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50 Dexter Pittman

Professional athlete and former Fort Bend resident Dexter Pittman returned to his former elementary school in Rosenberg to encourage students to achieve their dreams.

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60 Farmers Market at Imperial presented by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce

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The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra welcomes residents to experience their 20th season with four special concerts beginning this month.

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14 Breast Cancer Survivor Joan Rosenthal As Joan Rosenthal celebrates ten years of being cancer-free, she reflects on her journey from receiving her diagnosis to the positive outlook that carried her through remission.

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At Focus Magazines, we are always bringing you the very best information available within our community. Focus feels it is important to make you aware of important issues such as Breast Cancer Awareness. This month, in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness, we have compiled a special section to do just that with local experts and informative “Did You Know” articles. Our cover story is an inspirational look at Joan Rosenthal’s journey to remission on page 14, plus you’ll meet Nancy Woo, a breast cancer survivor and who has made her mission helping others going through breast cancer by volunteering for M.D. Anderson. Breast Cancer Awareness is close to our hearts because so many women we know are affected by the disease. Please grab your girlfriends and your loved ones, and go get those mammograms!!!! Community is something that also is very important to Focus. Fort Bend resident and NBA player Dexter Pittman returned to his community by visiting his old elementary school in Rosenberg to share his success with the students. Read about Dexter’s visit and his reflections on growing up in Fort Bend on page 50. Fort Bend Symphony celebrates twenty years in our community this month, and they are celebrating with four very special concerts throughout the holidays. And, one more community event that you will be excited about begins on October first with

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Battling the Beast Joan had been going to the doctor every year for her mammogram. Her sister had breast cancer a few years previously. Both were tested for BRCA-1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. Neither she nor Joan is a carrier. Joan was breastfeeding her daughter when she first felt something wasn’t right. A month later when her daughter was weaned, she had a mammogram – everything was fine. The following year when she had her mammogram, there was a small change. The doctor ordered a biopsy because of her family history of breast cancer. She was diagnosed with

The Rosenthal family on vacation: Masha, Joan, Jackie, Victor and David.

I just had to look ahead and know that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Strive forward. Don’t look back. Get your crying over with in one day and then, go forward.” ~ Joan Rosenthal ductile carcinoma and had chemotherapy, radiation, and a mastectomy with reconstruction as part of her treatment plan. Looking back, the doctors and nurses said she probably had the cancer when she was pregnant. Because it looked like fibrocystic tissue, the cancer was hard to diagnose. “My daughter Jackie was three-anda-half at the time. I wanted to do everything possible to save my life. I had a very fast-growing tumor. I was HER2/ neu-positive which means it’s more aggressive. I entered into a study and was given the drug Herceptin which involved having IV treatments every three weeks for a year. The study found that Herceptin prevented reoccurrences, but not everyone can take the drug.”

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wanted to give them more or less a second chance at life.” She talked with her husband when she was thinking about adopting; it turned out he was thinking the same thing. Their adopted children

Three years ago, the Rosenthal family went to meet Victor at his orphanage in Ukraine.

are Masha, 13, from Russia and Victor, 12, from Ukraine. “Giving two kids a second chance at life just makes me feel good.” “My husband was so supportive. It’s unbelievable. He was always there for me, always arranging for childcare, being there for Jackie. I know he was scared, but he never showed it. He wanted the adoptions, too. We both were thinking about it and both came to each other and talked about it. David said, ‘I was thinking the same thing.’” When she was going through the adoption process, Joan was required to have a notary witness her doctor sign a letter stating she had the same chance of survival as any other person. In Joan’s case, her doctor felt she had the same life expectancy as anyone else because of the treatment and surgeries she underwent, because she took Herceptin to prevent reoccurrences, and the fact that she doesn’t have the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 gene mutations. Joan and Jackie walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure; Jackie had Joan’s name on her back. “It was my birthday. I was going through treatment, and I didn’t have any hair. My husband

Joan and Jackie in 2003.

asked me what I wanted to do, so we went to Austin for the walk.”

Jackie Copes with Mom’s Illness “My daughter was 3-1/2 years old when I was diagnosed. She went through a lot. She was scared that something was going to happen to me. She was shifted from house to house when different people watched her. She’s a very strong little girl because of this, and she has a lot of empathy for people,” said Joan. “When I lost my hair, I didn’t want to scare her, so I put a wig on. She looked at

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s Joan celebrates her ten-year anniversary of cancer-free living, friend and portrait artist Alisa Murray celebrates the opportunity to give a lasting gift that inspires others and offers a way to make a difference in the lives of women. The Hope and Inspiration Anniversary Collection showcases Alisa’s work with breast cancer survivors over the years. Each of them is at different points in their experience with cancer. The collection’s proceeds will benefit Memorial Hermann Cancer Center in Sugar Land, and the collection will become a permanent gift to the hospital. Details of the installation will be on Alisa’s website at www.alisamurray.com and blog at www. theartistvoice.com. A copy of the collection may be preordered through the website as well. In 2010, Alisa Murray’s Hope and Inspiration Calendar was featured nationally on the Today show. This past year, the American Cancer Association adopted the project as a fundraiser and a method of raising awareness of breast cancer. Joan Rosenthal – now with a son and daughter added to her family – was featured in the 2011 calendar as a special way to emphasize that life does go on.

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she wasn’t scared of what I looked like. She was going through everything with me, and she wanted me just to be me. Being bald didn’t matter to her. She would massage my feet and my back and rub lotion in my bald head.” “I felt like she gave me strength. I really had to be strong for her. And I had to get through this – no matter what – I had to get through it . . . because she was so young.” When Jackie was a little older, she and her friend donated the money raised with their lemonade stand to Susan G. Komen. Recently, Jackie donated ten percent of the monetary gifts from her Bat Mitzvah to Susan G. Komen in Joan’s honor.

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A Positive Outlook Joan doesn’t sweat the small stuff anymore. “The things that really upset me and aggravated me don’t anymore. You have to put everything in perspective. Life is too short. I really didn’t think I was going to live because it was an aggressive cancer, and I couldn’t take the Tamoxifen. I feel like getting into the Herceptin study really helped me.” “I just had to look ahead and know that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Strive forward. Don’t look back. Get your crying over with in one day and then, go forward.” “Have a positive attitude,” Joan said. “I went out and bought new clothes, hats, wore bright colors. Whenever I went to the hospital, everybody told me how nice I looked. It brought my spirit up and made me feel good about myself. I might have had a drain hanging or no hair, but just having the new clothes and good outlook and staying positive really helped me.” “I love comedy and my husband would rent funny movies for me. Laughing and keeping your spirits up, I think, really helps. Try to have a positive outlook on things – I’m going to get better; I’m going to get through this.” Today, Joan is cancer-free. “This is a big deal for me because it’s been ten years. I have three children. I feel like I’m way past the cancer. It doesn’t rule my life like it did at first. It’s a big deal for me to be on the cover of Fort Bend Focus, share my story and celebrate my life.”

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If… For many years, we have written about “greed and fear” and how they affect investors. We have used greed to sell and fear to buy. This is still a hard concept to master because fear occurs during panic and stress. This results in investors freezing like deer caught in headlights. Currently, we find ourselves in such a situation. Short on good news and long on problems. Perhaps Rudyard Kipling said it best with his poem “If.” We all can learn to better master our emotions and become better investors. IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ‘ Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And - which is more - you’ll be a Man, my son! We’ve been there before. We’ve seen crisis and we’ve recovered from it. This isn’t our first rodeo, but this is when wealth can be made. Let us help you master your investing emotions. We encourage you to call us at 713853-0869 or visit us online at www.HardeeInvestmentGroup.com for articles referencing fear and greed or to learn more about how we can help you. This article is provided by H. H. “Will” Hardee, a financial advisor at RBC Wealth Management’s Houston Center office, and was prepared by or in cooperation with RBC Wealth Management. The information included in this article is not intended to be used as the primary basis for making investment decisions nor should it be construed as a recommendation to buy or sell any specific security. RBC Wealth Management does not endorse this organization or publication. Consult your investment professional for additional information and guidance. RBC Wealth Management does not provide tax or legal advice RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC. ★

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Cancer Treatment vs. Disease (Who’s Really Winning?)

ctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. As such, increasing awareness about prevention and common myths is the major focus of this article. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in women. Rates in the U.S are one of the highest in the world. More than 200,000 cases are identified and approximately 44,000 die each year. The risk for developing breast cancer has increased from 1 in 20 women to 1 in 8 over the last 50 years. To date, the focus on breast cancer has been early detection. No emphasis has been placed on prevention. The motto for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is “Early Detection is Your Best Protection.” In 1995, the National Cancer Institute stated that “Breast cancer is simply not a preventable disease.” In 1997, this philosophy was fortified by the American Cancer Society’s announcement that “there are no practical ways to prevent breast cancer …”1 This is a very supine attitude as cancer is known to be contributed to by numerous preventable environmental factors. AstraZeneca spearheaded the creation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985. This is the same company that produces the controversial breast cancer drug tamoxifen. All print, radio, and TV ads for Breast Cancer Awareness are paid for and must be approved by AstraZeneca.

What should be known is that this same company is the owner of a chemical plant that is the third largest source of potential cancer causing pollution in the U.S. Every year, 53,000 pounds of known carcinogens are put into the air by this plant.2 These pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides have direct links to cancer in the medical literature. Removing them from use in Israel led to an 8% reduction of breast cancer for women of all ages. 3 Beyond AstraZeneca’s interests in chemical production, tamoxifen grosses more than $500 million per year. This medication is commonly prescribed to reduce the recurrence of those with a history of breast cancer. However, according to the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, tamoxifen is a known carcinogen.4 A study published in the journal Science showed that 2-5 years of tamoxifen use initiated the growth of breast cancer. Additionally, tamoxifen is associated with an increased risk for uterine cancer, blood clots, stroke, eye damage, and menopausal symptoms. That being said, it is curious that AstraZeneca sponsored Breast Cancer Awareness Month focuses on detection while completely ignoring non pharmaceutical based prevention. Detection VS. Prevention: Radiation contributes to cancer. It should be known that mammograms are a source of radiation. Breast tissue in pre-

menopausal women has been shown to be highly susceptible to radiation damage. Additionally, mammograms can yield false positives ranging from 5-15% of the time. This can lead to additional radiation exposure as well as unnecessary stress and surgery. A variety of environmental factors play a role in the risk for breast cancer. Certain antidepressants and hormone replacement medications are known to increase the risk for breast cancer.5,6 Lack of exercise, chemical exposure to herbicides, pesticides, plastics, and other commonly used household chemicals have all been linked directly to breast cancer.7 High carbohydrate diets and poor abnormal insulin levels have been linked to breast cancer.8 Prevention is the most crucial aspect to fighting the war on breast cancer. Self education is critical. If we lose sight of it, we are wasting excessive time, money, and resources in the wrong direction. Check back next month to learn more about what you can do to help prevent breast cancer. References: 1. Epstein, Samuel E, M.D. The Politics of Cancer, East Ridge Press, USA1998, P 539. 2. Batt, Sharon, “Cancer, Inc “, Sierra Magazine, September-October 1999, p. 36 3. J. Westin and E. Richter “ Israeli Breast Cancer Anomaly”, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciencs 609 (1990). 269-279. 4. “U.S. Report Adds to List of Carcinogens” The New York Times , May 16, 2000 5. Journal of the National Cancer Institute February 16, 2000;92. 6. Am J Epidemiol. 2000 May 15;151(10):951-7. 7. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2001;10: 287-301 8. International Journal of Cancer April 20, 2005;114(4):653-658.

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FOCUS ON THE CURE

Did You Know? Cancer is the name given to a group of more than 100 diseases. What these diseases have in common is the rapid growth of cells in a part of the body. In a healthy body, the cells grow, divide and eventually die in an orderly fashion. Young people’s cells divide faster, which allows them to grow. However, when a person has cancer, the cells start to grow out of control. Whereas normal cells would eventually die, cancer cells continue to grow and form new, abnormal cells that invade other tissues, something normal cells cannot do. DNA also plays a role in cancer. Each cell contains DNA that directs its action. This DNA can sometimes get damaged, but a normal cell can either repair that damage or the cell will simply die. In cancer cells, however, that DNA is not repaired nor does the cell die. Instead, these cells make new cells the body does not need, and these new cells contain the same damaged DNA. Eventually, these cells can form a tumor. While the reason for the initial damage to the DNA is often unknown, sometimes the damage can be linked to certain behaviors, including cigarette smoking. When cancer cells form, they often travel to other parts of the body. When that happens, these cells can form new tumors that replace the body’s normal tissue. This process is known as metastasis. When detected early, before the cancer has metastasized, treatment is often successful. However, if the cancer has begun to spread to other parts of the body before it’s been diagnosed, the survival rates are significantly lower. Source: www metrocreativeconnection.com

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Anderson where patients ancy Woo is a breast can be confident in the care cancer survivor and and support they receive. volunteer always looking After my recovery, I knew for ways to do more and I wanted to give back to give a little extra. And, she MD Anderson where I had has much to offer. received such great care.” A long-time resident Nancy was diagnosed of First Colony, Nancy is with breast cancer in 2002. a new volunteer at MD She and her husband, Anderson’s Regional Care Eugene, were raising two Center in Sugar Land, but Nancy Woo young daughters when she she has been a Pink Ribbon felt a lump. With no family history volunteer at MD Anderson Cancer of breast cancer, Nancy said she was Center in the Texas Medical Center for “completely caught off guard” with more than seven years. Pink Ribbon the diagnosis at age 42 years. After volunteers are breast cancer survivors surgery, chemotherapy and radiation who offer peer support to women treatment, she also took the drug, undergoing treatment. Tamoxifen, for many years. Because she loved volunteering in Today, Nancy’s oldest daughter is the Nellie B. Connolly Breast Center in college and the other in junior high at MD Anderson so much, Nancy asked but both are learning the value of for additional “duty.” The opportunity volunteering from their mother. to work with patients at the regional “I don’t think patients realize what care center close to her home was a they give us as volunteers. People natural fit. focus on what a volunteer gives, but While she still devotes one day a it’s reciprocal,” she said. “I especially week to the Pink Ribbon volunteers, enjoy volunteering in the regional care Nancy now also moves from the waiting center because I meet patients who area to radiation and the chemotherapy are diagnosed with a wide variety of unit of the Sugar Land center visiting cancers. It doesn’t matter if you have with patients and their families. cancer of the breast, colon, prostate, Wearing her powder blue volunteer kidneys, ovaries or lungs, cancer is jacket at Sugar Land – just as she does cancer, and survivors who know the at MD Anderson in the Texas Medical fear, anxiety and uncertainty are called Center – a Nancy provides support to be there for those going through the and encouragement to patients who experience.” she also calls her neighbors. Nancy is one of many survivor– “I so enjoy volunteering at the MD volunteers at the MD Anderson Regional Anderson Regional Care Center in Care Center in Sugar Land and more Sugar Land because not only am I than 1,200 volunteers at MD Anderson serving patients and families who have in the Texas Medical Center. a great burden, but they are people who live in my community,” said Nancy. “It’s especially great to work with MD

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FOCUS ON THE CURE Who is a Survivor?

