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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.

SOS - Support Our Schools

Funding for public education is in crisis. The shortfall is impacting everyone in the State of Oklahoma, not just the thousands of children in the Tulsa area.

TTCU The Credit Union wants to help. We're making a $1 million challenge pledge to help public schools within the areas served by our branches. With this donation, we're launching "SOS – Support Our Schools," a campaign to raise significant funds for Tulsa area public schools.

Our goal is to raise $4 million for Tulsa area school districts. We're asking philanthropic groups, area businesses and individuals to join us in this effort.

In times of crisis, Oklahomans come together and answer the call. That's just the Oklahoma way. This crisis should be no different. Businesses, organizations, individuals — together we can make a difference.

Donations are being coordinated by the Tulsa Community Foundation. Donations can be designated for a specific school district or given to the general fund.

Here's how to donate:

K95.5's Sitting For Soldiers

On June 1st, the K95.5 on-air staff will broadcast live from ONEOK field to raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation. 

They will sit in every seat at ONEOK Field, and the only way to move on is if the Tulsa community donates $9.55 to the Folds of Honor. They will broadcast from 6am - 6pm until their mission is complete. 

Make a donation now: HERE 

HillcrestFor nearly 100 years, Hillcrest Medical Center has been a hospital leader providing an environment of hope, health and healing to Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

 S&W Tree Specialists S & W Tree Specialists offers a full range of tree and turf care services focused on better health for trees, shrubs and turf. With our highly trained staff, certified arborists and state-of-the-art equipment, you can be assured of the best job possible in the industry. Our top priority has always been doing our best job to serve the customer. As a small business, we stress this commitment to all our employees and ensure their continued training to better serve every customer.

Junior Achievement's A Night Of Monopoly

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma's annual Business Excellence Dinner is an event with a 25-year history. Throughout the duration of this event, nearly 3 million dollars has been raised to support the success of JA students.

During the 25 year tenure of the Business Excellence Dinner, JA of Oklahoma's program growth has been 600%. However, today's students have increased pressure to compete in a global economy and the demand for our programs from area schools exceeds our current capacity. JA of Oklahoma must answer this need! As a catalyst to change the lives of an increasing number of students, the Tulsa Tycoons event was created.

The inaugural Tulsa Tycoons, a Night of Monopoly, will occur on May 10, 2016. Some of the best parts of the Business Excellence Dinner will remain; the Mobile Auction, Live Auction, Networking, Stories of JA Impact and of course amazing food! In addition, attendees will engage in a low-key monopoly themed game and winners will be awarded!

Join us for this exciting and fun-filled evening to support JA students!

Visit www.tulsatycoons.com for Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities or contact Martha Rongey at 918.663.2312, mrongey@jaok.org.

 

ABATE Of Tulsa Toys For Tots Run

December 13th, 2015. The route will be from the west parking lot of the fairgrounds to the Brady District.Line up begins at 10 am, kick stands up at 2 pm.One NEW UNWRAPPED toy is your admission to the ride.More info at TulsaToyRun.com

Vision for Children Charity Event

The VISION for CHILDREN Charitable Foundation (VFC) will host the 2nd Annual Vision for Children Charity event on Saturday, September 19th, from 6pm to 9pm at Whispering Vines Winery 7371 West 51st Street, Tulsa. Tickets are only $20. Advanced ticket purchase get your in a drawing for a gift worth $100. Admission includs: 1st Galss of Wine, Dinner, Live & Silent Auctions & more!The VISION for CHILDREN Charitable Foundation provides free vision exams and corrective eyeglasses for underprivileged children of the Bahamian islands. Funded only by private individuals and foundations, VFC serves underprivileged children on remote islands that have no access to vision care. The Bahamian island’s medical system does not provide for optometric care for any of their citizens. Prior to Dr. Vanderpool’s mission trips there was no on-island services available for the children of the out islands of the Bahamas. Most children will never travel off of their native island and therefore have no access to optometric care. Most could not afford optometric care if it were available.Because of this deficit in services, Dr. Vanderpool stepped up to fill the gap. Initially personally funding and providing all services, he has performed more than a thousand optometric exams and provided hundreds of eye glasses to the children of Bimini enabling them with a better chance in lifeDr. Vanderpool and his family has been providing and funding free eye exams and glasses to the children of the out islands of the Bahamas for 7 years, unfortunately, future missions are uncertain due to lack of available funds. To continue this important work immediate funding is imperative. A hundred percent of all funds donated will be used to provide eye care and glasses for the children of the out island of the Bahamas.  Vision for Children Charitable Foundation needs financial help from individuals and foundations alike, to continue this much needed and rewarding mission.

For  more information visit: http://vfccf.com/

Bike MS 2015

Welcome to the Bike MS: The Road Divided!Join us and 500 of our closest friends as we tour the scenic countryside of Central Oklahoma. Riders of all ages (minimum 12 years) and skill levels will set out on this 2 day journey! Route details can be found under the Route & Site Maps tab page.Your participation will aid in assisting support programs, services, and research that makes a huge difference to the people who must fight MS every day of their lives.The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to a vision of a world free of MS.Date(s): September 26 & 27, 2015Start/Finish Location: Norman - StillwaterRegistration Fee: $30.00Fundraising Minimum: $300 – The minimum $300 fundraising requirement is due prior to picking up your rider packet.Packet Pick-up: View the Packet Pick-up Calendar.Route Options: Day 1: 68.8-mile Route, 100.4-mile Century Route Day 2: 59.2-mile Route Map downloads are available under the "Route & Site Maps" tab on this page.Event Manager: Fundraising Support CenterEmail: FundraisingSupport@nmss.orgPhone: 855-372-1331

To register click HERE.

2016 Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. This year's race will be held on Saturday, September 24th. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.This Race is unique in the fact that 100% of the net proceeds are allocated to our mission. 75 percent of the net income stays in our community to help fund local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. The remaining 25 percent of the net income supports the Susan G. Komen® Grants Program.

Get signed up for the race now by clicking HERE.

Photos: 2015 Met Gala red carpet

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