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contents

N o v e m b e r

4 Who Cares

16 21 Untamed Heart Brooklynn’s Story

from the Publisher and Editor

5 Springfield CARES about Fitness 22 Casino Night A recap of the celebration

Column

7 10 Years of Community Help

23 November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Finley River Community Foundation

10 Big Brothers Big Sisters Items of interest

12 Miracle Stories

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Brooke O’Reilly

Children’s Miracle Network Children’s Miracle Network

New silent auction introduced

25 Celebrate Adoption Lutheran Family & Children Services of Missouri

15 Regaining Access Southwest Center for Independent Living

26 St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

16 Transporting Veterans to Washigton, D.C. Ozark Honors Flight

the Ozarks

28 Hooked on Dance

CARES

Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks

19 Calendar of Events Charity Events for November

20 Springfield Food Day

20

Our Story

17 June’s Story A female WWII veteran’s story

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27 Down Syndrome Group of

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13 Upcoming Events

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24 A Champion for Children 2011:

29 Games

A recap of the event

Fun stuff

advertisers 13 32 31 6 11 7 2 14 7 30 18 16 7 24

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News and Information about the Community from Springfield CARES Publisher Amy Michael and Editor Cara Trask

Hello Springfield! Amy: The year is flying by and before we know it the New Year will be here! There is so much going on here at Springfield CARES it’s hard to know where to start! Beginning January 1, 2012 we will launch our new Membership Program that allows non-profits to be a part of the magazine, schedule their pages and know what they can count on for the year. This is very exciting because we want to share ALL of the wonderful things going on in Springfield and with all of our new members, it won’t be hard to do! Cara: This month we are honoring our Veterans. Our cen-

Amy

ter spread has stories that warm the heart! We have a few new non-profits in the magazine this month as well. Look for St. Jude on page 11, and Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks on page 27. There were also a few events last month that were a great success. Finley River Community Foundation, Hooked on Dance, and Casino Night, see some great pics and get info on each event. And as always we have your feel good, success stories, your awareness articles, fitness and what’s coming up on our monthly event calendar. Visit us on our Facebook page to leave any comments or questions. We would love to hear from you!

Cara

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The Myth of Holiday Weight Gain The holiday season is full of stories and myths. Some are a delightful

The other two factors were level of hunger and level of activity.

part of the season, like the notion of Santa dropping off toys to all

Level of activity will be addressed by your defensive measure of

the good girls and boys on one magical night. Or that Frosty the

starting a fitness program. As your schedule gets busier, remember

Snowman might come to life one day if we could just find the right

that something is always better than nothing. As a part of your

hat.

fitness program, have quick activities you can do that easily at

But there is one myth that, quite literally, weighs on us as we

home or on the road. Also workouts can be broken into 10 or 15

approach New Year’s Day. It is the one that tells us that when we

minutes segments, making it easy to fit in on hectic days.

step on the scale on January 2 will be about 10 pounds heavier

Keeping hunger at bay, and addressing the third factor, can be more

than we were before Thanksgiving.

challenging because of another myth-saving up calories for a big meal.

Fear not, however. The 10 pounds the average American is alleged

The worst thing you

to gain from eating too much pumpkin pie and drinking too much

can do is to go to a

eggnog in the six week holiday season is indeed a myth. A National

party or a family

Institute of Health study in 2000 tested this theory by measuring

Thanksgiving meal

the weights of 195 volunteers before, during and after the six week

hungry. When we

holiday season. What they found was the average weight gain was

arrive hungry with

only about 1 pound.

blood sugar levels plummeting, eve-

Yet, the myth still persists and is spread even in fitness circles. Perhaps it is because some people do gain excessive amounts of weight during the holidays. After all, if 1 pound is the average weight gain, and we know that some people didn’t gain any weight at all, some people exceeded that average as well. The study showed that about 10 percent of participants gained more than 5 pounds during the 6 week holiday season. Its results concluded

rything looks good. Eating

normally

throughout the day is a much better strategy and will help you make better choices.

that there were 3 factors that influenced who gained 5 or more During the holiday season we will be overwhelmed with choices at

pounds and who didn’t.

office parties, holiday open houses and family festivities. The key is The top factor was already being overweight or obese. This means your best offense is a good defense. If you are fit, healthy and focused on staying that way all year, the holidays don’t prove to be

to be proactive: have a plan, stay active and eat normally. Knowing the facts will help you stay below average when it comes to holiday weight gain.

as much of a challenge. So don’t wait till January 2 to start a fitness program. Do it now and have a foundation to help you navigate the holidays and minimize the damage.

Pamela Hernandez is a ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Certified Lifestyle & Weight Management consultation. She owns Thrive Personal Fitness in Springfield. Follow her on Twitter @ThriveFit for more tips and tools for a healthy life.

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Mentoring Elijah By Dan Frohner I have been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters

mentor. I’m sure I’ve learned as much from Elijah

of the Ozarks since 2009. I’ve had several friends,

as he has from me.

both men and women, who have been in this great mentoring program. They always told me how fun and rewarding it was for them and that I should get involved also. I’m glad that I finally did!

I also have some great memories. Like the time he set the fire alarm off at the pizza place (we can laugh about that now). Or watching Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Elijah cheering on the

I have been paired with my Little, Elijah, the entire

apes to take over the world from the humans. Then

time. Our favorite things to do are bike riding,

stopping and asking seriously, “Hey, this isn’t real

fishing, movies and playing pool. Just recently we

is it?”

got to go on a shopping spree for back to school clothes courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters. The thing that stands out for me about my experience is that its not just what an adult mentor can do for a child but also the impact that child has on the

Big Brothers Big Sisters always has a waiting list for kids needing to be paired up with mentors, especially boys. So if you’re looking to get involved and really make a difference, I encourage you to do so.

