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HKB Cosmetic Surgery's Beauty Bash Supports Charlotte Nonprofits

Written by Addie Rising    on September 29, 2017
Hunstad Kortesis Bharti Cosmetic Surgery supports Charlotte's cancer network by offering reconstructive breast surgeries for patients who have had a mastectomy. The center also helps patients with skin cancer by offering procedures to surgically remove cancerous and other skin lesions using specialized techniques to preserve patient's health and appearance.

Hunstad Kortesis Bharti Cosmetic Surgery loves to give back. The center's 7th Annual Beauty Bash takes place Oct. 13-14 at its two locations and for the second year in a row, Beauty Bash will shine the spotlight on local nonprofits and award one $10,000. Hunstad Kortesis Bharti Cosmetic Surgery worked with SHARE Charlotte to identify three local organizations this year:

Go Jen Go Assists With Financial Strain Caused by Breast Cancer

Written by Addie Rising    on September 28, 2017    in
When you get a diagnosis, like breast cancer, all your effort and energy should go into getting well. But doctor’s appointments and treatment time can create added expenses and compromise employment and income and can make paying bills difficult, if not impossible. 

Edwina Pierce was diagnosed with breast cancer once in 2014 and for a second time in 2016. 

#52tuesdays: Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation

Written by Addie Rising    on September 26, 2017    in
In the height of his NASCAR racing career in 1999, Jeff Gordon established the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation which supports children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure.

In addition, the Foundation provides support to the Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Hospital in Concord, N.C., which serves children in the community by providing a high level of primary and specialty care, regardless of their ability to pay.

LLS Man of the Year Advocates for Patients After Decade in Remission

Written by Addie Rising    on September 25, 2017    in
“No one can prepare you for what it will take mentally to get through the cancer process,” said Scott Peterson, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Man of the Year.

Peterson was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and following rigorous testing, underwent eight rounds of Chemotherapy putting him into remission in May 2007. During his treatment he found The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s patient support program. Scott Peterson

“Being a male and being someone who was brought up to ‘suck it up’ … I thought i could get through it,” he said. “Through the process I had friends I could rely on and it’s a program that’s very important.”

Charlotte Mom Fights Disease, Now Wants a Cure for Sarcoma

Written by Addie Rising    on September 21, 2017

You're active. You're a mom. And then you get diagnosed with cancer. You begin treatments and yes, you lose your hair.

In October 2015, Julia McGrath was diagnosed with sarcoma, a cancer of the bone or connective tissue, such as nerves, muscles, cartilage, tendons, fat, and blood vessels.  She underwent surgery and her chemo treatments began in November 2015.

Julia McGrath“My kids didn’t want anyone to know," McGrath said. "I wore scarves and maybe people knew. Allowing people to see my hair was such a focal point. It was a moment for me to let go and end the shame of losing my hair.”

McGrath's treatments ended in February 2016.

"I got it early and I got it out through surgery,” McGrath said.

But her journey has not ended. 

#52tuesdays: Levine Museum of the New South

Written by Addie Rising    on September 19, 2017    in
Whether you are from Charlotte or not — and many residents these days are not — Levine Museum of the New South provides an excellent insight into our city’s past and how that past has shaped where we are today.

History helps us make sense of our community, invites us to explore our differences, and challenges us to think critically about today’s questions to inform the decisions we make for future generations. Levine Museum of the New South believes its mission – using history to build community – is not only useful, it is essential.

Wells Fargo Announced as Presenting Sponsor of #GivingTuesdayCLT benefiting more than 230 nonprofits

Written by Addie Rising    on September 14, 2017    in

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – SHARE Charlotte is proud to announce Wells Fargo as the presenting sponsor of its upcoming #GivingTuesdayCLT, which will run Nov. 14-28. The 4th annual campaign rallies the community to support more than 230 nonprofits, large and small, that serve Mecklenburg County.

#GivingTuesday, globally known as the first day of the “giving season” was made hyperlocal in 2014 when SHARE Charlotte launched #GivingTuesdayCLT, presents a unique opportunity to get everyone involved in making Charlotte a better place.

In 2016 the two-week #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign raised $7.2 million for 174 nonprofits and included partnerships with more than 80 sponsors, local businesses and community organizations, putting Charlotte on the map as the largest community-wide campaign under the global #GivingTuesday umbrella. 

From Patient to Survivor to Mentor. #CrushCancerCLT

Written by Addie Rising    on September 13, 2017
On April 10, 2010, at 15 years old, Will Brown was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare childhood form of bone cancer. “Treatment was really rough at some points,” Will said. “I would stay at Levine (LCH) for 2-6 days at a time depending on the specific treatment that week. I would be hooked up to the IV machine being pumped with different types of medicine. It was extremely hard to be mobile and move around so I ended up laying in the bed for most of the day. I would also become very sick due to the treatment. A common cold would put me down for about a week at a time.” 

#52tuesdays: Allegro Foundation

Written by Addie Rising    on September 12, 2017    in
Having a child with a special medical need can be very costly. There is a misconception that the government takes care of children living with disabilities, but that is simply not the case. 

Allegro FoundationOriginally founded in 1991 by Pat Farmer in Los Angeles, Allegro Foundation … a Champion for Children with Disabilities has been in operation for over 26 years teaching underserved children with disabilities, providing medical, social, emotional, and educational benefits.

#52tuesdays: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Written by Addie Rising    on September 5, 2017    in
Pancreatic cancer is the world's toughest cancer with a five-year survival rate of just 9 percent in the United States. It is also the third leading cause of cancer deaths.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is dedicated to fighting the world's toughest cancer by attacking pancreatic cancer on all fronts: research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy. 

PanCAN's Charlotte Affiliate is comprised of volunteers who are working hard to bring awareness to the Charlotte area and raise funds to support local initiatives.

Last year, PanCAN’s Charlotte Affiliate participated in #GivingTuesdayCLT.

Charlotte's Cancer Nonprofits

Written by Addie Rising    on September 5, 2017
This year the American Cancer Society predicts that 56,900 people in North Carolina will be diagnosed with cancer. Locally there are many organizations providing care, funding, research, relief and are working toward a cure for many different kinds of cancers. If you are looking to help someone on a journey, here organizations working right here in Charlotte that you can support today.

24 Foundation
24 Foundation is committed to its mission; to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer.