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11th Annual KRMG Make-A-Wish Stories of Light

 

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By supporting Stories of Light, you can help make local wishes come true!

Now in its 11th year, Stories of Light® is a 32-hour radiothon and the largest annual fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Oklahoma. KRMG’s Morning News Host Dan Potter and KRMG's Evening News host Dick Loftin will broadcast live from LaFortune Park each day. Hear heartwarming and inspiring stories from Wish Kids and their families. These stories serve as inspiration and motivation for KRMG listeners and the community to contribute to Make-A-Wish Oklahoma.  Wish stories from children whose wishes have already been granted are told over the radio. These stories are very dramatic and compelling to the listening audience.

In addition, on Thursday, November 17th from 6am to 6pm you can drop your cash, check or credit card donation by Reasor's at one of these locations: 41st & Peoria in Tulsa, 111th and Memorial in Bixby, 86th Street North and Hwy 169 in Owasso, Elm and the Creek Turnpike in Jenks, 71st and Lynn Lane in Broken Arrow or 1000 West Will Rogers in Claremore.  Members of the police departments from Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks, Owasso, Bixby and Claremore will be on hand on Thursday to help with the fund-raising efforts.

Donations generated from Stories of Light® enable Make-A-Wish Oklahoma to grant wishes to Oklahoma children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Make-A-Wish Oklahoma was formed in 1982 and has granted close to 2,800 wishes since its inception.  The chapter is funded through donations from individuals, corporations, school groups, foundations and community organizations.

WHERE AND WHEN TO DONATE

  • Tuesday, November 15th from 3pm to 7pm @ LaFortune Park at 61st and Yale
  • Wednesday, November 16th from 5am to 7pm @ LaFortune Park at 61st and Yale
  • Thursday, November 17th from 5am to 7pm @ LaFortune Park at 61st and Yale
  • Thursday, November 17th from 6m to 6pm @ Reasor's in Tulsa (41st & Peoria in Brookside)
  • Thursday, November 17th from 6m to 6pm @ Reasor's in Broken Arrow (71st & Lynn Lane)
  • Thursday, November 17th from 6m to 6pm @ Reasor's in Owasso (86th St. North and Highway 169)
  • Thursday, November 17th from 6m to 6pm @ Reasor's in Bixby (11116 S. Memorial)
  • Thursday, November 17th from 6m to 6pm @ Reasor's in Jenks (446 S. Elm Street)
  • Thursday, November 17th from 6m to 6pm @ Reasor's in Claremore (1000 W. Will Rogers Blvd)

Or, click HERE to donate online now.

ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH OKLAHOMA

  • The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. 
  • The Oklahoma chapter serves children who live across our state in all 77 counties.  All funds raised by our chapter stay in Oklahoma to help grant Oklahoma wishes.
  • Founded in 1982, Make-A-Wish Oklahoma has granted more than 2,800 wishes.
  • In 2015, Make-A-Wish Oklahoma granted 160 wishes.
  • Every 35 minutes Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Thank you to our corporate donors:

Response Team One

Cox Communications

 

Thank you to our in-kind donors:

A-Best Roofing

Harp Electric

Party Pro Rents & Events

Warren Cat

First National Bank of Vinita

Ferguson Subaru

Tras-Siberian Orchestra

 

Bring your change Thursday and Friday:First National Bank will have their mobile bank van at Lafortune Park to collect change on Thursday,  Nov. 17th and Friday, Nov. 18th. 

Panera's pink-ribbon bagels to raise funds for breast cancer awareness

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Panera Bread Co. is teaming up with local organizations to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

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During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company will sell its signature Pink Ribbon Bagel, a twist on the Cherry Vanilla Bagel, a mix of cherry chips, dried cherries, honey, vanilla and brown sugar. A portion of the proceeds of the Pink Ribbon bagel will be donated to local nonprofits across the country. 

Erin Barnhart, community relations manager for a Panera Bread franchise based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said each participating market has its own breast cancer partners.

"The partner really does make a difference," she said. "We appreciate our local partners, as their support can make all the difference in achieving our goals of building awareness and raising funds for treatment and research."

Panera has more than 1,600 locations in 41 states and the District of Columbia. 

Select markets offer a 100 percent donation day, during which the entirety of that day's sales of Pink Ribbon Bagels is donated to breast cancer focused organizations, according to Panera's website.

In Dayton, Ohio, proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit Pink Ribbon Girls and the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.