Meet the Development Team Big Brothers Big Sisters has recently hired two

ladies are excited to become a part of BBBS and

for an organization that is centered on improving

new staff members. Please welcome Emily Tod,

have already hit the ground running in their new

children’s lives makes me feel like my job makes

Marketing/Communications

positions.

a difference. It feels good at the end of the day.”

Tod grew up in the St. Louis area. She was brought

Overend is a native of Springfield. She graduated

to Springfield when she chose to attend Missouri

in May from Drury University, where she earned

State University. She earned her bachelor’s in

a bachelor’s degree in public relations and

Coordinator,

and

Jessica Overend, Special Events Coordinator. They join Sophie Pierpoint, Chief Development Officer, to complete the Development Team. These young

marketing

with

advertising. Throughout her college career, Overend

an

emphasis

interned at various nonprofits and was a member

in

advertising

of Drury’s Ad Team. Currently, she is pursuing her

and promotions.

master’s in integrated marketing. When asked why

While in school,

she wanted to work for BBBS, Overend responded,

Tod danced as

“I was lucky to have so many great mentors while

a Sugar Bear for

growing up. I wanted to work for an organization

four years, served

that provides mentors to children so they can have

as a captain for

the same experience I had.”

two, and was a

member

of

MSU’s Ad Team. Tod is thrilled to

begin

career

her with

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BBBS is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, making meaningful matches between Bigs and Littles. Please call the Development Team at 889.9136 to learn more about getting involved. We look forward to working with you and building stronger communities.


2011 Ozarks Beerfest Presented by Price Cutter

Santa Calls

Our 3rd Annual Ozarks Beerfest will be here before

up with Santa Claus to bring you Santa Calls!

you know it, but it’s not too late to buy your tickets.

Parents, grandparents, and friends have the

Don’t miss out on this fun event! Ozarks Beerfest

opportunity to sign up a child to receive a phone

is presented by Price Cutter, and all proceeds are

call from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks has teamed

given to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

The calls will be made on the evenings of December

Come enjoy music and local food while sampling

12th and 13th. To sign a child up for a call, print a

around 100 premium beers.

registration form from the Big Brothers Big Sisters

Saturday, November 19th

website, www.bigbro.com, or call Santa’s elves at

2:00-5:00 p.m. - Open to the public

889-9136. Registration forms are due by December

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door

9th along with a $15 donation for the first child and $10 for each additional child. This event

1:00-2:00 p.m.- VIP Reception ($50 per ticket)

provides children with an unforgettable Christmas

No one under 21 is allowed into the event

experience! All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

To purchase your tickets in advance, please call Jessica Overend at 417.889.9136 or visit www. bigbro.com. We hope to see you there!

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Emma Stutesmun With only a few weeks to go until their second

of twenty four people. At this time the doctors

daughter was born, Rachel and Jason Stutesmun

discovered two additional heart defects causing

were more excited than ever. Their doctor urged

further concern. Because of these defects, the

them to see a specialist because Rachel had

initial surgery was no longer a possibility; after a

developed a slight case of gestational diabetes.

week in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Emma

Their world came crashing down upon them

was allowed to come home.

when their doctor uttered the words no parent ever wants to hear, “There is something wrong with your baby’s heart.” The doctor proceeded to explain that additional precautions would be needed and that their baby would need to born in St. Louis because of the variety of complications that could arise.

For the next four months, Emma and her family had to travel to St. Louis every couple of weeks for checkups and tests. In February 2005 Emma underwent her first open heart surgery. Complications during this surgery caused the doctor’s to perform an additional surgery immediately. After what seemed like the longest day of their lives, Rachel and

Once in St. Louis, the cardiologist diagnosed Emma

Jason were finally able to see their daughter. She

with four different heart defects. Emma’s heart

was covered in IV’s and was on a ventilator and

was not only underdeveloped but there was also

appeared “lifeless.” However, a week later Emma

a hole in her heart. The doctor’s informed Emma’s

was released from the hospital to begin her long

parents that the best option would be for their

recovery at home.

daughter to undergo a series of three surgeries to correct the various defects. Two of these surgeries would need to be before she was even six months old. Although the doctor’s said that Emma had a good chance of survival, they did caution that Emma’s heart would never be complete and that other complications could arise. Emma was born in September 2004 surrounded by a medical team

were allowed to come home. Children’s Miracle Network helped Emma’s family with travel

For the next three years, Emma’s family had to make continued trips to St. Louis to monitor her

expenses during their long trips to see specialists and for both of her surgeries.

heart and prepare for her next surgery. During the winter of 2007 Emma started to fatigue easily and began turning blue. The surgery was scheduled for the spring. In April 2008, Emma underwent her second open-heart surgery. After another successful surgery and a month in St. Louis, they

Emma, now four years old, is doing great! Although she will be on heart medication for the rest of her life, her outlook is bright. Emma is now able to run and play like a normal four year old and her energy level is higher than ever!

