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Families are the Fastest Growing Group in the US Homeless Population

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· 81 percent of single homeless people enter and exit shelters quickly.
· The Salvation Army allows for a three-night stay.
· Between 700,000 and 800,000 people are homeless on any given night.
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Between 700,000 and 800,000 people are homeless on any given night. People like Roger and David who when they moved to Dallas thought it would be a haven. Most families become homeless because they are having a housing crisis.
About half of the families experiencing homelessness over the course of a year live in family units and about 38 percent of those homeless within that year are children like the gay youth who represent who represent 20 to 40 percent of homeless youth.

Homeless people report that their major needs are help finding a job, housing, and financial help for the rent such as the couple who lived in their car for about a month getting food from a local pantry and making sandwiches in the car and collecting non-perishables. Twenty percent of the homeless report that they get help finding housing.

In 2002 three days before Christmas Roger and Dave were on a two to three-week waiting list to get into the Samaritan House, a residential facility for those with HIV or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In cases in which a family is fleeing a domestic violence, alcohol, or drug abuse situation a period of transitional housing is often needed.

James, who spoke on conditions of anonymity, couldn't get back into the apartment where he lived with his boyfriend and had to leave because of domestic violence. The boyfriend was missing and the landlord wouldn't let James back in the apartment until he paid damages owed by the boyfriend which James did not have. James only got to stay with a friend for a few days. He left for his friend's with the clothes on his back.

According to the National Alliance To End Homelessness, 81 percent of single homeless people enter and exit shelters quickly. The Salvation Army allows for a free, three-night stay. About half of the people experiencing homelessness are single adults like Sonya, a drug addict. The National Alliance To End Homeless, recommends, among other strategies, that every city have a safe haven for the homeless to go and that the town has in place facilities to put people leaving public institutions, while continually making sure everyone is receiving needed care.

Faster housing services placing homeless people in a more timely fashion is also needed rather than having people being forced to wait on long waiting lists. The Alliance also recommends that more services be mainstreamed and consolidated to better meet the needs of the homeless. Faster job placements are also needed with an ability to secure enough income to afford rent, according to The Ten Essentials of a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness drawn up by the Alliance a long time ago.

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Friday, March 24, 2006

EZH2: Enzyme That Promotes Cancer May Also Prevent It

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An enzyme that promotes cancer may prevent it according to new research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
A protein that identifies aggressiveness appears in two forms, according to CancerWise, a publication of the Center.

Scientists have discovered that a protein that suppresses cancer growth might also encourage it and researchers may have found a way to stop that process of tumor development according to new study results.

In a recent issue of the journal Science, M.D. Anderson scientists reported that when a protein called EZH2 is in its "native" state it suppresses cancer cell growth and works to inhibit cancer development.

In the study the researchers developed a "mutant" protein that stops EXH2 from being phosphorylated, says the study's lead author, Mien-Chie Hung, Ph.D., chair of Anderson's Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology.

EZH2 is a biomarker enzyme, which means the protein is used to measure aggressiveness of certain types of cancer.

"This has become a big riddle to cancer researchers who want to be able to use EZH2 as a marker upon which to base aggressive treatment," Hung says.

Leandra Smith, who was diagnosed with cancer in 1996, found the ocean to be a respite. She died in 1998 after a long battle.

Terry Healey, who suffered from a disfiguring cancer, published a book about his experience.

"I was a junior at the University of California at Berkeley when I was diagnosed," he said. "Five years later and after numerous attempts to reconstruct my face I was still dealing with the insecurity."

Linda Carpenter was diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and went through chemotherapy and surgery.

"I guess there is never a good time to have cancer but at the time I thought, ‘I don't have time to have cancer," she said. "I was divorced, mother of three boys and was caring for my terminally ill fiancée who had cancer."

Aurore, 14, thought she had an infection but it turned out to be cancer.
"If you have a lump or your family has a history of cancer, go to the doctor and get it checked," she said.

Lifetime Television has an 11-year-old Stop Cancer For Life Campaign.

Elaine Newman, who was diagnosed with lung cancer at the age of 42, started her own little fundraiser to raise awareness for the disease.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Entrepreneur sweeps the extra mile

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Among the numerous house cleaning businesses in Colorado, one stands out for its unique personal touch.

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What makes Kacie's Kleaning Kapers unique among others is that they adopt several low-income or indigent families throughout the year and supply clothes, furniture, help with food, laundry, and anything else they can assist them with.


"We started just with Christmas but it expanded quickly," said Kacie Colle, owner and founder of Kacie's Kleaning Kapers, a cleaning service in Colorado. "We love doing any extras for our customers. We are unique because we love to pamper our customers. Some day I'd like to incorporate but I want to still act like a small family business."


Kacie's Kleaning Kapers, owned by former Fort Worth, TX resident Kacie Colle, was launched in July 2003 as a result of 17 years of informally cleaning homes for friends. Colle's husband Harold does the accounting, her mom serves as secretary, and her sister Denelle is the office manager. Seventeen-year-old employee Sara "loves to clean," said Colle, and she is the first Colorado employee. Colle, 37, and her family relocated back to Colorado after living in Fort Worth for a few years until April this year. Colle hired a friend of hers, Tawna this past week. Colle's daughter, Kelsey, who started the business with Colle, and her nieces Mandy and Angel pass out flyers and business cards to promote the business.


Colle, said her entire goal is to enjoy what she does while helping other people out with the things they cannot do or just give them that extra time to spend with their families.


"In order to be successful you have to smile. Not just a grimace, but deep down you have to spread your love for life to all those you come into contact with," said Colle.


Sara makes vases with beaded trim and pet treats that Kacie's leaves after cleaning a customer's home. Kacie's also does aromatherapy using essential oils that the customer chooses. A monthly calendar tailored just for each client is provided for each customer with cleaning days marked. Monthly newsletters are also sent out to all clients. Customers are scheduled based on what is convenient to clients and at discount prices. Kacie's specializes in animal clean-up and special all-natural odor and stain removers are used, per request.


Colle is also a block captain for her Neighborhood Watch and she has plans to start a feral cat rescue program this month.


Kacie's website (kacieskleaningkapers.com) features, among other items, a pet page of pictures from Colle's clients, friends, and family, links page, pricing estimate information, an inspirational story page, and a dedication page.



