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I’m Always Amazed! THE MAY WOMEN’S ISSUE IS ALWAYS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. For the third year we are featuring some wonderful Chandler women who were all nominated by members of our community—parents, spouses, kids, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even strangers. Being introduced to these amazing women on a personal level brings so much joy to my team, but it is also humbling. Some

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stories made us laugh and others brought a tear to our eyes. And it’s a very emotional selection journey because it is nearly impossible to narrow down the list as everyone nominated is certainly inspiring and worthy. This year we have cancer survivors, educators, business owners, an author and a civil servant, just to name a few. The one thing they all have in common is that they strive to be the best they can possibly be with a true giving spirit they put into practice every single day. We also share stories of women entrepreneurs, a woman who started a non-profit in honor of her son, and so much more.

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It is the mission of our magazine to bring the “good news” of our community to

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our readers. Some of these women you may know, some you may have heard

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of, some you may be meeting for the first time. These women are all truly good

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MAY 2019

FEATURES 18 Simply Organic Tryst Cafe owners bring their healthy, from-scratch dishes to Chandler

22 The Amazing Women of Chandler Meet this year's group of amazing, inspiring women

32 The Willow Tree Foundation Providing moments of calm in the storm of caring for a medically fragile child

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34 Fashion & Family A mom and daughter-in-law succeed with Judy Wear Boutique

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Pop-Up Dinner at Greenhouse Gardens Greenhouse Gardens held its first farm-to-table pop-up dinner on March 24. Guests enjoyed live music, and Chef Chris Castro and Chef Skylar Passante from The Canal Club at The Scott Resort & Spa created unique dishes.  Chef Jasmin Smith of Suss Pastries crafted the appetizers and  desserts. Each course featured at least one fresh ingredient harvested from the garden. Facebook.com/greenhousegardensaz PHOTOGRAPHY KEEPING FOCUS PHOTOGRAPHY 

31st Annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival Hosted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and held at Tumbleweed Park, the Ostrich Festival topped the charts with guest performers Flo Rida, The Commodores, Andy Grammer and more. There was also entertainment, rides, food and drinks—and of course, the beloved ostriches. PHOTOGRAPHY STEVE LEVINE ENTERTAINMENT & PUBLIC RELATIONS

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Chandler Jazz Festival The Chandler Jazz Festival was held April 5-6 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The free festival featured live jazz performances from greats such as Bob Fahey, Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, Jon Faddis and more. Guests also enjoyed  food, drink, and art showcases.  PHOTOGRAPHY SEALY MEDIA

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Workuity's Grand Opening Workuity, known for its coworking spaces and professional environment, hosted its second location’s grand opening on March 28. The newly built location has offices, conference rooms and private cubicle areas, a large event space and a full kitchen. Chandler Chamber of Commerce President Terri Kimble was in attendance, as well as Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke, Vice Mayor Terry Roe and Councilmembers René Lopez, Sam Huang and Mark Stewart.  

Bright Beginnings Elementary and Preschool's Day of Play In March, Bright Beginnings Elementary and Preschool hosted a Day of Play. Families toured classrooms, and teachers from preschool through first grade were on-site to share curriculum (which includes art, music and Spanish) and answer questions. There were crafts and activities available, as well as a petting zoo. Bright Beginnings is enrolling students in preschool and Pre-K. For more information or a tour, call 480.821.1404. Bbschl.com

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Children's Business Fair At Experimac’s first Children’s Business Fair, kids had the opportunity to create a business idea and sell their products to the public. Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and Chandler City Councilmember Mark Stewart stopped by to support the kids. Experimac owner Priya Kalra says, “This is a great way to teach our kids the value of money and show them how tough it is to earn.” 

No More Chilly Nights 2019 One Small Step, Inc. held its annual fundraiser No More Chilly Nights on March 2. Nearly 200 guests enjoyed live music, food and drink, a silent auction, and the chili cook-off competition. One Small Step operates the only clothing bank open to anyone living in poverty.  The organization announced its capital campaign and plans for a new building, set to open this fall. ClothesCabin.org 

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CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS UNVEILS NEW LOOK On March 24, Chandler Center for the Arts unveiled its new visual brand identity and website to its members. The new look is the result of a two-year marketing project funded by a grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. “August 25, 2019, is our 30th anniversary. It was an ideal time to move forward with a fresh new look and upgraded amenities,” says Michelle Mac Lennan, general manager at Chandler Center for the Arts. “These improvements reflect who we are as a performing arts center and what we offer to the community.” See the new look at ChandlerCenter.org.