McKenna Smith 10 years old, Nixa, MO McKenna

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was

diagnosed

supply and McKenna had to

with neurofibromatosis when

have a life saving procedure in

she was 3 years old after her

Houston Texas. McKenna also

dad noticed a tumor on the

has scoliosis, thinning of the

side of her neck. This means

ribs and learning disabilities

that she has tumors inside

caused by the tumors. There is

of her body that grow from

no cure for neurofibromatosis

the nerves and interact with

and McKenna is in constant

soft tissue and blood vessels.

pain, but she still has the most

In that first year, the tumors

positive outlook of life. In her

on her neck grew to the size

free time, she enjoys drawing

of a grapefruit, cut off her air

and writing music.


Join us and dance all night to benefit local children! On 11-11-11 Drury will be hosting the first ever Drury Dance Marathon in Weiser Gym! It will be held from 7pm to 7am, and feature theme hours and activities from Zumba to ballroom dancing! Visit www. drurydancemarathon.com for more information or to sign up! Also follow us on Facebook at Drury Dance Marathon, and Twitter at Drurydanceathon! We hope to see everyone there!

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 -- 7 am - 4 pm,

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By Stacy Hill, Access Specialist, SCIL Through the Community Impacts Grants

his home, they recommended that a

Program, The Home Depot Foundation

wheelchair ramp would be Morris’ best

awarded $2,500 to Southwest Center

option to regain access to the community

for Independent Living (SCIL) to build

for several reasons. One of which is that

wheelchair ramps for people with

Morris already uses a walker and the quick

disabilities, veterans or seniors.

degeneration of his mobility will likely lead

The

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allow

low-income

individuals with disabilities to have access to the community and basic safety and their own homes.

to using a wheelchair. Morris was added to the SCIL RAMPS waiting list that typically has 100-200 people in need of home modifications. Funding for RAMPS comes from a variety of sources and is limited and the average

One such individual, Morris, recently

wheelchair ramp cost $1,200 for labor and

had a wheelchair ramp constructed at

materials. SCIL encourages people on the

his home through SCIL and a group of

waiting list to find volunteers so that their

volunteers. Morris has several disabilities,

project can be completed faster.

including a chronic health condition and degenerative disorder which created barriers and limit his ability to go up and down the stairs to his home, “I just can’t get out, and I can’t go anywhere because the steps are too high.” Morris was becoming increasingly homebound

With The Home Depot Foundation grant, SCIL received materials for Morris’s wheelchair ramp and a local family volunteered their time to build over a weekend. “It’s great! I can go to church, I can visit friends, and I can be outside. Thank you,” said Morris when the ramp was completed.

because of his disability, and called SCIL for help.

In addition, The Home Depot Foundation grant funded three ramps for people with

After SCIL’s Access Specialist surveyed

disabilities, veterans or seniors. With this funding four people have been provided supports that allow them to choose to live independently in the community. Thank you to The Home Depot Foundation and to the volunteers that made these projects possible. SCIL needs volunteers who have the desire to build ramps individually or as a group. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact SCIL at 417-886-1188.

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Ozarks Honor Flight Thanks to the generous support of people around the Ozarks, almost 1,000 veterans of World War II have had the opportunity to visit their Memorial in Washington D.C. In mid-November, the fourteenth journey of Ozarks Honor Flight will leave Springfield on its one-day trip to celebrate our heroes. "We had no idea if we could fill one flight and pay for it much less 14 of them." said Joel Alexander, Ozarks Honor Flight President "Being able to honor these men and women who gave so much for our Country is extremely rewarding. Not only for those of us who organize these trips, but for thousands of people across the Ozarks." Following the November flight, Ozarks Honor Flight will continue to fly when adequate funding is available and a full flight of veterans is available. World War II veterans will have first priority. For more information, visit www.ozarkshonorflight.com.

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With the holiday season coming up we all hope to be surrounded by the people we love. But what about the men and women who are over seas fighting for our country? They may not be able to enjoy the holidays at home but let’s show them that Springfield CARES. Join our program in building care packages by bringing in some of the things listed below, or something you think would be comforting. We want to spread the warmth this winter all the way across the seas! These Care Packages will be shipped out just in time for our troops to feel the warmth of the season and get a little taste of home. Some suggested S ome sugg ested items: Toiletries: Socks, Toilet Paper, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, T oiletries: Deodorant, Deodorant, S ocks, T oilet P aper, T oothpaaste, T oothpaste oothbrushes,, Leave-in Leave-in Shampoo, Shampoo, and Warm Warm hands. handds. Food: Trail Snack Granola F ood: Chips,, Dried Dried Fruits, Fruits, u T rail Mix,, S nack Cakes,, Gr anola bars,, and Candies. Caree Items: Thank You Encouragements, Local Car Youu Letters, Letters,, Encour agements, Magazines, M L ocal Newspapers, Newspapers, rs,, etc. don’t’t donate items, homemade foods, food shortt shelf-life, Please don donattee any gglass it tems, ems, aaerosols, erosols, homema dee ffo oods, ffo ood with a shor shelf--liffe, or adult adult magazines. maggazines. azines. All Al ll Care Care Package Packagge Donat Donations ioons can can be sent to the Springfield Springfi field CARES CAR CARES office in Hammons ons Tower, Towerr, 901 E. S St. t. L Louis ouis Suite Suite u #104 donations will wil wi l be accepted accepted to cover cover the cost coost of shipping ou hav vee any an nyy quest ions ccall all 417.849.22733 Cash donations shipping.. If yyou have questions 16