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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Donors Help Texas Fire Victims

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Determined to rebuild after wildfires whipped through Cross Plains, TX relocating about 85 residents and destroying 116 houses, local residents got a big boost from Keri King, her family, and generous donors.
King, who lives in Denton, TX, organized a drive for toys, hygiene products, and other items in December.

Her daughter has friends that attend Cross Plains Elementary.

Recently when wildfires rushes through the West Texas town King's family decided to go back to the community where King used to live.

Their goal was to collect 125 stockings this past Christmas.

"These children lost everything, including their long-awaited Santa gifts," said King in a local newspaper article. "These people would do anything for anyone."

The Kings said that they still felt close to the community.

Stocking stuffers and unwrapped news toys were requested to give to the victims.

New and slightly used clothing and monetary donations were being asked for as was storage bines, bedding, new socks, and underwear, plus everything from hairbrushes to toothpaste.

King accepted donations continuing after the weekend of Jan. 6th and planned to go back to the area with donations as long as it took.

For the most part residents were reluctant to claim donations leaving them for those they believe need help even more, according to one reporter.

Drop-off items were donated at NASR Bros. Jewelers at 1800 Brinker Road.

For more information call King at 817-412-9243 or 940-565-8282.

A year ago this month people were busy raising funds for the Tsunami victims.

Will Hart, who grew up in a firefighting family blames wildfires on the government's failure to protect national forests.

"Fire may be an integral part of civilization but I learned to hate it as a child," he said. "I was born into a family of California firefighters."

Fire activity in Texas remained light as of Jan. 10th according to statistics and the majority of firefighting activity is on state and private land.

For the first half of January the National Weather Service predicts a continued warmer and drier trend for the Texas regional area.





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Robert Yau was out walking his dog one day when he realized how many people came up to him to meet he and his four-legged pal.
"When I was out walking my dog I would meet people and noticed there were a lot of single people out there who were pet lovers," he said. "At that time online dating had become accepted."

So Yau came up with a free dating service unlike any other out there - datemypet.com for pets or pet lovers.

"The response has been amazing," he said. "We've had a lot of people coming on to the site and joining and the community has grown."

The site got a lot of hits very early on because it was launched on April 1, 2004 so a lot of people thought it was an April Fool's joke which attracted a lot of people to the site.

"Naturally once they found out it wasn't a joke they thought, ‘Oh, what a great idea,'" said Yau. "Initially the site was purely aimed at single pet lovers but we've noticed that pet lovers who are married are looking for dates for their pets go to go to the dog park with. We have various ideas about what we'd like to do with the site. We try to keep things very fun. Now we're seeing guaranteed matching sites for a husband or wife from other companies out there. We're more about friendship so there are people coming on to our site. We expect questions like ‘What kind of house do you live in?' We have a sense of humor. We enjoy ourselves. We're tongue-in-cheek. "

Yau said he has gotten one couple who have been married three to four months now who met on his site and there are various people who have met who are now going out or are friends through his website. Datemypet.com was recently mentioned in Glamour Magazine's September issue. The site's motto is "Date me, date my pet."

"People have made many friends because of the pet connection," he said. "That is one thing that is unique about the site. A lot of times you go to a coffee shop and there's no love connection. In most cases you would never see each other again. But with our members if there's no love connection they tend to become friends. There's a lot more friendships being formed by our site. I'm a big animal lover so for me loving animals comes first and our site has a pet-loving attitude. Essentially our site is about having fun and one of the things I don't want to be too serious about is the relationship thing. "

Yau, owner of a dog named Hershey, said a business owner has to have passion for his business and be honest.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Diary of a Birth Mom Part 2

Anniversaries
01-Dec-2000
My little girl went to the G.I. specialist yesterday but I haven't heard anything. She's only eight pounds and won't eat much. I worry about her constantly.

02-Dec-2000
I'm kind of down. I went to a birthday party. My little girl's okay - 9 pounds, 5 1/2 ounces, thank God! I felt happy for the first time in a long time earlier tonight but now it's gone.

03-Dec-2000
My little girl's adoptive brother put Mr. Potato Head glasses on her! I feel so grateful today. I know she's happy.

09-Dec-2000
I'm working on a book proposal for my journal, written in novel format and with a lot more detail. I got depressed after buying my little girl's Christmas present - a "Little House on the Prairie" book. I joined the gym at work. Yesterday I had five years sober.

13-Dec-2000
Snowed in. I'm finally not obsessing about my daughter. Although she's on my mind, it's not the throbbing, all consuming obsession it has been. Now I just think about how happy, loved, and cared for she is. I haven't heard from my APs lately. I sent her new mom a poem for an adoptive mom and the book for my little girl.

16-Dec-2000
Tonight was my sister's dance performance in Florida. I missed my daughter today. Her new dad liked my poem about him.

23-Dec-2000
I leave for my sister's in Florida tomorrow for three days. I got my birth mom journal on my email and forwarded it to a bunch of friends for feedback. I've been wanting to drink for two days and I almost did. I don't know why. I thought I was doing okay with the adoption. But looking back over last night I realized I wanted to drink to blot out the sadness. My roommate got a promotion.

25-Dec-2000
My daughter's first Christmas. I had a cry in the bathroom while Christmas dinner was being made. My family and I went to the movies. I thought about my little girl all day. Today was harder than Thanksgiving. I thought I'd be okay. I almost drank.

26-Dec-2000
I talked to an old friend in Florida. The adoptive mom sent me a sweet email and said more videos and pix are to come. Noone in my family wants to see the Placement video or look at pictures. I saw a lot of little girls today and imagined what my daughter would be like older. I feel as tired as I was when pregnant.

27-Dec-2000
I had a fitful night. My mom and stepdad watched some of the Placement video. My sister's supposed to watch it today. I found out my uncle died the day my daughter was born.

01-Jan-2001
A year ago I bought a pregnancy test. My friend and I went to a piano bar to celebrate New Year's but neither of us drank. It was fun. My sponsor gave me my five-year medallion in AA last night. My little girl has graduated out of her crib and loves to look at herself in the mirror. Quite different from me!

02-Jan-2001
A year ago I found out I was pregnant. I talked to someone tonight who placed her son in a closed adoption seven years ago and she was very bitter. She wasn't very supportive of my situation but I told her I didn't regret my choice. I thought about my daughter all day but wasn't that sad. This really feels like a real new year for the first time. Normally it doesn't.

