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Survival guide 18 Because I said so............... 5 A message from MOM
Roadside tips...................... 6 How to change a tire
Breast Cancer Awareness Month............ 8
inside that counts
Cover MOM: Luz Elena Rosales Suarez.................10 This mom gets real
Broccoli power.................25 Food fight against cancer
Giving back.......................28 Cancer survivor, Jennifer Ollero,
shares her story, from Tri-Cities
Celebrate with our new
favorite vegetable: broccoli
The reality of surviving the time change
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Because I said so!
Make a difference It’s hard not to get overwhelmed by all that is wrong and unjust in the world, and it’s harder still to answer the questions of our children, who often view the world simplistically, feeling that everything needs to be "fair." “Why do we have so much when others have so little?” my kids often ask, especially as we approach the holidays. The truth is, I don’t have a great answer to this question. But I have found that when I feel despondent in the face of injustice and inequity, it helps enormously to remind myself, and my kids, that we can all make a difference every day. We might not cure cancer or end homelessness, but we can do something every day to improve the world—in our home, in our neighborhood, in our school, in our community. Sometimes it’s as simple as greeting someone with a smile, or visiting with a neighbor even though we’re in a hurry. I tell my kids that we might not be able to clothe and feed every person we see in need, but we can acknowledge them with the dignity that every human deserves. We can say, “Hello,” look them in the eye and wish them a good day. Everyday we can find someone at school or work who needs recognition and inclusion. When we focus on small things that we can control, our outlook feels more hopeful. Collectively, all of our microactions can create strong, thriving communities. I am constantly inspired by our Cover MOMs and readers who are making a difference every day in the lives of their families and
"If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family.” ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta communities. So the next time you feel discouraged by all of the need in the world, ask yourself what small act you can take today to make a difference. Why? Because I said so!
Angela Hibbard MOM Magazine Editor-in-Chief
CHANGE A FLAT TIRE Don’t let a flat tire deflate your day. Be prepared with these 10 steps for changing a flat and you’ll be back on the road in no time.
Find a safe spot to pull over. If you're on the freeway, taking the next exit is the safest bet, even if you have to drive on a blown tire. Otherwise, pull as far onto the shoulder as possible. Don't park in the middle of a curve where approaching cars can't see you. Also, choose a flat spot; jacking up your car on a hill can be a disaster. If you have a manual transmission, leave your car in gear. Be sure to set your parking brake!
Turn on your hazard lights. Get the jack, wrench and spare tire from the trunk of the car and bring them over to the tire that is flat. Use other tools or supplies, if needed.
Use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground. Different car models may have different places to put the jack; consult your owner's manual for specific locations. Once the jack is securely in the correct spot, jack up the car until the tire is about six inches off the ground.
Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off the car. Make sure to place the lug nuts in a pile that won't get scattered and pull the tire straight toward yourself to remove it from the wheelbase. Place the spare on the car. Line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare and push the spare all the way onto the wheel base until it can't go any farther.
To avoid flats, be sure to have your car serviced regularly, including the tires, and don’t forget to check the spare to make sure it’s in good condition and fully inflated.
Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts. You may need to remove the hubcap. Don't remove the lug nuts at this point; simply loosen them by turning the wrench to the left (counter-clockwise). If the lug nuts are really tight, try placing the wrench on the nut and standing on the wrench arm to use your full weight on it. You can also try hitting the wrench arm with a rock.
Put on the lug nuts. Don't put them on tightly, just make sure they're on enough for the spare to stay on the car for a moment.
Lower the car back to the ground. Use the jack to bring the car back down to ground level. Remove the jack from underneath the car.
Make sure the lug nuts are tightened. With the car back on the ground, you can now tighten the lug nuts. Rather than tightening them one by one in order, start with one lug nut, tighten it about 50%, move to the opposite nut (across the circle) and tighten that one about the same amount. Keep tightening opposite lug nuts gradually in turn until each lug nut is as tight as it can be.
Put your flat tire and tools back in your trunk. Make sure you don't leave anything on the side of the road. Source: Department of Motor Vehicles
In addition to the crucial jack, wrench and spare tire, consider placing these tools in your trunk to make a tire change much easier and more comfortable:
Flashlight (with extra batteries)
Gloves Tarp or mat to kneel on Plastic rain poncho Fix-a-flat™ spray foam Tire gauge Tire blocks
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’d like to celebrate with our new favorite vegetable:
Exciting research from the Linus Pauling Institute shows that sulforaphane, a compound derived from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, shows promise for fighting breast cancer. We think that’s cause for celebration. So treat yourself to the easy and delicious broccoli recipes on page 25 and learn more about this encouraging study below.