During WWII, June’s first husband, John Eadie, served as First Lieutenant with the 175th Infantry, 29th when he was wounded during the Normandy invasion and later died of those wounds. June originally served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. After John’s death, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corp. She enlisted on March 28th, 1945 and was discharged October 9th, 1946 at the rank of Sergeant. Her time in the Army was spent as an active duty Surgical Technician at O’Reilly Army Hospital on what is now the campus of Evangel University on Glenstone Avenue in Springfield, Mo. The hospital consisted of several rows of one-story wooden buildings connected by one long corridor at the rear of each building. Technicians at that time were not given formal training for their profession and she learned her job through reading books and participating in surgeries at the hospital. She chose to be a surgical technician because of her interest in helping others to survive traumatic injuries. She states she thoroughly enjoyed her time in the Army especially with her fellow soldiers. During her shift one night after the gates to the compound were locked tight with “lights out” the residents in the barracks were craving some snacks. The trouble was that there were no suitable refreshments available within the hospital grounds. June was the only one who would climb the fence and walk to the local restaurant that was on the corner of Highway 65 (Glenstone) & Division and get fresh coffee and hamburgers. After she successfully climbed back over the fence, snacks in tow she became the new volunteer to make the journeys to get the refreshments. Bill Pursley was the owner of the restaurant at the time and who

would

have

thought but she married him! She remained married to him until his death forty-five years later. During all that time she could get hamburgers any time she wanted. June tells another great story of one of her experiences while serving as a sergeant at O’Reilly Hospital. She was tasked with marching her female soldiers from their barracks to the nearby latrine. She had marched the unit perfectly until they approached a ravine separating the two buildings. June had forgotten all about it. In her nervousness and confusion she also forgot to give the command to ‘Halt’. So the woman started falling one-byone into the ravine head over heels. She states that after this incident everyone had a good laugh, but never let June forget about it. These are the moments and stories that June cherishes, and she has many more! Thank you for your service June!

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REGISTRATION ATION NAME:____________________________ NAME:_________ ____________________ _ AGE: ________ ADDRESS: ADDRES SS: ____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________ __________________________ ________ __ ___________________________ _________ PHONE: ____________________________ ___________________________________ _________________ EMAIL: _____________________________________________

HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT In consideration for allowing SUPERHEROES (hereafter a me to participate in the SUPERHERO ES for HOPE Presented by HOPE Sertoma (he ereafter referred to as HOPE) and held at the F Frisco Highline Trail, Springfield d, MO , I hereby take the following actions for m myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, or anyone else who might claim or sue on my behalf: (a) Springfield, eve ent, I forever release, acquit and discharge from m all known obligations, losses, damages, liabilities, liabiliities, injuries, claims, demands, action, causes of actions and expenses, in connection with the event, including without limitati on, attorney’s fees and costs, the following per rsons or entities: the SUPERHEROES for HOP E race directors, sponsors, event producers, a nd volunteers; Sertoma limitation, persons HOPE and Trail International, Greene County MO, Frisco Highline T rail and the officers, fficers, directors, direcctors, employees, staf staff, ff, rrepresentatives and agents ents of the above. (b) I acknowledge that I am aware of the inherent risks in event participation in an athletic ev vent of this type.(c) I attest and verify that I am physically fit and have not been advised against nst participation in the event by a qualified health th professional. (d) I hereby grant full permission to anyy and all of the foregoing to use my name, my voice, v and or my picture in any broadcast, telec cast, advertising, promotion or other account of this event for any purpose telecast, whatsoever. (e) I understan nd that the entry fee is non-refundable and num mbers are non-transferable. understand numbers By my signature below ffirm m that I am either: a competitor in the Superhero Superheroes oes For Hope Family Fu older that I have read this agreement, that below,, I affirm Fun Run 2010 and that I am eighteen (18) years of age or older, I understand its contents and parent appears an nd that I intend to execute it; OR, the natural pa arent or legal guardian of the competitor under eighteen e (18) years of age whose name appea ars on the registration, that I have ha ave legal capacity to act on behalf of the named d minor that minor, t agreement th hat I understand its contents and that I have executed exxecuted the agreement on behalf of the named minor. minor I have read the attached this agreement, that

Runner:_______________________________________________________ Name of Runn ner:__________________________________ ______________________ Name of Guardian: _______________________________________________ ___________ (If Under 18 Years of Age) ______ ______________________________________ _________________________________________ _ ____ Date: ________________________________________ _____________ Signed: ___________________________________________________________________________________ (By Guardian If Under 18 Years of Age)

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If you u have a charitable event you ou would like to add, please email us at events@goicar events@goicare.com e..com November 01: November Veteran's V eteran's Haven - For November Novvember VH is raising moneyy for their organization org ganiza ation with Smoked TTurkey's urkey's and Ham's. If you you are are interested interested in purchasing pur chasing one please pre-order pre--order by contacting 417.616.7617

Noveember 12, 9:00am: November Discovery Discov very Center - America Recycles Day: A special fuel specia p al demonstrations that will emphasize p fuel efficiency ef ficie ency in automobiles and some new new technologies. techn nologies. GA is $5, members and age 2 and an nd underr free. free.

November 04, 6:30pm: November The Arc Arc Casino Night will be b held at 319 Event W.. Walnut Center 319 W Walnut in Springfield. Sp pringfield. A night of casino games, food and fun. fun. Event benefiting Arc The Ar c of the Ozarks.

