days for Girls Set to Reach 100,000 Girls In 28 Days

Press Release – Days for Girls International (DfGI) is preparing for a global celebration of girls and menstruation, coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2018. Over the course of just 28 days, DfGI is set to reach 100,000 women and girls in 25 countries and 4 continents with menstrual health solutions.

At least 500 million women and girls around the world lack access to adequate resources for managing menstruation, often leaving them susceptible to forced school dropout rates, poverty, early childhood marriage and sexual exploitation. This international celebration will work to bring the solutions needed to ensure health, safety and opportunity for all.

Days for Girls not only provides affordable, sustainable menstrual health solutions to women and girls worldwide, but also works to inspire communities to shatter the stigma and taboo surrounding menstruation, empowering women to pursue educational, economic and leadership opportunities.

We strive to contribute to the global solutions of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including those related to poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, health and conservation. This global girls festival celebrates giving back more days to girls—more days to gain a better education and improved health while restoring hope and dignity.

The festival will commence on October 5th, culminating 28 days later, marking Days for Girls International’s 10th birthday on November 1st. Throughout the month of October, our global network of over 50,000 Days for Girls volunteers, 850 Chapters, Teams, and Clubs, and 97 Enterprises, will work to make, assemble, and distribute sustainable reusable menstrual health kits, alongside delivery of women’s health education in 18 nations.

DfGI will celebrate by sharing stories of the women and girls whose lives have been changed with access to menstrual care, DfGI leaders worldwide, and the partners who support their efforts. These stories and features will be shared on Days for Girls International’s social media on October 11, 2018 for 28 hours starting at 12 AM PST.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaysforGirls/

Instagram: daysforgirls

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmZZK0OCcVCVkSTbHGDKCrQ

Twitter: @DaysforGirls


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Ancient Bird Bones Redate Human Activity In Madagascar By 6,000 Years

Skeletons of extinct 500kg elephant birds revolutionise our understanding of this island

Press Release – Analysis of bones, from what was once the world’s largest bird, has revealed that humans arrived on the tropical island of Madagascar more than 6,000 years earlier than previously thought – according to a study published today, 12 September 2018, in the journal Science Advances.

A team of scientists led by international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) discovered that ancient bones from the extinct Madagascan elephant birds (Aepyornis and Mullerornis) show cut marks and depression fractures consistent with hunting and butchery by prehistoric humans. Using radiocarbon dating techniques, the team were then able to determine when these giant birds had been killed, reassessing when humans first reached Madagascar.

Previous research on lemur bones and archaeological artefacts suggested that humans first arrived in Madagascar 2,400-4,000 years ago. However, the new study provides evidence of human presence on Madagascar as far back as 10,500 years ago – making these modified elephant bird bones the earliest known evidence of humans on the island.

Lead author Dr James Hansford from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology said: “We already know that Madagascar’s megafauna – elephant birds, hippos, giant tortoises and giant lemurs – became extinct less than 1,000 years ago. There are a number of theories about why this occurred, but the extent of human involvement hasn’t been clear.

“Our research provides evidence of human activity in Madagascar more than 6,000 years earlier than previously suspected – which demonstrates that a radically different extinction theory is required to understand the huge biodiversity loss that has occurred on the island. Humans seem to have coexisted with elephant birds and other now-extinct species for over 9,000 years, apparently with limited negative impact on biodiversity for most of this period, which offers new insights for conservation today.”

Co-author Professor Patricia Wright from Stony Brook University said: “This new discovery turns our idea of the first human arrivals on its head. We know that at the end of the Ice Age, when humans were only using stone tools, there were a group of humans that arrived on Madagascar. We do not know the origin of these people and won’t until we find further archaeological evidence, but we know there is no evidence of their genes in modern populations. The question remains – who these people were? And when and why did they disappear?”

The bones of the elephant birds studied by this project were originally found in 2009 in Christmas River in south-central Madagascar – a fossil ‘bone bed’ containing a rich concentration of ancient animal remains. This marsh site could have been a major kill site, but further research is required to confirm.

For more information on the work ZSL is doing to conserve Madagascar’s wildlife, visit www.zsl.org


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YWCA Boulder County Announces Dancing with Boulder Stars 2018 Fundraising Event

Annual Event at Boulder Theater to Raise Funds for YWCA’s Mission to Empower Women and Eliminate Racism

Press Release – BOULDER, CO – September 12, 2018 – YWCA Boulder County has announced the annual Dancing with Boulder Stars 2018 fundraising event, which will take place at 7:00 P.M. on October 23, 2018 at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado.

