Tara Jeanne Creates Honey Hill Naturals


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As you may or may not know, in March we wrote a blog on Tara, the 20-year-old who was fighting for her life after being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Tara had an initial surgery to remove the mass and started her battle with this disease by using strictly alternative methods and eating a completely raw, organic diet. However, she has been forced to employ more traditional methods due to her tumor coming back and growing quite large.

 

Despite her unfortunate circumstances, Tara has been keeping an optimistic outlook on life and still has high ambitions with school, becoming self-sufficient, and traveling to Mexico for her brother’s upcoming wedding.  As her medical treatments have come with an outrageous price tag, Tara and her mom created a line of natural products called Honey Hill Naturals, which consists of sprays, hand soaps, and lip balms to help finance her recovery. More products are to be added soon and you can also get a #TARASTRONG bracelet on their product page.

 

Check out her natural goods below:

 

 Fine Mist Spray- $9

 

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(choose Lavender, Lemon, or Clove’s Spray)

Honey Oatmeal Hand Soap- $3

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(made with vegetable-based goats milk, organic honey, & organic oats)

Lip Balm- $4

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(made with organic coconut oil, organic beeswax, & organic vanilla extract)
Not only will you have some fantastic (and natural!) products, but you will also be supporting an amazing, beautifully-spirited young woman who is trying her hardest to find the positive in her situation. It is so often that so many of us take for granted in our lives what others would give anything to have, even if it just means having a normal day. We cannot always put ourselves in another’s shoes in order to truly sympathize, but we can do our best to make sure those shoes are nice and comfy for the bumpy road ahead. Tara, we are sending you countless thoughts and prayers and will be supporting you endlessly on your journey.

 

If you have a moment, please check out Tara’s blog and also consider dropping off a donation that she can readily use for her treatment.

 

As always, Answers for Angels appreciates your support in supporting others.

Time is ‘Running’ out to register for the AFA 5k


We are hosting our first ‘AFA 5k’ Jog and Walk chip-timed race on certification #IL-12104-JW this Saturday, July 23, 2016.  It’s just a few days away!Jogger

Registration and packet pickup is 7:30am.  The race begins at 8:30am at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, Illinois.  Register now to avoid lines!  To register and for more info about the race including the price, the course, photos, video and directions, please visit our Participate Page on our website.  You can start or join a team too!  Click for printable flyers.

Participants are able to enter raffles for prizes such as a Samsung SHAPE M7 Wireless Audio Speaker, OPI nail products, Chicago White Sox tickets, passes to LEGOLAND in Schaumburg and more.

You can still help out by donating organic string cheese or bananas and oranges.  Please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com.

To volunteer to hand water to participants, please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com

Answers for Angels tentatively scheduled an interview with a courageous cancer patient, who chose to use alternative methods in treating Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  She is motivated to talk of her journey in using some of the treatments to treating cancer and healing her body and of any struggles she encountered along the way.

Help spread the word!

Thank you.

Katie Davis

#AFA5k  #AlternativeCancer

Poking around at Integrative Medicine


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Acupuncture use can be traced back at least 2,000 years to China where it was commonly used to relieve pain, combat disease, and improve overall health. The ancient acupuncture practitioners believed that a life force or energy called Qi flowed throughout the body and that an imbalance or disruption in this energy would lead to disease or to a decline in health. To balance this energy and adjust its ability to flow would lead to optimal health.

In acupuncture practices, there are 12 meridians (or pathways) within the body and each one is associated with a respective organ. There are hundreds of points along these meridians that can be adjusted with needles that pierce the skin and allow energy to flow more freely and effectively to the targeted areas. The adjustments can improve both physical ailments (headaches, joint pain, abdomen pain, etc.) or mental ailments such as anxiety or depression. There are vast benefits of acupuncture on the mind and body and the impacts can be incredible. In fact, it is sometimes still used in China as the sole anesthetic during surgery!

There are many theories on how acupuncture works, whether the needle insertions alleviate pain by stimulating the release of endorphins or if pain impulses are blocked due to needle stimulation affecting the CNS. Others believe it to be a simple placebo effect. Regardless of how it works, the general consensus is that in some way, it certainly can.

When dealing with cancer, many patients and their families look to holistic means of recovery as one’s own mind and body can be extremely strong sources of support in healing. Due to its effectiveness in general pain relief and other common ailments, many hospitals, hospices, and clinics use acupuncture in their care. Patients are administered acupuncture to combat dry mouth, fatigue, breathlessness, hot flashes, and other uncomfortable issues. Many say that on top of the physical relief that they experience, they also find a greater sense of wellbeing and peace.