Noveember 17: November Friends Friend ds Against Hunger - Volunteers Volunteers are are needed ed to package pac ckage food for two hours. Contact us if you yo ou want to help package meals, e-mail ail director@fahunger.org dir ecttor@fahunger.org or call 417-773-1639

November 05, 12:00am: November 12:00am: The traveling Vietnam Vietnam Veterans Veterans Memorial, known as "The Wall," Wall," will be on o display and open to the public. Welk Welk Resort in n Branson, 1984 State Highway 165

Nov November vember 17, 6:00pm: Cox Network - Support group group for Stroke Strok ke surviv vors, their families or significant others. rs. survivors, Group Gr oup meets the 3rd 3rd Thursday of each ch month mont th from from 6pm-7pm at the Cox Walnut Walnu ut Lawn n Rehabilitation Center's Activity room. room m. more information. Call 417-269-2069 for mor e infor mation n. Admission Adm ission is free. free.

November 10, 6:00pm: November CASA - A Champion for Children Children Honoring Honoring Brooke Br ooke O'Reilly! Event held he eld at Hickory Hills Country Club. Cocktail reception rec ception at 6:00 p.m., If you would like followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. p more mor e information, information, please call ca all 417-864-6202 November 11, 9:00am: November Discovery Center - A day devoted d to honoring honoring those who are are defending Liberty Liiberty and Freedom. Freedom. Discovery Center thanks you yo ou & your family for with military your service by offering offering a discount d ID. November 11, 7:00pm: November Veteran's V eteran's Haven Will Will be hosting hossting a Social at their location in Springfield. There The ere will be a raffle raffle drawing for prizes. You You don't don't have to be present present to win. Proceeds Proceeds will benefit bene efit the chapter. chapter. For mor e info orr tickets call 417-616-7617 417--616-7617 more November 12, 7:30am: November H.O.P.E. H.O.P .E. Sertoma - Family Fun F 5K Run superhesuperherroes oes for H.O.P.E! H.O.P.E! Run held at a the Frisco Highline TTrail rail on Jackson street street park park in Willard Willard Missouri. Registration is $20 for early bir b d and $25 the day bird of the race. Visit Visit their website websiite for more more informainformation and rregistration eg egistration at http://www.hopesertoma.org http://www.hopesertoma.o org

Nov November vember 18, 9:00am: Discovery Disco overy Center - The 3rd 3rd Friday of each eac ch mont th from from September-February we invite invitte month ages up to age 6. Explore Explore and discover a dif ferrent topic each month. November's Novemberr's different them me is Electrifying Electricity. General al theme Admission Adm ission applies. Nov November vember 19, 9:00am: St. Jude Ju ude Give thanks. Walk™ Walk™ will be held at a Jor da an Valley Valley Park, Promenade. Promenade. Race ce Jordan starts at 10am. Register online at a givet thankswalk.org or contact Sarah Sara ah givethankswalk.org Carlstrom 5608 more informaCarls trom at 314 925 560 8 for mor e infor ma ation. Nov November vember 19, 2:00pm: Big Brothers Brrothers Big Sisters - The 3rd 3rd annual 2011 2011 Ozarks Ozark ks Beerfest Beer fest presented presented by Price Cutter Cutte er held at the Shrine Mosque from from 2-5pm. 2-5pm m. Regular Regu ular admission tickets cost $25 in advance adva ance and $30 at the door. door.

Center 2055 S. Fr em mont. Create Create inspiration Fremont. and hope right here herre in southwest Missouri. Contact Charisse Cameron Cameron at 417-830417-8301290 for mor e information information m registerr. more and to register. November 22, 6:30pm: November 30pm: Pancreatic Pancr eatic Cancerr Action Network - PCAN Volunteer V olunteer Meeting g held at the Library Join us to learn Center - Grafton Room. R learn pancreatic how you can help fight f pancreatic cancer in southwest Missouri!! uri!! November 23, 6:00pm: November 00pm: Great Gr eat Thanksgiving Banquet. A free free thanksthanksgiving meal for the e homless, hungry and Springfield Victory poor provided provided by b Victory Mission from from 6-8pm pm held at the Cook’s Kettle on 200 W. W. Commerical. For more more infor mation call 417.831.6387 7.831.6387 information November 24, 9:00am: November 00am: Thanksgiving Day Brunch. Brunch. Free Free meal for the poor provided homless, hungry and a provided by Springfield Victory Victory Mission from from 9-11am. Also Thanksgiving Day D Celebration Service & Dinner from from 5-7pm. m. November 24, 8:00am: November 00am: 7th Annual Thanksgiving giving Day Turkey Turkey Trot Trot 5K at the Springfield Expo Center. Centerr. For more more info contact: Maria a Johnston Johnston with the Park Boar d, 417-837-5817; 7; or Marisa DeClue with Board, DCO 417-829-0896. DCO, 6 Register 6. R it online li att www.active.com orr www.parkboard.org www.parkboard.org November 24, 1:00pm: November 00pm: Veteran's V eteran's Haven - Thanksgiving meal provided pr ovided to Veterans Vetera ans Haven by Kimberly Conrad of Branson. n. Public invited to the live entertainmentt from from 2-4pm at the Veterans V eterans Haven.

Nov November vember 20, 5:30pm: Purpl p eLight g National Vigil Vigil g for Hope p at the PurpleLight St Johns Jo ohns C.H. "Chub" O'Reilly Cancer Cance er

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Springfield Food Day Celebration was held in the Wilhoit Plaza parking lot on Saturday, October 25, 2011. The fall festival focused on supporting local, healthy, sustainable foods. Sponsors included Circle B Ranch, Copper Canyon Coffee Roasters, Cox Health Systems, Farmers Gastropub, Greater Springfield Farmers’ Market, Harter House, HyVee, MaMa Jean’s, Mother’s Brewery, Springfield Cares Magazine, Pepsico, and Smart Chicken. Over 1,600 people attended the celebration, and more than 1,600 pounds of food were donated to Ozarks Food Harvest, which will equate to more than 2,000 meals. In addition, Sertoma of Springfield and Victory Trade School received in-kind donations exceeding $3,0050 for their assistance in serving beer and on-site cooking.