A number of studies in the past have found that women with a high intake of cruciferous vegetables—such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage or kale—have a decreased risk of breast cancer. Sulforaphane is a compound found in many of these cruciferous vegetables, and it may alone have value in cancer prevention: One of the first clinical studies to look at the effect of sulforaphane in women diagnosed with breast cancer was recently conducted by researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute. “Our original goal was to determine if sulforaphane supplements would be well tolerated and might alter some of the epigenetic mechanisms involved in cancer,” said Dr.
Emily Ho, the principal investigator in this study from the LPI and also in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU. This research was done with 54 women with abnormal mammograms who were scheduled for a breast biopsy and were studied in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. They received either a placebo or supplements that provided sulforaphane. The amount of sulforaphane they received would equate to about one cup of broccoli sprouts per day, if eaten as a food. “We were surprised to see a decrease in markers of cell growth, which means these compounds may help slow cancer cell growth,” said Ho. “This is very encouraging. Dietary approaches have traditionally been thought to be limited to cancer prevention, but this demonstrated it could help slow the growth of existing tumors.” With more studies, it’s possible that sulforaphane or other dietary compounds may be added to traditional approaches to cancer therapy, whether to prevent cancer, slow its progression, treat it or stop its recurrence. * Reprinted with permission from the Linus Pauling Institute
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Breast cancer survivor and mother of three active boys, Cover MOM Luz Elena Rosales Suarez is a fighter. What did she learn from her cancer experience? â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter how far you go down, you can always go back up!â&#x20AC;?
Luz Elena Rosales Suarez
Q& A Who is MOM?
Community/hometown: Living in Pasco, WA. Hometown is Santa Lucía, Zapopan Jalisco.
Family: Husband, Jose Bañuelos, owner Bañuelos Garden Care and children: Pepe, age 10; Mattias, age 8 and Sebastian, age 5. Profession: Former fingerprint specialist, now a full-time mom.
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Family comes first.
All families are unique. Tell us about yours.
I met my husband over 14 years ago. A colleague of mine at the Department of Public Social Services in Los Angeles County who is now my sister-in-law and comadre, Rocío Bañuelos, said to me, “I like you for my sister-in-law.” She thought I was her brother-in-law’s type (she’s married to my husband’s brother). I thought for sure he’s not going to be very handsome since his family is looking for a girlfriend for him but, lucky me, he's very handsome! But it was not only the eye connection that I liked, but that he was very kind to his parents. I thought, “He who is a good son is a good husband and a good father.” I am very fortunate to have the most handsome, hard-working, best husband and the best father ever: Jose Bañuelos. We started dating and the next week we were engaged. I was not looking for a boyfriend when I met him, which is how I know we were meant to be. We got married and we started looking for a place to grow our family. We traveled from California to Virginia, to Utah and, finally, Washington. We chose here because it feels like a small town and is nice for raising a family. When we moved from California, I had two miscarriages. It was devastating, but I always feel God at my side, and now we have our three blessings, three handsome boys. Oh, and we have a pet chicken. What’s one of your family’s favorite activities?
Walking into the woods, finding new places to explore, soccer practice every day and waiting for the tournament on Saturdays. It's always exciting! And we also love to watch a movie as a family, or play board games.
What is the most fun you’ve had with your family lately?
On our way to the Oregon Zoo we like to park and explore waterfalls. When did you know you wanted to be a mom?
When I saw myself married to my husband. Tell us about one of your proudest mom moments?
Our children’s teachers tell us that they are very intelligent and an example for other children to follow. Seeing them care for other people and seeing them really little and so big at the same time. When they fight with so much strength for what they want. Now tell us about one of your most humbling mom moments.
Recognizing that sometimes my little ones know the answer when I don't have one. We’re all moms so we know that no one is perfect all of the time, or even some of the time. Tell us about your most recent “Mother of the Year” moment. You know, like forgetting to pick the kids up from school.
When your kid scored the only goal of the game and you didn't see it. In what ways are your children like you? How are they different?
Our older son, Pepe, is 10 years old. He is always caring about other people. He thinks twice before saying something that makes others feel bad, he’s so strong and at the same time sensible. He loves making tortillas by hand with mom or his grandparents. He’s the one who is always on the lookout for his little brothers—my little piece of heaven. mommag.com 11
Our second son, Mattias, is 8 years old He is a shameless fan. He has many friends. He’s the one that gets up at dawn and the one who goes to bed as soon as the sun goes down. He loves to joke and suddenly grab us with kisses—my sea dolphin. Our third son, Sebastián, is 5 years old. He loves to follow the example of his daddy and his older brothers. With a Chilean shooting goal, he wins over his team. He’s the smallest—my little chocolate cupcake. You hear your mother’s voice when you say to your kids “…….”
Oh my dear mommy, what reason she has in everything. She said, “When you grow up and have children, you will know how much your children hurt when they have pain or are sick.” What do you wish for your children?
Be happy in this life and in the afterlife.
Cover MOM Luz Elena Rosales Suarez is a breast cancer survivor who, in 2017, joined Warrior Sisterhood, a support group offered by the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Kennewick. Learn more at: tccancer.org/ warrior-sisterhood
No one works harder than mom. We know that being a mom is a full-time job. Tell us about your work or volunteerism outside of the home.
I like to visit elderly people who are alone or sick. How do you balance (or not) motherhood, activities, work, volunteering, household responsibilities, and life in general? Thinking that I have to be fine because, if not, then my family won’t be well. What have you learned professionally, that has helped you as a mom? What have you learned as a mom, that has helped you professionally?
Patience, patience. What was your first job and what did you learn from it?
My first job was babysitting my little cousins, the children of my Uncle Miguel and Aunt Rosi Suárez. I learned that Nido powdered milk was delicious— three measures for the baby's bottle and one measure for me. I’d return to my house well chubby! What was your worst job and what did you learn from it?
My worst job was working in a Social Services office that, instead of helping people, looked at them with contempt. l learned how much I like helping people in the Department of Public Services. Tell us about a recent achievement you’re proud of, or a personal passion or talent.
My chicken. When was the last time you failed? What did you learn?
When cancer disease consumed my body, and I felt that I could not do any more. I felt that I failed my family. I learned that, no matter how far you go down, you can go up again!
Do you have a goal you’d like to accomplish within the next five years?
Keep alive and healthy for my family and the glory of God.
If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy. How did your upbringing shape the mother you are today?
I was born in Santa Lucía, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico where people walk in the streets and everyone says “Hi” to everyone, even those who don't know each other; where, if you knock on the door to sell something, they invite you to eat at the table with the family without knowing you; where you do not need a car to go shopping for groceries because
there is a store on every corner; where you do not need a clock to go to church because there are very large bells that announce that it is time. The land that gave me my beloved parents, Chuy Rosales and Conchita Suárez; my dear brothers: Anita Rosales, Chuyito Rosales, Beto Rosales, Gricelda Rosales and, the youngest, Fernando Rosales. They are part of my life and my story. The teachings and great example of the best mother in the world, my mom, Conchita Suárez de Rosales who with the love of God and sweetness, affection and patience, gives me the example every day to be a better mother. In what ways are you the same as your childhood self?
Always been friendly. Describe a perfect day.
Enjoy the children while they are at home and little because they will grow up before you know it. It is the law of life. They’ll find their own happiness.
Going to the woods with my family. If you could instantly have one new skill, what would it be?
Have wings and fly. If you could snap your fingers and fix one problem in the world, what would it be?
That cancer and diseases did not exist. Would you rather have a chef, nanny, housekeeper, personal shopper or chauffeur?
? Tea or Coffee?
fly or drive?
Beer or Wine?
Hot or Cold?
Morning or Night?
Gold or Silver?
Bath or Shower?
Sweet or Savory?
Summer or Winter?
Dog or Cat?
Math or English?
Hugs or Kisses?
Ice cream or Chocolate?
Name one thing that is part of your daily routine that you just can’t live without.
Calling my mom. Tell us something about you that would surprise your kids (or your husband).
Nothing. What keeps you sane?
My husband. What keeps you up at night?
Any unresolved issues from the day. What is the best way that you let off steam?
Listen to mom. What surprised you the most about motherhood?
One of the magical moments was when dad touched my belly or talked to the baby and the baby reacted with emotion. And, of course, how delicious it is to sleep during pregnancy. Who and what has influenced the mother you are today?
My mom. She's always loving, kind and dedicated to her family. She’s the best example to follow. What’s the best advice you have received from another mom?
From my mom, “Take care of yourself, my daughter, because if
you are not well, your family will not be either.” What advice would you give your younger mom self—what do you wish you knew then that you know now?
Sleep before birth because, afterward, you will not sleep a full night in a long time. What message or advice would you like to share with other moms?
Enjoy the children while they are at home and little because they will grow up before you know it. It is the law of life. They’ll find their own happiness.
