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Central Florida is LivingStrong!

Congratulations to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando for being named the recipient of not just one, but two LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project awards! These awards will bring cancer support programs to patients in Central Florida, and are funded by LIVESTRONG, the organization founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong.

I have long been a fan of Lance Armstrong, and indeed, one of my very first blog posts was about Lance returning to ride in the Tour de France just after a short retirement.

So, when I heard that Central Florida was in the running for one of his great programs, I Facebooked, tweeted, and blogged to get people to vote. I am so proud it paid off, as I feel it will be a true benefit to cancer patients as well as local artists. (FYI: Over a two-week period, more than 260,000 votes were cast and M. D. Anderson – Orlando was among the finalists. WOW!)

“This is a tremendous opportunity for M. D. Anderson – Orlando and we are thrilled to be named as a recipient of these awards,” said Clarence Brown, III, MD, president and CEO, M. D. Anderson – Orlando. “We want to give special thanks to LIVESTRONG and to everyone who voted in support of this program here in Central Florida. We are very excited to move forward and provide these programs to our patients.”

For the first program, United Arts of Central Florida will work with The Creative Center’s Artists-in-Residence program and will allow patients to explore, absorb, and express themselves creatively as they endure diagnosis and treatment. The program will work bedside as well as in small group settings with men, women, and children.

“Through the generosity of LIVESTRONG, United Arts is proud to facilitate in bringing local artists to M. D. Anderson – Orlando as the fight against cancer continues,” said Cory Warren, events manager, United Arts of Central Florida. “We are honored to continue the success of The Creative Center’s Artists-in-Residence program locally by coupling the arts and medicine in the full spectrum of the healing process.”

The second program, The Cancer Transitions is designed to support, educate and empower people with cancer in the transitional period after treatment is over. By incorporating support groups, education, nutrition and physical exercise, as well as addressing other medical management, a survivor’s psychosocial and quality of life issues will be discussed.

M. D. Anderson – Orlando was selected as a recipient for the $20,000 in LIVESTRONG grants following a national online voting campaign involving more than 170 hospitals and cancer centers.

Congrats and use it well!

More LIVESTRONG News:  “The 28 Can’t Wait.”

You can support the LIVESTRONG foundation even more by buying really, really cool yellow gear. (Yeah, there are other colors, too, but yellow is the really, really cool one, no?)

Between now and midnight on November 30, all LIVESTRONG gear will be 28% off in honor of the 28 million survivors who are fighting this disease.

Get your LIVESTRONG gear today, and use the discount code THE28 to get 28% off! Click here to shop now.


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Here’s to THE year!

Children across the state of Florida are pulling on their new duds and shuffling off to school… what a special time of year!

In case you didn’t realize it, I am a teacher in addition to editing the Top 5 blog. I teach 6th grade English at Park Maitland School, and today was my students’ first day back…only I wasn’t there! (I missed my first two class periods because I was at Orange TV Studios filming an interview for the Top 5 conducted by the talented Cory Warren of United Arts!) However, my students’ excitement and expectations were almost palpable when I finally made it to school to join them.

And my own son isn’t immune to this anticipation… an only child, he relishes the social interaction school gives, so he was very anxious to return today. You know the routine, when the night before he agrees to go to bed a reasonable hour, then he nearly leaps from bed this morning. (If only this would last all school year long!)

But as both a teacher and a parent, I want to point out something very specific to all the other parents out there…I want my students to succeed just as much as I want my own son to succeed.  As I was lying in bed last night, I had a sense of excitement when thinking about the coming school year…anything was possible! I held out hope that this year would be the one that my son grows by leaps and bounds, finds his true interests, and discovers his potential.  Then I realized that every other parent in the state was probably hoping for the same things for their children.

We all want the best, and it is my job as a teacher to help my students achieve this… so, parents, please do not look at your children’s teacher as an obstacle, but rather as a stepping stone, who is there to help your child reach that potential! So, to all the families who have headed back to school today… I hope this year is a fabulous one for you!

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