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ne patient who had completed her treatment three years ago asked, “When am I a survivor?” She has been a survivor since the day she was diagnosed. Although she became a survivor on the day of her diagnosis, there are two phases to her survivorship: treatment of her cancer and then, facing forward to continue on with life afterward. In fact, we have begun to think of breast cancer survival as a chronic disease similar to diabetes or high blood pressure. Thanks to earlier detection, improved treatments, and supportive care of family and friends, there are now more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Cancer survivors have a complex set of concerns including physical and emotional issues. The physical effects from the cancer or the treatment received can manifest as fatigue, appetite changes, chronic pain, radiation changes, osteoporosis, or chronic arm swelling. Most of the physical problems improve with time or can be treated to alleviate some or all of the symptoms. Emotional issues typically tend to manifest as depression or anxiety. Depression can impact 20-40% of women with breast cancer either during or after their treatment. This usually oc-

was treated with a mastectomy with or curs within six months of diagnosis and without reconstruction, yearly mamtreatment. One patient said she felt mograms are not necessary. Initially, like a warrior during her cancer treatyou should see your doctor three to four ments, but when they were completed, times per year the first few years. Afshe was struck by anxiety and sadness. ter three years, you graduate to every Now, she felt like a warrior without a six month visits, and at five years, you war. Depressed patients are less likely only need yearly visits. This is because to complete their treatment. If you are as more time passes from the original experiencing depression or anxiety afcancer, it is less likely to return. ter your cancer treatment, it is imporBreast care and breast cancer treattant to discuss these feelings with your ment is a multi-step process that redoctor so you can get appropriate treatquires coordinated medical treatment ment. It is important to know these from various specialized areas. At feelings will not always be there and Templeton Breast Care, I will develop a they often improve with time and treattreatment plan with you and your team ment. of medical specialist that is personalOne important way to deal with the ized for your specific cancer. anxiety from a cancer diagnosis and I am privileged to have patients treatment is to find a support group. entrust me with their medical care This can either be a structured group and allow me to be an integral part of through organizations like the Ameritheir healthcare journey from diagnosis can Cancer Society or an informal to survivorship. I look forward to acnetwork of family and friends. Some companying you through the journey of women felt a strong faith and belief in your cancer from diagnosis and treatGod helped them through their journey. ment and into survivorship. One survivor said with the strong supFor more information, contact Sanport from family, friends and a faith in dra Templeton, M.D. at Templeton God, she was able to put breast cancer Breast Care, 281-494-3000 or www. in her past. “Breast cancer no longer templetonbreastcare.com. defines who she is, but it has made her much more aware of the joys of daily living and reaching out to others instead of looking at her own interests.” Many ask, what’s next? Mammograms are important for cancer surveillance if a lumpectomy was done, or in the breast without cancer. The first mammogram should be done six months after radiation, and then yearly afterwards. If the cancer Dr. Templeton and breast cancer survivor and patient Toni Weyand.

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Get the Facts on Radiation Exposure and Mammograms

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hen you think of radiation exposure, does a nuclear power plant disaster come to mind? How about airport scanners? Or medical imaging such as CT scans and mammograms? There have been media reports questioning dangerous levels of radiation exposure from these sources, and as a result, there’s growing concern about the safety of mammograms and other imaging routinely used for detecting diseases like breast cancer. The fact is, the health benefits of getting a mammogram that may help diagnose breast cancer in its early stages far outweigh any risk of radiation associated with the test. “It’s important for women to know that mammograms are considered safe, and it’s proven that they can save lives,” says Kelly Dempsey, M.D., board-certified surgeon specializing in breast surgery. The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society recommend that women age 40 and older get mammograms every one to two years. “Women with above-average risk for breast cancer should talk with their doctor about when to start screening and how often to get mammograms,” Dr. Dempsey adds. Risks associated with radiation exposure from mammograms and other X-rays are minimal. “There is a slightly elevated risk of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation, but the amount of radiation from a mammogram is very low, and the benefit of early detection of cancer far outweighs the risk,” says Stephen Phillips, M.D., board-certified breast radiologist and medical director of the Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Kelly Dempsey, M.D.; Stephen Phillips, M.D. and Sandra Templeton, M.D.

In fact, the amount of radiation exposure in one mammogram is the equivalent of the same radiation exposure you get from natural sources alone in seven weeks. Natural background sources of radiation occur in the atmosphere, such as radon gas found in homes, minerals in the ground and cosmic rays from outer space. “For women age 40 and older, regular mammograms read by a breast radiologist and clinical breast exams with a health care provider are powerful screening tools in detecting cancer early,” emphasizes Sandra Templeton, M.D., boardcertified surgeon specializing in breast surgery. “Mammograms help physicians detect small tumors in the early stages of cancer, when there are more treatment options and greater chance of survival.” The Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital limits unnecessary exposure to radiation by using the lowest dose possible for all kinds of screening tests,

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including mammograms. Digital mammography equipment provides higherquality images and a lower radiation dose compared to film mammography. “In addition, our Breast Center is reviewed by national and international radiology protection councils to make sure we are meeting certain safety standards,” Dr. Phillips says. To schedule a mammogram at the Breast Center, please call 281-242PINK (7465).

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reast reconstruction is one or more operations performed to restore all components of the breast of women who have undergone mastectomy (removal of the entire breast). Breast reconstruction after mastectomy has evolved over the last century to become an integral component in the therapy for many women with breast cancer. A complete breast reconstruction includes recreating the breast mound, the nipple and areola complex so that the breasts are symmetric with regard to pigmentation, shape, size, projection, and position. The goals of breast reconstruction include the following: • To provide permanent breast contour, • To make the breasts look balanced, • To give the convenience of not requiring an external prosthesis. Breast reconstruction can be performed using the following: • Artificial material (silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or saline [a saltwater solution]) placed under the skin. • The woman’s own tissues (skin, muscle, fat) from another part of the body (flap reconstruction). • Pedicled flap: In this type of flap reconstruction, the tissues remain connected to the area of the body from which they are taken. Specifically, the blood supply to the transplanted tissues is not interrupted. • Free flap: In this type of flap reconstruction, the tissues are cut off from the original area and grafted to

the chest, and a new blood supply is created for the grafted tissues. • A combination of artificial material and the woman’s own tissues. Timing of breast reconstruction: Immediate versus Delayed Immediate breast reconstruction is reconstruction that is performed at the same time as the mastectomy. Delayed breast reconstruction is reconstruction that is performed weeks, months, or years after the mastectomy. Surgeons differ in their opinions about when breast reconstruction should be performed. If radiation therapy needs to be administered after mastectomy, then breast reconstruction is generally delayed until the skin in the treated area has healed. Excellent results can usually be achieved by either immediate breast reconstruction or delayed breast reconstruction. Reconstruction Using Implants Implants are designed to recreate the original breast shape and contour. A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or saline. A tissue expander (balloon) is inserted beneath the skin and chest muscle either during the mastectomy procedure or at a later operation. The surgeon periodically injects saline into the balloon to gradually fill it over several weeks or months so that the overlying skin can expand. After the skin over the breast area has stretched enough, the tissue expander is removed in a second operation and a permanent breast implant is inserted. Some women do not require tissue expansion before receiving an implant; for these women, the surgeon inserts an implant directly. Flap Reconstruction Flap reconstruction is a reconstructive surgery in which a flap of skin and fat with or without muscle is transplanted from a part of the body (for example, the lower abdomen, back, thigh, or buttock) to the chest area where it is shaped to form a new breast mound. Like the implant

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surgery, this operation can be performed at the same time as the mastectomy or it can be delayed. Advantages of flap reconstruction include the following: • May eliminate the use of foreign material in the body. • Reconstructed breast usually looks and feels more natural. • Will last the woman’s life span. • When successful, requires minimal touch-up or redo operations throughout a woman’s lifetime. Disadvantages of flap reconstruction include the following: • Increased complexity and length of the surgery. • May require a longer recovery period if muscle is included in the reconstruction. • Additional donor site scars. Some women may require an implant, in addition to the flap reconstruction, for recreating the breast. If flap reconstruction is the selected option for reconstructive surgery, then the surgeon must decide from which part of the body the required tissues are taken. The tissues for breast reconstruction can be taken from the back, abdomen, buttock, or thigh. Reconstruction of the nipple and areola Once the breast mound has been reconstructed, the nipple and areola (pigmented area around the nipple) can be recreated approximately 2-3 months after the first breast reconstructive surgery. A nipple can be created using skin from the inner thigh, behind the ear, reconstructed breast, or labia (the skin folds of the vulva). The skin can be tattooed to match the other nipple and areola. Reconstructed nipple and areola have very little sensation. Women who decide not to have nipple and areola reconstruction performed can consider the option of nipple prosthesis. For more information, visit www. mybodysurgeon.com.

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Wednesday, October 19 6:00 p.m. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Conference Center For reservations call 281-274-7500

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ver the past decade, news and information about breast cancer has helped increase awareness about the disease tremendously. Every October, the color pink adorns everything from ribbons to household items. While awareness of breast cancer has improved, the disease unfortunately remains the second-deadliest cancer among American women. The earlier the cancer can be detected, the more likely the patient will survive and beat the cancer. When breast cancer is detected in early stages before it spreads, women could have as much as a 98 percent survival rate at five years. While this all may sound very simple, many women still walk into physicians’ offices with more advanced stages of breast cancer each year. It is estimated that this year alone in Fort Bend County, 380 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 69 women will die from the disease. Many of these deaths are preventable with yearly mammograms, especially for women over the age of 40. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently reiterated their importance by issuing new guidelines stating women should have annual mammograms beginning at age 40. However, a National Health Interview Survey found that women age 40 and over getting mammograms actually declined from 70 percent to 67 percent from 2003 to 2005.

While mammograms will detect 80 to 90 percent of breast cancer in women who don’t have symptoms, they are not the only way to detect the signs of breast cancer. Women should also screen themselves for signs of breast cancer through monthly breast self-exams, which they should begin to administer in their 20s. Any irregularities or concerns that are detected should immediately be reported to a physician. Finding breast cancer in early, more treatable stages leads to higher cure rates. Physician-administered clinical breast exams are recommended for women in their 20s and 30s every three years and every year for women over 40 for the early detection of breast cancer. Screening is especially important for women who have increased risk factors for breast cancer. However, it is important to remember that even women without clear risk factors should have regular screenings and mammograms. Risk factors may include: • Age: Approximately two-thirds of breast cancer cases occur in women over age 55, though the disease can occur at any age. • Family History: If a woman’s mother, sister, or grandmother had the disease, that woman potentially has an increased risk for breast cancer. • Race: Breast cancer is the most common cancer and leading cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. Hispanic and African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with latestage and larger tumors, and more likely to die of breast cancer than white women. Ashkenazi Jewish women are more likely to carry the breast cancer gene that makes them susceptible to breast cancer. • Weight: Excessive body weight increases the risk for breast cancer.

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While screenings may detect cancer early on, it’s also important to watch out for warning signs and symptoms, including: • Change in breast size or shape • A lump or thickening in the breast • Swelling, warmth, redness, or darkening of the breast • New pain in one spot • Dimpling or puckering of the skin • Itchy, scaly sores, or a rash on the nipple • Pulling in or retraction of the nipple or other parts of the breast • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly • A lump in the underarm If any of these symptoms are detected, women should contact a physician immediately to start receiving proper medical care. Researchers continue to make advances in the fight against breast cancer every day. Until a cure is found, regular screenings, awareness, and healthy lifestyle choices such as eating well and exercising regularly are among the best tools a woman has to reduce her risk and survive the disease. Dr. Jamie Terry is a breast surgeon at Texas Breast Specialists–Memorial Hermann Hospital Sugar Land, 17510 W. Grand Parkway, Suite 420, in Sugar Land and Texas Breast Specialists– Houston Museum District, 1213 Hermann Drive, Suite 830, in Houston, Texas.

Did You Know? Cure Couture was the design idea of the late Linda Segal. Linda was a successful contemporary women’s fashion designer for more than 25 years. She was diagnosed in 2007 with breast cancer and began treatment with chemotherapy. Her experiences in the chemo center at MD Anderson Hospital inspired her to design a fashion forward, yet functional patient gown. Though she lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009, Linda’s idea lives on with Cure Couture. These gowns have a back closure with velcro as well as access to the front, which is perfect for doctor access. They also have outside pockets and inside pockets to hold drainage bulbs...great for a mastectomy! Cure Couture is now available in a variety of fabrics at Southern Sister Designs and retail for $50. Visit www. southernsisterdesigns.com.

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Breast Reconstruction Surgery How soon after your mastectomy is it recommended? Which type is best for you?

Victor J. Atun, M.D. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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he American Cancer Society takes a cautious stance and recommends delaying reconstruction for those who know they will have radiation, which is about half of all patients. In the long run, radiation can permanently affect the skin’s pigment, texture and elasticity, which could affect the appearance of reconstructed breasts. Women who know that they have intermediate or advanced breast cancer are advised to wait six months to a year for surgery until treatments are completed. Those with locally advanced or inflammatory breast cancer are strongly cautioned against going ahead with immediate reconstruction. When considering radiation and breast reconstruction, it is important

to determine which type of surgery is best for you: Autologous tissue reconstruction is the most common form of surgery, and there are several methods that can be used, all of which involve the use of tissue that comes from a part of the body other than the breast. One is called the TRAM flap, named after the transverse rectus abdominis muscle (TRAM) that is used in the procedure. This works best in women who have excess fat on their stomachs or skin stretched out from pregnancy. Newer types of autologous tissue reconstruction include superficial inferior epigastric artery flap (SIEA) and deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap (DIEP), which also use abdominal skin and fat. As post-mastectomy radiation affects the blood supply to the skin and tissues of the chest, cosmetically, it is better to radiate first and then bring in a flap later than to try to radiate a flap from the abdomen or the back. Whether mastectomy patients should delay reconstruction until the end of chemotherapy is another point of debate. One study of women who underwent chemo after reconstruction showed a 25% jump in the number of follow-up surgeries for cosmetic rea-

sons. And, there is another issue. If chemo is administered too soon after reconstruction, it can stop the natural healing process creating a greater risk of infection. Patients who plan to have implants can have expanders inserted during mastectomy. Afterwards, if necessary, they can undergo chemotherapy during the several months it takes for the expanders to stretch the skin before implants are in place. Currently, there are as many questions as answers when it comes to the timing of breast reconstruction and post-mastectomy treatments. If and when to have breast reconstruction are life-changing decisions for patients who are already making many other crucial choices. With conflicting information coming from many sources, researching the issues and talking with your doctors is of utmost importance before settling on a solution that’s right for you. Dr. Victor J. Atun is a board certified plastic surgeon in Sugar Land, Texas, who has extensive training and experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. For an appointment in one of three convenient locations, please call 281-232-6700 or visit www.topsdoc. com.

Sources: About.com, American Cancer Society, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, International Journal of Radiation OncologyBiologyPhysics, Christy Russell. Breast Cancer Oncologist. University of Southern California Los Angeles. Phone Interview. 15 July 2008, Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins Breast Center.

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Breast cancer comes in many stages. The rate of survival improves the earlier the cancer is detected. Stage 0: Cancerous cells have not spread outside of the ducts or lobules into surrounding breast tissue. This stage is classified in two types, ductual carcinoma in situ and lobular carcinoma in situ. This is a very early cancer, which, if caught promptly, can be successfully treated. Stage I: The cancer is no larger than 2 centimeters and has not spread beyond the breast to lymph nodes. Stage IIA: The tumor can be larger than 2 centimeters but no larger than 5. Or, the cancer is not larger than 2 centimeters, but has spread to up to three auxiliary underarm lymph nodes. Stage IIB: The tumor has grown between 2 and 5 centimeters and has spread to up to three auxiliary underarm lymph nodes. Or, the cancer is larger than 5 centimeters but has not spread. Stage IIIA: The tumor is between 2 and 5 centimeters in size and has spread to at least 9 auxiliary underarm lymph nodes. Stage IIIB: The tumor has spread beyond the breast to tissues nearby, such as the skin, chest wall, ribs, muscles, or lymph nodes in the chest wall. Stage IV: The cancer has spread to other organs or tissues. In terms of 5-year survival rate, individuals with Stage 0 can expect 100 percent recovery. Individuals with Stage IV, however, have a 16 percent survival rate.

