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Posts Tagged ‘MS Walk’

MS Walk and American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Posted by terrepruitt on March 17, 2011

I know there is so much going on right now–our hearts are heavy with the burden of caring for Japan, its people, and the surrounding areas.  I know a lot of people are not able to help financially with all of the charities and causes they would like.  I found myself in a situation.  My friend’s sister posted on Facebook that she was going to do the Relay for Life in memory of her sister.  I was on my phone when I read the post and I told her I wanted to do it too.  I didn’t even know what it was.  I didn’t understand the “relay” part of it.  When I got to a computer and I was gathering information someone said to me that it is difficult to raise money.  I stopped.  I had not thought about that.  I was just thinking that I would be walking to support.  I had completely forgot that part of that support is raising funds.

Then my friends and I had a discussion about our annual MS Walk.  We have been walking in the MS Walk for at least three years now.  We were discussing how it is always difficult to ask for money.  Having to raise funds for the MS Society and having to obtain donations for the Relay would make it more of a challenge.

I thought about it.  I thought, “What can I do?”  What can I give so that others can get something for donating?  Well, for the Relay for Life I thought of a benefit Nia Class.  I contacted a Twitter Friend of mine that owns a gym.  I approached him with what I would be able to pay in rent, in order to have some left over for the donation.  He has a big heart and he is donating the gym time.  (SUHWEET!)  I am donating my time, so 100% of all proceeds are going to go to the American Cancer Relay for Life.  I will be walking in May.

But I don’t want my walk in April for the MS Society to be forgotten either.  So I have to mention that too.

Also the studio in Los Gatos where I teach my Friday Nia class is also doing a Relay For Life walk.  I am hoping to do that one too, somehow, but it is on the same day as the MS Walk and I will be unavailable that day so I have to see if I can participate in this Relay on Friday by walking Friday night OR just by raising funds.   I have to work out these logistics before I post that link.

For the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life that my friend is doing for her sister and my friend, come to my Nia Class Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 11:30 am in Los Gatos.  The minimum donation is $7.00 — all of which will go to the American Cancer Society.  Please see my website, HelpYouWell.com for details.  If you can’t make it to the class you can donate via the following link if you would like.

If you would like to donate to my walk with the MS Society that if great too.  It is understandable that you will probably have to pick one to donate to.  So follow your heart.  Remember giving to these causes is an act of love, so please do not give more than you comfortable can.  We all would like to give hundreds and hundreds of dollars, but that is not possible, so remember every little bit counts so give what you can.

If money is not something you can give, then please do think positive thoughts for both of these causes.  I know that they will be needing all the help they can get.

MS Walk:  Saturday, April 30, 2011   http://bit.ly/terremswalk

American Cancer Society Relay For Life:  Saturday, May 14, 2011   http://bit.ly/terreacsrelay

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Move and eat for Health

Posted by terrepruitt on February 22, 2011

I believe that movement, like Nia, can help keep our bodies mobile and balanced.  I also believe foods can give us nutrients to help our bodies function better. I believe there are natural ways to help stave off disease. But I do also believe that at anytime our cells can malfunction and cancer can occur. I don’t try to eat healthy with the idea that if I do I won’t get cancer because so many things can contribute to cancer. So many people have it.  I was just remembering the days when I didn’t know anyone that had cancer.  Now I know too many.  There are so many different types. There is no guarantee one will not get cancer. On a commercial recently for a show I saw a doctor asked who gets lung cancer, her response was, “Anyone with lungs can get lung cancer.” That is the truth. Anyone can get it. Unfortunately.

What I DO really believe is that a healthy body can fight it better. A lot of the treatments for cancer kill off good stuff in our bodies as well as the cancer. So if we have a strong healthy body it can combat the offending cells and treatment. Healthy people get sick, but they can often recover faster because they have a base of good health. A body can only handle so much. It is not able to fight off everything thrown at it. There is too much now-a-days. So the healthier the start, the better.

