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Braddock Elementary's Walk-4-Education event promotes fitness

Braddock Elementary School in Annandale held its first annual Walk-4-Education walk-a-thon Thursday to raise money for the children of the Braddock community and promote the importance of health and fitness.

The children walked a designated path near the school (at 7825 Heritage Drive) marked by Braddock’s physical education teachers, Ken Jackson and Alex Winiewicz—one mile for kindergarten and first-grade students, two miles for second and third-graders, and three miles for fourth and fifth-graders. Teachers, other faculty, and parents, walked, too. The goal was 100 percent participation. It was scheduled for Veterans’ Day, so parents could come and stay for a special Thanksgiving lunch with their children and an assembly.

Two NoVA Cancer Non-Profits Will Represent Washington, D.C., at Academy Awards of Philanthropy

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation (TBKF) has won the distinction of being named Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.,  by StayClassy. TBKF now moves onto the national round in California to compete with charities from seven other U.S. cities for the Classy Award and title of National Charity of the Year.

The Classy Awards are sponsored by StayClassy.org, an innovative outlet for non-profit organizations. The awards recognize the philanthropic work of charitable foundations, businesses, and individuals.  Awards are given in one of ten categories including Charity of the Year, Small Charity of the Year, and Most Creative Awareness Campaign.  The Charity of the Year winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while other winners will receive $10,000. Presented in downtown San Diego on November 7, the Classy Awards are the Academy Awards of philanthropy.

TBKF went up against 10 other Washington, D.C. based charities in the first round of online voting. First round voting took place from October 9 through October 22. The final stage of voting is happening now and will continue through November 5.

Lisa Millar, founder of TBKF, said, “We are so honored to represent the brain tumor and cancer community and to be able to increase much needed awareness. We are fighting for everyone touched by cancer and for all the angels taken too soon.”

DC Candlelighters, an organization for childhood cancer awareness and support was also awarded Small Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.  The DC Candlelighters an all-volunteer charity that supports families of children fighting cancer and was started by families whose own children had been diagnosed with cancer. 

TBKF was born out of love, by Lisa Millar, for her 29-year-old brother who died from a brain tumor and for her need to avenge the disease that took him. TBKF co-founded a national branding and unification movement to join all those working towards a cure for brain tumors. Over 71 non-profits have united under the Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade campaign. TBKF, along with its many D.C. Metro events, including their Kids Helping Kids event for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, is developing a new project that will motivate and guide members of communities to join together and do their part to help put an end to all cancer.

Both The Brad Kaminksy Foundation and DC Candlelighters are founded by women whose personal lives have been impacted by cancer.  These charities are informing and motivating our communities to get involved and raise awareness to beat cancer.

Volunteer Fairfax Present: VolRUNteer 5k & Fun Run

The following was sent to us by Kevin Hunter of Volunteer Fairfax:

Fairfax, Va -- In an effort to encourage volunteerism and a healthy lifestyle, Volunteer Fairfax is hosting it’s first-ever volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run, November 14th 2010. The volRUNteer 5k and Fun Run’s aim is to promote volunteerism, along with offering families the opportunity to get fit by being part of the 5k or fun run. All participants will have the chance to give back, by participating in on site service projects race day. The race commences at 8:00 a.m. November 14th, 2010 at George Mason University.

Volunteers sought for clinical trail on HIV vaccine

The Clinical Alliance for Research and Evaluation—Infectious Diseases (CARE-ID), a research facility at 3289 Woodburn Road, Annandale, is seeking volunteers to take part in a clinical trial on an HIV vaccine.

CARE-ID is one of 20 facilities in the United States participating in HVTN 505 study to determine the effectiveness of a vaccine that has shown promise in previous studies. The trial is being coordinated by the HIV Vaccine Trials Network.

Annandale-Native Returns to No. Va. to Practice Dentistry

The following was sent to us by Asha Sedalia Bruot of ASHA Public Relations, LLC:

Dr. My Tran, a native of Annandale, Va., is now practicing dentistry at Gainesville Pediatric Dentistry in Gainesville, Va.

Dr. Tran completed her residency at the New York University College of Dentistry where she was the chief resident of pediatric dentistry.   While in residency, Dr. Tran spent time at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiners working on her research and training medical examiners on a new dental forensic protocol. This training provided her the opportunity to work on a 5,000- year-old mummy tooth.

How to save your breasts and your wallet by October 2nd!

Insurance companies state that they are willing to pay 100% of a "screening mammogram", but not for the “I think we found something”; what the @#!$ does that mean?  In my case, I felt a lump, and made the mistake of mentioning it to the technician during my mammogram.  Should I have mentioned the lump, or should have I played dumb?  Well, mentioning the lump cost me $600, and that is with my health insurance coverage (part of that was the “you need to come back because I think we found something” factor).  So two mammograms, $600 out of my pocket, two missed days of work, 4 weeks of no good sleep (because I could not get an appointment any earlier), and a potential ulcer from all the stress….it was normal!  Was it worth it?  Could I have done things differently? Well….