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Six Integrative Treatments are Offering Positive Results for Women with Cancer

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reast Cancer is a difficult diagnosis for most. We women have to find a way to stay strong and reduce the stress and unpleasant side effects to make the cancer treatment process much more effective, simpler and smoother. As we approach a time where integrative treatments and the balance between mind, body and spirit become more prevalent, the combination of integrative therapies along with other cancer treatments is becoming more widely sought out and utilized in many patients. Women state that the benefits of these therapies are vast, and they notice significant improvements in their physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. I want to educate women on six simple therapies that can greatly improve their life before, during and after their cancer treatment protocol to help them regain their vitality. 1) Nutrition and Supplementation: A healthy diet can be achieved by incorporating plenty of lean proteins such as fish, chicken, turkey, and nuts along with free radical fighting fruits and vegetables to keep your immune system healthy. Ensuring that

you receive adequate nutrients can be easily achieved by testing for nutritional deficiencies with a Spectracell micronutrient test which determines which supplements and dietary changes are needed for you to ensure optimal health. If a balanced diet is not achieved or if you are deficient, treatments such as Intravenous Myer’s Cocktail supply patients with high doses of needed nutrients such as Vitamin C, B Vitamins, B12, Magnesium, Calcium and much more. Intravenous Vitamin C infusions are also gaining favor in the realm of cancer treatments. I recommend medical grade supplementation from an integrative doctor’s office, rather than over the counter due to absorption and regulation issues. 2) Detoxification: Cancer treatments take a toll on your body and mind and the prescription medications that help relieve symptoms and battle the cancer cells, though necessary, can deplete your nutritional status and leave you feeling toxic. Some great ways of detoxification are our Infrared Detoxifying Sauna and our Aqua Detox procedure. Both of these work very well together to assist you in feeling your best and detoxifying your body. 3) Acupuncture: Acupuncture is becoming widely accepted as a means to relieve pain, stress and manage symptoms before, during and after treatment. It can restore a healthy balance and assist with alleviating nausea, fatigue and hot flashes. 4) Massage: A recent study showed that patients who received regular massages experienced less depression, anxiety and anger, and they were more

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energized afterwards. It is also beneficial for patients who have undergone surgery to help with the elimination of fluid, which can reduce stress on their bodies to promote recovery and healing. 5) Yoga/ Meditation/ Visualization: I encourage each of my patients to incorporate a routine that includes yoga, meditation and/ or visualization to facilitate a relaxed and positive state of mind. There is a very strong connection between mind and body and I often see the health of the body greatly improve by first creating a healthy state of mind. We have added Tai Chi most recently to our practice for our patients and also have a medical meditation guide on staff to assist our patients and the community with these needs. 6) Stress Reduction: Stress reduction is key in everyday life and is especially important when the body is in a compromised state. Since stress can fuel chronic inflammation, I suggest that patients get their cortisol levels tested and then introduce methods for stress reduction such as: walking, yoga, reading, and one hour of personal quiet time per day, to reduce the load that stress puts on your body. I recommend doing a salivary cortisol level to see the levels of cortisol throughout the day and treat accordingly. The best advice I can dispense is to thoroughly educate yourself on integrative treatments and take time for yourself to ensure an effective treatment protocol and long term health and happiness. For more information and a complimentary consultation, please contact Dr. Shel Wellness & Medical Spa at 281313-7435 or visit www.DrShel.com.

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Did You Know? A Paget’s disease of the breast is a very rare form of breast cancer, accounting for only about 5 percent of all breast cancer cases. It generally occurs in women over the age of 50 and affects the ducts of the breast, then extends to the skin of the nipple and areola. Because of its location and generally benign symptoms, many women mistake the cancer for a skin irritation. Symptoms can include flaking and scaling of the skin, redness, irritation, oozing on the nipple resembling eczema, and itching, among other symptoms. As a result, most women live with these symptoms and don’t see a doctor until months later. It is unknown what causes Paget’s. Some doctors surmise it is the result of an underlying cancer in the ducts of the breast, which then travels to the nipple. Others think it could be mutated cells on the nipple itself. The risk factors for Paget’s disease of the breast are the same for any breast cancer. Routine self-examination and visits to a doctor if symptoms are present can catch the disease early on.

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Using Surrogate to Become a Mother as an Option for Breast Cancer Survivors

C. James Chuong, M.D. Medical Director, Cooper Institute for Advanced Reproductive Medicine

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any breast cancer patients have sought medical advice regarding the safety of becoming pregnant after successful breast cancer treatment because 10-20% of patients will occur in women of childbearing age. More cases are expected due to a notable trend toward pregnancy in older women, in whom the incidence of breast cancer is also higher. Physicians have stressed the complete rehabilitation of the breast cancer patient, including reconstruction and psychosocial aspects. The patient, on completion of therapy, may wish to resume and continue her life roles, including that of BECOMING A MOTHER. The main concern is the possibility of cancer recurrence once the patient becomes pregnant. It has been documented that the initiation and promotion of breast cancer is influenced by a female hormone, estrogen. During the pregnancy, the expected elevation of estrogen in the circulation may result in the cancer recurrence. Besides, the ovarian reserve, or the ability of the ovaries to produce quality eggs usually decrease following the treatment frequently including chemotherapy. As a result, the patient needs to undergo

ovulation induction agents to improve the quality and to increase the number of eggs in order to get pregnant. These agents usually stimulate the estrogensensitive tissues including breast thus putting the patients at an increasing risk of having recurrent cancer. Although successful pregnancies have been reported in patients completed therapies for breast cancer without evidence of recurrence following delivery, it remains a challenge for cancer survivors to go through pregnancy worrying the possibility that cancer will return given the fact that the body is under the long term exposure to the intense gestational hormones including estrogen. With the development of new reproductive technology, an alternative for breast cancer survivor to become a mother is the use of a surrogate or gestational carrier. The intended parents will have to work out with a surrogate who is willing to have embryos created by their eggs and sperms implanted, carry the pregnancy and give birth. The creation of embryos involves the technologies including in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), embryo freezing, etc.

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It is also imperative and important to address the psychological, legal, and ethical concerns at the same time. We are pleased to report here a case of successful pregnancy and delivery through the use of a surrogate in a cancer survivor. She was in her early 30s, and never pregnant. Following the intense treatment regimen including surgeries, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, she and her husband decided to pursue the fertility. In collaboration with her oncologist, we carefully administered a controlled ovarian stimulation regimen to improve the quality and increase the number of eggs. During the first treatment cycle, 5 eggs were obtained resulting in 4 embryos via the techniques of IVF and ICSI. The embryos were frozen for “banking� purpose. During the second cycle, again 4 embryos were obtained. Two better embryos from both cycles were selected and implanted into the womb of a surrogate, who had a positive pregnancy test in 10 days. The surrogate had an uncomplicated pregnancy course, and the intended parents became one of the most joyful couples when a healthy baby boy was delivered at term. The new reproductive technology has helped many couples have their dream of building a family come true including those who are breast cancer survivors, who will otherwise remain infertile. It takes a team approach and combined efforts involving physician, embryologist, scientist, nurses, psychologist, attorney, ethicist, social worker, etc. to achieve this goal. By: C. James Chuong, M.D., Medical Director, Cooper Institute for Advanced Reproductive Medicine, 7500 Beechnut St., Suite 308, Houston, TX 77074. (www.cooperinstitutearm.com).

Did You Know? Breastfeeding and breast cancer. Although a breast cancer diagnosis while lactating is rare, such diagnoses do occur and women face the question of whether they can continue to breastfeed their infants. It is important to talk with an oncologist and lactation consultant about the pros and cons of doing so. In some cases, breastfeeding can continue up until treatment time. Surgery may be used to remove a lump without damaging milk ducts or glands. Expressing milk and storing it for later use can help bridge the gap between when a woman is able to produce milk and when she has to stop for treatment. If the treatment plan includes chemotherapy, breastfeeding will have to cease. The chemotherapy agents can pass through into the breast milk and harm the infant. Radiation treatment may also require breastfeeding to stop, but a doctor can determine this further. If doctors say it’s safe to breastfeed after treatment ends, women can choose to continue pumping milk and then discard it until verifying its safety.

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Integrative Breast Cancer Care

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owadays, there are over two million breast cancer survivors in United States making it the largest group of cancer survivors worldwide. From the time of diagnosis through the cancer treatments, breast cancer patients need to face multiple challenges brought by the disease itself and its therapy including emotional stress, short and long term side effects of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Others may include pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, hot flashes and weakened immunity. Many cancer patients and survivors use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). It has been reported as high as 60% of long-term breast cancer survivors use CAM to alleviate symptoms associated with disease or its treatment side effects. Among the CAM therapies are ancient medical systems including traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), mind body technique, manipulative and body based energy therapy, biological including herbs/botanicals and other nutritional supplements. Acupuncture of TCM is one of the well-studied and published areas under the scrutiny of western medicine. Emerging clinical trials suggest acupuncture improves quality of life of

cancer patients in different aspects. Many women with breast cancer experience hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings after chemotherapy or while on anti- female hormone therapy. In this population, female hormone replacement is an absolute no, and at times, these symptoms can be very disturbing and debilitating. There are well-proven treatments that can improve the symptoms including antidepressants, clonidine (a blood pressure medicine) and acupuncture. Comparing different modalities, acupuncture can help to ease the symptoms with minimal side effects. We have a new class of anti-female hormone treatment called aromatase inhibitors, and one of its common side effects is joint and muscle pain. The degree of discomfort varies, but in some patients, the pain level is to the extent of stopping the medicine. In recent published studies, acupuncture can be used to reduce pain and patients can continue on treatment without being dependent on stronger pain killers. Common complications are nausea and vomiting associated with cancer surgery due to anesthesia and from chemotherapy with a lesser extent from radiation. We have many antinausea medicines available to control the symptoms through suppression of neurological signals transmitted to the brain. Sharing the common mechanism that is in modification of neurotransmitter pathway, acupuncture has been proven to help the symptoms by itself or as an adjunct to other anti-nausea medicine. Acupuncture is effective even in cases not responding to conventional medicine. Pain control has always been a high priority in cancer care. This is one of the most common complications of dif-

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ferent cancer types and its treatments. As we all know, strong pain medicine is very effective in providing relief, but at the same time, it also has numerous side effects such as dizziness, a lightheaded sensation, fatigue, dry mouth, constipation, nausea, vomiting and addiction. To reduce the dose and need of stronger pain medicine, clinical studies has shown efficacy of acupuncture in pain management. There is a type of pain called neuropathy resulting from nerve damage caused by cancer or consequence of certain chemotherapy medicines. Medical studies have shown benefit of acupuncture on neuropathy associated with HIV disease and diabetes. The treatment is now advocated to treat cancer related neuropathy. Last, but not the least, exercise and physical activity has shown significant positive effect on fatigue sensation and quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Physical activity has been shown to reduce breast cancer related mortality on medical studies. The general recommendation is be physically active at least 30 minutes daily or 3 to 5 hours of average speed walking per week. Integrative Oncology helps to expand the boundaries of conventional care by bringing together traditional tools for fighting cancer, such as surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and evidence based complementary therapies including nutritional support, acupuncture and acupressure, mind-body medicine and spiritual support for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all cancer patients. Dr. Alexander Wong specializes in oncology and internal medicine. For more information on integrative breast cancer care, call 281-491-0561 or go to www.dralexwong.com.

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Defining Breast Cancer By Dr. Ryan Armstrong Interventional Radiologist OakBend Medical Center

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reast cancer forms in tissues of the breast, the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. There are over 200,000 newly cases diagnosed each year, and breast cancer accounts for approximately 40,000 deaths annually: Doctors recommend that women have regular clinical breast exams and mammograms to find breast cancer early. Treatment is more likely to work well when breast cancer is detected early. Studies have found several risk factors for breast cancer. Having a risk factor does not mean that a woman will get breast cancer. Most women who have risk factors never develop breast cancer. The chance of getting breast cancer increases as you get older. Having breast cancer in one breast increases your risk of getting cancer in your other breast. Your risk of breast cancer is higher if your mother, father, sister, or daughter had breast cancer. Women who had radiation therapy to the chest (including the breasts) before age 30 are at an increased risk of breast cancer. Early menarche (beginning of men-

strual periods) or late menopause place women at an increased risk. Women who have children at a late age and those who do not have children are also at an increased risk. Women who take hormone replacement therapy for many years are also at an increased risk. In the United States, breast cancer is diagnosed more often in white women than in African American/Black, Hispanic/Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native women. Drinking alcohol, lack of physical activity and obesity are associated with increased risks, as well. Early breast cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms. But, as the tumor grows, it can change how the breast looks or feels. The common changes include: a lump, change in the size or shape of the breast, dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast , discharge (fluid) from the nipple, and scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast, nipple, or areola (the dark area of skin at the center of the breast). Women should see their health care provider about any symptom that does not go away. Most often, these symptoms are not due to cancer. A mammogram is an x-ray picture of tissues inside the breast. Mammo-

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grams can often show a breast lump before it can be felt. They also can show a cluster of tiny specks of calcium. Lumps or specks can be from cancer, precancerous cells, or other conditions. Further tests are needed to find out if abnormal cells are present. Before they have symptoms, women should get regular screening mammograms to detect breast cancer early. Women in their 40s and older should have mammograms every 1 or 2 years. Women who are younger than 40 and have risk factors for breast cancer should ask their health care provider whether to have mammograms and how often to have them. If the mammogram shows an abnormal area of the breast, your doctor may order clearer, more detailed images of that area. Doctors use diagnostic mammograms to learn more about unusual breast changes, such as a lump, pain, thickening, nipple discharge, or change in breast size or shape. Diagnostic mammograms may focus on a specific area of the breast. They may involve special techniques and more views than screening mammograms. OakBend Medical Center is located at 1705 Jackson Street, Richmond, Texas 77469. 281-341-3000.

Did You Know? 8th Annual Pink Ladies Golf Tournament Slated for October 27th at Quail Valley Golf Course, the 8th Annual Pink Ladies Golf Tournament is a ninehole tournament geared towards beginner women golfers. The tournament helps raise funds to support cancer victims and their families. The event features a silent auction, special games on four of the holes, and prizes for “Best Decorated Cart,” “Pinkest Dressed Lady” and “Pinkest Dressed Team.” Registration for individual players is $75 and teams of four are $300. Sponsorships are also available and start at $200. To purchase a flag for display for the Pink Tribute Garden, contact Barbara Rozell at 281-9802244 or any of the committee members. Flags may be purchased to “Honor the Memory,” “Encourage the Fight” or “Celebrate the Victory.” The tournament has been in high demand in Fort Bend County and has grossed more than $200,000 over the past 7 years – enough to provide 200 out-of-town cancer patients a place to stay with expenses paid during their treatment.

The Pink Ladies Golf Team Committee Members invite you to support the American Cancer Society by attending the 8th Annual Pink Ladies Golf Tournament. Pictured are Nancy Wells, Barbara Rozell, Linda English, Terri McCutheon, Brenda Pullen, Kathryn Anderson, Barbara Montgomery, Lynn Halford, Krisann Nething and Peggy Jackson.

Join the Pink Ladies and help put the “FUN” back in fundraising. Help make a tremendous difference in the fight against cancer and gain added exposure in multiple markets in the Fort Bend area. For registration or sponsorship information, contact Barbara Rozell at 281-980-2244 or Barbara@ RozellRealty.com.

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he University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land welcomes Jessica Suarez, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson. Dr. Suarez joins the Sugar Land team, which includes breast surgical oncologist Susan Hoover, M.D., F.A.C.S., surgical oncologist Richard Ehlers, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical oncologists Amit Sarma, M.D. and Janet Tu, M.D., and radiation oncologists Isidora Arzu, M.D., Ph.D., and Shalin Shah, M.D. In addition to her advanced training and extensive expertise, Dr. Suarez completed her breast surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She specializes in diseases of the breast, both benign and malignant, and is fluent in Spanish. As part of the Sugar Land team, Dr. Suarez works closely with fellow physicians, nurses, dietitians, social workers, and physical therapists to customize a plan for each patient and guide them through unique MD Anderson treatment options.

Dr. Jessica Suarez, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at MD Anderson.

“I really care about each of my patients and want them to feel comfortable talking to me,” says Dr. Suarez. “I am also bilingual, which is helpful for patients or family members who speak Spanish.”

I am also bilingual, which is helpful for patients or family members who speak Spanish. Jessica Suarez, M.D., M.P.H.

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Pink Ribbon Parade Debuts this Fall to Increase Awareness of Breast Cancer

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the old saying goes, everyone loves a parade. The Inaugural Pink Ribbon Parade will kick-off at 9:30 a.m. on September 13 at Houston City Hall’s Reflection Pool. It’s mission? To increase awareness of breast cancer. “The main purpose of the parade is to bring visual awareness to breast cancer,” said cancer survivor Amy Waltz. “Each person or business can purchase a ribbon for $5,000 and participate in this parade. The parade is not a one-time event. It’s actually a tour of the city. It will be like the Cow Parade in the past where individually decorated cows toured the city.” This campaign has many layers that will benefit cancer patients and survivors in countless ways. Each ribbon purchased will raise funds and awareness for the BHCT (Breast Health Collaborative of Texas), a charitable organization of your choice, and your organization. It’s an ex-

cellent way to show how your company supports the fight against breast cancer. The BHCT initiative is a network of over 200 non-profit, for profit, social service agencies, survivors and individual members improving access to breast health services in Texas, the purpose of which is to make each program strong. Organizers of the Pink Ribbon Parade are in the process of getting the public to support this event by creating and gathering many larger-than-life size sculptures of uniquely designed pink ribbons that will be showcased in the parade.