08-Jan-2001
A birth mom I was at Gladney with called and told me that one of the public relations people from there wants to meet with me to talk about being on "The View!" Supposedly Barbara Walters read my "Self Magazine" interview and wants to get an older birth mom's view! They're doing as series on adoption. I meet with the P.R. person Wednesday. We were supposed to meet today but she had to reschedule. A friend of mine reviewed my journal and sees three potential books out of it. My best friend and I celebrated our AA birthdays together. I feel good about my daughter. It's less painful, more peaceful now. I don't regret my decision. She is happy and she thrives. She laughs and she's secure and comfortable in her home. She's well taken care of and she has no uncertainty. She has confidence in her parents. She'd have none of that if she were with me. I know this. The woman who placed in a closed adoption seven years ago tried to make me feel bad about my decision but I don't. She has two other kids she has custody of. I hung up the phone from her feeling bad last week but now I feel good, stronger about my decision, proud of my decision, thankful.

09-Jan-2001
I'm exhausted. Tomorrow's the big lunch with Paige from Gladney (the P.R. person). I'll finally know. I want a new life. I'm not interested in a relationship at all which is a very good thing for me. Nothing thrills me any more. I'm bored with all the games. Even the guy I used to obsess about long distance doesn't do it for me. I'm seeing things so clearly now.

12-Jan-2001
I feel fatigued all the time like when I was pregnant. I've been thinking about my daughter all day. The Gladney people took me to lunch and told me about the interview. They may not be able to accompany me, though. I'd be scared to go alone.

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17-Jan-2000

I found out Jan. 2 I'm pregnant and was shocked. I moved into Gladney where I've decided to live. I pray for self-forgiveness for what I'm about to do. I moved in today having made the agonizing decision to give you up for adoption. I picked up my four-year medallion the other day at my AA meeting. My sister decided not to raise you after I asked her initially. My friend Jan and my boss think I should raise you. My friend Sheryl says all this will bring me closer to God. Why can't God and I just have lunch?

18-Jan-2000

I had dorm orientation tonight. Andrea in Admissions gave me a sweet card. I got to talk to the doctor. Tomorrow I meet the Transitional Care staff person and move my furniture to storage. I found out they give you 48 hours after birth to change your mind. I wish they didn't because I'm afraid I will. I crave bread a lot.

19-Jan-2000

My furniture got moved. I got to have a counseling session. Tomorrow I see the doctor for the first time. We got two new girls in. One looks like a model. I thought about writing my dad. I wonder what he'd say about you.

20-Jan-2000

I gained 40 pounds. Now I'm 186 pounds. I saw the doctor today. I'm due Aug. 2. I had a good day at work and did a couple of photo shoots. I haven't gotten the nerve to read "What To Expect When You're Expecting." The doctor said I could take one of my medications while pregnant. I found out I'm about 12 weeks along.

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Your birth father has been sweet all day. He says pregnant women are sexy. I don't get it. I'm huge. I saw a kid celebrate a birthday last night and thought "I won't be there for that." I couldn't look at a baby commercial. One of the girls, age 15, had her baby. Another came back after having a C-section. We had three births this week.

23-Jan-2000

My suitemate and I had a good talk. She's in Narcotics Anonymous and lives in Louisiana. The father of her baby also lives there but they can't locate him right now. Tomorrow I see the doctor. I slept too much today. A friend of mine's going to take care of my dog. I'm worried about labor.

24-Jan-2000

I went to the doctor and tomorrow I meet with the insurance lady. I looked at profiles of transitional care parents and saw a 15-year-old have a nursery visit with her baby for the first time. I can't imagine being that young and having this decision before me. It's hard enough at 33.

25-Jan-2000

We had a dorm meeting tonight. I felt out of place. I'm the oldest one here. My suite mate and I are the only "old" ones here. She's 28. Your birth father, Jon, made me dinner. I met with the insurance lady. My boss is being nice. She and a co-worker offered to give me baby clothes. I came up with a bunch of baby names; more girls' names than boys.'

31-Jan-2000

I heard your heartbeat for the first time today! I got examined and got my prenatal vitamins. At first the doctor couldn't find your heartbeat and it scared me. I've gotten to be good friends with another girl here. A 16-year-old changed her mind. I dreamed I met a woman with 11 kids. Next month I'll find out your sex. Hearing your heartbeat made it seem real, really real. One resident said she might let her aunt adopt her baby. Another girl's due Friday. The 16-year-old came back after delivery and was walking funny because of soreness. It made me wince.

02-Feb-2000

I'm excited to work on the scrapbook for you! My suite mate's making hers kid friendly. My stomach's feeling tighter. A friend of mine advised me to use cocoa butter everywhere to prevent stretch marks. I start prenatal classes in June. They throw birth moms a placement party here whenever they place.

06-Feb-2000

My belly hurts all the time now. My niece is due in June, her first also. We got another new resident.

07-Feb-2000

Another girl went into labor at 3 a.m. and had a baby girl. I got the scrapbook for you!

13-Feb-2000

I had such a powerful craving for pizza tonight but I resisted. I talked to my AA sponsor. I got to see my dog yesterday. It's hard to leave him. I'm seeing him again tomorrow. I got a box of maternity clothes from my sister, your Aunt Cindy.

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The DFW Wildlife Coalition will hold a Varmint Lovers’ Tea Party and Bazaar Nov. 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Dallas, TX.
The organization’s mission is to resolve human/wildlife conflicts in a humane way when it comes to finding and rescuing wild animals. The coalition was founded in the metroplex area in 2003. They are non-profit incorporated in the state of Texas and are filing for 501© 3 status.

In June DFW Wildlife had a Backyard Pond Celebration at the Dallas Discovery Gardens and in July a Wildlife Rehab Basic Skills Class was taught by the Coalition.

According to the organization, only adults should rescue baby birds and when one is found a wildlife rehab coordinator, state wildlife agency, or wildlife vet should be contacted as soon as possible. The bird should be gotten to a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible after being rescued. It is a myth that birds abandon their young if a human touches a chick. Also, male birds typically attack windows during mating season, according to The Fund For Animals. It is against the law in most states to keep a wild animal if you don’t have a permit even if you plan to release them.