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COMMIT AGENCY WINS FIVE ADDY AWARDS Chandler's Commit Agency was recently awarded five ADDY Awards.  The awards, presented annually by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and Phoenix Ad Club, highlight the previous year’s best advertising work in a wide variety of categories. Trophies awarded included gold, Goodwill,  “Expect the Unexpected” TV spot; gold,  Hickman’s, out-of-home and ambient advertising,  food truck; silver, Commit, white paper agency resource; silver, SpotRx, copywriting; and bronze, Skytop, online/ interactive social media, summer video. The two gold awards will go on to compete in the regional ADDY competition later this year.

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REVINT SOLUTIONS EXPANDS ITS CHANDLER OPERATIONS Revint Solutions, the market leader in revenue integrity solutions for healthcare providers, will expand operations and office space with the build-out of its new regional facility at LGE Design Build’s  Overstreet  development in Chandler. Revint came to Chandler in 2018 via the acquisition of CloudMed Solutions and is now building out its new permanent home at the Overstreet location. This acquisition enabled Revint to enhance its capabilities in charge capture and diagnosis-related

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group (DRG) validation within the healthcare industry. Revint’s new regional office will encompass 18,000 square feet and the entire second floor of office space at Overstreet. From its new location, the company anticipates hiring healthcare finance professionals to fill approximately 135 new positions. “We’re excited about our new home here and its location in the

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EVENTS AT THE FORUM Did you know that there are numerous events and classes available at The Forum? On May 2 at 6 pm, learn about social media basics for business. If you are worried that your social media accounts may not look professional, or are ready to create a Facebook page but not sure where to start, or aren't sure what to post on Instagram, Social Media Basics For Business will help you with all of that, from setting up a page and choosing a profile picture  to deciding what content to post. You'll leave the class with five  tools to help keep your social media pages looking active and professional! The class, taught by Christopher Scott, is 30 minutes, and is followed by a Q&A. On May 13 at 2 pm, learn about

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ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR IN FLUX CYCLE 8 The IN FLUX artist slate has been set! Six cities across the Phoenix metropolitan area issued a collective call for artists as part of the IN FLUX initiative, and have now selected the Cycle 8 artists. Those artists’ works will now be on display for one year in a wide variety of locations throughout the Valley. The following cities selected the

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their popular eatery that flaunts organic and healthy dishes in Chandler, wouldn’t have it any other way. After the success of their first location in the Desert Ridge area of Phoenix, developers Valley-wide approached the Khnanishos lobbying to be their next spot. But when the Khnanishos saw the space that would become Tryst’s new home along Gilbert Road just south of Ocotillo Road, one word kept echoing in their minds: Location. Location. Location. “So many people walk here. It’s a wonderful diverse, family, community-oriented community. We’re so happy that we’ve chosen this area,” Lisa says. “There are a lot of chains, and we knew people were looking for something mom-and-pop.”

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Bison Burger. Photo Marci Symington


The theme extends to the bar, which is stocked with organic tequila, vodka, and other pick-me-ups. In 2010, the Khnanishos were in the middle of running and selling their previous restaurants. They sought to relax a bit after growing their casual eateries Sami’s Gyros in Tempe and Mama Gina’s Pizzeria in Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District, which they started and have since sold. As Lisa says, “We wanted to simplify.” They set their sights on the trending frozen yogurt market, which was a relatively easy venture compared to what they were used to. But when they saw the Phoenix space planned for their shop, simplification took on a different definition. “We knew it was a much larger location for what a yogurt place would be,” Lisa recalls. “In the plaza, there was an organic cleaners, and that sparked the organic angle.” They planned on doing just breakfast and lunch. Again, in an effort to simplify. But satisfied regulars wouldn’t hear of it. Requests sparked menu expansions to dinner and happy hour. Clientele feedback also initiated the effort to