Butterfly Kisses Amy was diagnosed in 2008 with stage 2 breast cancer at age 35, the mother of a six-year old daughter and three-year old twins. “Isabella has been around conversations about breast cancer since she was six years old,” said Amy. “This year when we heard about the first annual Pink Ribbon Parade, nine-year old Isabella and her friend were taking an art class with Betsy Miller, a well-known artist in Friendswood.” Betsy, Isabella and her friend, fort bend

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Hailey and Isabella display Butterfly Kisses at the Art in the Park. Hailey Moore, came up with Butterfly Kisses. The artwork was done primarily by Betsy with the girls helping her to paint and draw. Butterfly Kisses is a life-size pink ribbon sculpture between six and seven feet

Hailey and Ms. Betsy showing off Butterfly Kisses. tall. The plaster sculpture is hollow and was clear-coated at a body shop. It rolls on casters for easy mobility. To mirror the changes women with breast cancer undergo and the transformations that butterflies undergo during their life cycle, it sports rainbow-colored butterflies with the words: faith, believe, strength, courage, love and hope. Thus, the name Butterfly Kisses. “We thought of butterfly kisses one day in the car and it totally blew our minds,” said Isabella. “It was such a great name because it explains breast cancer. Butterflies kiss you, and when you have breast cancer, you will think of a butterfly’s life. First you are in an egg, and then you become a caterpillar. Then, you grow and grow and grow until you become a chrysalis and hatch into a beautiful butterfly. When a breast cancer patient gets healed, it is just like a butterfly coming out of its chrysalis.”

Isabella and Hailey also sewed a pink quilt with the help of Valerie Boessling and sold $5 raffle tickets to raise money. They raised $2,000, and the winner was Pearland resident Roberta Torres. Proceeds will go to Pink Ribbons Project and the BHCT via the Pink Ribbon Parade. “Hailey and Isabella have grown so much from this experience. They have learned about breast cancer and how to speak to others about their mission. They have learned to look strangers in the eye and ask for money. They have gained great confidence and a softness that I believe will help shape their character. We are so proud of them,” said Amy. Amy’s husband, Brett, has worked alongside the family with fundraising. His colleagues at Microsoft have been huge supporters of Waltz Warriors and fundraising efforts related to breast cancer. “Brett encourages me to live healthfully and has had a consistent positive outlook on my prognosis. He proudly wears pink!” For twins Jacob and Julia, the language of breast cancer has been in their word bank for as long as they can remember. “We have always been open and concrete in explaining the disease, treatments and side effects to our children.” Amy pens a blog called Anticancer Amy in which she chronicles her experience as a breast cancer survivor and how she lives a healthy life by providing healthy choices for herself and her family. Her blog offers

links to related books, guides pertaining to personal care products, and research with the goal of informing readers on healthy lifestyle choices and related issues. When she was diagnosed, there was no family history of any kind of cancer, and she was unprepared for her role as a breast cancer patient. “Sometime during my second year as cancer patient, I began to read everything I could get my hands on related to living beyond cancer,” she said. “I knew my cancer was not genetic, and I didn’t have any other risk factors that I knew of. I filled my brain with books and literature on anti-cancer living; specifically how I could help my body defend itself against cancer. I transitioned our grocery lists from process to whole. I started practicing yoga and meditation. I prayed fervently. I wanted to live and had to live. Thus, began my quest for healthy living.” For more information on the Pink Ribbon Parade or the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas, visit www. pinkribbonparade.org.

Hailey sewing a quilt that raised $2,000 through a raffle for the Pink Ribbon Parade.

Waltz Warriors “We have two ribbons: the Butterfly Kisses ribbon that we’re raising money for and a ribbon called Waltz Warriors.” Waltz Warriors is, of course, the Waltz family and supporters who have raised money though Pink Ribbon Projects. “It finally came to fruition this year, and we put the money to use and funded 50 mammograms at a UTMB clinic. We were able to do that through Pink Ribbon Project,” Amy said.

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Fort Bend County’s Soldiers Returning from the War Receiving Assistance   One of the Value Keys the Exchange Club of Fort Bend holds dear is Americanism, which they are pulling out all of the stops this October 21, with their annual DUCK Golf Classic, being held at Pecan Grove Country Club. “This year, proceeds from our golf tournament will go toward assisting our Fort Bend County wounded soldiers returning from the war, and we are excited about seeing so many of our local golfers come out to help us raise dollars. Also, businesses and organizations are sponsoring many different parts of the tournament, which is exciting,” said Candace Cagle, chair, DUCK Golf Classic and member of the Exchange Club of Fort Bend. However, Cagle noted other sponsorships are available such as the $5,000 VIP Course Sponsor, $2,500 VIP Hole in One sponsor, $1,000 Double Eagle and $750 Eagle sponsorships.  “We also have a beverage cart, $250 Hole sponsor as well as $50 Nifty Fifty Raffle Tickets. For those who would like to join us for the dinner, which will be a fabulous rib dinner from Texas Road House, is $15. This golf tournament is so much fun. Last year it sold out and we are expecting the same this year as well,” Cagle said. Each sponsorship levels carries many different benefits, Cagle added. For those interested in playing in the golf tournament, the cost is $100 per player, with four to a team and to sign-up, please call Candace Cagle. The honorary chairs for this year’s tournament are Lt. Ebarb and his wife Sherry. Lt. Ebarb suffered major wounds in the Iraq War. For more information, please contact Candace Cagle at Candace.Cagle@yahoo. com or call 281-342-5418 or 281-239-9967.

Isabella Silver and Genny Sheara have a ball playing in a doughnut inflatable at Southminster School’s 2010 Fall Festival. This year’s Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 on school grounds located at 4200 Cartwright in Missouri City.

Southminster School Schedules Annual Fall Festival for Students and Community Autumn brings hope for rain and a change of temperature, both of which will be welcome after a summer of unrelenting heat. The new season also brings Southminster School’s Annual Fall Festival, which is set for Saturday, Oct. 22 on the school’s campus located at 4200 Cartwright Road in Missouri City. The day begins at 11 a.m. and continues through 3 p.m., every minute filled with a variety of activities designed both to entertain children and amuse their parents. Games include classic children’s fare and a few contemporary twists, all created with pre-school and elementaryaged girls and boys in mind. Southminster’s Fall Festival welcomes anyone in the community who might enjoy a day of games and giggles. Spread across nearly two acres, festival activities include face painting, Tic-Tac-Toe toss, Putt-Putt, an Oreo cookie toss, football toss, baseball pitch and swing, soccer kick, horseshoes, and other opportunities for kids to get some exercise while having simple, oldfashioned fun. Entry fee for an all-hours play pass is a reasonable $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional sibling. Simple concessions, such as bottled water, soft drinks and snacks, will be available for $1. Southminster School believes strongly fort bend

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in giving back to the community that has been its home for so many years. To help with that commitment, a complimentary concession ticket will be presented to each person who brings a non-perishable canned food item to the festival. (Only one ticket per person, please.) This year, those cans of food will be donated to the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry whose mission is to address the basic human needs of families in temporary financial crisis across eastern Fort Bend County. “Southminster’s Fall Festival puts smiles on the faces of the children, their parents and all our volunteers,” said Head of School Helen Jackson. “Helping the ministry with those canned goods, in its own way, is as rewarding as the festival is fun.” Rounding out the festival will be a select group of local vendors, who will have examples of their unique, hand-crafted creations for sale. Located in Missouri City, Southminster School is a private Christian academy that serves children from 16 months through the fifth grade. Its student body is a reflection of the diverse, energetic community that surrounds the school, and its staff takes full advantage of the tools with which it is provided to help those children grow and learn through the early, critical years of development.

Libraries Now Have Kindles Available for Check Out Fort Bend County Libraries now have a limited number of Amazon Kindles available for check-out at each of the branches in the library system. The Kindles come pre-loaded with more than 20 bestselling adult fiction and nonfiction books. “Anyone who is considering the purchase of a digital reading device – or eReader – may wish to check out one of the libraries’ new Kindles so that they can become familiar with how the technology works,” says Library Director Clara Russell. “eBooks give readers a whole new format in which to enjoy their favorite books and authors, and we are happy to incorporate this emerging technology into the libraries’ collection.” The Kindles come loaded with books by bestselling authors such as Janet Evanovich, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult, Clive Cussler, and many others. Patrons will not be able to add or delete titles to the Kindles. The Kindles can be checked out for a period of seven days, and must be returned to the same library from which they were borrowed. Because of the delicate nature of the electronic device, the Kindles must be returned to the Check-In desk and NOT dropped in the Book Return. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may not be reserved. The Kindles and the eBooks that are on them were purchased with funding provided by a Loan Star grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The Loan Star program is designed to enhance and enrich the services that public libraries provide the citizens of the state of Texas, both in their local areas and across the state. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677 or the library branch near you.

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e plays for the Miami Heat and receives phone calls from LeBron James, who checks in to make sure he’s getting ready for upcoming NBA season, but Dexter Pittman’s most tense moments this year might have come in the A.W. Jackson Elementary School gym in Rosenberg. “I almost broke out in a sweat,” Pittman, a former Jackson Jet said with a laugh. “You never know what kids are going to ask.” Pittman returned to the elementary school September 9, addressed the stu-

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dent body about the importance of education and took time to answer questions. The inquiries he received from students ranged from, “What’s your favorite color?” to “How tall are you?” to “Can you bring the rest of the team next time?” The Rosenberg native, who prefers green and is an imposing 6 feet 11 inches tall, chuckled through the questions while admitting that he was a bit of a troublemaker in school early on. “I started calming down in my fourth and fifth grade years,” said Pittman, adding that Jackson was the third and final elementary school

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he attended. “This is where I started molding myself into a person.” Even in those trouble-making years, Pittman was always a respectful student, Jackson Principal Helen Morgan said. “Whenever I would talk to him, he was always a stand-up guy,” said Morgan, who was shorter than Pittman even back then. “He always said, ‘Yes ma’am.’” Pittman credits his upbringing in the town of Rosenberg for those manners. At home, his father taught him to respect others. He heard the same lessons from neighbors up and down the street, thanks to the family atmosphere of the community. He graduated from B.F. Terry High School and returned there in late August to film a public service announcement stressing the importance of getting vaccinated against bacterial meningitis, which is required for all students attending college on a Texas campus. Two weeks later, after high-fiving the Jackson students as they left the assembly, Pittman reflected on the time he’s spent back in his hometown. “I don’t look at it as giving back,” he said. “I see it as a gift being passed down. The community gave it to me, and I just pass it on. I want these kids to say, ‘Dexter made it, coming from a small town. I want to make it, too.’” His genuine concern for the students was evident as he

Helen Morgan, Principal, Dexter Pittman and Tracy Mills, Assistant Principal. challenged a couple of children to sing Jackson’s school song at the end of the assembly, then sat next to them on the stairs leading up to the stage and helped them through it. “I want to make sure they set dreams and those turn into short-term goals,” Pittman said. “As they achieve those goals, they’ll grab their dreams, but they need to stay in school. You need an education, especially in this economy.” The former Texas Longhorn is working toward a graduate degree with the university – he has just five classes left – and is rapidly seeing his own dreams come to fruition. Pittman was drafted by the Heat in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft. In a matter of weeks, free agents Chris Bosh and LeBron James joined Dwyane Wade in Miami, and Pittman found himself on the most star-loaded team in recent memory. Pittman appeared in two games for the Heat during his rookie campaign in between playing in the NBA Development League, where he worked on getting used to the speed of the professional game and missing time due to knee surgery. James calls Pittman regularly to remind him the defending Eastern Conference champions will need him and his big, physical skill set in the future. “I was blessed to be able to sit back and learn this year,” Pittman said. “Next time, I’ll be playing.” Even with the dream of competing in the NBA alongside superstars like Wade and James now being realized, Pittman doesn’t feel like he’s done as far as goals go – he has his eyes on coaching at Terry when his playing days are finished. FBF

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Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee Friday, August 26, 2011 • University of Houston, Sugar Land

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Kathy Huebner, Edward Crowell & Pete Olson

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Tracy Guillory, Kavita Self & Yolanda Celestine

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hen is a tomato not just another tomato? When it’s available for purchase fresh from the field at a neighborhood Farmers Market. Now residents of Sugar Land and beyond can enjoy the freshest-tasting produce and view one-a-kind arts and crafts at the Farmers Market at Imperial, located at 198 Kempner near Highway 90 at Highway 6, to be held every Saturday beginning October 1 through December 10. Presented by the Fort Bend Cham-

ber of Commerce, each Farmers Market at Imperial will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. rain or shine. Situated in front of the Imperial Sugar silos and historic Char House, a massive covered pavilion will be filled with artisans and local growers including the likes of Georgia’s Farm to Market, which will offer shoppers locally raised, grass-fed and natural meats, a selection of gluten and allergy-free items and fresh baked artisan breads. Visitors can also purchase local cheeses, fresh baked goods, jam, honey,

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fresh-cut flowers and more. Live music and appearances by the Sugar Land Skeeters mascot are planned, turning this traditional Farmers Market into a festival of food and fun. Plus, the first 100 shoppers on October 1, opening day of the Farmers Market at Imperial will receive free Farmers Market tote bags courtesy of St. Luke’s Hospital in Sugar Land. Three of the region’s top chefs will also appear at the Farmers Market and More at Imperial to perform cooking demonstrations and provide an up-close

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look at how they use fresh-from-thefield items to prepare their award-winning cuisine. Chef Andrew Larue with Abuso Catering will present his approach to the finest in fresh cuisine on Saturday, October 8. Chef Frederic Perrier from AURA, renowned for his mastery of French classical and bistro cooking, will appear October 22 while Chef Randy Evans, who relies on the flavors of Texas at his new restaurant, Haven, will appear November 12. “We researched and visited other Farmers Markets around the country and have taken the best aspects of each to make sure this events benefits both Sugar Land residents and local vendors,” said Keri Schmidt, president of the Fort Bend Chamber. In addition to the growing number of vendors, the ten-week event has attracted additional sponsors: Enchanted Forest and Enchanted Gardens, two family-owned and operated plant nurseries located in Richmond. Enchanted Forest and Enchanted Gardens will each offer a selection of seasonal holiday items, home accessories and vintage pieces from their gift shops as well as shrubs, herbs, fruit trees, roses and other flowering plants. “The Imperial project is tailor-made for a gathering such as a Farmers Market event,” said Shay Shafie, general manager of Imperial Sugar Land. “Creating a community gathering place is a big part of the role Imperial will play for years to come.” Vendors interested in participating in the Farmers Market at Imperial should contact Gail Best at gail@fortbendcc.org and (281) 491-0800 or Mary Von Tungeln at imperialfarmersmarket@gmail.com. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available. Imperial Sugar Land’s park-like setting, with picnic tables under sprawling oak trees, allows visitors to enjoy their locally grown food purchases while gathering with friends neighbors. Plus, free, on-site parking provides easy access to the market. Stay up to date as new vendors are added by visiting www.ImperialSugarLand.com/FarmersMarket. FBF

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wenty years ago, Fort Bend County’s population was half of what it is today. Shops and restaurants were much more limited, as was the availability of live symphonic music. All that changed in the summer of 1992 when Sugar Lakes’ resident Kai Yuen Choi, encouraged by his wife Josephine, announced the formation of the Sugar Land Community Orchestra. As the group expanded beyond Sugar Land, it was renamed in 1995 to the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. Choi, who at the time served as choir and orchestra conductor at Houston Chinese Church, saw the orchestra as a way for non-professional musicians to get together and play. “Many of our members played in band and orchestra when they were in school and they’ve missed it,” he

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Habitat for Humanity house blessing on June 20, 1992. Expanding to approximately 50 musicians, the orchestra opened its first season on November 14 of that same year, performing at Rogers Auditorium adjacent to Dulles High School. The free concert featured works of Brahms, Rossini and Tchaikovsky. A second concert, in April 1993, completed the first season. Today, FBSO is still composed of volunteer musicians who have played since childhood and enjoy making music together. They work in healthcare, oil and gas, education and retail businesses. FBSO’s regular concert season has expanded to include four concerts at the Stafford Centre, a free concert performed at Sugar Land Town Square and other concerts as announced. In recent years, musical quality has soared and concerts have come to include a brilliant mix of well-known classical compositions and popular tunes. Guest musicians and artistic touches visually engage FBSO’s audiences, which have grown from a few hundred in its early years to over 1,000 for sold-out concerts at the Stafford Centre. Retired banker Ben Carter won tickets to the Fort Bend Symphony several years ago and after the first concert became a season subscriber. “My wife and I like music and were impressed by the quality and variety of the

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music at the Fort Bend Symphony,” said Carter. “If you live in Fort Bend County and like concert music, you can enjoy our own community orchestra right here in Fort Bend.” Carter went on to say, “The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra adds to the culture of the community by exposing residents to an important element of the arts.” Like Carter, you can be part of FBSO’s 20th anniversary – A Season of Surprises – by becoming a season subscriber. Ticket packages for the four-concert series are $40 (balcony), $60 (orchestra level) and $100 (box seat). Discounts are provided for seniors, students and military. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult, but must have reserved seats. Tickets may be ordered at www.fbso.org or by calling 281.276.9642. FBF

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iss Kristyn Courtney Glenn and Mr. Tyler Scott McFarland were united in marriage on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at six o’clock in the evening at House Plantation. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Pastor Barry Jeffries. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception with dinner and dancing. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Glenn of Fulshear, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. Irvin Deorsam and the late Mrs. Berniece Deorsam of Copperas Cove, Texas and Mrs. Dorothy Glenn and the late Mr. J. M. Glenn, Jr. of Valley Mills, Texas. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry McFarland of Humble, Texas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. B. J. McFarland of Lafayette, Louisiana and Mrs. Catherine Navarra and the late Mr. Samuel T. Navarra of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a Maggie Sotterro design. The intricately-laced ivory gown featured a high mandarin keyhole back and a fishtail train finished with scalloped edging. Swarovski crystals were delicately sprinkled throughout with rich, decorative beading at the empire waist. She carried a bouquet of lavender roses, cream roses, deep purple orchids and green hydrangeas. Serving as maid of honor was Ms. Becky Bouboulis of Houston, Texas. Bridesmaids were Ms. Meredith Rios of Chicago, Illinois, Mrs. Kelli Evans of Sugar Land, Texas and Ms. Laura Edwards of Port Lavaca, Texas. Ms. Amelia Dawson, cousin of the bride, served as flower girl. House party attendants were Mrs. Stacie Dawson of Axtell, Texas, and Mrs. Casey Smith of Oakwood, Texas, both cousins of the bride.