I know a lot of foods claim to decrease the risk of cancer but that is usually not what I am thinking about when I eat it.  I am thinking about how the food is thought to assist in the function of the body.  I am thinking about how I believe that the ingredients on my avoid list* interfere with the body’s healthy functions, which could very well result in a decrease risk of cancer, but will definitely result in your body FEELING better.  Plus I believe that when your body feels better you will actually FEEL better emotionally.

None of us want to get cancer so foods thought to decrease the risk are worth consuming, but I think it is unwise to think that we will not get cancer because we are eating foods “proven to fight”/”shown to decrease the risk”.  We should concentrate on eating well to feel well and stay healthy.

*Ingredients I avoid:  High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Partially hydrogenated Oils, Canola Oil

On somewhat of a side note:  I have joined a Team for the American Cancer’s Society Relay for Life.  The walk is May 14, 2011.  If you would like to contribute, please do.  I am walking in memory of a friend who succumb to cancer and family and friends that are survivors or are in current battles.  Also on April 30, 2011, I’m walking in the San Jose MS Walk:    http://bit.ly/terremswalk

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The Forest of Life

Posted by terrepruitt on April 15, 2010

I posted not too long about  friends, Friends For Life. That post was about friends—good friends help contribute to a happy healthy life. Since then I read a post about people you become friends with and stay friends with and how some friends come and go.

While I was reading, I started thinking about my close friends from Junior High. I was reminded of my relationships with these friends and I likened it to us—there are four of us—walking through a forest on life’s journey, walking in a HUGE forest, yeah, “The Forest of Life”. We are walking together. Sometimes we are on the same path, either in a line or two in front of the others or whatever; when it is the same path we can all see each other. Sometimes, the path might become separate trails. Sometimes these trails can be separated just by pebbles or rocks on the ground. Sometimes the trails might be separated by low bushes or even high bushes, dense or thin. Sometimes there might even be HUGE trees and maybe even different levels that separate our trails from the one big path we were at one point walking on together, but I still hear them there. I still know they are there. The trails meet up and go apart, bushes, trees, pebbles, rocks, maybe even streams might separate the path sometimes, but we are all still on the hike, in the same forest.

Yes, what I AM saying is that sometimes things come up and these things get in the way of a closeness that might have been shared. Sometimes one of us might be going through a phrase where she might feel alone, on a side trail. Sometimes we can all be on completely different trails.  We have all had “stuff” in our lives that has taken us away from the group, but, that’s the way it goes. We’ve know each other since Junior High . . . about 30 years and there is no way that in 30 years the relationships of four people could not change and adjust, but we are all on the same walk.

I am so blessed to have three friends from Junior High that are my bestest friends. Even though at times we have slightly separated, and come together, and moved off, and come back, and we might not have all been super-duper close all 30 years, but we have not been apart. Since we were 18 we have been getting together for each birthday and Christmas. So for almost 25 years we get together AT LEAST five times a year.  It doesn’t always work out that all four of us get togther every time, but pretty much.

Speaking of birthdays, one of these friends just happens to be having a birthday today. And I thought that I could post a Happy Birthday on here for her. I didn’t ask her and I didn’t tell her so . . . .I won’t name her, but she knows who she is. If she happens to see this and cares to step up, that is up to her.

Either way, I am wishing her a happy, happy birthday and letting her know that I have enjoyed all the years I have been able to do so and I look forward to being able to wish her many, many more. I could have subconsciously been thinking of walking because we are going to celebrate her birthday this year by walking in the MS Walk in San Jose.  Maybe, at lunch, after the walk they will let me take a picture and I will get their permission to post it here.  (So check back in a few days and maybe you can see us!   It took a week, but I did post a picture of us, see below.)

I always marvel at THEIR wonderfulness for having put up with me this long.

Here’s to us and the journey that we are on, walking through the forest of life . . . . . .

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