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Untamed by Erik Hobbs

Heart

January 8th, 2011 on a barge in the middle of the Mississippi, Blake Shipp received a call from his frantic wife explaining that Brooklynn, their newborn baby girl, was having open-heart surgery to repair Transposition of the Great Arteries. Transposition of the Great Arteries is a heart defect in which the two main arteries leaving the heart are reversed. This changes the way blood circulates through the body, leaving a shortage of oxygen in the blood flowing from the heart to the rest of the body. This defect is usually detected within the first few weeks of life. Dr. Charles B. Huddleston was assigned to perform the surgery on baby Brooklynn. He is a renowned cardiologist and heart surgeon who works with the Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Brittany Shipp, Brooklynn's mother, was beside herself when she was told that Brooklynn had to be transported via life flight to St. Louis Children’s Hospital just hours after she was born. The news sent a shockwave through Brittany’s core as she had just went through the birthing process and now she had to watch her newborn whisked away in a helicopter for a life saving surgery. Meanwhile somewhere on the Mississippi, Blake felt helpless as he waited impatiently to bump a dock at the nearest port to rush to his family’s side. The feeling of helplessness consumed his thoughts as he paced, filled with worry. His wife had given birth to Brooklynn while he was working tirelessly to provide for his family. With only eleven days of life she was already going into the operating room. Dr. Huddleston began the surgery. Shortly after returning the arteries to their proper valves he lightly tapped her tiny heart to awaken the slumbering life force. No response. He tapped it again, still no response. The operating room went silent. Not even the beeping and churning of the machines was heard. Everyone’s heart stopped along with Brooklynn's. She was gone. After only seconds passed, which seemed like an eternity, the doctor reached in and began pumping her heart manually. He and the nurses spent the next hour rotating on keeping her blood flowing. Then, the miracle! Brooklynn's heart came to life and began beating on its own!

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Her heart stopped one more time for twelve minutes the day after her initial surgery, but she came back to life again! She would endure another ten surgeries. At 8 months old She is alert, happy, curious, and living her third life. Brittany, Blake and Brooklynn look forward to a long, healthy, and happy life together. They all have a new found appreciation for life and how fragile it can be. We should all have the same appreciation for life. Hopefully we can find it without having to go ServiceNoodle.com Need a service? Noodle it.

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What a wonderful event! Hosted by Rotaract of Springfield Missouri and Sunrise Rotary this event was not only successful but a lot of fun! Guests gathered at Hilton Garden Inn on October 1st to enjoy Casino Games, Silent Auctions, Raffle Prizes and more. Creatively set to the theme of “The Hangover” guests had a great time for a great cause. The event raised over $14,200 benefiting Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, The Regional Girls Shelter and The Rotary International PolioPlus Fund. Casino Night is a long-running Rotaract event and this year was cohosted by Sunrise Rotary. The 2012 upcoming event will be their 2nd year working along side Rotaract. We will keep you posted on the date for 2012! A big Thank You! to our Guests and to all of the businesses that helped by showing that they CARE!

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November is

National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month by Charisse Cameron

A few years ago, I remember thinking that I had been blessed with a good life and that I needed to start giving back and was trying to decide on which cause to devote my time and energy to. But then, in August of 2008, the world turned upside down for my family. My mother, Betty Cameron, was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. When we received the diagnosis, the only other time we had dealt with cancer was when she had been diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer twelve years before. The recovery from the lumpectomy and radiation was successful. Nothing could have prepared us for the pancreatic cancer journey. We were not given any information from the doctors. No information about the disease from hospice or anyone for that matter. We didn’t know what to expect for the progression, for pain management, or for treatments. All we received was a prognosis of three to six months. The actual time we received was four months. After we lost Mom, I was angry and still searching for the answers that had eluded us for those four months. I wanted to know why her last three years of suffering so many vague symptoms had to come down to this horrible diagnosis at such a late stage. The continued research led me to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PCAN). I found the website, www.pancan.org. After speaking with the organization, whose headquarters are in Manhattan Beach, CA I knew something needed to be done and decided that if no one else was going to raise awareness in Springfield, then I needed to get the conversations started. I had found my cause! In March 2009, I accepted the position of volunteer Community Representative for the PCAN. We are the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. PCAN has volunteers all over the country. Our main focus is to raise awareness, which can be done in many ways, but most often, it is as simple as wearing our purple ribbons and bracelets. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has exceptional resources available to pancreatic cancer patients and their families through the organization’s Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program. The PALS program provides patients, caregivers and healthcare providers with the most current and accurate information on the disease, from treatment options to clinical trials, to diet and nutrition information, and pain management – all at no cost. November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, but awareness is what we do all year long. Won’t you consider joining in the fight and Volunteer for Progress with us? For more information visit www.pancan.org. Follow us on Facebook at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Community Rep - Springfield, MO. Locally, contact Charisse Cameron, at ccameron@pancanvolunteer.org or 417-830-1290. DID YOU KNOW? • Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. • Pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which the survival rate has not improved substantially over 40 years. • 74 percent of patients diagnosed will die within the first year • Only six percent of those diagnosed will survive five years • The average life expectancy after diagnosis with metastasizing disease is just five to seven months. • In 2011 there will be more than 44,000 people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and nearly 38,000 will die from the disease. • There are no early detection methods • There is no cure The symptoms are vague and often attributed to other health issues: • Upper abdominal pain • Back pain • Unexplained weight loss • Lack of appetite • Early satiety • Changes in bowel habits • Jaundice