"We make this campaign a priority every year for a reason," said Sam Covelli, owner and operator of Covelli Enterprises, the Ohio-based franchisee of Dayton-area Panera Bread restaurants. "The funds raised by the Pink Ribbon Bagel are helping to save the lives of local women with breast cancer. There's no better feeling than knowing you can help make difference."

Pink Ribbon Girls provide free direct services to patients and their families undergoing breast and other women's reproductive cancer treatment through their programs.

Mikki Clancy, chief operating officer of Miami Valley Hospital, survived breast cancer and said she benefited from the services of Pink Ribbon Girls and the hospital.

"Pink Ribbon Girls and Miami Valley Hospital were a godsend in my treatment and recovery," she said. "Supporting these community assets serves hundreds of local patients in their fight against cancer."

Twelve participating West Virginia area Panera locations will donate to Susan G. Komen West Virginia.

"We are so excited to partner with Panera Bread for the sixth year to raise funds and awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness month," said Donna DeHart, executive director West Virginia Susan G. Komen. "The Pink Ribbon Bagels are always a big hit with our survivors, volunteers, grantees and supporters. Money raised from the October campaign will be used to provide uninsured and under-insured West Virginians with life-saving screenings and awareness."

According to the Panera website, the franchise has raised tens of thousands of dollars for breast cancer partners through Pink Ribbon Bagel campaigns in the past 10 years.

"It's not a hard sell," Barnhart said. "People want to be involved in whatever way they can. That's what's so great about the Pink Ribbon Bagel. People might say, 'I can't write a check, but I can buy a bagel.'"

Read more at PaneraBread.com.

Bob Hurley Annual Toy Drive 

Join Bob Hurley Ford in helping Tulsa area families this holiday season at the Project Reach-Tulsa annual Toy Drive. 

To participate, bring a new unwrapped toy for children aged  Newborn to 12 years.  They do ask that you not bring stuffed animals, toy guns of any sort, swords or violent toys as these items will not be accepted. You can then drop off your gifts at Bob Hurley Ford located at 745 W. 51st St. Tulsa, OK 74107 anytime between November 4th through December 3rd. 

Cash donations are accepted on the Project Reach website or by texting  “REACH” to 95920

For more information visit http://www.projectreachtulsa.com/

MIX 96 FREE EYE EXAM FORM

Complete the following entry to apply for a free eye exam and free pair of glasses from the SPECS Program from Dr. Jeff Long's Children & Family Eye Care. You may submit for yourself, or someone else that truly needs this eye care gift.

The SPECS Program: Servants Providing Eye Care Services is a program dedicated to improving the lives of others around the world. The program is committed to creating an impact to communities locally and abroad.

The mission is simple...Free eye exams and glasses provided to those in need to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy the gift of sight.

Mix 96 and Dr. Long will award one free eye exam and pair of glasses (if necessary) each weekday for the duration of this program.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a prize to be won. It is a charitable gift made possible through the SPECS Program from Dr. Jeff Long's Children and Family Eye Care. Please make sure that whomever you are nominating is truly in need.

GET A FREE EYE EXAM AND GLASSES FROM DR. JEFF LONG AND MIX 96.5

Poor or failing eye sight can have a significant and negative impact on an individual's ability to thrive in school and on the job. Even day-to-day self-care can be difficult without the ability to see clearly.

Mix 96.5 is teaming up with Dr. Jeff Long's Children & Family Eye Care and the SPECS program to serve our community and offer those in need a free eye exam and free pair of glasses.

The SPECS Program: Servants Providing Eye Care Services is a program dedicated to improving the lives of others around the world. The program is committed to creating an impact to communities locally and abroad. The mission is simple...Free eye exams and glasses provided to those in need to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy the gift of sight.

Complete the entry below to apply for a free eye exam and free pair of glasses from the SPECS program at Dr. Jeff Long's Children & Family Eye Care. You may submit for yourself, or someone else that you feel would benefit from this eye care gift.

Mix 96 and Dr. Long will give away one free eye exam and pair of glasses (if necessary) each weekday for the duration of this program.

Please click HERE to apply now.