Harvest Buddha Bowl. Photo Marci Symington Chef Rosario Cortez . Photo Tryst Cafe

Shrimp Tacos. Photo Marci Symington

accommodate gluten-free and vegan diets. About 95 percent of the menu is (or can be made) gluten-free, including bread and tortilla dishes. All recipes are developed by Chef Rosario Cortez and Lisa. Sami and the rest of team sample them and offer feedback on what works and what needs work. With a capacity of 180—more than double that of the Phoenix restaurant—the larger Chandler location allowed them to offer amenities they’ve wanted to but could not before. A huge patio with lounge seating begs patrons to kick back with a glass of wine and an appetizer or two. There’s also a fire pit to warm things up during the chill-

Roasted Cauliflower. Photo Marci Symington

ier months. A private seating area holds up to 20, ideal for meetings or a small intimate gathering. A coffee, smoothie and protein shake bar was created to also accommodate members of neighboring EOS Fitness. There are monthly events, like wine tastings and, in May, an organic vodka tasting that will showcase craft cocktails to complement different vodka flavors. Sure, it may not seem like the simple life. But every day, they experience the satiating reward of the more demanding entrepreneurial path they’ve embraced. “It’s a very challenging business, but also very fulfilling,” Lisa says. “When customers take those bites and they love it, that’s incredibly satisfying to me.” Tryst Cafe is located at 4205 S. Gilbert Road.  TrystCafe.com. May 2019 | Chandler Lifestyle

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The of Chandler MEET THIS YEAR'S GROUP OF AMAZING, INSPIRING WOMEN ARTICLE MICHELLE TALSMA EVERSON, MICHELLE GUERRERO, ANNEMARIE O'DONNELL, GEORGANN YARA PHOTOGRAPHY LIFESTYLE MEDIA & BRANDING | PHOTOGRAPHED ON-SITE AT CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Heather Anguiano OCCUPATION: Principal, Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary The words Heather Anguiano strives to live by are, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This principal of an elementary school dedicates herself to volunteerism serving on the executive board for Si Se Puede Foundation and as the district liaison of Chandler CARE Center, which provides free and low-cost dental and medical services to underinsured children. “I have always enjoyed helping people and getting involved in my community. Being a teacher and administrator has allowed me to work directly with children and families while making a difference in their lives and preparing them for their future,” she says. She truly embraces being that change she wishes to see in the world.  “I have always had a passion for working with underrepresented populations.”—MG

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“The talents and successes of our students motivate me daily.”

Dr. Camille Casteel OCCUPATION: Superintendent, Chandler Unified School District Dr. Camille Casteel, Ed.D., is helping to spearhead an ambitious goal: to have CUSD become the best school district in the country by 2025. Dreaming of a career in education since childhood, the wife of 48 years and mom of two grown daughters continues to fill that calling. Camille has been working with CUSD since 1971, when the late Eddie Basha, Jr. helped her secure a place within the district. “The talents and successes of our students motivate me daily,” she shares. “The commitment and dedication of our staff inspires me to work harder. The parents and community members who challenge us to be better and show their appreciation and support in numerous ways energize me.” While life is “crazy busy,” she finds time for work, family and fun, including spending time regularly with her 93-year-old mom, who is her biggest inspiration.—MTE

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Melinda Gunther OCCUPATION: Social Worker, Co-founder, Live Love Chandler Melinda Gunther describes herself as a social worker by trade and a bleeding heart by nature. She moved to Chandler after living in Guatemala for four years. Seeing the hurt and struggles there, she felt compelled to help those in need in her new community. “The stories I heard and the people I met are the reasons we launched Live Love in Chandler,” she explains. “I love watching neighbors connect with each other, care for one another, and work together to make a positive impact where they live.” Live Love Chandler, a non-profit organization, partners with neighborhood leaders to build a stronger community. Personally, Melinda just finished a grueling year fighting breast cancer. “This journey connected me to a new segment of our community that I otherwise would never have ‘seen’ the way I do now. I continue to find myself connecting with women newly diagnosed who, like I did, feel overwhelmed and broken. The way my heart loves and cares for others is at the core of who I am,” she says. Live Love’s next step is the development of two acres near downtown Chandler, which will grow to be the hub of neighborhood activities, offering a gathering spot for families, community events, vocational training, a community garden and more.—MG