Only adults should rescue baby mammals. The same tips apply for finding these creatures. You can find detailed instructions on rescuing wild animals on the Coalition’s website.

Wild animals often nest near human dwellings especially in the spring or summer to take care of their young.

The Coalition advises those who find bats near or in their house not to panic. Bats usually enter houses through crevices, cracks, and roofs among other avenues.

When it comes to beavers chewing on trees and building dams that flood roads, tell your local officials that killing them and destroying dams will not solve the problem because migrating beavers will move in and build a new dam.

Coyotes are afraid of humans and rarely attack people. When it comes to deer, people mistakenly assume that if a fawn is found alone they are orphaned.

In the summer raccoons like to use attics or chimneys as denning sites to raise their cubs. Even though raccoons are nocturnal mothers sometimes can be spotted during the day foraging for food to nurture their nursing babies who are depleting their energy.

If a squirrel is in your attic chances are good that you have a mother with young.

The Coalition advises against trapping unless there is an immediate threat to you, your family, or your companion animals.

You can mail donations to DFW Wildlife Coalition, Box 833523, Richardson, TX 75083 or donate online at dfwwildlife.org through Paypal.

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Dentistry program gives hope to violence survivors

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Women who once might have found it hard to smile can now grin from ear to ear thanks to a charitable cause.

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The Give Back A Smile program, a charity foundation of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, helps restore dental damage to victims of domestic abuse.


The group partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) to conduct the program. The organization, whose vision statement reads "Restore a smile, restore a life," launched in 1999 and allows dentists to give back to the community.


"Through the Give Back A Smile program, AACD members assist survivors of domestic violence for free by treating them so that they may reclaim their smiles, self-esteem, and ultimately, their lives," said AACD Foundation Chairman, Erin Roberts, in a press release.


Cosmetic work is done on survivors whose injuries are to the front teeth or supporting structures for those teeth. First, a survivor must call set up a consultation with a counselor. All applicants must have at least one interview, and if approved, the AACD will contact a dentist in the relevant area who has volunteered for the program. In the end, this dentist will have the final say in whether or not an applicant is approved.


Currently, the program is treating 177 people across the United States, and on Sept. 15, the agency gave over $2 million for free cosmetic dental work for survivors of domestic abuse.


And so far it has been successful. Four years ago, Give Back A Smile won the Award for Excellence as well as the Summit Award in the Associations Advance America Awards program, a national competition.


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Please call your United States Senators TODAY and tell them to
“SUPPORT the SPECTER-HARKIN-KENNEDY AMENDMENT
TO THE 2007 BUDGET RESOLUTION.”
CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS TODAY TO SUPPORT FUNDING
INCREASES TO CANCER RESEARCH AND PROGRAMS!
This week (the week of March 13th), the Senate is scheduled to vote on the Senate Budget
Resolution, which sets the overall funding allocations for all federal spending for Fiscal Year
2007 (FY 07). As currently drafted, the Senate Budget Resolution CUTS funding for medical
research and public health programs. While this is very serious situation, there is a glimmer of
hope. Sometime THIS WEEK – and possibly as soon as MARCH 14th – the Senate will vote
on the SPECTER-HARKIN-KENNEDY amendment to increase funding for all health and
education programs by $7 billion. The only way to GUARANTEE that cancer research and
programs are not only saved from cuts – but also receive necessary increases in FY 2007 – is for
the Senate to pass the SPECTER-HARKIN-KENNEDY Amendment.
SPECIFIC STEPS TO TAKE:
When the Budget Resolution is considered in the Senate this week, ask your U.S. Senators to
oppose the President's proposed cuts to medical research and public health and support efforts to
increase funding for cancer research and programs. Request that they vote FOR the SPECTERHARKIN-
KENNEDY amendment to increase funding for health and education by $7 billion,
which restores funding for these programs to the FY 05 levels.
• Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or go to www.senate.gov to find the
Washington, D.C. office numbers for your two U.S. Senators.
• Once connected to each office, ask to speak with the legislative assistant that handles
health care.
• Identify yourself as a voting constituent who cares about cancer research, treatment and
prevention programs. Tell the staff how cancer has touched you or your family.
• Ask that the Senator support the SPECTER-HARKIN-KENNEDY AMENDMENT
TO THE 2007 BUDGET RESOLUTION, and all efforts to increase funding for
Function 550 and cancer research and programs.
• Make it clear that there is no excuse to justify voting against their constituents, the 1.5
million Americans who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, or the 10 million
Americans living with cancer.
• Let the staff know that you will be following the budget process closely, and ask the staff
to keep you up to date on what actions the Senator will take in support of cancer research,
treatment and prevention programs.
BACKGROUND: On the heels of approving the first cuts to the budgets for the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) since 1970 in Fiscal Year
2006 (FY 06), the President has proposed even deeper cuts for the NCI in FY 07. As a result, the
total number of NIH-funded research project grants would drop by 642 (or 2%) below last year’s
level. The President’s budget would cut funding for the NCI by $40 million.
In addition to these cuts in medical research, the President's budget also proposes deep
reductions at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for chronic disease prevention,
quality of life programs, and health promotion. Specifically, the proposed budget cuts nearly
$20 million from chronic disease programs, which include cancer control, prevention, and
survivorship. In fact, under the President's proposal, the CDC Cancer programs, which are
already severely under-funded, would be cut by more the $3 million.
Members of Congress on the respective Appropriations Committee cannot adequately fund
programs in FY 07 if they do not have the authority to spend the money. As we saw last year,
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The SPECTER-HARKIN-KENNEDY amendment adds $7 billion for health and education
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just two years ago. If we don’t reverse the trend this year, it will only get worse in the future.
The President himself has said, “in order to win the war against cancer we must fund the war
against cancer.” Further, when proclaiming National Cancer Control month last April, the
President said, “aggressive funding will lead scientists to earlier diagnoses and improved
treatments for lung, colorectal and other cancers.”
The budget proposed by the Administration is far from adequate to fulfill this pledge for
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by 2015.
If Members of Congress truly support cancer research and public health programs and are serious
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The non-profit Contemporary Dance school in Fort Worth marks their 15th year doing educational outreach programs.