Acupuncture has not been shown to cure cancer, but it has been helpful in treating the symptoms of the disease and side effects of the medication. For cancer patients who would really like to look into alternative methods of treatment, acupuncture is a great place to start. Align your energy. Align your mind and body. Align your health. Align your life.

Keep checking us out on our blog and on our Facebook page for updated posts and event info.

We are committed to improving quality of life for those struggling with cancer and would love to help take away some of the burden from the patient and from their loved ones. If you are a patient and would like to try acupuncture at a clinic near you, please contact us for more information on how we can help cover the cost.

Here’s to fighting the fight together!

Sources:

“Acupuncture”. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/acupuncture. Accessed on July 10, 2016.

“Ancient Chinese Acupuncture”. Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences. http://www.acos.org/articles/ancient-chinese-acupuncture/. Accessed on July 10, 2016.

AFA 5k Jog and Juice Race is 2 weeks away


We are hosting our first ‘AFA 5k’ Jog and Walk chip-timed race on certification #IL-12104-JW on Saturday, Jul 23, 2016.  It’s just 2 weeks away!Jogger

Registration and packet pickup is 7:30am.  The race begins at 8:30am at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, Illinois.  Registration is open!  To register and for more info about the race including the price, the course, photos, video and directions, please visit our Participate Page on our website.  You can start or join a team too!  Everyone is encouraged to fundraise and you are provided with customizable and shareable fundraising pages.  If you are interested, click for printable flyers.

To sponsor the event, use the sponsorship forms.

To donate organic protein bars, organic string cheese, or fruit, please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com.

To volunteer, please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com

Answers for Angels tentatively scheduled an interview with a courageous cancer patient, who chose to use alternative methods in treating Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  She is motivated to talk of her journey in using some of the treatments to treating cancer and healing her body and of any struggles she encountered along the way.

Help spread the word!

Thank you.

Katie Davis

#AFA5k  #AlternativeCancer

AFA 5k Jog and Juice Race is 3 weeks away


We are hosting our first ‘AFA 5k’ Jog and Walk chip-timed race on certification #IL-12104-JW on Saturday, Jul 23, 2016.  It’s just 3 weeks away!Jogger

Registration and packet pickup is 7:30am.  The race begins at 8:30am at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, Illinois.  Registration is open!  To register and for more info about the race including the price, the course, photos, video and directions, please visit our Participate Page on our website.  You can start or join a team too!  Everyone is encouraged to fundraise and you are provided with customizable and shareable fundraising pages.  If you are interested, click for printable flyers.

To sponsor the event, use the sponsorship forms.

To donate water, organic protein bars, organic string cheese, fruit, please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com.

To volunteer, please contact KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com

Answers for Angels tentatively scheduled an interview with a courageous cancer patient, who chose to use alternative methods in treating Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  She is motivated to talk of her journey in using some of the treatments to treating cancer and healing her body and of any struggles, she encountered along the way.

Help spread the word!

Thank you.

Katie Davis

#AFA5k  #AlternativeCancer

Huge request for donations to AFA 5k


Hello,

As you know, AFA is having a 5k race on July 23, 2016 to raise funds for cancer patients.  We provide a grant to them for $350 for their use in paying for Joggerintegrative/alternative treatments, or for them to pay a bill in their name.  Some patients, including patients using conventional methods, ask for a gift card for a massage or to a grocery store to purchase organic foods.

Answers for Angels tentatively scheduled an interview at the ‘AFA 5k’ with Tara Hill, a young 20-year old Chicago girl, who is using alternative methods to heal Ewing Sarcoma.  We wish her well and send her all the love and support she needs to heal.

For the 5k, we are looking for donations of 8oz. water bottles, organic protein bars or fruit and nut bars, or bananas and oranges for the estimated 200 participants in the ‘AFA 5k’ race.  In addition, we need volunteers;  and sponsorship opportunities are available by clicking on the AFA 5k Sponsor Form.

I will notify you when registration opens up.  In the meantime, please advise if I can schedule a pickup of your donation in the Chicago-land area or if you would like to volunteer.

Thank you and take care,

Katie Davis

Answers for Angels’ 5k chip-timed race


We are hosting our first ‘AFA 5k’ Jog and Walk chip-timed race on certification #IL-12104-JW on Saturday, Jul 23, 2016.  We hope that you can join us!Jogger

The race begins at 8:30am at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Avenue, Tinley Park, Illinois.  Registration is coming soon!  For more info about the race including the price, the course, photos, video and directions, please visit our Participate Page on our website.  You can start or join a team too!  Everyone is encouraged to fundraise and you are provided with customizable and shareable fundraising pages.  If you are interested, click for printable flyers and sponsorship forms to help spread awareness.