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“A Champion for Children” 2011: Honoring Brooke O’Reilly

CASA is pleased to announce that the 2011 ‘A Champion for Children” event, honoring Brooke O’Reilly is sold out! However, the organization has also announced a concurrent event that individuals across the Ozarks can participate in on-line to help provide support for children in need. From 6pm – 10pm on Thursday, November 10th, individuals can take part in the event’s silent auction online. A number of items that will be available at the event will also be available to the public on-line. So, if you were not able to obtain a ticket to the event, you can still bid against those who are there. This innovative event will be made possible through the uti-

Volunteer Profile: Kathy Davis Kathy Davis has been a volunteer advocate since mid-2006, during which time she served on two cases. Both ended with adoption by family members. That does not mean the cases went smoothly – both had numerous bumps in the road. Kathy says, “Foster parents in both cases have been outstanding.” “When I first became a CASA volunteer, it didn’t feel like I had much to contribute compared to other members of the team. As each case moved into one or two years, it became apparent that CASA is the only stable part of the children’s lives. I am very proud to have been that stability.” The second case had five children with a variety of problems. Kathy found herself at the schools a lot, arranging for tutors, helping the foster parents smooth over bus issues, talking with counselors and teachers about stealing and checking on grades and attitudes. The oldest child, after two years of failing grades, tutoring and staying after school, began getting A’s and B’s. When asked what had changed, she said, “I didn’t like the consequences of making poor grades.” Other favorite (times) were “watching this one bloom – especially after testifying against her offenders.” Kathy always loved being with the younger ones on both cases,” just playing in the yard and swinging with them.” Though her intent was not to give the parents a break, she became another trusted adult in the family, to whom the kids could turn. They looked forward to her coming. As much as she thought of the foster parents, both sets of foster parents reported that they could not have gotten through it all without Kathy’s help. She was a reassuring, calming voice when everything seemed topsy-turvy.

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lization of Facebook, eBay, QR codes, and other technologies. “This helps bring together a ‘traditional’ silent auction with new technologies,” shared Matthew Evans, CASA Development Director, “and creates an opportunity for many more people to take part in changing the lives of children across the Ozarks.” If you, or someone you know, would be interested in supporting CASA of Southwest Missouri, please visit www.casaswmo.org on November 10 and click on the ‘Champion Auction’ link. For more information about this event, please contact Matt at 417.864.6202 or via email at mevans@casaswmo.org.

Holiday & Christmas Cards are available by calling the CASA office at 417.864.6202 or visiting www.casaswmo.org. Also, look for the CASA booth at the Battlefield Mall on November 18, 19, & 20!!

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November is National Adoption Month!

One adoptive family came to us because they felt

animal that she had become attached to, rather

During this month, we give thanks for adoptive

like something was missing. The adoptive parents,

than something for themselves. They have learned

families, adoptees, and birth families that have

Paul and Amy, were blessed with two biological

a lot about loving someone else.”

lovingly chosen adoption. We celebrate adoption

children, Kylie and Ashley. One day as the family

for the blessing that it is! Adoption provides birth

was driving in their car, Kylie said, “I want cinco.”

parents with the peace of mind that their child

The parents were puzzled. Kylie clarified, “I want

is going to have a loving home with an adoptive

five. I want to be a family of five.” But, Kylie

family who can care for them forever. In addition,

didn’t know is that Paul and Amy had already been

adoption is a blessing for families who wish to

talking about adoption.

expand their family and provide love and support to a child who needs a forever home. Lutheran Family and Children’s Services (LFCS) helps match birth parents with adoptive families every day!

The family has a picture in their home that has a baby being lifted up by a crowd of people. The family gets a laugh when Addison says that is her in the picture, but could truly be. Addison has had so many people lift her up: her birth mother who took good care of herself and her unborn baby; the

When Paul and Amy heard about a baby girl who

adoption workers from LFCS who did the home

was going to be born and needed a family to love

study to look out for Addison’s best interest; the

her, they were thrilled. The day Addison was born

lawyers who made room in their schedules with

was one of the best days ever for their family! Kylie

very little notice to go to court, so the adoptive

and Ashley were

family could take Addison home from the hospital;

excited to have a

the adoptive parents’ families who have completely

sister to love. With

embraced Addison; and the church family who love

the assistance of

and nurture Addison every day. Addison has many

LFCS,

and

people to lift her up, to teach her, to love her, and

Amy were able

to help her be happy and safe. Amy says, “I also

to take Addison

know how blessed I am to have my children, and I

home

thank God for them every day.”

Paul

straight

from the hospital. Sometimes, people say that Addison is lucky. Amy Amy says “Having

responds, “I certainly hope she is glad to be in our

“cinco”

our

family. But, the truth is, we are the lucky ones. I

family makes every

am amazed at the miracle that we call Addison.

day richer, but Paul

Our “cinco” family member brings more laughter,

and I couldn’t do

more life, and more love to us each day than we

it alone.

could have ever imagined.”

and very

in

Ashley

Kylie

are

involved

with helping us raise

Addison.