Modeled after the hit TV show, Dancing with Boulder Stars is an annual event to celebrate and help to fund the organization’s mission to empower women and eliminate racism. The evening brings together members of the community by recruiting local celebrities to train with professional dance coaches in teams of two and then compete with one another in front of judges and a live audience. Dance routines and styles are extremely diverse and entertaining. Audience members vote for their favorite teams via donations, which benefit YWCA Boulder County. Teams also have the opportunity to compete for and receive votes in advance of the live event.

Funds raised by Dancing with Boulder Stars support important programs including Reading to End Racism, Latina Achievement Support and Children’s Alley, the only drop-in, sliding scale child care in the Front Range. In total, over 6,000 individuals are served in our community by the YWCA Boulder County.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting Dancing with Boulder Stars again this year, and we appreciate the Boulder Theater letting us use their amazing venue,” said Debbie Pope, CEO, YWCA Boulder County. “This fun event brings the community together with local celebrities, and the funds we raise help ensure we continue to provide the important services we provide to improve lives,” she added.

Since YWCA USA’s founding in 1858, YWCA has been at the forefront of the most critical social movements. This rich history, along with its current program offerings, makes YWCA USA the oldest, largest, and one of the most accomplished multiracial organizations in the fight for social justice. In Boulder, YWCA has evolved over the years from boarding house to social club and today is a human service agency. The organization is a non-sectarian nonprofit that is not affiliated with any religious group, and is a publicly funded, inclusive organization that welcomes everyone to participate, male and female alike.

Throughout the last century, women have come to YWCA to find housing assistance, business advice, career counseling, and affordable childcare. Beginning in the 1980s, community members could count on YWCA Boulder County to provide low-cost parenting classes and valuable resources to support healthy self-esteem and economic self-sufficiency. Its wide range of programs continue to provide services to those who need them.

About YWCA Boulder County

YWCA Boulder County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization has been providing a variety of vital services to the women, children, and families of Boulder for over 95 years. YWCA Boulder County is a welcoming human service agency that works with over 6,000 individuals annually. For more information on our programs, visit: www.ywcaboulder.org. For tickets to Dancing with Boulder Stars, or to vote to your favorite celebrity, please visit: www.ywcaboulder.org/dwbs


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GameStop Unites The Gaming Community On National Video Games Day To Raise $100K For Children’s Charities

  • 100% of the donations benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation® and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®
  • Join GameStop’s Twitter-a-thon featuring high-profile gaming personalitiesto donate
  • Never seen before trade deals – one day only!

Press Release – GRAPEVINE, TX (Sept. 11, 2018) – Never before have gamers come together as an industry on National Video Games Day – until now. On National Video Games Day (NVGD), Wednesday, September 12, GameStop is uniting the gaming community to raise $100,000 to support Make-A-Wish Foundation®(MAW) and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMNH), plus celebrate everything gaming with never seen before trade-in deals.

“GameStop Gives is GameStop’s new approach to charitable giving that uses the power of gaming to drive positive change in the areas of youth well-being and education,” said Martha Sotelo, head of corporate social responsibility for GameStop. “Through GameStop Gives, the company has united competitors from the game publishers, to manufacturers to gamers to join in the fundraising effort to raise money for children’s charities. This is the first time that these two children’s charities have been ‘married’ with the goal of helping kids get back to being kids.”

“We are calling gamers and non-gamers alike to join the cause and help us celebrate National Video Games Day,” said Eric Bright, vice president of Merchandising for GameStop. “Gamers are generous at heart, and the gaming community is all about connecting with old friends and making new ones while playing the games you love. I’m proud that today, the gaming community has joined together to make a significant impact to raise money for such great children’s charities.”

Kicking off the fundraising efforts, Microsoft donated $10,000 to the effort, and GameStop will be donating up to $8,000 from the limited sale of the Xbox® Adaptive Controller—sold exclusively at GameStop.com. In the spirit of inclusive design and supporting Microsoft’s “Gaming for Everyone” initiative, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a first of its kind gaming controller built specifically for people with limited mobility – giving them a more accessible, customizable and inclusive gaming experience.

GameStop is giving an additional $10,000 during the NVGD donation drive, and Bandai Namco will also be making a generouscontributionto support MAW and CMNH.