Answers for Angels tentatively scheduled an interview with a courageous young 20-year-old cancer patient, Tara Hill, who chose to use alternative methods in treating Ewing Sarcoma.  She is motivated to talk of her journey in using the hyperbaric oxygen tank, infrared sauna, and other methods to treating cancer and healing her body.

Help spread the word!

Thank you.

Katie Davis

#AFA5k  #AlternativeCancer

Help grow our nonprofit! Volunteer to become our Event Planner!


event-planning-graphic-550pxAre you eager to find a volunteer job that matters and one that works with the well-being of cancer patients? Do you really enjoy planning events or do you throw great parties or meetings? Then consider being a volunteer event planner for our nonprofit!

Volunteer Event Planner Job Description

In our small and emerging nonprofit, the Event Planner is responsible for constructing the event plan; running and evaluation of the event; and for putting into operation the systems to support the function.

Position
Reporting to and in collaboration with the President, the Event Planner will lead program efforts as Answers for Angels (AFA) continues to grow. The Event Planner position is for a 2-year period or until a replacement is chosen & meet the requirements.

Responsibilities
• Personal commitment of 2 years’ time to put into operation a 5k Run or Bunco 4A Cause event and ‘pass the stick’ to next Event Planner or volunteer as appropriate
• Establish a budget, goals, and entrance price to event by working with Board
• Secure a site; date and time
• Develop a theme; arrange for tables and chairs as appropriate
• Order t-shirts and supplies as appropriate
• Write letter to foundations and sponsors seeking monetary support; write thank you letters too
• Compose similar letter to businesses asking for in-kind donations; raffle items; monetary donations; compose thank you letters also
• Create and maintain Excel spreadsheet for tracking of ALL donations from foundations, sponsors, businesses, individuals, etc.
• Hand monetary donations to treasurer/board member
• Recruit volunteer staff for event
• Send out invitations and manage RSVP list
• Sell tickets to event to family, friends, and community as appropriate
• Assist in writing to advertise event via eNewsletter, Facebook, press release, radio announcement, posters, etc. to support event goals and increase community awareness
• Coordinate and monitor event timelines
• Select and manage vendors for the event and other staff
• Coordinate talent, Hire band/DJ as appropriate
• Select a keynote speaker to increase awareness of cause as appropriate

Qualifications
• 2-plus years’ experience as a nonprofit Event Planner or experience as an administrative professional with budgeting and supervision experience
• Demonstrate excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
• Knowledge of Excel
• Experience in marketing and public relations is also desirable in terms of effective program promotion
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Windows based computer application

Skills and Abilities
• Personnel supervision and budgeting are a plus as are keeping deadlines and budgets on track
• Must have strong and polished interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
• Creative, strategic, and analytical thinker with the ability to manage multiple projects
• Works well under pressure
• Must be highly organized and able to work well with others; good negotiations skills are needed to work out prices with contractors and vendors
• Event planning and implementation
• Deadline oriented with good attention to detail
• Flexible; possessing the ability to wear different “hats” on short notice from time to time by the board of directors
• Public relations, marketing and project management skills are also important

Benefits
You will learn that there are more cancer treatment options beside the conventional treatment of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. You learn about the alternative and integrative approach to the well-being of cancer patients.

Application Process
Please submit your resume to KatieDavis@AnswersForAngels.com with the subject Volunteer Event Planner Job Application. No calls please. If questions, please email. Thank you.

 

Reveal What You Like To Do


National Volunteer Week starts tomorrow, April 12-18, 2015. This week is about acknowledging our volunteers who give their time to helping Answers for Angels achieve our mission. We could not have accomplished what we have without you. You are at the heart of changing and educating people about the benefits of alternative and integrative cancer treatments.

This week is also about motivating, and animating people to pursue creative methods to volunteer their time to raising funds for Answers for Angels. It’s about revealing what you like to do and working jointly with friends and family to achieve your objectives. Maybe you enjoy participating in a 5k run. Or maybe you enjoy playing bunco. Maybe you have your own ideas of inspiring folks to make a difference and raise funds that you’d like to share with us.

If you do, please contact us to get involved in volunteering for Answers for Angels, by visiting http://www.answersforangels.com/writer.html