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Serving as best man was the groom’s brother, Mr. Barrett McFarland, of Tomball, Texas. Groomsmen were Mr. Alfred Boustany of Lafayette, Louisiana, Mr. Ben Latiolais of Lafayette, Louisiana and Mr. Brandon Benoit of Carencro, Louisiana. The ring bearer was Mr. Jayce Glenn, cousin of the bride. Mr. Matt Latiolais and Mr. Darren Robichaux served as ushers. Kristyn is a 2005 graduate of Clements High School in Sugar Land and a 2009 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, with a specialization in Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is in her third year of teaching 2nd grade, deaf and hard of hearing, students at Calvert Elementary School in Houston. Tyler is a 2004 graduate of St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette, Louisiana and a 2010 graduate of ITT Technical Institute in Houston. He received an Associate Degree in Computer Drafting and Design and is currently employed as a well planner by PathFinder, a Schlumberger company, in Houston. The couple spent their honeymoon in Durango, Colorado. They now reside in north Houston with their dog, Rocky.

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Spooktacular Halloween Celebrations Riverstone’s Heart and Sole 5K and Boo Bash

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Saturday, October 15 | 8 am Riverstone, 4855 Riverstone Blvd., Missouri City Benefitting Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. Racers, supporters and the general public are invited to the post-race Boo Bash, which will include midway games with prizes, an inflatable obstacle course, dunking booth, high-striker game to test strength and more. Children and adults can vie for top honors in a costume contest and two disc jockeys will keep the atmosphere lively. Food will be available on-site for purchase. For information, visit www.riverstone.com or call 713-817-6427.

Rosenberg’s BOO-berg Saturday, October 29 | 10 am – Midnight Seabourne Creek Nature, 3831 TX 36 S, Rosenberg Rosenberg will hold its annual free Boo-berg event for children age 10 and younger at Seabourne Creek Nature. Children may come in costume and must be accompanied by an adult. There will be carnival games, sack races, Hula Hoop contests, fitness challenges, Halloween activities, prizes and treats plus free snow cones. Visit www.RosenbergEvents.com.

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Dress your child up in his/her favorite costume and come walk the free candy trail. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to bring their own containers to collect goodies. Parking will be available at Thurgood Marshall High School, adjacent to Buffalo Run Park. If you are interested in hosting a trail station, e-mail lcarrier@missouricitytx.gov.

Sugar Land’s Halloween Town in Sugar Land Town Square Sunday, October 30 | 4 – 8 pm Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land All little witches, superheroes, princesses and other creative characters are invited to bring their families, friends and pets for this evening of friendly surprises. Festive Halloween characters will roam Town Square inviting children to participate in several activity stations and attractions provided by local organizations and businesses. Children and pets are invited to enter the costume contest in the following categories: 3 years and under, 4 – 7 years, 8 – 11 years, adults and pets. Categories are limited to the first 30 contestants. For information, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov or call 281-275-2885. EDITOR’S NOTE: Events, schedules and information may change without notice. Please refer to the event’s website or contact number for more information.

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Riverstone Launches Open Homes Spectacular October 8-23 This October, Riverstone is welcoming the public to a community-wide event that will showcase the many housing styles available in the Fort Bend development. During the Open Homes Spectacular, Oct. 8-23, more than 25 homes will be on tour throughout Riverstone, including those in the community’s newest neighborhoods. “Riverstone is experiencing tremendous growth this year,” said Tom Wilcox, the community’s general manager. “This event will be particularly exciting as it literally opens the doors on everything we have introduced during 2011.” Just some of the neighborhoods opening in Riverstone this year include Nandina, which features patio homes by Darling Homes on 65-foot properties; The Orchard, a wooded neighborhood with homes by David Weekley and Trendmaker; Shadow Glen, which features homes by Highland and Perry Homes; and Sweetbriar, a neighborhood of 55-foot homesites by Newmark Homes and Perry Homes. Silver Grove is Riverstone’s newest neighborhood, which offers semi-custom homes from

Riverstone is opening the doors on more than 25 available homes in the community during the Open Home Spectacular, Oct. 8-23. Homes in a variety of prices and styles can be toured during the event, including those in newly opened neighborhoods.

Toll Brothers and Partners in Building. Other builders in Riverstone are Ashton Woods Homes, Coventry Homes, Meritage Homes and Westin Homes. Also in Riverstone are The Manors townhomes and custom builders Bayou Bend Homes, Christopher Sims Custom Homes, Peterson Homebuilders, Sterling Classic Homes and Westport. Prices are from the $200,000s to the millions. Also underway in Riverstone this year is the extension of University Boulevard, which will connect Highway 6

and U.S. 59 when the segment opens late next year. Riverstone is located at Highway 6, three miles south of U.S. 59, and offers easy access to several major thoroughfares, including the Fort Bend Parkway. Abundant dining and shopping choices are just minutes away, including First Colony’s booming Town Center. For more information, visit www. riverstone.com. Headliners continued on page 70

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Pat Hebert was honored by many friends and family on the occasion of her 70th birthday.

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f you’ve been around Fort Bend politics or charities for very long, and if you were in town, then you were at Pat Hebert’s birthday party last month. Everybody else was at the Safari venue to wish Pat a Happy Birthday! Pat is a long-time secretary of the Fort Bend Republican Party and is also the wife of Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert. She has been involved in many charities and community activities over the years-the Fort Bend Museum and Fort Bend Seniors to name just two. In fact, when the Heberts first moved to Fort Bend over 25 years ago, Bob was working hard so it fell to Pat to participate in the community activities. Many people knew Pat long before they knew Bob. Long-time friend Mike O’Connell served as Master of Ceremonies of the birthday event and regaled the audience with stories about Bob and Pat’s early years including tending to water district leaks before a banquet in formal clothes with Pat holding the flashlight and Bob at the bottom of a hole. When Bob finally got the microphone after O’Connell’s presentation, he jokingly said if Mike O’Connell ever had a birthday, someone should get him a watch.

Pat introduced all the couple’s children and grandchildren who were all in attendance. The Hebert’s children are all daughters and all their daughters have sons only. It’s obvious how much her grandsons love Pat so there was probably a little spoiling going on over the years! Pat and Bob have both made community service a large part of their lives and it was gratifying to see the number of people who came out to honor Pat on her birthday. Pat chose to have people donate food or cash for her birthday present which she donated to five different organizations including The Second Mile Catholic Charities, The Mamie George Community Center, Helping Hands, Fort Bend County Women’s Center, and East Fort Bend Human Needs. She donated 400 pounds to each of the five organizations and $200 each, all presents she received from the community. What a great way to celebrate your birthday – sharing with others!

Bob & Pat Hebert with long time friends Tom & Sandy Brown & Diane & Jim Moore.

All of the family took a bow: Travis, Ernie & Cindy Layman, Hannah Bryce, Nick, Kenny, Bud & Shelley Hannes & Kristen, Ray, Robbie & Patsey McKnight.

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Mike O’Connell alternately told funny stories about Pat and then told of her many accomplishments.

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ouston lawyer Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is not only profoundly talented, but also profoundly addicted to a secret, reckless lifestyle. In contrast, his longtime friend and business partner, Paul Danziger (codirector Mark Kassen), is a straight laced and responsible family man. Their mom-and-pop personal-injury law firm is getting by on Mike’s genius, Paul’s practicality, and financial support from good friend Daryl (Jesse L. Martin), who refers cases deemed too small by his high-powered firm. Danziger is happy in a small pond of injuries and accidents but Weiss is seeking bigger fish. Weiss and Danziger agree to meet with Vicky (Vinessa Shaw), a local ER nurse, who was pricked by a needle contaminated with HIV while on the job. With her health deteriorating rapidly, Vicky wants help getting her friend’s (Marshall Bell) invention, “Safety Point” syringes, into 2,000 hospitals to protect health care workers from the fate that found her. But subject to the whim of a corrupt system, the hospitals are resistant to anything new--even something that would save lives. Weiss is moved by Vicky’s strife and eager to take on a cause that would benefit thousands of people every year, while Danziger, content with their usual caseload, is reluctant, knowing the payout on a case like this may never come. But unable to stay strong in the face of Weiss’ tenacity, Danziger gives in, and very quickly, they are managing the antitrust litigation on Vicky’s behalf. It’s not long before the partners are in over their heads. Finally fed up with his manic lifestyle, Weiss’ wife leaves him, and his once manageable drug habit, which used to give him an edge in preparing for a case and in court, spirals out of control. In the meantime, Danziger can barely keep their office afloat and worries what will happen to his growing family. As Weiss and Danziger dig deeper into the case, a health care and pharmaceutical conspiracy teeters on exposure and heavyweight attorneys move in on the defense. Even with a senator (Kate Burton) on their side and a whistle blower (Michael Biehn) coming forward, they find themselves out of their league against powerful, wealthy attorney Nathaniel Price (Brett Cullen). Price’s reach seems limitless, as he is able to coax Daryl’s firm into withdrawing its support of Weiss and Danziger and ultimately intimidates the senator as well. The layers of the case keep growing and things become even more dire when Vicky’s battle with AIDS takes a turn for the worse, and the mounting pressure of the case pushes the two underdog lawyers’ partnership, their business, and even their very lives to the breakPaul Danziger (Mark Kassen) and Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) in Puncture. ing point. Puncture is a powerful film on all fronts. The brilliant story and incredible direction, coupled with strong performances from the entire cast, leave very little to be negative about regarding this film. Chris Evans deserves an award for his depiction of Mike Weiss, simple as that. Puncture is full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Once you think you know what is going to happen, you find out you’re wrong - again! Not for the weak of mind, nor for young kids, Puncture is a definite must see for anyone that enjoys cerebral pictures. Filmed in Houston, this began as an independent Texas film and grew into something that Vicky Rogers (Vinessa Shaw) in Puncture. hits a home run! H Photos Courtesy of Millennium Entertainment.

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Stephen F. Austin’s Angels Honor New Members On Induction Day On August 13, 2011, the award-winning Austin Angels celebrated the induction of new members in ceremonies held at Stephen F. Austin High School. The rookie class this year is made up of 21 young ladies from Austin High School. The Austin Angels are the dance team at Stephen F. Austin High School. According to Betsy Heathcock, director, and Kristina Taman, assistant director of the Austin Angels, “The Austin Angels are successful for many reasons. The Angel’s creed is to work hard, and be the best. The slogan that we use at the end of every one of our practices is ‘Everything you do matters.’” The Angels realize everything they do and think affects the people in their lives, and their reactions, in turn, affect others. Therefore, they also believe in community service. The Austin Angels work in con-

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junction with AHS DECA, Travis Belles Dance Team and the Austin Bulldog Band to sponsor the Tracie Lynne Hester Life Donor Scholarship Walk scheduled for October 29, 2011 and provide an Angel Junior Clinic for younger girls to learn about dance and what it means to be part of a team. The Austin Angels in conjunction with the Austin Bulldog Band serve as the ambassador for spirit and Bulldog pride

at Austin High School. Please support the Angels and plan on attending Austin Takes Flight dinner and silent auction on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Austin High School located at 3434 Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land. The general public is invited. Attending the auction is free. You must purchase a dinner ticket, catered by Pappas BBQ, in advance. For more information, visit www.austinbulldogband.org/.

“Texas” Sized Scoreboard Unveiled Skeeters, City of Sugar Land Select TS Sports for Video System at StarTex Power Field The Sugar Land Skeeters released details of the main scoreboards at StarTex Power Field. The scoreboards are being supplied by TS Sports based in Dallas. The two main scoreboards will consist of an old-fashioned, manually-operated scoreboard in the left field wall, modeled after the manually-operated scoreboard in Fenway Park’s Green Monster, and an eight-story, high definition video board towering high above center field. “We wanted to give StarTex Power Field the character that only a manuallyoperated scoreboard can provide,” said Matt O’Brien, Skeeters President. “Not to mention the great summer jobs that it can provide. But, we also wanted to give the ballpark a unique state-of-the-art ‘Texas sized’ high definition video system as well.” The center field video board will soar almost 100 feet above the playing field, and will be one of the largest video boards in the minor leagues. The video board will

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games. It is also capable of showing full size movies as well as video during other events at the ballpark. About the Sugar Land Skeeters: The Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team, led by Manager and former Major League All-Star Gary Gaetti, will play in the $35 million-dollar StarTex Power Field, which is being constructed by the City of Sugar Land and the Skeeters at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A. The Sugar Land Skeeters will play 70 regular season home games annually, starting with the 2012 season which begins in April, 2012. StarTex Power Field will play host to a multitude of other sporting events, including football, soccer, lacrosse, cheerleading and band competitions, as well as concerts, group outings and scout sleepovers. The Skeeters may be reached at www. SugarLandSkeeters.com or by calling 281.240.HITS (4487). Headliners continued on page 72

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Sugarcreek Executive Suites, a turnkey office solution at a reasonable price, are located at 54 Sugarcreek Center Blvd. These brand new business office suites exclusively serve professional and expanding business providing upscale, comfortable Sugar Land office space. Sugarcreek Executive Suites are located in a convenient location not simply because of its proximity to Hwy. 90, Beltway 8 and Hwy.59, other business and restaurants, but also because of the pristine neighborhood in which the suites themselves stand. Besides being full service office suites, there are additional services which are included in the all inclusive package. They include: a dedicated local phone number, voice mail forwarded to you by e-mail, a personal fax number for e-fax, wood veneer furniture, professional office park address, mail box, phone calls answered in your company name, air condition 7 days a week – great feature for the clients who work on the weekends – fiber optic internet 50 download/20 upload, free nationwide long distance and to Canada, messages handled as instructed, meeting room 10 hours per month presentation ready with big screen and computer, mail, post, FedEx receiving/sending and forwarding, five days janitorial service, black and white and color copies and printing at most competitive rates. Sugarcreek Executive Suites is running a special on interior offices through December! Prices start at $650.00 and include every feature that you see above. Feel free to visit www.sugarcreekexecutivesuites.com or call Neal at 832-886-2800. H

The history of teacakes spans hundreds of years, and in different cultures, the teacake isn’t always the same. A popular staple descending from African American culture, teacakes were initially made over an open fire. The pastry derives from tea sandwiches and cakes from the early 1800’s when having tea was common. In northern England, a teacake is a round bread roll which is cut in half to make sandwiches. In other parts of England, a teacake is a light, sweet, yeast-based bun containing dried fruits, most usually currants, sultanas or peel. It is typically split, toasted, buttered, and served with tea. In Sweden, the word for teacake (tekaka) refers to a sweetened, wheat soda bread, resembling an Irish farl and served warm with butter and jam and often, cheese. In the Southeastern United States, a teacake is a traditional dense, large cookie made with sugar, butter, eggs, flour, milk, and flavoring. In Australia, a teacake is typically a heavier sponge cake. Now, this may make you hungry for dessert, but no worries, the Teacake Factory is here! New to Sugar Land, the Teacake Factory has over ten years of baking experience and a friendly staff to serve you. The Teacake Factory serves lunch (sandwiches, chips and teacakes) along with many flavored teas, coffees, pies, over twenty different flavors of cupcakes and signature cakes. The factory specializes in teacakes and serves over twenty four flavors. Visit the Teacake Factory at 2735 North Town Center Blvd in Sugar Land, call 281-565-0966 or visit online at www.teacakefactory.net. H

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TexasFeast Board Members: (Standing L to R) Fermin Carrasco, Leslie Woods, Burke Randolph and Tony Smith.  Sitting (L to R) PJ Nelson, Lenny Leassear and Rick Childs.  Rick Childs and Burke Randolph of primary sponsor and underwriter Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. fort bend

Join the TexasFeast World Series of Poker Tournament on Saturday, October 22 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Have a great time, good food, music and camaraderie. Don’t know how to play or feel you don’t know the game well enough? No worries, you will be playing with others of similar ability and assistance will be there. On Monday, October 24, join the TexasFeast Golf Tournament at Riverbend Country Club. The event begins at 12:30 with a shotgun start. Register and enjoy lunch starting at 11:00. Sponsorships and Hole sponsors are available. Dinner only tickets are available for $25.00 and entry fees are $125.00 for individuals and $450.00 per team. Both events benefit the Fort Bend County Veterans Society. For more information, call Tom Parks at (713) 817-3766 or email tom@tomparks.info. magazine • October 2011

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Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Presents “Road Trip To Rio!”