"When we started this organization there was no professional modern dance company in Fort Worth and there never had been," said Kerry Kreiman, executive/artistic director and co-founder of Contemporary Dance. "We felt like part of our mission was to educate people and provide opportunities. We wanted for artists in the area to have more regular and reliable venues to perform in for the modern art dance artists that work here so education has been a really important part of what we have done all along."


According to Kreiman, most people in the country are not familiar with modern dance, either in terms of the art form's history or its current state. She said it has become a very diverse art form.


Contemporary Dance performs works by choreographers recognized on local, regional, and national levels, and provides lecture performances for schools and organizations. The company, founded in 1990, sometimes performs for adults. They presented performance programs for Fort Worth Ballet and Texas Christian University, and they've done many performances for students. Contemporary Dance has also done work at correctional facilities, community centers, and some after school programs.


"In term of hitting more adult populations, we've also done events in festivals and parks," said Kreiman, who has choreographed over 60 works. "We see that as an outreach opportunity especially for people to see performances who might not be able to afford it. We've never had any employees. All artists and teachers work for very small honorariums and agree to specific jobs they go out and contract to do. Dancers donate all their rehearsal time. It's not really how we would prefer to have it done and we are trying to change that. It definitely is a labor of love."


Contemporary Dance's festival and park events are free, designed for all ages, and open to the public. They have toured the U.S. and Mexico, and Kreiman and the other artistic leader, Susan Douglas Roberts, have taught and performed internationally.


Contemporary Dance also sends their teachers to dance classes through funding for residencies where teachers might be able to instruct a group in a six-week period twice a week. Even though it's not a particularly long and concentrated period of study, it does allow for that particular group of students to have more in-depth experiences, said Kreiman.


"They might remember some terminology and hopefully when they would go to see other dance performances in the future they would also have a little better understanding and appreciation for dance as an art form having had some physical and personal experiences," she said. "I think that it can be hard to relate to dance if you have never really had some personal experiences with it. Especially in our current culture where people are so locked into their computers, t.v. screens, and video games and they aren't moving around as much. So I don't think people as easily tap into their kinesthetic sense."


Sometimes Contemporary Dance designs other outreach programs to meet other people's request. The company has worked with the Kimbell Art Museum several times and created programs related to the facility's art exhibitions. Contemporary Dance has also worked with the Fort Worth Independent School District art department through Imagination Celebration Fort Worth where the group designed activities correlating with visual art.


In the fall of 2000, Contemporary Dance worked on their biggest project with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the JP Elder Fine Arts Program to produce a show based on Día de los Muertos celebrations. Visual artists oversaw puppet construction and classes were held at multiple elementary schools. Middle school and community programs were taught at Southside Preservation Hall and at all locations students made visual art, such as masks and puppets, including several giant oversize puppets held up on poles. It culminated in a number of performances at multiple locations.


"That was just a huge thing involving art projects and people that lasted three months," said Kreiman.


In 1996, Contemporary Dance was awarded the Fort Worth Independent School District Adopt-A-School Program Outstanding Small Company/Organization Award for its exemplary partnership with Manuel Jara Elementary School.


Contemporary Dance is also a member of the artist rosters for the Heartland Arts Fund of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Arts Program, Imagination Celebration, and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County's Neighborhood Arts Program with the City of Fort Worth.




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Dallas Dinner Table: Sharing Meals and Improving Race Relations

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When my sister used to attend a Unitarian church in the 80s they used to have what was called "Dinner For 8" where church members would get together at a different person's house every week for potluck.
Now a new way of dining has been introduced in Dallas, TX and it's called Dallas Dinner Table.

It's not your typical casual get-together, far from it.

This dinner actually has responsibilities for host, facilitators, and participants with a goal of improving race relations one dinner at a time. Dallas Dinner Table is a non-profit, independent organization focusing on improving race relations in the DFW Metroplex.

Before the event the host has to register by a cut-off date on dallasdinnertable.com, in the most recent dinner by Jan. 9th. This year's dinner is scheduled for Jan. 16th at 6 p.m. Central Standard Time at various homes and restaurants throughout the Metroplex.

They also have to provide food and location for a total of 8-12. They may include one personal friend or family member. The organization is actively seeking attendees to act as facilitators.

Serving food as one course or family style is recommended to maximize participation. Last year on Martin Luther King Jr.'s holiday more than 1,100 North Texans gathered together in about 120 locations to break bread and barriers during the event.

Among those participating, 97 percent rated their experience as very excellent.

Guests aren't allowed to bring un-registered people to dinner and are to listen respectfully to others attending without trying to change their opinion. They are encouraged to have an open mind to participate in dinner conversation. Before the dinner they have to confirm their dinner assignment with the host before the event.

Participants, hosts, and facilitators complete feedback forms before leaving the dinner.

Facilitators have to attend a mandatory orientation session chosen from three dates, familiarize themselves with materials and guidelines before the event, and discuss with the host plans for each person's responsibilities.

The night of the event the facilitator has to present purpose and action steps for participants and host, enforce the "no interruptions" policy, and manage the time of the night ensuring dinner is done by 9:30 p.m.

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Dallas' Airport Valet Offers Car Park, Car Wash and Dry Cleaning

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There are discounts for seniors and new customers receive a discount.
Their motto is "We sweat the small stuff so you don't have to."

The company is working on seasonal specials.

For more information call 817-723-7352 or email shell@ctelcom.net.

Their website is members.tripod.com.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

My sister wrote this in 2003

“How My Cat Taught Me About A Higher Power”

By Cindy Persico



Like most of us I struggle with the concept of “Higher Power” or H.P. and my understanding has grown thankfully over the years that on most days I can feel centered and well-cared for by this Higher Power thanks to Alanon.

That isn’t always the case.

In 2003 my brother-in-law was killed in a car accident. Watching my sister, Joy, struggle with her grief has been particularly painful and has called into question again how to make sense out of things that seem so senseless.

What good can come from this?

Hello, God, Are you still there?

Will you take care of Joy? She’s so scared and sure this isn’t what should be happening at all.

One day I had to take Eunice, my cat, to the vet.

She shivered, and shook, and cried, certain this couldn’t possibly be what should be happening at all. I reassured her as best I could; yet again had a flash that this is exactly how life feels sometimes. I’m sure that whatever is happening is all wrong and yet it’s the best thing for my growth, though it may hurt temporarily. I can even think ole H.P. is making a mistake or forget to care for me when that is exactly the opposite of what is happening.

