Brittany Butts believes music soothes the soul: Wise words coming from a 16-year-old living with sickle cell disease. The teen has taken her negative experiences battling the illness and turned them into a positive message through song, with the help of the Kids Rock Cancer program.
From preparing meals to planting flowers and painting houses, the Veiled Prophet Organization’s (VP) Maids of Honor Project is making a positive impact on the community. Funded by the VP Foundation, the program annually has averaged almost 400 volunteer dads and daughters, and about 2,500 hours of community service in recent years. LN spoke with five of these outstanding young women, who debuted in this year’s ball, about their volunteer work.
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We Climb Because They Climbed—that’s the tagline for the recent Clayton 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, which invites participants to climb 110 flights of stairs (the same number as in the World Trade Center Buildings) to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This year’s climb raised more than $55,000, honoring the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. Firefighters and paramedics completed the trek in full gear, wearing a picture of a firefighter who died in the attack. Monarch firefighter Nick Smith was this year’s top individual fundraiser. Pictured: Monarch firefighters team
Knights of Columbus and Friends of Kids with Cancer
Last spring, life changed in an instant for the Duncan family of southern Illinois. At 23-weeks-pregnant, Jessica Duncan suffered injuries from a car collision that led to the need for an emergency C-section. Her son, Aiden, was born weighing just 1 pound, 3 ounces.
As soon as you walk in the door of Ferguson Burger Bar & More, you see a sign that reads: You say I dream too big, I say you think too small. Charles Davis is the person who put that sign up on the wall.
Fashion Show chair Lisa Nixon and executive director Judy Ciapciak with Keira and Aiden
From walking up the red carpet to strutting down the runway, kids will be in the spotlight at the Friends of Kids with Cancer Fashion Show and Boutique on Nov. 6 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. “It’s like the Academy Awards,” says executive director Judy Ciapciak.
When Lisa Roberts was 28, she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Through her treatment journey, Roberts sought and benefited from a variety of complementary and alternative therapies. That experience opened the door to Roberts’ passion for sharing her knowledge with others as a yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner.
A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4th annual Teen Talent Competition. First-place honors went to Donesha Buhr for her dazzling hula hoop routine.
Read the stories of civic duty and dedication behind this year's Women of Achievement honorees: Virginia Braxs, Ida Early, Dr. Eva Frazer, Teri Griege, Phyllis Langsdorf, Diane Levine, DiAnne Mueller, JoAnn Shaw, Linda Sher and Pat Whitaker.
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.
Randy Girsch, Hannah Uhlenbrock
Sara Daley anchor News Channel 5, Guy Phillips emcee
Kathy Miceli, Suzanne Weber