Ashley

changes

diapers, babysits, and

entertains

Addison. Together, Ashley and Kylie saved

up

their

own money to buy Addison a stuffed 25

If you would like to celebrate adoption with LFCS, please join us for our annual Gala and Auction: “Adopting Hope: There’s No Place Like Home” on Friday, November 4th at 6:30pm at the Diamond Room. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by calling LFCS at (417) 862-1972. You can also join us for “Celebrate Adoption” at Incredible Pizza Company on Friday, November 11th from 5-8pm in the Starlight Room. Families are welcome to attend this event!


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Quick Facts • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® opened in 1962 and was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. • St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. • In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4 percent. Today, the survival rate for this once deadly disease is 94 percent, thanks to research and treatment protocols developed at St. Jude. • The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.7 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions. • During the past five years, 81 cents of every dollar received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude. • On average, 5,700 active patients visit the hospital each year, most of whom are treated on an outpatient basis. • St. Jude maintains 78 inpatient beds and treats upwards of 230 patients each day.

• St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. • St. Jude was the first pediatric cancer research institution to place doctors, scientists and patients “all under one roof,” creating a worldwide model for “benchto-bedside” research and treatment of childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases. • St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today. The current St. Jude survival rates for selected childhood cancers now include: Current St. Jude • Diagnosis Survival Rate Acute lymphoblastic leukemia(ALL - cancer of the blood) 94% Hodgkin lymphoma (cancer of the lymph system) 90% Medulloblastoma (a type of brain tumor) 85% Wilms tumor (kidney tumor) 90% • St. Jude was the first institution to produce a cure for sickle cell disease with a bone marrow transplant and has one of the largest pediatric sickle cell disease programs in the country.

2011 St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. Take the first step and give hope to the kids of St. Jude. Join us on Saturday, November 19, as St. Jude supporters in the Springfield community, and in 80 cities nationwide, come together to participate in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. to raise money for the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Location: Jordan Valley Park, 635 E Trafficway, Springfield, MO 65806 Walk Starts: 10:00 AM Walk Location: Jordan Valley Park Registration for this family-friendly event is FREE. To register visit www.givethankswalk.org.

SOMETHING NEW! Scan me with your smart phone QR reader app to register or get more information about the 2011 St. Jude Give thanks.Walk.

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W

hat does it mean when your baby has Down syndrome? What is the DSGO?

Down syndrome is the most common genetic disorder in the world. It affects 1 in every 691 babies born in the US each year. Children with Down syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21, which can result in a number of medical problems, including heart defects and gastrointestinal issues that may require surgery early in life. These children

A DSGO member meets with parents to dispel

and young adults. With thousands of hours of hard

stereotypes and encourage high expectations for

work, DSGO now offers:

their child.

s Support of new and expectant parents s Annual education conferences for teachers, therapists, parents s Scholarships for local and regional conferences s Comprehensive website and resources s Presentations to the medical community and to schools s Monthly social activities for families, kids and

Lynn Neidigh founded the Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks just 5 short years ago. Neidigh, who has a child with Down syndrome, realized there was no specific place to go to find information on the condition in Southwest Missouri. She and other members have worked diligently to insure that families now have a place to look to for support,

young adults

education and community events.

are also more susceptible to many diseases like

What began as a small parent group has quickly

You can make a difference by volunteering or

childhood leukemia. The good news is that medical

become a leading resource for Down syndrome.

making a donation. Don’t miss these upcoming

advances to treat these problems have extended

Not only did the members realize the importance

DSGO events:

the life expectancy of these individuals. As recently

of reaching newly diagnosed families, but also

as 20 years ago, people with Down syndrome lived

continuing that support throughout the lifespan.

an average of 35 years and now they are thriving

Most children with Down syndrome have cognitive

well into their 50’s and even 60’s.

delays that require special education support.

Learning that your baby has a genetic disorder can be a heart breaking time for parents. Luckily for families of children with Down syndrome, a local

s New Parent Lunch – Saturday, Nov.19th (10am at High Street Baptist Church) s MSU Ice Bears Hockey Night – Saturday, Nov. 19th (7pm at Mediacom Ice Park) s DSGO Holiday Lunch – Saturday, Dec. 3rd (High Street Baptist Church) s Genes & Jazz – Friday, February 17th (425 Walnut St): An official 5th anniversary

Bringing the latest information and training to the Ozarks is essential to help these individuals succeed.

celebration & fundraiser.

group offers support, friendships, and valuable

In its first 5 years, DSGO has developed key

resources for years to come. The Down Syndrome

relationships with hospitals and schools, reached

To

learn

Group of the Ozarks (DSGO) has a New Parent

out to more than 40 new families, presented

get

involved:

Support Program that reaches out to families and

conferences to over 450 attendees, and provided

ozarksdsg.org or call

helps them see the up side of Down syndrome.

much needed enrichment programs to children

(417) 885-9905.

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he 11th year of Hooked on Dance was set to the theme of Star Wars and was truly exceptional! Creatively decorated with beautiful lights and excellent sound, the University Plaza facility was transformed into a fun and high-energy place. Guests roamed the area, laughing and visiting as more than 1000 people gathered there. Hooked on Dance has raised more than $600,000 for Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. On the evening of the event, over $126,000 was raised from items that were auctioned to guests. What a huge success! The money raised for BCFO will help them to continue to provide a wide variety of services and support, including financial assistance to women in treatment and their families. Other programs include free screening mammograms to the uninsured and underinsured, support groups, garments and other various educational and support programs.

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