Thanks, Eunice and H.P. for these simple ways to grasp the idea that maybe, just maybe, I can breathe easier knowing “God’s Gotcha,” Joy - - - - and me and Eunice, too.

One Day At A Time.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Creative America: Fighting the Radical Right

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They are attempting to train and lead creative types to run for office to change the face of the political scene.
At Creative America the thought is that creativity should be a national value.

"It should be priority," said the organization's founder Tom Tresser. "We know that there are tens of thousands making a living in the creative field but there are also teachers, scientists, educators, architects, people who develop products, advertising reps, people who work in the technical field of the internet - all these people work in creative fields, too."

Creative America is making presentations to different organizations in the country with this motto: "The politics of creativity: A Call For Service."

"We try to make the case that creativity is part of America's national heritage," said Tresser. "We start out by having people read a little bit of the Declaration of Independence at our presentations. We make the argument that when the Declaration was read aloud in the summer of 1776 that that was actually public performance, political art."

Tresser said that reading in the public square in the colonies actually is the first time that people were hearing that there was a U.S. and that by hearing it and agreeing to it it was a collective performance.

"It was actually real and that to me is a mammoth act of audacious creativity," he said. "And so we start off at that pint and if that resonates with people attending than that's the foundation, that America was founded on creativity and that creativity is the American way. That sort of sets the stage that tells us creativity is important and how we have the need for innovation. And that there is a mindset that was in order to have a creative society we need to have an open mind. We can't shut out new ideas and new ways of being. That puts us in opposition to others who have a different point of view. For many people in the arts and cultural field they need to be reminded about some of these adversarial organizations because of the cultural wars from the 1990s."

Tresser said the group reminds people about 1990 through 1992 happenings like the Christian Coalition and others who were actively opposing the National Endowment for the Arts and generally organizing an anti-gay, anti-intellectual organization. There were letter writing campaigns all over the country directed at arts organizations objecting to some art. The consequences were very negative.

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Courtroom Sketch Artist

Sketch artist drew history unfolding

Courtroom Sketch: Gary Myrick :: Paula Jones, accuser of President Clinton, with boyfriend (left) and attorney, as sketched by Gary Myrick
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His sketches tell a story with the stroke of a pencil, unfolding the history of some of the most well-known U.S. trials. Gary Myrick, an accomplished courtroom sketch artist who grew up in Fort Worth, has drawn scenes from trials such as the Darlie Routier trial to the infamous 1979 Cullen Davis murder trial.


Myrick's work dates back nearly 30 years and includes the 1981 trials of Vicki Daniels, a spouse-murderer, the trial of Cullen Davis, who allegedly murdered his ex-wife's lover, and the courtroom events surrounding Paul Fielding, a former Forth Worth City Councilman now in prison after pleading guilty for mail fraud and extortion. Myrick was also hard at work during the famous Branch Davidian incident, drawing the arraignments in Waco. He's sketched judges, witnesses, experts, defendants, spouses, and family members of defendants, and even Paula Jones, who levied sexual (abuse) charges against President Clinton. He has even drawn the United States Supreme Court for ABC News.


When he worked, people would often look over his shoulder as he drew the major players, and he's been known to attract a crowd during court recesses.


He is now looking for a sponsor and public place to display and archive his numerous pieces.




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Thursday, March 16, 2006

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Rx Hope is a "clearinghouse for drug companies to get their medications to the people who need them".

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Beginning as a grassroots effort, one company has grown into the leading Internet-based patient assistance and sampling web portal in the pharmaceutical industry.


CEO and founder of Rx Hope (www.rxhope.com), Anthony Maris said his business is a very simple one.


"It's a clearinghouse for drug companies to get their medications to the people who need them," he said.


Maris said due to the economy the percentage of people needing medication through his company have gone up 20 percent every year. He said he expects this year to be a particularly heavy year regarding need.


Maris founded Rx Hope in 1999 after having worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 19 years, observing the process of patients trying to get their medications and the drug companies not knowing how to get them to the people.


"I saw there was a need and the patients didn't know how to get the medications that the pharmaceutical companies were trying to get to them," said Maris. "We're very happy helping people. There's nothing worse than not being able to afford your medications. Before trying to get the medications to the patients was very clunky."


Rx Hope, located in Clinton, NJ, is made up of about 30 staff members who are very happy with what they do, Maris said. The company is the only patient-assistance internet initiative financially supported by Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America (Phrma) and participating pharmaceutical companies. The company began as a grassroots effort of the Patient Assistance Managers and Directors of the Phrma-member companies.


"We don't have any plans for getting into marketing or anything like that. We don't plan to change anything," he said.


Each patient assistance request form has been custom designed to the drug company's rules engine. Rx Hope is an independent company and is not affiliated with third parties who may provide patients with no-cost or low-cost medications.


According to Rx Hope's website, they provide faster processing for doctors requesting samples for their qualified applicants versus the weeks or months it now takes to process these requests. This requires less time and resources because the doctor's office completes the requisition process in just a few minutes. This results in financial savings - less money spent on postage, printed material, opening and sorting requests, and other time-consuming tasks.


Rx Hope, a privately held company, also offers an Assistance Finder which matches patient information against other available federal, state, and charitable prescription drug programs. Patients can download a printable application form that they can bring to their doctor from Rx Hope's website. If the drug the patient is looking for on the site does not have an online application, the patient can select the Patient Assistance Information icon on the screen to search Rx Hope's listing of over 1,000 drugs with printable application forms.


Rx Hope, which contracts directly with the pharmaceutical companies to provide an electronic application process for their patient assistance programs, also has healthcare and pharmaceutical company links and drug info center links on it site.


The 2003 Medicare law included, for the first time in the 40-year-old program's history, broad prescription coverage. In the Sept. 30 fiscal year Medicare will disburse $295 billion.


For more information on Rx Hope, call 908-713-7600 or email customerservice@rxhope.com.





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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Collecting Magazines and Other Weird Collections

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Some people collect old toys, others Barbie collectibles.
I have been collecting articles from Glamour and Cosmopolitan Magazines since 1982, not keeping them all, of course, but passing some of them on to friends and filing some away.

