The MOMS Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein along with award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth hosted a MAMARAZZI event on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016.Denise Albert, Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Musen GersteinCredit/Copyright: Fredy Mfuko/Mission 101 ProductionsThe event was sponsored by breast cancer support initiative Warriors in Pink powered by Ford, and was held at the renowned The Carlyle Hotel on New York’s Upper East Side.The event was an impactful one with several heartfelt speeches; the first one from breast cancer survivor and Warriors in Pink “Model of Courage” Lorraine Elmo. She told the attendees about not only her own struggle with cancer but also her mother’s struggle with cancer and how difficult it was to explain it to her children. She explained how important it was in the middle of her cancer battle to keep up her spirits and give her last bit of energy to her children to ease their struggle, and the big role music had in helping her heal.The MOMS extended a wholehearted thank you to guests for attending this important event and for supporting breast cancer awareness month. Denise Albert took off her wig for the first time in public as Kristin Chenoweth had expressed a wish to see her without it.Kristin Chenoweth’s speech revolved around how inspirational it is to see Denise fight her cancer so fiercely and how Melissa is there for her through thick and thin just like a sister. She also went on to explain how during lower days, music helps to inspire and lift one up and how music has helped her get through the devastation of having both a mother and two aunts battle breast cancer. Said Chenoweth, “Music is the vibration that heals the soul”.Through the Warriors in Pink program, Ford is committed to helping those touched by breast cancer and has dedicated $130M to research, education and support services. Warriors in Pink (#WarriorsInPinkMOMS) also empowers people to take real action to help those battling the disease through the More Good Days initiative (#MoreGoodDays), which launched in 2015 to help lessen the burden on those living with breast cancer and bring them what they ultimately deserve – more good days.The MAMARAZZI event is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein helping to raise awareness about how to bring More Good Days to those living with breast cancer. Denise, currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, alongside her friend and business partner, Melissa, can offer insights from first-hand experience into dealing with the everyday challenges of fighting breast cancer and finding the strength within to continue the fight.
WebMD Health Corp, the leading source of health information, celebrated the accomplishments of five extraordinary individuals who are meeting health and medical challenges head-on and effecting change through their insights, courage, and perseverance last week during its annual Health Hero Awards Gala in New York City.WebMD People’s Choice Award recipients Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen attend the 2016 WebMD Health Heroes AwardsCredit/Copyright: 2016 Getty Images/Cindy OrdAfter brief remarks from WebMD’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Steve Zatz, Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, the host of the Awards Gala for the third straight year, shared her perspective on the significance of WebMD’s Health Hero Awards, as well as a few stories before kicking-off the Awards presentation.The 2016 WebMD Health Hero Award recipients are:Seth and Lauren Miller Rogen — People’s Choice Entertainers Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen together created Hilarity for Charity, an annual celebrity-packed variety show in Los Angeles that raises money to help fund Alzheimer’s research. They’ve brought in more than $6.5 million since they started in 2012 and have helped fund over 80,000 hours of free in home care. But they didn’t stop there: The pair extended the concept to the college crowd with HFC U, which helps students host similar events on campus.Ed Damiano, PhD — Scientist Ed Damiano, a biomedical engineering professor at Boston University, brought his work home with him when his son, David, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 11 months old. Insulin pumps and other tools couldn’t keep David’s blood sugar under control, so Damiano set out to design something that would. The result: a bionic pancreas that’s in clinical trials now and could hit the market by 2018.Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD — Advocate When the concept of palliative care emerged in the 1990s, Betty Ferrell was an early adopter. Now she’s developing a curriculum to teach it in every nursing school in the United States. Her pioneering efforts were recognized by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, which named her one of 30 Visionaries in the field.Trisha Prabhu — ProdigyUpset by the effects of cyberbullying, this high school student developed at the age of 13 a smartphone app, ReThink, to help teens pause — and maybe stop — before they post mean thoughts online. It works more than 90 percent of the time. Since it went live, Prabhu’s given TED talks and presented it at both the Google and White House Science Fairs.“For each of the last 10 years we’ve been sharing our Health Heroes’ stories and spotlighting their accomplishments in the pages of WebMD Magazine, on our site, and for the last three years hosting this event,” said WebMD CEO, Steve Zatz.“The concept of Health Heroes is one that’s both simple and yet quite profound. It is built on the premise that all of us—whatever our background—can take our stories, our concerns, our passions, and our personal strengths and use them to improve the lives of others,” Robin Roberts, host of WebMD Health Heroes.“But seriously though, thank you so very much for this award. We started Hilarity for Charity 5 years ago to honor my mom who is my hero,” said Lauren Miller Rogen (winner, alongside Seth Rogen, of the 2016 WebMD People’s Choice Award).The event featured live appearances by David Krumholtz, Maureen McCormick, Adam Savage, and Sarah Wynter, as well as a message from Sonequa Martin-Green. Attendees at the annual gala were treated to inspired musical performances from Naturally 7, who opened the show with a cappella performances of The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” and GRAMMY winners A Great Big World, who performed hits including “This is the New Year,” “Won’t Stop Running” and “Say Something.” At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, The Dolls unleashed their unique blend of DJing and live string accompaniment on the crowd.Each WebMD Health Hero received a $10,000 donation from WebMD to the charitable cause of his or her choice and will be featured in the November/December issue of WebMD Magazine. This year’s WebMD Health Hero Awards Gala was presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America (cancercenter.com).
Annette Francis APTN NewsA group of chiefs from the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians welcomed politicians back to work Monday in Ottawa with a message.That the government’s promise to eradicate boil water advisories in First Nations from 91 to zero by 2021 isn’t all what it seems to be.That’s because the new criteria leaves seven communities out according to Deputy Chief Gord Peters.“All of our communities didn’t fit the criteria, they didn’t fit the one-year boil water advisories,” said Peters. “Nor did they make an advancement in the rankings mandate to be able to move towards having constructions, so the problem that we face is both the ranking system and the process.”The new criteria leaves out 547 homes in Tyendinaga said Chief Donald Maracle.“Almost half of them are polluted and experience chronic water shortages,” said Maracle of a community with well-known water issues. “We have 102 shore wells along the Bay of Quinte, they suffer from blue green algae in the late fall and summer as a result the medical officer of health issues do not use orders.”Grand Chief Joel Abram said his community, Oneida Nation of the Thames, also slipped through the cracks of the new criteria.Abram said their water treatment plant serves over 2,300 people and it currently does not meet the Ontario standards for drinking water.“We’re actually down river from the third worst polluter of water, a municipal polluter, which is London, Ontario. Whenever they have a storm water surge, partially treated sewage flows directly into the Thames River and we’re directly downstream from that,” he said.“Our current treatment system can’t really deal with that situation. We’ve already had a lot of boil water advisories in the past.”The chiefs are scheduled to meet with politicians over the next few [email protected]