19th Annual Katy Triathlon Set for Sunday, October 30

Jim Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital; Jill Curtis, Executive Director of Fort Bend Cares and Dr. Scott Breeze, Chairman of the Board, Fort Bend Cares, toast to their upcoming event. Picture by Mary Favre.

Fort Bend Cares, a charitable foundation, has announced that Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital will be the presenting sponsor for its February 11, 2012 dinner dance fundraiser – Road Trip to RIO: The Ultimate Lounge Experience. Fluor’s large cafeteria will be transformed into a Carnivale-themed paradise with a delectable array of food from local restaurants, music for dancing, silent and live auctions and casino style games to add to the fun. Sponsorships are available at the following levels: $7500, $5000 and $2500. Individual tickets are priced at $75. Fort Bend Cares supports organizations and programs that serve disadvantaged children and youth. For more information or to become a sponsor, call 832-392-1983 or visit www.FortBendCares.org. About Memorial Hermann Sugar Land: Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is a full-service acute care facility that brings the latest medical technology and expertise to our community. Recently named as one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation by Thomson Reuters, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is the only hospital in Fort Bend County to achieve this distinction. Visit www.memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE.

Firethorne will host the 19th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne Sunday, October 30, 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. The USA Triathlon-sanctioned race, the third largest co-ed triathlon in Texas, will be positioned in and around the 1,400-acre Firethorne residential community on FM 1463, near the crossroads of the I-10 West corridor, Westpark Tollway and Grand Parkway in Katy/Fulshear. The Katy Triathlon at Firethorne encompasses a 16-mile bike race, a threemile run and a 500-meter swim in Lake Firethorne. Rotary Club of Katy has sponsored the Katy race for more than 10 years, according to President-Elect Dr. Ralph Brock. The Club organizes more than 40 of its own member-volunteers, in addition to helpers from Cinco Ranch High School FBLA, Rotary Interact Club and Boy Scouts to orchestrate the Katy Triathlon. The cycling route for adults will include sections of FM 1463 and US Hwy.

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90 within the Katy city limits. Katy Triathlon registration is open and continues through October 25. The complete fee structure and deadlines are posted on the event website, www.katytriathlon.com. The Rotary Club of Katy donates event proceeds to the Katy Rotary Fund, which supports local charities for their work in providing essential health, recreation and educational services to children in Katy ISD. In July, the Rotary Fund awarded $21,000 in scholarships, $1,500 each to 14 graduating seniors from the district’s six high schools. Race sponsorships, underwriters and in-kind underwriters are available. For information, call Vicki Rao at 281-391-3655. Firethorne is located 15 miles west of Houston’s Energy Corridor. To tour Firethorne, take I-10 West and exit Pin Oak to FM 1463. Call 281-395-1440 or visit www.firethorne.info. Headliners continued on page 75

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Fire and Ice Gala for Hope Endowment presented by Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Child Advocates of Fort Bend 20th Anniversary

Patty Green & Jim Shaw.

Cindy Anderson, Metoyer Ellis & Heather Rashid.

Danelia Argueta & RuthAnne Mefford.

Bob & Susie Kern with Bill Rohrbach.

Ayeez & Shelena Lalji.

Sandra & Randy Templeton.

CASA Home Tour Kick Off Reception at the Imperial Theater in Sugar Land

Aly Tomasello, Anne Bulan & Lisa Moore

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Deanna McDonald & Molly Philip,

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Niraj Patel, Nicholas Desai & Chris Siebenaler.

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Lexington Boulevard Animal Hospital Announces First Annual Art Contest For Children The first annual Lexington Boulevard Animal Hospital Art Contest started last September 12, and will accept entries until November 5, 2011. This year’s theme is focused on ‘My Healthy Pet.’ Children ages 12 years-old and under in the Sugar Land/South West Houston area are invited to submit artwork expressing how kids in Sugar Land can keep their pets healthy. Children might address exercise, training, or what makes their pet happy. This year’s competition is kicking-off the 25 year anniversary open house celebration at Lexington Boulevard Animal Hospital, where children can assist in ‘teddy bear surgery.’ The open house will feature interactive stations throughout the hospital to engage children and community members in learning about how to keep your pet happy and healthy. One Grand Prize will be awarded in each of the following categories: Ages 5-under - $100 Toys R Us Gift Card Ages 6-8 - $100 Toys R Us Gift Card Ages 9-12 - $100 Best Buy Gift Card Winners will be selected on strength of artwork, focus on contest theme and originality. Winners will be announced on November 12 at the Lexington Boulevard Animal Hospital open house. Art contest guidelines include: • All entries must deal with the theme ‘My Healthy Pet’ in some fashion. The artwork can be of any medium (water color, acrylic, plaster, fabric, chalk, etc.) but must be submitted on a 16 x 20 sheet of poster board. Poster elements may include photos, drawings, and text. • The applicants name, birth date, name of a parent or guardian, address and phone number, school, and teacher must be written on the back of each entry. Only ONE entry per applicant. All entries must be received by NOON on Saturday, November 5, 2011. Please drop off entries at Lexington Boulevard Animal Hospital, 2627 Cordes Dr., Sugar Land, TX 77479. For more information, call (281) 980-3737, or visit our website at www.lexingtonpethospital.com/art. FBF

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George Library 25 Year Anniversary & Celebration

Santikos Theatres Groundbreaking Ceremony The Palladium, which will feature 22 oversize screens, restaurant and in-theatre dining, and other unique features, will seat 5,000 and will open late summer/early fall 2012.

Tom McNutt, Dee Koch & Roland Adamson.

Rob Fondren, Jeff Wiley, Jan-Michael Jenkins, James Patterson, Adrienne DelGiorno, David Holmes, Gary Gillen, Bill Dostal, Vincent Morales, Jr. and Dave Cannon.

Jacqueline Chaumette with Bob & Carole Brown.

St. Laurence Ladies Guild to Host “Shop ‘til you Drop” October 20th

Jerry Styner, Marcia Hollingshead & Annette Horelica.

Pictured are (front row) Julie Baddrick, Barbara Williams, Liz Hawk, Terri Kurkjian; Lucy Maldonado, Essie Burgess, Kristl Story, Jody Tancred, Patricia Garmon, Sharon Carroll, Miche Broussard, Pennie DeGroot, Maureen Ambrocik, Mary Anne Talab, Teresa Humphreys & Deb Hernandez. For information, please call 281-980-9812. Vincent Morales, Jr. & John Zerwas. Check out our selection of photos at www.FortBendFocus.com and have your photo made into a wonderful souvenir to commemorate the event. Only photos taken by Focus Magazine staff will be available. fort bend

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Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Legislative Update

Eric Edmunds, Ron Reynolds & Cliff Terrell.

Gary Pearson, John Zerwas, Don Smithers & Frank Gracely.

La Cocina Mexican Restaurant Check Presentation

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La Cocina Mexican Restaurant presents a check to Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels for $33,794, earned through La Cocina’s 6th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser. Pictured are (front row) Kristin Weiss, Loretta Acosta, Rachel ElSaadi, Andres Novoa, Angela Vasquez, Janice Perry, Johanna Compean, Belinda Davila, Ray Aguilar; Sandy Hawk, Hector Vasquez, Doug Perry, Angelica Martinez.

Ray Aguilar, Grace Belleza, Norma Cavazos, Jessica Kij, Jeni Scarborough, Patti Parish-Kaminski, Lisa Fredrickson, Norma & Delfino Loredo & Elizabeth Pace.

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Members of the FBJSL Beneficiary Review Committee pictured are (left to right): Sarah Boyd, Catherine Kubala, Renee Jaramillo, Brooke Livingston, Katherine Minter, Tin Salas, Alexcia Spraggon, Chi Duvan, Tanya Pal, Cherie Miller, Susie Bakus & Melissa Marroquin. To apply as a beneficiary, visit www.fbjsl.com.

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FORT BEND KIDS CHALKBOARD The published photos came from Press Releases submitted to Fort Bend Focus by the schools/organizations of these children.

Rosenberg National Little League 13/14 Year Old All-Stars recently participated in the Junior League World Series. Pictured above are (standing): Coach Richard Arriaga, Coach Jeff Noser, Jacob Castro, Wesley Thompson, Cody Wilson, Ray “Tito” Sanchez, Joe Fonseca, Colten Sulak, and Manager Stephen Sulak; Jeremy Arriaga, Chris Leal, Peyton Noser, Sammy Trevino, Joshua Balba, and Jaxon Williams.

Nabil Punjani of Ismaili Muslim Boy Scout Troop 797 has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his eagle project he completed a project given by the city of Sugar Land. He built compost bins at Municipal Court Garden and Recycle Center. Nabil devotes a significant amount of his personal time by volunteering in community services.

Scouts from Troop 557 of Katy had an adventurous summer, making 2 treks at Philmont Scout Ranch and a trip to Hale Scout reservation in Talihina, Oklahoma. The troop enjoyed all sorts of activities from black powder shooting to horseback riding to rock climbing and repelling!

Young patients of the orthodontic office of Dr. Dennis Halford proudly announce that the 26th Annual Halford’s Helpers was a huge success! This unique “Summer Camp,” offers young patients a chance to spend part of the day in the office and participate in various activities such as greeting patients, learning orthodontic terminology and viewing chairside procedures. The celebrated ended with food and fun at Sugar Land’s AMC Theatre. fort bend

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Four athletes from Champion Gymnastics Academy in Katy will compete in the 2011 Regional Future Stars Competition in Austin on November 5. If they qualify, the boys will advance to the National Future Stars Competition at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado from December 3-5. Last year, Khalil Jackson placed 4th at the National Future Stars Competition and earned a place on the Future Stars National Team. Pictured are Curtis Chang, Khalil Jackson, Liam McQuillan, and Noah Duran.

First Colony Swim Team’s Simone Manuel was selected to represent USA Swimming in Lima, Peru at the 2011 World Junior Championships. Simone placed 4th in the 100 freestyle and was a member of the gold medal winning 400m freestyle relay! The relay also set a new World Junior Championships meet record. Simone is also the USA Junior National Champion in the 100 Free.

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Congratulations to TJ Petrosewicz of Richmond for his 6th place finish in the Y12 Men’s Epee division at the USA Fencing’s North American Cup National Championships held in Reno, Nevada. TJ’s top eight finish ranked him 12th nationally in the Y12 Men’s Epee division. TJ fences with Fort Bend Fencing Academy and is coached by Manuel S. Rodriguez, with assistance from coaches Dillon S. Smith and Jonathan Bibb.

The Dulles High School Dolls Dance Team hosted its annual Junior Doll Clinic at Dulles High School on September 17. Students from kindergarten through 12 attended, taking dance classes, playing games, and even put on performance at the end of the day. www.fortbend

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1st SATURDAY, 9 – 11 AM SATURDAY WITH THE MASTER GARDENERS Visit 4 acres of Demonstration Gardens. Park in front of the Agriculture Center, 1402 Band Rd. in Rosenberg. Visit www.fbmg.com. 1st SATURDAY, 7 – 10 PM PINK LIGHTING IN HONOR OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land will light the Plaza and fountain in Sugar Land Town Square pink during the free Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra performance. Physicians and staff will be on hand to pass out free educational materials and pink glow necklaces to spread the light of breast cancer awareness and hope. Visit www.MDAnderson.org/SugarLand. 4th TUESDAY, 9 AM – 3:30 PM MASTER GARDENER CLASSES Class meets Tuesday and Wednesday through October 26th. Tuition is $200 per person. Visit www.fbmg.com. 4th TUESDAY, 10 AM FORT BEND FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS BOOKWORMS At the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City. Chitra Banarjee Divakaruni, author of One Amazing Thing, will be in attendance . Call 281-437-6222. 4th TUESDAY, 6:30 – 7:15 PM FORT BEND BOY’S CHOIR MUSIC MAGIC ADVENTURE Eight-week enrichment program for six and seven-year-old boys at First United Methodist Church, 3900 Lexington Blvd. in Missouri City. Visit www.fbbctx.org. PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Events, schedules and information may change without notice. Please refer to the event’s contact person or check the event’s website for more information.

4th & 11th TUESDAY, 7:30 – 9:30 PM SQUARE DANCE CLUB A free introduction to Square Dancing at Faith Lutheran Church, 800 Brooks Street. Call 281-438-5064. 8th SATURDAY, 10 AM – 12:30 PM CELEBRATE CZECH HERITAGE DAY At George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Enjoy singing, dancing and music. Call 281-341-2677. 8th SATURDAY, 10 AM – 2 PM SUGAR LAND HERITAGE HIKE Begin at 198 Kempner St. and walk through old downtown Sugar Land, the historic Hill neighborhood, the Heritage Foundation offices, and see a restored 1919 Model T fire truck! The hike lasts an hour and a half and is free for ages 12 and under, $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and up. Visit www.slheritage.org. 8th SATURDAY, 12 – 5 PM READING ROUND UP CARNIVAL At Antoinette Reading Junior High, 8101 FM 762 in Richmond. Enjoy activities such as a dunking booth, rock climbing wall, game trailer, bungee trampoline and more. Visit www.readingpto.org. 9th SUNDAY, 9 AM – 7 PM HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH ANNUAL FESTIVAL Free family event at 1510 Fifth St. in Missouri City. Enjoy rides and games, food and raffle. Call 281-438-2629. 10th MONDAY, 12 – 1:30 PM CRAFT TIME AT FRUITY YOGURT Free craft time kids with a purchase of $3 or more of frozen yogurt. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy crafts with your kids. Located at 4645 Highway 6, Suite D, in Sugar Land. RSVP at 281-302-5579. fort bend

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12th WEDNESDAY, 5:30 – 9 PM AUSTIN TAKES FLIGHT Dinner and silent auction benefitting the Austin High School Angels Dance Team at Austin High School, 3434 Pheasant Creek Drive in Sugar Land. Everyone is invited and entry to the auction is free. Visit www.austinbulldogband.org or e-mail vaidyas@msn.com. 14th FRIDAY, 12 – 5 PM SKIN HEALTH & BEAUTY EVENT At Sugar Land Plastic Surgery, 13135 Dairy Ashford Rd, Suite 530 in Sugar Land. Fall in love with your skin again. Free skin analysis and customized treatment plan. Call 281-980-8000 or visit www.MyBodySurgeon.com. 15th SATURDAY, 8 – 11 AM FORT BEND PARENTS OF MULTIPLES GARAGE SALE Find infant, toddler, children’s and maternity clothing, shoes, toys, cribs, furniture, strollers, car seats, toys and more! Held at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd in Sugar Land. Visit www.fbpom.org. 15th SATURDAY, 9 AM – 4 PM PICK-A-DILLY CRAFTS FAIR Held at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 20775 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy. Enjoy craft booths, a silent auction, pumpkin patch, bake sale and great food. Visit www.stpkaty.org. 20th THURSDAY, 7 – 8 PM MASTER GARDENER MEETING Hear Chris Wiesinger, owner of The Southern Bulb Co., speak about planting and caring for bulbs at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center, 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg. Visit www.fbmg.com.