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Andrea Donnellan OCCUPATION: Special Education Teacher, Weinberg Elementary School Andrea Donnellan grew up watching her parents teach and knew she would follow in their footsteps. She witnessed their hard work and dedication, and viewed it as giving back, instead of just their job. Today, she’s a special education teacher and has been with CUSD for 21 years. “Teaching becomes a part of who you are and how you live,” she explains. “It was a part of their [her parents] identity and has become a part of mine.” Andrea is eager to have a positive impact on the next generation of educators, just as her colleagues and first principal had on her. “Growing up, my parents often told me, ‘Fair is when everyone gets what they need.’ As a teacher, and a mom of two young children, this to me embodies what it means to be part of the greater good. To help where it is most needed, to assist others become successful, to ensure that everyone gets what they need to reach their personal best.”—MG

Priya Kalra OCCUPATION: Owner, Experimac Chandler What a love of gadgets and tech knowledge did not provide to Priya Kalra was a guide to balancing work and family, but she learns quickly. With a business here and another in Africa, her husband travels a lot and she often feels like a single “mum” to her two girls. Raised in a tight-knit community in Zambia, Priya feels everyone she meets has influenced her life, but her mother is the author of her lifelong mantra: Everything happens for a reason. “Growing up my mum always said to me, ‘Everything happens for a reason,’ and I truly believe that there is a lesson to be learned in every situation!” Priya took those words to heart after being diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. “I had two ways to deal with it—either feel sorry for myself and have a difficult journey, or I could be positive and learn from the situation that life threw at me,” she says. “I chose the latter and came out stronger with a better version of myself.” Her quest for answers inspired Priya’s Female Friday social media video series, where she interviews women entrepreneurs to explore why they started their businesses. “You never know whose story may help another woman take that step,” she says. She recently organized a local Children’s Business Expo, offering local kids the opportunity to sell products they made themselves to the community.—GY

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Denise McCreery OCCUPATION: Owner, d’Vine Gourmet Denise McCreery loves to make people happy, and she’s grateful that she is able to do that every day as the owner of a specialty store featuring locally made gourmet foods and gift baskets since 2003. “We make a little difference in everyone’s day when they receive one of our delicious gifts,” she says. Married for 23 years, she started her business 16 years ago because she saw a lack of options for locally made gifts and was looking for a flexible schedule for her two toddler children. A true asset to Chandler’s small business community, she is always ready and willing to mentor other small business owners and promote local. “I have personally helped almost a dozen small food businesses launch,” she explains. “We let people use our commercial kitchen to establish proof of concept and are often advisors at start-up events and business organizations. I fully believe that a rising tide lifts all boats.” Denise is also known for her charitable generosity; one of her favorites is ICAN, which provides positive programming for local youth in Chandler.—MTE

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“I fully believe that a rising tide lifts all boats.”


Paula Knight OCCUPATION: Food Bank Manager, AZCEND Paula Knight’s intro on Facebook simply states, “I love helping the community.” And she does just that as the Food Bank Manager at AZCEND, helping change lives by assisting those who have fallen on difficult times. “I love supporting the community. I can go home each day with a smile knowing I helped someone,” she says. A typical day for Paula includes coaching volunteers and support groups on the services AZCEND provides, including emergency shelter, homeless services, the food bank, family resources, senior programs, and more.  Her team also collects food from 30 stores, organizing and distributing it. Paula’s family and her work are deeply rooted in the community. A third generation Chandler resident, she is married, and has both a son and grandson. What

is

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she does? “To know that I helped change a life in the community, day by day.”—AO