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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
Halloween should be an exciting night, not a dangerous one. So keep these tips in mind for a spooktacularly safe Halloween.
Treats & Tips
HOME SAFETY To keep homes safe for visiting trickor-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations. Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burnedout bulbs. Wet leaves should be swept from sidewalks and steps. Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater or run away.
HALLOWEEN SURVIVAL GUIDE
If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to contribute to sugar overload this Halloween, consider these non-traditional treats (and a few tricks) for your trick-or-treaters. It may take a little advanced planning but, when buying in bulk, many of these items are equally as affordable as candy. So if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re typically a last minute shopper like some of us, and by last minute we mean the morning of October 31st, this year you might need to start planning in...3...2...1...Go!
Instead of bouncing off the walls from a sugar rush, kids can bounce these creepy Halloween bouncy balls.
Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting. Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest. Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and not on a porch or any path where visitors may pass close by. They should never be left unattended.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
TRICK-OR-TREATING A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. Have flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts. If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat. Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters: • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going. • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
TREAT 3 You won’t blow it when you share mini bubbles with your trick-or-treaters.
• Carry a cellphone for quick communication, but remember “head up, phone down” when crossing the street. • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic. • Never cut across yards or use alleys. • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.
TREAT 2 Slap on some fun with these quirky bracelets.
• Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will! Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity. Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
TREAT 4 We say “Boo” to any ghost or goblin who doesn’t love stickers and tattoos.
TREAT 5 These treats have the added bonus of illuminating trickor-treaters for extra safety. Bonus if your other treats glow as well.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
From creepy eyeballs to adorable jack-o-lanterns, kids love erasers.
A. Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
B . Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. C . Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider nontoxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly so they don’t slide over eyes. Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to make sure there are no unpleasant surprises on the big day.
D . When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant. E . If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips. F . Do not use decorative contact lenses. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” using decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss. G . Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.
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SURVIVING DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
ZZZ Just when your family has finally settled into some sort of sleep rhythm, daylight savings time sabotages your Zzzzs. This fall, daylight savings time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 3rd. So be prepared with this expert advice on how to help your kids make the transition.
Adjust your child’s schedule gradually—make bedtime about 15 minutes earlier each day for four days before daylight savings time ends and try to wake your child up 15 minutes earlier each day. The same approach works in the spring when daylight savings time begins, just gradually adjust sleep and wake times later.
EASE INTO IT
Spend an extra 15 minutes yelling at your kids to “Get back in bed!”
A blackout shade is always helpful when encouraging sleep and they definitely come in handy when adjusting to daylight savings time.
A dark cave wouldn’t induce your child to go to sleep early but, sure, throw a dark curtain up and see if that helps.
STICK WITH THE PROGRAM
If by routine you mean, the whack-o-mole game of putting your kids to bed then having them get up endlessly for a cuddle, potty or their 89th glass of water then, yes, stick to the routine.
If your child is waking up too early put a fun digital (easy-to-read) clock in their room so they can monitor when it’s OK to get up.
WATCH THE CLOCK
Having a clock in your child's room means that now he can yell, "Mom, it's 4 o'clock. I can't sleep!" so loud that the entire neighborhood is awake.
Despite your best efforts, everyone will likely be a little tired and grumpy for a few days. So give yourself, and everyone else, an extra dose of patience.
GO WITH THE FLOW
This is one of the many times when a consistent bedtime routine pays off. Stick to your normal pattern of bath, reading, cuddling, etc. to help your child’s body get the message that it’s time for sleep.
Give yourself a break. Everyone will fall into a routine eventually—just in time for the clocks to change again!
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ost of us know that we can reduce our cancer risk by doing things like avoiding smoking and sun exposure, but did you know that one-third of all cancers are linked to diet? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s according to Emily Ho, Director of Oregon State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health.
B BROCCOLI POWER
Emily Ho studies the therapeutic value in non-nutritive compounds in vegetables, especially in the stinky stock compounds in broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. That’s why broccoli is Emily’s favorite vegetable. In fact, you might even call her a broccoli evangelist. So what does all this mean in plain English? If it stinks, it just might help prevent cancer. But you don’t need to suffer through stinky vegetables to eat healthy. Try these quick and delicious recipes that are packed with powerful broccoli.
Bolivia bowl 2 cups cooked quinoa, warmed
2 cups canned hominy, rinsed and warmed 1 head broccoli cut into florets
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place the broccoli florets on a baking sheet with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Roast until tender.