Gamers and non-gamers can donate to GameStop Gives in a variety of ways to benefit these charities:

  • Join the Twitter-a-thon and donate online at GameStop Gives.
  • Donate at checkout. Guests can give $1 or more or round up their purchase, and PowerUp Rewards members will receive triple PowerUp Rewards points on the donation amount.
  • Donate PowerUp Rewards points. Members can donate points to each charity in the PowerUp Rewards Center.
  • Trade for Charity. Donate up to 100 percent of trade-in value to charity when you bring used video game hardware, software, accessories or consumer electronics to GameStop.

Join the day-long Twitter-a-thon @GameStop with prizes awarded every hour!

“For one day only, gamers can connect with their favorite directors, developers, designers and players at the top video game and collectibles companies to benefit charity during the GameStop Gives Twitter-a-thon,” continued Bright. “This is a truly unique opportunity to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, plus donate to help put smiles on the faces of many kids in need. Join GameStop on Twitter starting at 9:30 a.m. CT and donate online at GameStop Gives.”

Twitter-a-thon schedule (Central time zone)

  • 9:30 a.m. – Eric Bright, VP of Merchandising for GameStop
  • 10:00 a.m. – Aaron Greenberg, General Manager for the Games Marketing team, Microsoft
  • 10:30 a.m. –Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • 11:00 a.m. – Robert Bowling, Studio Head, Quantum Giant
  • 11:30 a.m. – Nicks, Formula and Kiwiz,Obey House
  • 12:00 p.m. – Andy McNamara, Editor, Game Informer Magazine
  • 1:00 p.m.– Cameron Deuel, Social Content Strategy Manager, Funko
  • 1:30 p.m. – Dmitryi Khlynin, Community Specialist, Bandai Namco
  • 2:00 p.m.– Kenny, Team Envy
  • 2:30 p.m.—Steve Cotton, Game Director, and Scott Taylor, Project Lead, Bungie (Destiny 2: Forsaken)
  • 3:00 p.m. – Bryan Intihar, Creative Director, Insomniac Games
  • 5 p.m. – Gorilla, Pro Fortnite Player, Team Envy
  • Follow @GameStop and #GameStopGives to catch more surprise guests, including game developers, pro players and leading content creators

On NVGD, gamers can take advantage of the best trade values GameStop has ever offered – one day only

  • Get up to $40 for select games
  • Get up to $325 for select gaming systems
  • Get up to $40 for select accessories
  • Get up to $500 for select smartphones
  • Donate your trades to charity and get 3x the PUR points

For more information or to donate, visit GameStop Gives, and to learn more about GameStop’s NVGD trade deals, go to http://www.GameStop.com/trade.

About GameStop

GameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, offers the best selection of new and pre-owned video gaming consoles, accessories and video game titles, in both physical and digital formats. GameStop also offers fans a wide variety of pop vinyl toys, collectibles, board games and more. Through GameStop’s unique buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics for cash or in-store credit. The retailer operates thousands of locations around the world under the GameStop, EB Games and Micromania retail brands. Fans can find their local GameStop store using the company’s online store locator tool.

To get the latest news on video gaming and gear, follow GameStop on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. GameStop, EB Games, and Micromania are part of GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a global specialty retailer that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple.


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Kool Smiles Partners with Touch A Life to Deliver Free Dental Care in Ghana

Press Release – ATLANTA — As part of its Kool Doctors Giving Back global outreach initiative, Kool Smiles will partner with Touch A Life to deliver dental care to children and families in Ghana September 8-14, 2018.

Three Kool Smiles dentists, a clinical team leader, and a dental hygienist will join a team of medical volunteers traveling to the Accra and Kumasi regions of Ghana where they will spend several days performing restorative dental work and educating children and adults about the importance of oral hygiene.

The Kool Smiles dental team includes:

  • Associate Doctor Abrefi-Kete Asare, DDS from Laredo, Texas;
  • Associate Doctor Tashiba Nelson, DDS from Orangeburg, South Carolina;
  • Associate Doctor Tsebaot Idrias, DDS from Baltimore, Maryland;
  • Clinical Team Leader Teri Brown from Louisville, Kentucky; and
  • Dental Hygienist Amy Le from Atlanta, Georgia.

The Kool Smiles dental team will conduct dental examinations, extractions, restorative procedures, and cleanings during their time in Ghana. They will also provide families with dental education and health kits.