Melanie Smith OCCUPATION: Volunteer Coordinator, Chandler Police Department Volunteering has been a constant thread in Melanie’s life. She reminisces about her grandparents, who took her to volunteer at their church when she was young, teaching by example. Her mother also encouraged her to be active and give back, and she did so through Girls Scouts, Key Club, as her sorority’s philanthropy chair, and by volunteering at a homeless shelter. “I love giving back to the community, feeling involved and helping others,” she shares. Melanie has been able to carve out a life of giving by finding her perfect job. Twelve years ago, she applied for the volunteer coordinator position at the Chandler Police Department—and she’s been there ever since. “One of the benefits of my job is that I get to work with several non-profits in our great city. This allows me to learn about and work within various aspects of the community just by doing my full-time job.”—MG CONTINUED >

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Aimee Stewart OCCUPATION: Founder/Artistic Director, Chandler Children’s Choir Aimee Stewart has made it her mission to guide and train young singers in the community. “Music was always a huge part of my life,” she explains of her passion. Raised in a musical family, she sang in choirs and played piano, guitar and violin in orchestras. Singing in the Salt Lake City Children’s Choir as a teenager opened her mind to the joy of classical choral singing. When the Stewarts, along with their talented children, arrived in the East Valley, they recognized the need for a local children’s choir. So, in 2008 Aimee founded the Chandler Children’s Choir (CCC). “I always knew I wanted to teach children,” she says. Under her direction, the highly respected organization has trained almost 2,000 young singers. CCC singers are regularly selected to perform in national, regional and state honor choirs. The organization recently created an outreach program for a Title 1 school. Aimee volunteers for many leadership roles in the community, and this July begins a two-year term as president of the Arizona chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association.—AO

“I always knew I wanted to teach children.”

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Kari Zurn OCCUPATION: Senior Loan Officer, Academy Mortgage Corporation You can take the teacher out of the school, but you can’t take the teacher out of, well, a teacher. Kari Zurn spent 16 years as an educator before reinventing herself as a mortgage professional. And her gift for nurturing and giving is one she has continued with her second career by coming up with creative ways to give back to the community. A 20-year Chandler resident, Kari is active with the Chandler Police Department’s community efforts, including Relay for Life, and along with her team, she hosts a biannual shred-a-thon that helps residents safely dispose of sensitive documents and prescription drugs. She is an organizer of many annual community events, including the Easter Egg Hunt, Free Pictures with Santa and a Holiday Decorating/ Lighting Contest, to name just a few. She is also the founding member of Arizona’s Heroes Home Team and Ocotillo Business Professionals, a networking group. “If I could help save some heartache for others, it would be extremely gratifying,” says Kari, who is married and has two daughters. “I believe it stems from the educator that lies deep within me.”—GY

Jody Zvada OCCUPATION: Owner, Care in Choosing, Senior Placement Services When her grandmother needed assisted living services, Jody experienced firsthand the difficult process families in this situation face. That journey quickly became the inspiration for the company she founded, which aims to simplify elder care options. “The most rewarding part about what I do is seeing the positive impact a family has from the information and guidance I provide to them during an overwhelming and stressful time of transition for a senior and their loved ones,” she says. Married with two sons, Jody has spent her 20 years living and working in Chandler assisting those in need. Swing Fore Hope, which benefits breast cancer research, and Chandler National Little League are among those efforts. She is also a recipient of the CUSD’s AAA Award for volunteering, and drives for Neighbors Who Care, transporting the elderly to appointments, shopping and other key errands. “Chandler is a thoughtful, caring, productive, civic-minded community that I’m proud to call home,” she says.—GY May 2019 | Chandler Lifestyle

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AROUND TOWN, CYNTHIA HARDY, GINA LABENZ AND CHANTAL VANKLOMPENBERG ARE KNOWN AS THE “POWER TRIPLETS,” A TERM COINED BY GINA. Although they each also have their own favorite causes that they volunteer for separately, the three friends can often be found volunteering together. “Chantal, Gina and I enjoy volunteering with each other,” Cynthia says. “As a team, we always get the Gina LaBenz, Chantal VanKlompenberg and Cynthia Hardy 30