At the end of the 20th Century I decided that would be a good time to start fresh and throw them all out.

Then I started over.

I know why I started. I was living in a juvenile home at 16 and it was a way of my connecting with the outside world, a way of feeling like I was a "normal" teenager.

Unfortunately, it never ended.

Do you want to know how to ace a job interview? Just look in my files.

Need a new makeup routine? Rifle through my extensive collection.

Looking for a new hairdo? I've got one for you I'm sure.

At one point I tried filing them in categories but that didn't stay organized for long.

So now, every time I get a new Glamour or Cosmo I rip through them first, pulling out any interesting articles from job hunting tips to recipes. I don't pull all the articles out, just the ones that might be helpful to me or someone else. Then I commence to read the rest of the magazines.

Danny, who collects Muppet memorabilia, tried to weed through his collection once to get rid of some of it and wound up discovering he had a sub-collection within it which was hard to part with.

I can relate to that.

"Some toys are just too ugly to throw away," he says. "One soda can is trash. Twenty is a collection."

My step dad used to drive my mom crazy with all the things he kept, things he would never use.

On infoplease.com's website you can peruse weird collections from eccentric museums like medical devices people used to "invent" to try to cure themselves of diseases a long time ago.

"Nothing is wrong with trying to hold on to things you just can't let go of," said Nikki Rae. "I collect things. I got it from my mom."

Tommy collects model cars and pens.

My ex-boyfriend Jon has an apartment full of computer stuff and always has.

Sid Sackson, a traditionalist at heart, has the most extensive private collection of board games in the world from Monopoly to Parcheesi.

Barbara Crews, guide for a collectibles website, says sometimes starting a collection is as simple as looking around and saving the item that has always fascinated you.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Coca Cola Collectors Club

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» Meetings are open to the public and guests are always welcome.My ex-boyfriend Jon and I were such opposites all the way down to our favorite soft drink of choice - his is Pepsi.
Mine is Coke.

When my sister was in college she interned at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Atlanta for a family friend who was a bigwig there. The friend had climbed her way to the top of the corporate ladder with just a high school diploma.

Back in 1987 at the friend's funeral it was standing room only with many Coke employees in attendance crying.

The Lone Star Chapter of the Coca-Cola Collectors Club in Irving, TX holds an annual Tex-Fest swap meet every year.

"For 34 of my 40 years of life I believe I have been addicted to Coca-Cola beverage products," said Michael, a doctor. "I'm old enough and educated enough to know it's addictive but at 5-20 years of age this was not common knowledge and I developed my addiction."

The National Coca-Cola Collectors Club Convention is the largest of its kind.

Bill Combs, president of the Club, has been collecting memorabilia since 1985.

"With any collector your favorite piece is always the last piece you've got because you've just been chasing it and you're excited about it," said Combs. "New collectors should study their memorabilia and read as much as you can."

At the Lone Star Chapter's swap meet there is always a welcome reception and banquet and people buy, sell, and trade memorabilia related to the beverage company. There is also something called room hopping at the event and an auction.

Although they have members in other states and countries, the body of the membership resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

Meetings are held the third Saturday of January, March, May, July, September, and November from 7-10 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and guests are always welcome. Dress is casual and the parking is free.

The collectors who are members of the organization say it is the best hobby in the world.

If you look into a collector's picks you can see everything from Coca-Cola Barbie collections to one-dimensional Santa figures holding a Coke.

The organization is always looking for more photos to post on their website, lonestarchapter.com.

There are miniature Coke bottles full of Coke like the ones that used to cost ten cents. I remember when I lived upstairs from a hardware store the owner used to let me buy Cokes out of his antique Coke machine for a dime and I would savor the smooth flavor.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

Chronic Itch

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Back in 1988 I developed a bad case of Eczema (Dermatitis) and had it off and on for a few years.
It was maddening. In the winter I had to pull up the sleeves on my sweaters because my arms would itch too bad to leave them down yet I would freeze.

In the summer sweating would aggravate the rash on my arms even more.

The cream I used cost me $50 ore more out of pocket when I had no insurance. Only a little dab was needed but the tube was so dang small!

Then I had to be careful about what I touched or brushed up against. And with my legs, which were also broken out in the rash, I had the same problems with pants that I had with sweaters and the same aggravation in the summer with sweat.

Having a cat on top of all that was no laughing matter.

At livingwithitch.org there are practical approaches to relieving itch in Psoriasis, something I developed later.

On the site there are breakdowns of current treatments for chronic itch along with practical guidelines for reducing the sensation of the itch.

Chronic itch can be extremely uncomfortable and affects people's lives in many ways.

There are four major types of itch: itch that originates from the skin, itch related to damaged nerve fibers or internal diseases such as chronic renal failure or liver disease causing itch, and itch based on psychiatric reasons.

A major concern doctors have with the condition regards the constant scratching on the area or areas.

Low ph cleansers and moisturizers help along with creams. For instance, I had to switch to Aveeno bath soap and bathe with Aveeno Oatmeal Bath Powder. Cooling agents can also assist in relieving the chronic itch. Topical anesthetics such as Pramoxine and EMLA cream affect both pain and itch receptors.

Some suggestions for relieving itch include taking shorter baths or showers and using lukewarm water, using a humidifier, staying away from tight-fitting clothes or wool, keeping your home cool, trying not to eat spicy foods, and minimizing alcohol intake.

Currently, Wake Forest University, who started the Living With Itch website, is conducting a study to see if sleeping on silk bed sheets reduces itch in persons two years old or older.

Steve Feldman knows all about the effects of chronic itch because he's a doctor who sees patients suffering from these conditions and has a son who also has the problem.

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Child I.D.

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911access.com is online and ready to assist FEMA and families who are victims of Hurricane Katrina.


Michael Thrasher, founder of Amber Alert International, reprogrammed his free site Sept. 2nd to allow both sides of Katrina's victims to reconnect - family members lost and found. Using your last known phone number as an account number and last name as password, each family member can leave messages for each other so they can be reunited.


"Our trademark states we provide access to FEMA," said Thrasher. "It's a hundred percent free and we have suspended all child i.d. card sales at this site until further notice."


911access.com is used as an Amber Alert records database. It is 180 times faster than anything else and always free, said Thrasher.