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28th FRIDAY, 11:30 AM GOLF CLASSIC BENEFITTING CHANGING MINDS FOUNDATION At Wildcat Golf Club, 12000 Almeda Road in Houston. Registration and lunch at 11:30 am. Shotgun start at 1 pm with dinner, awards and silent auction following. Purchase an entry in the Ball Drop for $25 each and you could win a trip for two to Costa Rica! Proceeds raised will go to education and research for treatment of Down syndrome. Visit www.changingmindsfoundation.org. Attend the 8th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta on October 22nd and 23rd. Pictured above are attendees of the Kick Off Party, at Char House Bar and Grille, with the dragon head – an item wedged on the boat comprised of a 26 member crew.

22nd SATURDAY, 9 AM – 5 PM TEXIAN MARKET DAYS FESTIVAL This family friendly event, held at George Ranch Historical Park, is a living history festival featuring hands-on activities, war camps, battle re-enactments, historic home tours, archeological digs, food and live entertainment. Visit www.georgeranch.org.

28th FRIDAY, 7 AM – 10 PM FREE SCARY FACE PANCAKES Kids 12 and under can design and dine on their own Free Scary Face Pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, and two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to create their Halloween hotcake. At participating IHOP locations. Visit www.ihop.com.

22nd SATURDAY, 6 – 10 PM ROSENBERG RAILROAD MUSEUM’S FUNDRAISING GALA Annual gala at the Safari Texas Ranch Ballroom in Richmond. Area residents and businesses are encouraged to attend or make a tax deductible donation. Visit www.rosenbergRRmuseum.org/gala.

26th WEDNESDAY, 8 AM FRIENDS FOR LIFE BREAKFAST Free event hosted by the Pregnancy Resource Center at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club to raise funds and to spread their message in the community. Call 281-232-2375.

22nd – 23rd SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 8 AM – 4 PM GULF COAST INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT REGATTA A free, family event celebrating Asian and Asian-American culture. Held at Brooks Lake at Fluor Corp. in Sugar Land.. Divisions for amateur and experienced teams are currently being registered. Sponsorship, vendors and volunteer opportunities are also available. Visit www.texasdragonboat.com.

27th THURSDAY, 5:30 PM STEPPING OUT FOR A CAUSE WITH FOCUS ON WOMEN AND SOUTHERN SISTER DESIGNS “PINKTOBER” Enjoy cupcakes by Sweet Tooth Bakery, feather extensions by Nuance Salon, air brush pink ribbon tattoos by A Tropical Haven, and more with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Donna Bradshaw. At 817 Third Street in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. Visit www.FOWmag.com. www.fortbend

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SUGAR LAND TOWN SQUARE www.sugarlandtownsquare.com Call 281-313-SLTS Thursday, October 6 & 13 7 – 9 p.m. Music in the Plaza Friday, October 7 & 14 7 – 9 p.m. Music in the Plaza Sunday, October 9 – Saturday, October 15 Restaurant Week Saturday, October 8 7 – 9 p.m. Taste of Town Square Saturday, October 15 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Movie Under The Moon Friday, October 21 7 – 9 p.m. Music in the Plaza – Monster Mash Saturday, October 22 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jaguar Club of Houston’s Annual Concours D’Elegance Show Friday, October 28 7 – 9 p.m. Dancing Under The Stars Sunday, October 30 4 – 8 p.m. City of Sugar Land presents Halloween Town

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Relief from Neck and Back Pain The Spine Center Takes the Lead with Free Seminar If chronic neck or back pain, or other debilitating conditions of the spine are keeping you from fully participating in everyday life, relief is in sight. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center is providing patients who suffer from neck and back pain a complete range of treatment options — all in one convenient location with full management of care. It’s not uncommon for people suffering with back and neck pain to try many kinds of treatment without real relief, and it can be frustrating to wait many weeks for an appointment with a specialist. At the core of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center is a nurse practitioner or “navigator” who helps patients through a simpler process. The Spine Center also includes a multidisciplinary team of physicians and health care professionals trained in providing the full range of key spinal care services, including spine surgery, pain management, neurology and physical therapy. Patients are led through a process of assessment and treatment ranging from physical therapy to aggressive non-surgical management. When necessary, delicate spine surgery tailored to the patient’s unique condition is available from skilled orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. The Spine Center is located on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus with easy access off Town Center Boulevard. Patients with physician referrals, as well as those without referrals, are

welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment at the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Spine Center, please call 281-313-BACK (2225) or email SpineCenter@tmhs.org Free Seminar: Join a multi-disciplinary panel of physicians from the

Methodist Sugar Land Spine Center to have your questions answered regarding back and neck pain on October 25 at 6:00 p.m., at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Conference Center. Seating is limited, call today to make reservations. 281-274-7500. H

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2010 Flu Shot Clinic & Community Toy Drive.

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in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend residents can bring a new, unwrapped toy or clothing item to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from 8 a.m. to noon in exchange for a flu shot. The toys and clothing will benefit local children in

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital awarded a Third ENERGY STAR label

the Fort Bend area. “We are proud to partner with the local exchange clubs once again to provide this community offering. This is a great way for the community to stay healthy while also putting smiles on children’s faces during the holiday season,” said Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. In 2010, Santa’s Gift Exchange provided toys and clothing to more than 3,000 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. Organizers of Santa’s Gift Exchange 2011 are anticipating an equal or greater number of qualifying families due to recent economic downturns. “Everyone’s help is needed to meet the challenge of providing toys for our children who will not have toys this year without our help,” said John Robson, Chairman of Santa’s Gift Exchange 2011. “We are looking forward to partnering with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for a fourth year. This is a great collaboration; get a flu shot and in return you are able to give back to the children in this community,” says Steve Griffith, Exchange Club of Sugar Land President. “Our community is well known for it’s philanthropic values so we encourage you to participate by dropping off toys or clothing even if you have already had your flu shot,” Siebenaler said. If you would like to participate in this community event, please bring an unwrapped, new toy or clothing item to the main lobby of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital between the times of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th. The flu vaccine is formulated to provide protection against three different flu strains – H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will be distributing a limited supply of the influenza vaccine to persons age 18 and older with no history of egg and/ or latex allergy. If you are pregnant, please visit your OB/GYN or primary care physician to have your vaccine administered. H

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Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital has been awarded the ENERGY STAR label by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 2011. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. In an effort to reduce energy consumption, improve indoor air quality and create a more patient-friendly environment, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land made extensive energy management changes on its campus since 2009. “Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is pleased to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Todd Harvey, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital CEO. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.” By awarding facilities the ENERGY STAR label, the EPA recognizes facilities that meet strict energy performance standards. ENERGY STAR facilities must use less energy, be less expensive to operate, and emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their peers. To earn the label, facilities must be in the top 25 percent of their peers in energy efficiency according to the EPA’s energy performance scale. By improving efficiency, facilities can save energy and money and help fight climate change. Memorial Hermann www.fortbend

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Sugar Land is the only hospital in Fort Bend County to achieve this designation. “Memorial Hermann is proud to participate in the Energy Star program,” said Michael Hatton, Memorial Hermann System Executive of Engineering. “We consider excellence in energy efficiency a compliment to our efforts to provide greater Houston area residents with the most advanced and innovative care possible. As of today, only seven hospitals in Texas and 45 nation-wide have achieved the Energy Star designation.” The EPA is a national organization designed to protect human health and the environment by providing proven energy management strategies and free tools for public and private organizations to save energy and money through increased energy efficiency. For more information, visit www.epa. gov. For more information on Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, visit www.memorialhermann.org. H

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Fabiola Garza Joins Summus Industries Fabiola Garza has joined Summus Industries as director of marketing & strategic initiatives. In her new role, Garza will manage and market Summus Fabiola Garza Industries’ office supply business. In addition, she will also play a key role as part of the company’s executive management team. “Fabiola is an outstanding fit for the Summus Industries team,” said Chief Executive Officer Rodney Craig. “She brings several years of successful account management and marketing experience. Additionally, we have worked together managing major accounts in the higher education market. Fabiola is a true professional and has established an outstanding reputation in the business.” Prior to joining Summus Industries, Garza spent five years at Staples Advantage as an account manager in South Texas where she marketed and managed major institutional accounts in the public and private sectors. While there, she earned numerous awards including the prestigious 2011 Sales Excellence Award. A native of McAllen, Texas, Garza earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas - Pan American. Summus Industries, headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas, is a leader in strategic sourcing, utilizing proprietary software to streamline the procurement process for large institutional customers. The company offers technology hardware and software, office supplies, medical/laboratory research products, and logistics. Learn more at www.summusindustries.com. H

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Timeless Plastic Surgery Wins Customer Satisfaction Award Celebration Media and Talk of the Town News has awarded Timeless Plastic Surgery in Sugar Land, Texas the 2011 Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award. This award honors companies and professionals that provide excellent customer service as reported by their clients through no-cost, userreview websites, blogs, and businessrating services. Only businesses with enough positive feedback, high scores, and accolades to reach a 4-star to 5-star

rating are given this prestigious award. At Timeless Plastic Surgery, Dr. Peter Chang and his “Concierge Care Team” offers each patient personalized attention, the highest quality care, and beautiful, natural-looking results. Read testimonials from many happy patients by visiting TImelessPlasticSurgery. com. Then, call 281-242-TIME (8463) to schedule your free consultation and begin your journey to become a Timeless Beauty. H

Texas Direct Auto Named $30,000 Keystone Sponsor at Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo Texas Direct Auto, the nations’ largest independent car dealership located in Fort Bend County, continued to support the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo as a 2011 Keystone Sponsor donating $30,000 in part towards the Fort Bend County Fair scholarship program. Texas Direct Auto believes that education is a vital part of our community and focuses on providing opportunities for higher education to youth in the Fort Bend County community. This unique partnership with the Fort Bend County Fair will help finance a number of scholarships awarded to local qualifying youth, as youth education is the primary focus of the fair as well. A longstanding tradition, the FBCFA awards thirty scholarships to high school youth through their involvement with the fair. Texas Direct Auto Director of Business fort bend

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Development Jessica DeMarr states, “Our own program, ‘Scholarship Stars,’ is one example of our commitment to help students increase their educational opportunities. We are very happy to support FBCFA as they continue to honor qualifying county students with scholarships each year.” 2011 Fair President William Carter spoke about the Texas Direct Auto sponsorship saying, “We are very happy to have Texas Direct Auto’s support for another year as not only a sponsor but as committed, active participants in the Fair as they will be providing cars for the parade and prizes for some of the special activities.” September 24th, 2011z has been named Texas Direct Auto Day at the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo. For more information, visit www.fbcfa.org. H

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Rebecca with her parents, Sue and C.M. Nelson, in Pensacola on a mission trip with Habitat for Humanity.

Rebecca with some campers at Camp in the Hills, Marble Falls, Texas.

Re b e c c a going on in the school,” Rebecca said. “It makes you feel like you’re a part of the school’s inner workings.” She added, “I also love the friendships that I’ve developed in student council, and I feel that I’ve learned so much from being involved. It’s definitely taught me how to work with other people to reach a common goal. It’s really helped me learn how to take other people’s views into consideration.” As much time as student council takes out of Rebecca’s schedule, she still makes room for other extracurricular activities, such as PALS, FCA and Medical Professionals of America. She is also very involved with her church volunteering her time doing mission work. In fact, this past summer she spent seven weeks serving as a camp counselor at Camp in the Hills in Marble Falls, Texas. Rebecca has volunteered for four summers at this camp for inner city kids. “The main goal of the camp is to show God’s love to these kids,” said Rebecca. “We plant a seed, and you can really see

a change in the kids as the weeks go on.” But Rebecca’s mission work will go beyond Texas when she travels with her church to Honduras next summer. “I can’t wait to see a culture that is different from ours,” Rebecca shared. “I’ve grown up watching my dad leading mission trips, and I’m really excited to follow in his footsteps.” Between student council, mission work and her studies, Rebecca has already narrowed down her college search and hopes to attend Texas A&M University a year from now. “I’ve submitted an early application for A&M and am waiting to hear back.” She added with a laugh, “I’ve been brainwashed since I was a child. My parents met at A&M and my brother is there right now. We also have season football tickets, so we’re there every weekend. I’d say it’s a very important family tradition.” Rebecca still has a few more months until she has to start thinking about packing up and leaving her home of 18 years. Until then, Rebecca is sure to have a great senior year. H

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FOCUS FAVORITES... Your Community Resource Guide Accounting & Bookkeeping Books With Integrity 281-978-6916 www.bookswithintegrity.net Sandra@bookswithintegrity.net Assisting small businesses with bookkeeping & payroll. Services range from onsite training to fullcharge bookkeeping. Have your receipts or Excel data turned it into a valuable resource for your business. Already have a set of books? We can ensure they are set up properly. Using QuickBooks? Let us assist you with utilizing all the software features available to optimize your bookkeeping process. We provide accuracy, professionalism & enthusiasm, allowing you to focus on big-picture issues. (07/2012)

Acupuncture LIFEnhance Acupuncture Clinic 713-661-8822 www.acupuncturetx.net www.lifenhanceclinic.com wendy4chz@yahoo.com Health insurances accepted. Our clinical services include acupuncture, acupressure, massage, evidence-based botanical medicine, dietary supplements, and special diets. We treat: Headaches (Migraine, Facial, Sinus, Muscle Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia), Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Back Pain, Joint Pain, Chronic Pain due to Trauma, Bell’s Palsy, Infertility (IVF/IUI) Support, Menopause, Cancer Support, Stress/Depression, and Weight Management. We accept many health insurances. (05/2012)

Advertising/Printing/Graphics Fort Bend Focus Magazine 281-690-4242 www.fortbendfocus.com lisa@fortbendfocus.com Fort Bend’s only feature magazine direct mailed to nearly 30,000 homes, subscribers and high value homes in Sugar Land, Richmond, Katy, Missouri City and Fulshear. Complimentary at on demand distribution locations throughout Fort Bend. Subscribe for free. (10/2010) Focus On Women Magazine 281-690-4242 www.fowmag.com lisa@fortbendfocus.com Finally, the magazine that you have been waiting for. A new publication showcasing one of the best and brightest resources – our women. Full of interesting, thought-provoking stories. Focus on Women is a celebration of today’s women – their lives, their passions and their spirit. (10/2010)

Star Printing 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com michael@fortbendstar.com Professionally designed and printed flyers, postcards, brochures, magazines, newspapers and catalogs with high-quality digital graphics. (10/2010)

Children Sports/Gymnastics, Tumbling & Cheer GYMTEX Gymnastics & Cheerleading Inc 832-876-9888 www.GymtexGym.com gymtex@gmail.com Ten years in Fort Bend has allowed GYMTEX to provide families with children ages 3 to 18 quality gymnastics and cheerleading training in a safe, fun and clean environment. Not only does GYMTEX produce state champions, but they build your child’s character! Take advantage of Olympic caliber gymnastics equipment, an indoor rock wall, rope-net climbs, 40 foot trampoline and a giant foam block pit and more! Change your child’s life today with classes at GYMTEX and produce a champion for life! (06/2012)

Counseling DF Counseling Services 281-380-9518 www.dfcounselingservices.com dallaslpc@yahoo.com Change can be challenging. A positive outcome is the goal. I believe that a fulfilling life is complete with supportive relationships, feelings of selfworth, and continued personal growth. If you are struggling with some difficult life issues and need some helpful guidance, hire the Licensed Professional Counselor who is experienced, compassionate, and effective - Dallas Ferguson. Individuals, couples, and families are welcome. (11/2010)

Dentistry Texas Urban Smile 281-277-1545 www.texasurbansmile.com sara@texasurbansmile.com We care for your dental, oral health and beauty. To help you smile, we use top-of-the-line digital, low radiation x-rays, intraoral cameras, and much more. We have practiced general, cosmetic, implant and orthodontic dentistry for over 20 years. For your satisfaction, we offer a free consultation, $299 Zoom Whitening, $999 Bicon Short Implants, $2400 Invisible Braces and much more. Don’t wait! These deals will end soon. Call us and talk to one of our friendly staff and make an appointment today. (02/2011) fort bend

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Estate Planning and Probate Andreason Law Firm 281-265-1561 www.andreasonlawfirm.com kurtandreason@andreasonlawfirm.com With over 25 years experience in Texas, Kurt M. Andreason can meet your estate planning needs with everything from basic wills and disability planning documents to sophisticated estate planning strategies, including family limited partnerships, life insurance trusts and other recognized methods of estate tax reduction. Convenient Sugar Land location. Handicap Accessible. Board Certified in Estate Planning, Probate Law and Commercial Real Estate. Listed over 10 years in Best Lawyers in America. (11/2010)