Susan Brock

My mom has been called just about everything…A once in a lifetime kind of friend… A gift… An angel on earth... She was unique and vibrant. Mom always had an easy, simple way about her. To me, she was simply Mom, and she lived with my husband, Mark, and I for the last six years of her life while fighting stage IV breast cancer. This year, I will run the 13.1 mile Rock n Roll San Antonio Half-Marathon in memory of my mom, Sharon, who lost her life at age 63 on the evening of September 29, 2009. I am ready to run and to honor her tenacity and love for life with every training step and every race mile! She would be jumping up and down in encouragement on the sidelines of this race if she was alive today, and she would encourage you in the very same way!

My goal is to raise a dollar to fund finding the cure for breast cancer for every single day that my mom fought her second diagnosis - stage IV breast cancer. When I think about the pain and treatments that she endured with a smile on her face, I realize that the marathon training I am doing pales in comparison. Every day that she woke up since that fateful diagnosis on January 4, 2004 was a blessing. Every round of chemo, ICU stay, ventilator treatment, and doctor visit she emerged from with that smile still spread wide across her face, a miracle. Living with my mom taught me a lot about toughness, about choosing joy in the midst of pain, and about the strength and grandiosity of spirit that can be held in a thin, tiny frame. 

My mom would tell you to do the important things today, and not plan and wait for someday in the future. Because she knew all too well, that tomorrow does not always come and the next day is never promised to us. Thankfully, she made it long enough to witness the birth of my son, Ryan. 

Cancer accompanied my mother everywhere she went for the last 15 years of her life. The disease powerfully twisted everything we thought to be true about life and broke the mold of our expectations about how life should go. But the cancer also acted like a crucible, forcing authenticity to the top, clarifying what was important over what was urgent, and giving us all the chance to think and talk about the important things in life. 

My friends and family, as well as my mom’s friends have been so caring during her illness and since her death, and they’ve been extra supportive of this goal I’ve set out to accomplish. It feels so good to be able to do something positive to bring attention to this disease which attacked my family. I am ready to fight back and raise awareness about stage 4 breast cancer. The weekend of the race would be her 64th birthday, and I am excited and ready to reach my training and fundraising goals to honor her memory by completing this race. I can’t imagine a better way to spend such a special date!

Estelle Atney

I am a military "brat." I am a marathoner. I am also a breast cancer survivor.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2009. I was three quarters of the way through my goal of running either a marathon or half marathon every month in 2009 when I was hit with the dreaded news: "I think that’s cancer." I had found a lump on the side of my right breast back in June, but I waited a few months to have it checked by a doctor, thinking I had a cracked rib. Turns out I had both breast cancer and a cracked rib! After a whirlwind of two surgeries, tests and treatments, I finished my chemotherapy and radiation therapy in April 2010. 

My family didn’t have a history of breast cancer. I was fit, ate healthy, drank green tea daily, took Vitamin D - I did everything I was supposed to do to prevent breast cancer. My diagnosis made me realize that everyone is susceptible to the disease. It does not discriminate. It made me want to make people aware and to help find a cure. That’s when I found the Susan G. Komen Marathon for the Cure. 

Running the Marine Corps Marathon for Marathon for the Cure embodies the three things with which I identify the most and for which I am most proud: being a military brat, a marathoner, and a survivor. I will be able to honor my friends and all soldiers currently serving in the military, as well as my father, all of my friends’ fathers, and veterans. I will be doing one of the things I love, which is to run marathons. And by finishing the marathon, I will prove to myself that breast cancer can’t beat me - that I’m a survivor.

Katherine Kirklin

Whenever my family gets together, I find myself thinking about my mother's oncologist.

A handful of years and many good check-ups after my mom's fight with breast cancer. Some part of me still automatically thanks the doctors who saved her life and continue to give us the gift of being together. Because of the excellent care that my mom received and the fact that her cancer was detected early, we are still a family. My mom would have died at age 51 if early detection technology, advanced surgery, and chemotherapy had not been available to her. Instead, myfamily has been given years of love, friendship, and adventure together. 

My mom faced breast cancer with incredible bravery, humor, and heart. With my brother off at college, it was just the two of us at home, and there was a lot of laughter as we navigated a year of surgeries and treatment. Amazingly, my mom managed to cultivate something positive out of her illness: we became more inventive cooks as we took her doctor’s advice and incorporated more organic and natural foods into our diet; we spent time together watching old movies and took a vacation to the beach. When my mom was healthy again, she finally started traveling abroad something she’d talked and dreamed about since I was young. 