8 ounces grilled tempeh, tofu or chicken 1 cup shredded green cabbage 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage 1/2 bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped 1/2 tomato, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 lime, juiced 2 tablespoons canola oil 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon honey
Salt and pepper to taste
Meanwhile, assemble the slaw. In a bowl combine cabbage, tomato and cilantro. In a small bowl whisk together garlic, lime juice, oil, honey, cumin, cayenne and approximately 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss the cabbage with dressing and let sit for 10 minutes. To assemble the bowls: In eight bowls place 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/2 cup hominy, 1/2 cup roasted broccoli, 1/4th of the avocado diced, 1/3 cup of the slaw and 1/4 cup of the protein of your choice.
Beaver Nation Broccoli Salad
DIRECTIONS: In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. In a large bowl, mix the broccoli florets, red onion, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and feta cheese. Add the dressing and stir to combine. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes for best flavor. Serve immediately or make ahead up to 24 hours.
½ cup nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt, plain ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons honey ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Emily Ho, nutrition scientist at Oregon State University, pictured here with her favorite vegetable. Photo credit: Shawn Lineham.
4 cups broccoli florets, bite-sized ½ cup red onion, chopped ½ cup dried cranberries 1/3 cup toasted sunflower seeds, salted 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
Recipes courtesy of the Moore Family Center, housed in Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
Jennifer Ollero: …A LUCKY ONE WHO WANTS TO GIVE BACK…
By Carl Berkowitz, volunteer writer for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center
Jennifer Ollero (right) with fellow Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation board member, Renee Brooks
Jennifer OIlero (right) with her daughter
hen all the kids leave home, parents often start making travel plans, think about house renovations or simply look forward to just relaxing. So why would a new emptynester, who is already busy as Director of Operations Support at Mission Support Alliance, have as a goal investing more of her time supporting the Tri-Cities Cancer Foundation Board? When Jennifer Ollero was asked this question, the response was immediate. “I’m a lucky one who can give back to the facility that helped me. That’s why I chose to get involved and want to do more. And she’s heavily involved. As a board member, she plays a leading role not only in general fundraising to support existing Cancer Center activities but also with the development of new events.
One that she’s especially excited about is Pinktoberfest, a new community event to be put on by the Cancer Center’s Warrior Sisterhood. Funds from Pinktoberfest will go towards providing chemo bags and supporting educational programs and outings for women who currently have, or have had in the past, a cancer diagnosis. While residents of the Tri-Cities are incredibly philanthropic, having long provided generous support for the Cancer Center, Jennifer says, “We want to have fun while soliciting their support, hence our desire to come up with fresh, new events like Pinktoberfest.” Cancer Center supporters should make a note on their calendars of Pinktoberfest’s date (October 5th) and location (Kennewick’s Southridge Complex). Jennifer’s empathy for those diagnosed with cancer is ‘up front and personal.’ Her grandmother, her aunt and her grandfather all had cancer and Jennifer herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. But she says, “I was lucky. I had it pretty easy compared to what I’ve seen.” And while many parents have a conversation with their children about certain “sensitive topics” associated with growing up, she’s already had very special conversations with daughter, Marley, and son, Riley, that focused on their family’s health history and the need for regular cancer-related checkups. Following her cancer diagnosis and treatment, Jennifer searched out and then became active in the Warrior Sisterhood noting that “If you like personally helping others, then Warrior Sisterhood is
for you.” The Sisterhood is an organization that, among other activities (such as Pinktoberfest), provides direct support for breast cancer patients and survivors. Members share survivor strategies and help newly diagnosed patients get through their treatment. While Warrior Sisterhood provides much one-on-one support, the TCCC Foundation Board focuses more on long term, strategic planning for the Center and the community. Educational programs are provided to update the public on new medical advances, with seminars on nutrition and related topics. Jennifer finds that being active in both the Sisterhood and the Foundation Board provides a balance between her need to interact with individuals and to plan for the future. “They complement each other in a great way.” One Foundation project Jennifer would like to see started would provide onsite housing for the Center’s out-of-town patients. There are presently several RV parking spots on the TCCC campus. While these help many patients, she’d like to see a more comfortable, apartment-like facility on or close to the campus. She’s quick to acknowledge that this would be a long-term goal involving real estate transactions, zoning laws, funding issues and other challenges. But it’s one she hopes will eventually receive support from the community and become an important resource added to the services already provided by the Center. Help is always needed. Persons interested in any aspect of volunteering at the Center, including the Warrior Sisterhood or the Foundation Board, are encouraged to contact the TCCC Foundation at (509) 737-3413.
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