“At Kool Smiles, we believe everyone should have access to quality, affordable dental care, regardless of where they live,” said Dr. Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer for Kool Smiles. “We’re proud to be sending such an excellent team of doctors and staff on this trip. They truly exemplify the Kool Smiles mission, both in their service to their own communities, and their eagerness to help families abroad.”

Touch A Life is an organization that develops creative ways to bring healing and empowerment to those who are suffering, exploited or at-risk around the world. Specifically, Touch A Life provides long-term rehabilitative care for child survivors of forced labor in Ghana. Their programs include the Touch A Life Care Center, which is the only long-term rehabilitative facility for formerly trafficked children in the region, and Life Academy, which is a program for young adults seeking to obtain life skills and vocational training.

“We are excited to have Kool Smiles as a partner to help carry out our mission of bringing aid to those who might be suffering or are in need of dental care,” said Rachel Brown, Development Director at Touch A Life. “When children lack access to dental care, it impacts their quality of life and can cause suffering leading to an inability to eat, sleep, learn and play. This dental service trip is a positive step toward empowering a healthier, happier future for the children the children Touch A Life serves.”

Launched in 2016, the Kool Doctors Giving Back initiative aims to bring, quality, compassionate dental care to underserved communities at home and abroad. The Kool Doctors Giving Back program is sponsored by the Benevis Foundation.

For more information about the Bolivia mission trip with CHOICE Humanitarian, please visit www.koolsmilesjobs.com/ksgivesback.


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Susan G. Komen Chicago Welcomes Tiosha Bailey as New Executive Director

Bailey brings extensive Chicago healthcare background and personal passion to Komen, to push for local breast health services and global research

Tiosha Bailey

Press Release – (Chicago, IL) Sept. 11, 2018 – Susan G. Komen Chicago, the local affiliate of the largest breast cancer organization in the United States, announces the hiring of Tiosha Bailey as the new Executive Director of Komen Chicago.

Bailey joined Komen Chicago in June 2018 with more than 10 years of experience in key leadership positions within the public health sector. In her new role at Komen Chicago, she will drive strategy and development to ensure measurable impact upon breast cancer outcomes through research, direct services, advocacy and public policy.

“Susan G. Komen continues to be at the forefront of life-changing research, especially when it comes to treatment and detection. Through 2017, Komen Chicago has donated over $17.5 million in community grants and $5.5 million to research efforts. I look to continue prioritizing medical advancements while also striving to improve access to education and direct services. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer, through dedicated advocacy and policy work focused on removing structural barriers impacting breast health outcomes across Chicagoland and beyond,” said Bailey.

Since 2014, Bailey had served as Deputy Commissioner of the Health Promotion Bureau within the Chicago Department of Public Health, where she steered the public health agenda for key mayoral initiatives in the areas of breast cancer prevention, behavioral health and violence prevention. During her tenure, she led strategic expansion of breast health services – which resulted in serving nearly 5,000 women across hospital systems and community-based providers in 2017.

For six years prior, Bailey worked for Erie Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, holding the position of Manager of School-Based Health and Adolescent Services for four years and Health Center Operations Director until she departed, where she was charged with overseeing clinical operations of the Erie Evanston/Skokie practice site.

Bailey’s personal history with cancer extends far beyond her professional career. Her grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and two cousins are currently undergoing treatment. In the cases of her relatives, Bailey cites late diagnosis, grim prognosis and limited access to treatment options as expounding factors. This is an all too familiar story faced by many women in Chicago communities.

“I’ve been touched by cancer so many times, but in my new role with Komen Chicago it’s clear that I am not alone,” Bailey said. “Every day I work with people who have also been affected by this terrible disease. It is such an important issue, especially for Chicago’s women of color whose mortality rate is 40 percent higher than Caucasian women. I’m honored to join the Komen Chicago family where I can be a part of the solution in the fight against breast cancer.”

The first major events that Bailey will lead since taking the helm at Komen Chicago are the organization’s Ride for the Cure on Sept. 16 and the 21st annual gala, The Greatest Show Under The Big Pink Top, on Oct. 27. For more information on upcoming Komen Chicago initiatives, please visit www.komenchicago.com.

Bailey attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology before moving on to receive a Master’s in Public Health in 2007. She returned to the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health.

About Komen Chicago: Komen Chicago’s mission is to ensure quality care for all and save lives by meeting the most critical needs in underserved communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. To learn more about Komen Chicago and join the fight against breast cancer, please visit www.komenchicago.org.


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