That is why I am running the Portland Half Marathon for the Komen Foundation and for my mom: I can’t imagine a better way to honor the spirit with which she fought breast cancer than to do something active, challenging, and fun. I am elated to support the research efforts that enabled my mom to fight breast cancer and will arm women around the world to do the same. I am equally excited to be running as part of the Komen Team in celebration of the power and strength of women fighting for their health, and changing their lives in the process.

Kenneth Rodgers

I'm not sure how to begin, so I'll just give a little background.

I've known Jessica since high school, and we dated a little in college. We lost touch for a few years while I was in the army but began dating again when I was discharged. We were engaged in August, 2003 and married in September, 2004. In August of 2008, our son, Jack, was born. About 5 years ago she was diagnosed with Lupus and it really altered her lifestyle. She could no longer run and exercise like she did in the past due to the muscle fatigue and joint pain Lupus caused. She also developed a sensitivity to the sun that would limit her time outdoors. Another side effect of the Lupus and the medicine used to treat it were seizures that she began to suffer from 4 years ago. After some medicine juggling and a six-month stint of not being able to drive, the seizures were brought under control. 

Jessica was considered to have fibro adenoma and has found lumps in the past. After breast sonograms and some biopsies, they were always found to be benign. This past March, she found a lump, and went for a sonogram that really didn't leave us worried after our past experience. It was a lump that had been discovered six-months prior during a sonogram and didn't seem significant. This time the lump had grown a bit and the radiologist recommended a biopsy. Still not worried after a consultation with her breast surgeon, she went in for the biopsy on March 10th. 

On Friday, March 12th when my phone rang at 7pm and I heard her surgeons voice on the other end of the phone, I knew it wasn't good news. The lump had turned out to be cancerous. The next few weeks of office visits and internet research where a blur, but on April 7th, Jessica went in for a double bilateral mastectomy. The surgery went well and there was still a chance of not having to go through chemo after finding out she was node negative and was also negative for the BRCA test. 

After a long and stressful 3-4 weeks of waiting, the results of the oncotype came back and it put her in the low risk portion of the test. Given the fact that she is only 32, was in the high-end of the low bracket of the oncotype test, and that there apparently was some cancer cells detected in a lymph node (though not enough to classify her as node positive), her oncologist recommended chemo. 

She started her chemotherapy treatment on May 28th and has 3 more treatments, every other week. It's been very difficult watch her fight through all of these things and not really be able to help. I try to be as supportive as possible, but there are only so many times you can ask "Is there anything I can get for you?" I joined Marathon for the Cure because I've heard nothing but great things about the Susan G. Komen organization, and I felt like I had to get myself in motion to help raise some money and hopefully help find a cure for this awful disease. 

While there have obviously been difficult days and times to say "Why me?" Jessica has remained amazingly positive and is charging into the fight head on. She is truly an amazing and inspiring woman!

On the Border “Gives Back” to Susan G. Komen® Tulsa

Make plans at On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina starting Tuesday, July 19th and running thru Thursday, July 21st and On the Border will be sure to “Give Back” to Susan G. Komen Tulsa®. Bring your Susan G. Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure® Team, family and friends or place your take out order at either On the Border location in Tulsa and 20% of your purchase will be donated to Komen Tulsa. You must present the On the Border Gives Back flyer at checkout. The flyer is available at the komentulsa.org and can be presented either via your mobile device or by presenting a printout at checkout. Also starting July 19th but running thru the month of September, you can also receive 20% off all your On the Border catering needs. Mention the code # "GBN-20-6" and 20% of your catering purchase will be donated to Komen Tulsa. If you have questions, go to komentulsa.org and click on the On the Border information on the home page.

Saturday, September 24th will be the 20th running of a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Tulsa. For the past two decades a Komen Race has been held in Tulsa. Register today at komentulsa.org and show your support as we continue to fight to end breast cancer. Go to komentulsa.org to register for this year’s Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure.

The Susan G. Komen Tulsa Affiliate works to reduce breast cancer in Eastern Oklahoma by funding education, screening and treatment programs with an emphasis on the medically underserved.  With the help of the community’s participation in such events as the Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure, our Affiliate continues to grow and act as a caring resource for women and their families in Eastern Oklahoma.

The Tulsa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen began in 1997 with the first Race for the Cure.  That year we granted $71,655 to local organizations to provide services to the uninsured and underinsured women in Tulsa County and $25,551 to fund scientific research.  In 2015, more than $500,000 was granted to community outreach programs and scientific research, education and screening programs in Eastern Oklahoma.

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