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GIVING BACK ARTICLE MICHELLE GUERRERO | PHOTOGRAPHY LINDSAY BORG

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ANN SCHROOTEN IS THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE WILLOW TREE FOUNDATION. She has a tremendous gift to give, but is faced with an interesting challenge. More often than not she has to convince the parents who have been referred to her to take what she has to offer: time for themselves. “That is part of my mission, to help parents understand that self-care is not selfish, it’s necessary for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of their child,” says Ann. “As they tell us when we are on an airplane, you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you help your child with their mask. The same principle applies to our parents. They have to take care of themselves in order to have the physical and mental strength and stamina to take care of their child.” The Chandler nonprofit organization funds the cost of respite activities for parents of a medically fragile child. This means that the child has a condition that requires 24-hour monitoring and supervision to prevent life-threatening complications, prevent health deterioration, or to maintain status. Families are referred by professionals who are a part of their care team, such as a doctor, social worker or therapist.

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Courtesy Ann Schrooten

The Willow Tree Foundation will do things such as pay for a

Ann knows firsthand about caring for a medically fragile child. Her

two-night stay at a resort, cover the cost of spa services, and

inspiration for starting Willow Tree was her son, Jack, who was born

provide a gift card to help with meals. They’ve given concert

in 1998 with a rare congenital muscular dystrophy.

tickets and gym memberships. The foundation also offers day

“While life with our children is difficult, it is also filled with pro-

retreats and events for moms and dads for shorter periods of

found love, immense joy, and ever-present hope,” she says. “Jack

time, and separate events for parents so one can stay home to

radiated love every day of his life. A little boy who spoke no words,

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ships of his life with unprecedented joy and grace, and he chal-

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resilient families the foundation serves. He has given my life such

“There are no eyes looking away, changing the subject or avoiding the hard stuff,” explains Ann. “Parents of medically fragile children don’t typically find each other in their neighborhoods, on the ball field or at the school carnival. They are in their homes

purpose and direction and, even in his absence, he continues to guide me with his beautiful spirit.” Jack passed away in 2014 from complications of his disease, 10 years after he inspired his mom to start the foundation.

suctioning airways, feeding their children through feeding tubes,

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efforts, all the stars to align just right, and a lot of nudging for these parents to take time for themselves.”

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Best Face Forward PRODUCTS THAT HELP YOUR SKIN GET READY FOR AN ARIZONA SUMMER ARTICLE MICHELLE GLICKSMAN

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Epionce Intense Defense Serum A highly advanced anti-aging serum, this product uses botanical sources of Vitamin A, B, C, D  and E to help you achieve healthier-looking skin. The clinically

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proven antioxidant serum visibly improves the signs of skin aging. $136 at Ceilo Aesthetics & Wellness, 480.494.5173, CieloAesthetics.com

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D aily Shield Lot ion Tint ed SPF 50 sunscre en This SPF 50 sunscreen by Epionce provides broad spectrum protection that evens out skin tone while imparting a natural-looking, healthy glow. Providing sheer protection, it is perfect for all skin types, and features a water-resistant formula enhanced with botanical ingredients for antioxidant benefits. $38 at Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness

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Lucy & Co Hydrating Lip Plumper in Clear Gloss Within 15 minutes, this product plumps lips naturally, improves overall lip shape and volume, smooths and softens lip texture, and enhances your own natural lip color.  A medical-grade product, it produces a strong

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tingling sensation. $48 at Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness

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IS Clinical Hydra-Cool Serum Formulated to rejuvenate, hydrate, and visibly soothe the skin, this refreshing, powerful and penetrating

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$90 at Cielo Aesthetics & Wellness

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Scientific Pore Refreshing Peel Off Mask This peel off mask, created by Gilbert company Skin Actives Scientific, provides a cooling, refreshing feeling without causing dryness. It targets oily,

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blemish-prone skin to help remove oil and dirt, clearing your pores. $19.50 at Skin Actives Scientific, 480.813.5633, SkinActives.com

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T TC fx340 Skin Restore Crème Rich in antioxidants, this all-natural, lightweight, 24-hour moisturizer adapts to all skin types, restoring and rejuvenating dehydrated skin and associated fine lines. The powerful effect of the all-natural ingredients (sunflower oil, pomegranate extract, turmeric, licorice and green tea) works to help reduce inflammation, and reduce signs of premature skin damage. $79 at PrioriSkincare.com

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