"I was thinking what is needed now is a database that would allow families to reconnect and allow them to post changes on the spot," said Thrasher. "No waiting, no blocks, fast and free information."


Thrasher said he bought 911Shelter.com and was ready to "build a big beast" but he thought 911access.com would do everything needed now and it's online. So he changed a few things and disabled all sales options.


"Nothing is for sale until further notice," said Thrasher. "It's free access to the masses. Only your friends will have your account information (phone number and last name) in 95 percent of all cases. It can be your old home number or cell phone. It doesn't matter."


Thrasher said family members can send and receive photos and messages online in a semi-private account. No searching online is required.


"Any person with wireless access who will sit down for four hours and let others contact their family will receive the Amber Alert i.d. card for the life of their child," he said. "I just want to make a difference somehow and I think this is the best thing out there. I posted two other companies that have child i.d. card services so family members can go there. I don't care anything about any of the sales at all. It's insignificant. This is more important than anything else right now. Honestly if half a million people had the system prior to the hurricane the question would just be 'Where's the terminal?' because you can travel and update 911access.com to a place where you're going to be such as a hotel."


Thrasher has also made one bedroom of his two-bedroom house open to a family left homeless for six months. He was awaiting the time and arrival date as of 8:35 p.m. Sept. 2nd.


"I think with the available information the government did the best they could but it's my belief that since there was such devastation there was insufficient information that was being brought to the table to give government information," said Thrasher. "I don't find it's anyone's fault. It caught everyone off guard. And since the information was brought to the table of those responsible they've taken the best action they can. I wish I had thought of 911access.com 25 years ago because then all the information that FEMA, the Red Cross, police, and government have is there. With my system you can find your neighbor, the people that matter to you most as soon as possible and you can leave a message. You can make plans to pick people up and take them home. Nothing will be edited or taken out. We'll not even look at it."


Thrasher said 911access.com can now handle 1,000 people online at one time.


"If they would put five computers in the Superdome with 911access.com on it people could get the word out and everyone else in the country would not have to go through the agencies to find family members. I am asking that they turn the ticket sales computers into data access terminals for 911access.com at the dome," he said. "I'm asking that mobile police units with 911access.com park and let people sit in their car and write a message to their loved one. Local PC geeks with wireless internet can come down and set their laptops on a table and help people write. It can be a handheld Palm Pilot, Blackberry, no restrictions."


Thrasher is asking every private citizen with a wireless laptop to take five minutes of their time, sit at one common corner of the Superdome, put their computer on 911access.com, and let people use it.


"If radio stations put that word out, any college student, off-duty retired person with wireless access - if everyone would do this - people could contact their family," he said.


For more information, email Thrasher at JMThrasher@msn.com.


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Retired Navy counselor invents child ID program

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To enable police to find missing children faster, J. Michael Thrasher of Durham, NC, founder of Amber Alert International, has developed a free system which gives authorities a 180 times quicker response time when locating missing children or adults with special needs.


With a new emergency data bank program called 911 Access (911access.com), the retired military man who has 20 years of Human Resources administration, computers, and electronics experience and served as a guidance and career counselor, has invented a way for Amber Alert, police, fire, and rescue personnel to get information quicker when trying to locate missing kids in any country.


Thrasher, a Master Mason and former naval recruiter who worked as a member of the MAA Police Force (Shipboard Naval Police) for seven years with a background in mass group advanced training as an instructor and programs advisor, is offering his program for free. None of the information each family member enters into the system is checked or edited to retain confidentiality and participants can write as much into their record as they want police to see to aid in the recovery of a lost or abducted child. Each account will hold ten photos and mass information to contact all other family members but will never list an address as an extra security measure. Thrasher said the control is in the person's hands that enters the information and that police can only access the information when the person has reported a missing person to 911 dispatches.


Thrasher is now seeking sponsors for the free program.


"You need not buy anything to have the full 24 hours a day, seven days per week protection on 911access.com. It's a system for every member in your family. We do make sure there's nothing vulgar written by accident or on purpose but do not edit," said Thrasher. "Each password-protected account is not searchable within itself but only by administrative action so people can't just log in to search randomly. Much like AOL or MSN it's only searchable by administrative access. Our goal is to make one standard red and white i.d. card that breaks the language barrier and empowers police worldwide on the spot."


Thrasher's trademark Amber Alert i.d. card, Amber Alert Kit, and Amber Alert International are now on file with the U.S. Patent Trademark Office.


911 Access, while free, does allow members to add the Amber Alert i.d. card (TM) for children or 911 Medcard ™ for adults, each at the cost of $12.95. Proceeds pay for costs and overhead and $1 from each kit goes to amberalertfund.com. The dollar is divided into .25 going to the Fraternal Order of Police Widow's Fund, .25 to the Firemen's Widow Fund, .25 to 911 Dispatch Widow's Fund, .5 for Poison Control, and .20 for Orphan Services. The system is now online with 20 different sites offering very cost effective i.d cards for kids and adults, said Thrasher. Thrasher said that he hopes to provide free i.d. cards for every orphan through Orphan Services.


"I have talked to many police officers and firemen and they are supportive of this idea," said Thrasher. "There is no other complete system like it. There are $49 per year systems out there that you can join to list your child online but supplies no i.d. card or DNA kit. With this system you get it all, even a key tag with your child's Amber Alert i.d. number written on the front. This full circle system empowers police in 60 seconds or less."


Thrasher said he did not know Amber Hagerman's mother but he would be honored if she would be Amber Alert International's spokesperson. He said he wants to prevent what happened to Amber Hagerman from happening to any other child again.


"When you can just call 911 and give them the i.d. number and the child's name, 911 dispatchers will then have all information in 60 seconds or less," said Thrasher. "You have now empowered your police before they can pull out of the parking lot with everything they need and a photo. It's 180 times faster than anything else out there and the best part is it's free."


Thrasher said he dropped the price of i.d. cards. Kits used to sell for $20 and now sell for $13.00. He wants to get the cost down to less than the price of a medium pizza. The Amber Alert i.d card also has a finger print kit and DNA card that can be filled out at home, said Thrasher. The kit comes with pre-addressed return envelope which can be mailed back with the information and in seven to ten days three i.d. cards are sent to the parent in the mail.


For more information, email Thrasher at Michael@Thrasher.biz or go to www.AmberAlertInternational.com.




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