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Local teens helped spread the love this Valentine’s Day by sending area seniors more than 1,000 Valentines as part of Love Letters, a program sponsored by Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA), DoSomething.org, Mentor Up and the Meals on Wheels Association of America. More than 68,000 teens across the country contributed cards for almost 100,000 seniors. The cards were included in meal deliveries from Meals on Wheels volunteers. Pictured: Katie Fenton
Elizabeth Berrien experienced more pain and loss by the time she was 27 than many of us will have to deal with in our lifetime. Within two years, she lost both her infant son to stillbirth, and her husband, a Special Forces soldier, to the war in Afghanistan.
Since moving to St. Louis, the Eberleins have equally divided their time when it comes to supporting their passions. From co-chairing events for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to Siteman Cancer Center, the couple stays busy giving back to the city.
Through the Veiled Prophet Organization’s Maids of Honor Project, participating young women and their fathers have supported the community with painting houses, cooking meals and planting flowers. In recent years, the program has averaged 400 volunteers and about 2,300 hours of community service, including rehabbing 75 homes in North County, cooking and packing 65,000 meals for Food Outreach, and landscaping the grounds of Rainbow Village and City Hall for Brightside St. Louis. LN spoke with three exceptional young women, who walked at this year’s ball, about how they gave back.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, a state-of-the-art LED system has been installed that displays the building’s iconic shell in stunning colors on a nightly basis.
As the No. 1 killer of women, heart disease has personally touched the lives of many people. As chair of the upcoming 2014 Go Red for Women luncheon, Penny Pennington, a principal at Edward Jones, realized how much it had affected her own family: Her grandmother died at age 55 of a heart attack, along with other family members who have been affected. “As I learned more about heart disease in women, I found out that it is likely that I will have a personal experience with heart disease either myself or through someone close to me. The statistics are much higher for women and heart disease than any other killer, including cancer: About three times more women have heart disease.”
‘Tis the time for giving, and these area organizations need your help to keep children safe and St. Louisans warm and well-fed this holiday season.
Saint Louis University is participating in a multi-center study that will test a combination of two medications for children with early-stage hepatitis B.
Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
Cancer Support Community's Art for Recovery program
Cancer Support Community first board chair Mel Dunkelman receives the Wellness Community Charter from Harold Benjamin
YOLANDA ROUSSEAU has joined accounting and advisory firm Abeles and Hoffman, P.C., as an audit associate. She will provide comprehensive audit, review and compilation services across a range of industries.
You don’t need to be told once again how dangerous smoking is. Yet, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately one in five (American) adults smokes, and that half of them who continue to smoke will die from smoking-related causes.
During October, expect plenty of news stories and public events dedicated to sharing information about symptoms, diagnosis and medical treatment of breast cancer. But one important aspect of care is often left out: The supportive services available to help women who are diagnosed cope and manage the day-to-day reality of the disease.
Local nonprofits Circle of Hope Bracelets, Every Child’s Hope, National Council of Jewish Women and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center all work to give hope and healing to families throughout the community. And as beneficiaries of the 2013 Ladue News Show House at #23 Lenox Place, that message of hope and healing will be carried even further.
You can’t take it with you. That’s why as Sam Simon, co-creator of TV's The Simpsons, faces a terminal cancer diagnosis, he reportedly is giving away his tens of millions to charity. Like Simon, many St. Louisans are planning to leave a legacy through their charitable impact long after they’re gone. But how can you ensure your name will live on through the things you really care about?
Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger cut the ribbon at the debut of Clayton Early Childhood Center’s new classroom and indoor play space. Board president Cason Coplin, board secretary Natalie Cox and executive director Gina Siebe also joined the ceremony. The Center’s capital campaign project, recent trivia nights and private donors funded the project. Pictured: Gine Siebe, Natalie Cox, Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, Cason Coplin
Customers and employees of On the Run honored baseball legend Jackie Robinson at Busch Stadium with a check for $53,000 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The St. Louis Cardinals, On the Run and Anheuser-Busch joined forces to raise money for the national, not-for-profit organization, which offers college scholarships and support programs for disadvantaged students of color. Pictured: Representatives of On the Run present the $53,000 check.
On the day of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light the Night walk last year, the Giunta family was having a particularly difficult time. Luke, who had recently turned 10, was less than two months into treatment for lymphoma. It was a treatment day at the hospital, so he was feeling sick from the chemotherapy and didn’t feel up to the walk. “We had people coming in from all over the Midwest, so I told him, Just go and say hello, and I’ll take you home whenever you want to go,” says mom Becky Giunta. “But adrenaline is a marvelous thing! They had a break at the first mile, where everyone was thinking that might be enough—but he was saying, Let’s keep going! What it did that day was amazing—the transformation was pretty cool.”
Bring on the pageantry… A Ballwin woman is the new Ms. Missouri Senior America: SONJA NELSON-STOUGH impressed the judges with her talent, playing on the hammer dulcimer, as well as with her evening gown presentation and private interview. Nelson-Stough will go on to compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in October in Atlantic City.
Steven Kenny, Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis
Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis has added a new board member, STEVEN KENNY of Wells Fargo Advisors. The organization provides support services to area cancer patients and their families at no charge.
St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness recently hosted a fund & awareness raising event, Painting with a Purpose’ at the Creve Coeur location of Painting with a Twist. The event welcomed a capacity crowd for wine and hors d’oeuvres while they created a still-life painting of Four Vases.