Finance/Wealth Management Hardee Investment Group 713-853-0879 www.HardeeInvestmentGroup.com HardeeInvestmentGroup@rbc.com With over 85 years of collective experience, the Hardee Investment Group is your ultimate financial planning resource. Our team is comprised, of five diversified professionals, working primarily with family wealth and businesses up to $100 million. Our Group has been awarded national recognition by RBC Wealth Management, the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices, the Houston Business Journal and Barron’s, a sister publication to the Wall Street Journal, for our award winning service and advice. (10º/2011)

Home Remodeling & Construction Services Villa Construction & Remodeling 281-344-2732 www.villaconstruction.net cindy@villaconstruction.net Villa Construction and Remodeling recognizes the privilege that you extend to us in serving your home construction and remodeling needs. We offer a full range of quality products and professional services. We have served the communities in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County since 1991. We are members of the Better Business Bureau and Texas Residential Construction Commission. We accept credit cards and insurance claim work. Please contact us for a free no obligation quote. (11/2010)

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FOCUS FAVORITES... Your Community Resource Guide Horseback Riding Sienna Stables 281-778-7433 www.siennastables.com The premier Southwest Houston area Equestrian Facility offers horseback riding lessons for youth and adults in both English or Western styles. Other activities include kids’ camps, birthday parties, special events and therapeutic riding. For the horse owner, horses can be boarded and or trained by professionals. Sienna Stables also hosts many styles of horse shows. Nestled among centuriesold shade trees in Sienna Plantation this little slice of heaven is conveniently located in Fort Bend. (11/2010)

Jewelry Designs In Gems® 713-995-7975 www.designsingems.com brucejsnider@hotmail.com Custom Designs - Hand Made Jewelry by Designs In Gems® since 1984. “Distinctive originals redesigned from your sentimental existing gold and stones.... We make the next generation’s keepsakes.” Custom Jewelry Designer - Bruce J. Snider M.S., G.G.- GIA. Gemological Laboratory Appraisals. Graduate Gemologist - Gemological Institute of America. Listed: Jewelers Board of Trade, Member: BBB. 16180 City Walk (Town Square - Sugar Land) by appointment. (11/2010) J Loggins Jewelers 281-242-2900 www.jloggins.com For all of your jewelry needs. Come view a large selection of beautiful pieces by various designers. Expertise in original design and construction with an emphasis on providing the best in quality and value sets J Loggins Jewelers apart from all of the rest. Take advantage of the wide array of services including simple solders, repairs in all precious metals, repairs of some fashion and base metals, heirloom restorations, makeovers, engraving, watch battery replacement, restringing and appraisals. (05/2012)

Marketing & Advertising The Marketing Department 281-277-7272 www.tmdtexas.com hspencer@tmdmainstreet.com cspencer@tmdmainstreet.com TMD is a friendly retail environment where small business owners can shop for affordable marketing ideas to help grow their business. The owners, Howard and Christie Spencer, will take the time to get to know you and understand your business - at absolutely no cost to you. This free consul-

tation results in customized marketing strategies designed to fit your needs and budget. We’ll help you sell more -- to more people, more often, for more money! (03/2011)

Orthodontics Pisklak Orthodontics 281-403-5599 www.pisklakorthodontics.com info@pisklakorthodontics.com Carrie W. Pisklak, DDS, MS, is a respected provider of orthodontic care in your community. Located in Missouri City, Texas, the practice’s top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. Dr. Pisklak utilizes the latest technological advances, such as clear braces and Invisalign Teen, along with the latest in computer technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible. (10/2010)

Resale Shops PennyWise Resale Centers Benefitting Fort Bend County Women’s Center 281-344-5770 www.fortbendwomenscenter.org Are your closets and home overfilled with unwanted, usable items? Declutter your home and donate your lightly used home furniture, housewares, clothing, appliances, computers and electronics, shoes and jewelry. We accept everything from jeans to wedding gowns and designer wear. PennyWise Resale stores (Richmond, Stafford and Mission Bend) depend on the community’s generous donations, and all proceeds assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. Shop for unbelievable savings. (09/2011)

Roofing Pest Control/Exterminator Integrated Pest Management Inc. 281-341-1761 Fax 832-451-1949 www.integratedpest.biz ipmi@comcast.net Locally owned and operated servicing Fort Bend County for 29 years, Integrated Pest Management’s knowledge and friendly staff can answer all of your pest questions. A convenient retail store located on Hwy. 90 next to the Women’s Center retail store, we are open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Stop by to check out our collection of snakes, exotic bugs and rodents. Save money by purchasing the materials yourself and let us educate you on how to apply them. Better yet, let us do the job for you. Thanks, Bob, Frank, Shirley, Daniel and Phil. (03/2011)

Podiatry and Cosmetic Elite FootCare of Texas, Inc. 832-539-1620 www.elites-of-texas.com admin@elites-of-texas.com Podiatric & cosmetic medical facility providing advanced foot/ankle care in a compassionate & caring environment, located in Fort Bend. Dr. Shepherd will make sure you are comfortable, satisfied & well-informed about your healthcare through the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Services include general & cosmetic foot care, with treatments to make feet comfortable and beautiful such as: foot facials/spa and detox, toe nail bleach, treating hyperhydrosis (sweaty feet) and Stiletto Rx (high heel comfort). (03/2011)

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Ameristar Roofing 281-238-4230 www.ameristarroofing.com ameristarroofing@gmail.com Ameristar Roofing is your full service roofing company, No job is too small or too big. We are a certified “Shingle Master Co” with Certainteed which authorizes us to offer 3, 4 & 5 star extended warranties. We are fully insured and bonded for your safety. At the end of every job we perform a QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTION. Our company belief is, THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT. We want your recommendation because of our reputation! THANKS, JOE RANGEL, REUBEN STAFFORD & JOHN YATES, MANAGING PARTNERS. (10/2010)

Transportation The Original Trolley & Limousine Company 281-491-4911 www.originaltrolley.com otrolley@comcast.net The Original Trolley Company brings back a sense of nostalgia for groups who are looking for a truly unique transportation experience. The Trolley Company presently has three trolley cars ready for hire. The Trolleys are fully air conditioned and heated, mahogany trimmed, bar set up accommodations and have a trolley brass bell. Visit our website at www.originaltrolley.com to view our large gallery of photos. If a trolley is too large for your group, we have added a 120 inch stretch Limousine. (10/2010)

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DUMAR’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL It’s a great new place serving middle eastern favorites with an outdoor patio and some of the friendliest service in town. The owner, Mr. Bashar F. Dumar and his wife, Ilham are natives of the Middle-East and make everything fresh daily. The Kebeh Balls, Hummus, Taboulih, Babaghanouj and Baklava. In addition to a full line of Middle-Eastern groceries, Dumar’s also features fresh feta cheeses, several types of brined Olives, Gyro Sandwiches, Greek Salads and Spinach pies. Now serving Beer & Wine. Also, Party trays available. 4518 Hwy 6, Sugar Land. Mon-Thur 10am8:30pm and Fri-Sat 10am-9:00pm, 281-313-1893.

ITALIAN MAID CAFE • ‘Where the locals go!’ Gourmet cuisine, priced affordably in the heart of Historic Downtown Richmond. Owners, Chef Alex Ciocca and sister Lanie Alvarez invite you to a unique dining experience. Try our delightful old world sauces over pasta, thick-crust pizza, zesty house salad dressings, flavorful soups, mouth watering desserts and of course, our great house wine. Perfect for business lunches or a romantic dinner. We serve nightly specials including creatively prepared fish, chicken and beef. Pot Roast on Tuesday night. Located 2 blocks North of the Fort Bend County Courthouse on 300 Morton Street. Call for reservations or for more info at 281-344-8955 or 832-433-0032 for catering. www.italianmaidcafe.com.

CHEF REY • Known for his amazing gourmet cheesecakes, Chef Rey is always professional and most importantly passionate about every dish he prepares. He pays attention to every detail in preparing a mouth watering meal that is presented with style and class. His dedication is evident with every aspect of ensuring each customer is satisfied. Seeking a new spot that offers American Cuisine with professionalism and style together with an ambience that is exquisitely quaint and personal? Then visit Chef Rey’s, 2865 Dulles Avenue, Missouri City, TX 77459. Call 281-403-2900, visit www.chefreynolds.com. Open Thurs. 5-10, Fri-Sat. 5 -11 and Sun 10-4. Restaurant is available for private parties and catering. Gift Certificates available.

KARL’S AT THE RIVERBEND • Offering romantic dining in the country, Swiss Chef Karl Camenzind serves a wide variety of delicious cuisine including venison, Angus beef, fresh fish and wienerschitzel. Enjoy budget dinners as well as our regular dinner menu Tuesday Thursday with the Neighborhood Menu, featuring entrees under $11.00. Regular Dinner Menu Tuesday - Saturday. Best Sunday brunch in town, including over 50 items served buffet style and featuring eggs benedict and carved roast beef. Reservations suggested, but not required. Tuesday-Thursday 5-8:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5-9pm, and Sunday 11:30am-2pm. 5011 FM 723, Richmond, TX. 281-238-9300. Visit www.karlsrb.com.

FERNANDO’S RESTAURANT What’s new in 2011: Steakhouse cuisine, new wine selection, live entertainment by Salsa Bands, special events and more! Join us for live entertainment and dancing on the weekends. Banquets for up to 300 people, casual party room and catering is available. A special thanks to Focus Readers for your continued support! Stop by and get a free Fernando’s gift card. Come celebrate with Fernando and join his VIP list at 14135 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land. For reservations call 281-494-9087. Closed on Sundays. Visit www.fernandosrestaurants.com.

LUPITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT • Jaime and Lupe Garcia and son, Leo Rigo, have been serving homemade traditional Mexican food to the community for 6 years. Lupitas is open 7 days a week with over twenty lunch specials Monday through Friday. Don’t miss Happy Hour Monday-Thursday with $2 Domestic Beer, $2.50 Imported Beer and $3.50 Margaritas! Lupitas is now serving Angus Beef. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm. 281-265-6556, 3121 Highway 6, near the Williams Trace intersection. Muchas Gracias from our family to yours for your support the past 6 years!

GODFATHER’S PIZZA • Godfather’s Pizza, with the “Thickest Pie” now open! Not just your regular pizza place, Godfather’s offers Video Games and Party Rooms, big screen TV’s, DVD rentals (one night free with first order) and ALL YOU CAN EAT LUNCH BUFFET (ADULTS $5.99, KIDS $3.99). Try the all time favorites Taco Pie or All Meat Combo. Visit godfathers.com for online ordering and delivery. Catering available. 609 Dulles, across from Dulles High, 281-208-0200. Su-Th 11am to 10pm, Fr-Sa 11am to 11pm.

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GREAT W’KANA CAFE • (which means “harmony” in Sanskrit) is a unique dining experience with vibrant colors, friendly staff and excellent food. Authentic and contemporary Indian dishes, such as avocado naan, tandoori, and spinach and paneer (simple Indian farmers cheese) appetizer, are prepared by owner Chef Sunil and wife Anupama in an open kitchen atmosphere right before your eyes. Try the “dum” cookery, a steaming technique that in more primitive times used tightly sealed dough to cook a dish over a charcoal fire. All of the meat served is halal. Located at 11720 West Airport and Kirkwood, Great Wkana Cafe is open Mon -Thurs for lunch 11:00 to 3:00 and dinner 5:30 to 10:00, and Fri & Sat until 10:30 with a special brunch on weekends. Call 832-886-4291 or visit www.greatwkanacafe.com.

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NAPA GRILLE URBAN WINE BAR Combines a warm, cozy atmosphere, excellent wine variety and an exceptional cuisine to provide the ultimate dining experience. Now open and serving lunch & dinner in Sugar Land, just off 59 and Sugar Creek. Come join us for Happy Hour from 4-7pm. Enjoy live music Tuesday - Saturday nights. Napa Grille Urban Wine Bar is also available for private parties. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm Sat 5pm-11pm. 14019 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX. Call 281-277-2599. For full menu and daily specials visit www.napagrille.net. OLD HICKORY INN BARBECUE • More than 40 years in business in the Houston and Fort Bend area, Old Hickory Inn Barbecue is famous for their Old Fashion Hickory Smoked Barbecue and numerous Homemade Side Dishes, made fresh daily. 3 convenient locations, with a drive-through window at the Hwy 6 location. Open 7 days a week, SundayThursday from 11am-9pm, and Friday & Saturday 11am-9:30pm. 3334 F.M. 1092 @ Hwy 6 Missouri City 281-499-8904 / 8000 Hwy 6 @ Beechnut 281983-5020 / 5427 S. Braeswood @ Chimney Rock 713-723-8908.

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t’s fall again, and as with every October, I set about finishing the Art and Medicine Projects like Santa Claus so that everyone can get a calendar and give back to our community. The calendars have for some become synonymous with Alisa Murray Studios, especially for those participants over the years. This year, I have two projects and special dedications to make. I am presenting the second annual Small Miracles calendar. I am a member of the Texas Community Referral Network (TCRN-Sugar Land), and each year, we host the Sugar Land Bash. Last year, I created a special project with the TCRN-Sugar Land for The Snowdrop Foundation as the second organization for charity through the Alisa Murray Art and Medicine projects. In my Small Miracles’ project, each of the participants are children who have had or are currently going through cancer. All proceeds from Small Miracles benefits The Snowdrop Foundation which in turn, assists families via Texas Children’s Hospital. The 2012 Small Miracles calendar cover this year features Patrick Rider. Patrick came to know me through the project and also became a friend as well. He shared his time with us while visiting Texas Children’s and spending time in the afternoons playing Legos and swimming with James Edward. This spring, he lost his fight with cancer, and when his mother called to tell me the news, I couldn’t speak. His absence is still a very fresh wound even as I write this. I wanted to honor him and his family this year by placing him on the cover. On October 29th from 4 to 7 pm in Sugar Land Town Square Plaza, I will be there to sign calendars. Last year, I also wrote a song entitled Small Miracles and the band “80 Proof’s” lead guitarist Rudy Rios wrote the music. We recorded the song at the studios of Texas Music Marketing last year with the children in the calendars. The song was played last year, and this year the band will perform live! The calendars are $12.00 with an addi-

The Small Miracles 2012 cover features Patrick Rider.

tional $3.00 for shipping. They can be purchased at www.snowdropfoundation.org. This month celebrates the tenth anniversary of the first Art and Medicine project – my Hope and Inspiration surviving mothers of breast cancer calendar. The calendars have been an inspiration to many. It all began as a way for me to make sure that my good friend Joan Rosenthal’s daughter would have pictures with her mother. You see, for those of you who have been following my columns and projects over the years, you already know the “why.” But here’s the “why” for those of you new to me and my work. My mother was killed in an auto accident when I was eight and my uncle, who was a photographer, gave me pictures of her throughout my childhood. These became little treasures to me, and when my friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, our girls were little. I asked her to allow me to shoot her so I would have pictures “just in case.” A year later.... she was cancer free, and I asked her if she had met any other mothers during chemo. I decided I wanted to create a special project that would be a merger of my art and a way to fund medicine. My father and mother were both in the medical profession and both deceased. This was an additional way for me to honor them. Hence the creation of a division in my life’s work that I call the Art and Medicine projects. The calendar was born in 2003 and was featured on television immediately. Each year it has been featured both in fort bend

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print as well as via television interviews. I, as an artist, feel it is my responsibility to give back to my community in a way that benefits research as well as offers a unique and lasting portrait for these select mothers with their children. In 2010 the Hope and Inspiration calendar was featured nationally on the Today show. The current 2011 calendar was funded by The American Cancer Association and used as their fundraiser. My friend, Joan Rosenthal, now with two additional adopted children, was featured in the 2011 calendar as a special way for me to emphasize that life does go on and to honor her. She is also our cover story this month in Fort Bend Focus!

Alisa and Joan Rosenthal

This fall, I am gifting to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital a second collection. The first, gifted in 2010 of my newborns, hangs as a permanent exhibit in the Labor and Delivery wing. The latest collection entitled The Hope Collection, is the tenure of my work with mothers who have survived breast cancer. The gift will be unveiled and hang as a permanent tribute to those who have gone through this disease. They are mothers, sisters, wives and each is an inspiration to us all. Call or visit www.alisamurray.com or like my page, Alisa Murray Photography on Facebook, for the date of the dedication. I look forward to many years of sharing my life’s work in such a way that serves others and inspires each of us to give of ourselves and be the best we can be! Take Care of You!

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