Archive for June, 2009

My Sister’s Keeper

June 24, 2009

New Line Cinema’s “My Sister’s Keeper” Starring Cameron Diaz Draws Attention to Real Life Sisters Who Share an Uncommon Bond

Now the Sisters are Urging Others to Make Donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

With the impending release of the film “My Sister’s Keeper” a fictional story starring Cameron Diaz and directed by Nick Cassevetes, about a girl conceived to donate her bone marrow to her leukemia-stricken sister, the real life story of the Ayala sisters of Orange County, Calif. has been garnering a lot of national media attention of late.

At age 16, Anissa Ayala was diagnosed with leukemia and a bone marrow transplant was given as her only option for survival. Since no bone marrow donor match was available, her parents chose to conceive a child in the hopes that he or she would be a matching donor. Born in 1991, Anissa’s sister, Marissa-Eve was a perfect match and at 14 months of age, she provided her sister with a life-saving bone marrow donation.

Anissa has been cancer free since, and today works as the business development director for the Orange County/Inland Empire Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and has dedicated her life to helping find cures for blood cancer. The Ayala sisters urge readers to visit www.lls.org/donate and make a donation to support LLS’s research and patient services initiatives.

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Challenge to Former Schawk Employees – Let’s unite together…

June 10, 2009

Dear Friends & Former Employees of Schawk:

“You have cancer.” It’s a sentence people hear daily. Cancer waits for nothing. The disease doesn’t know holidays, birthdays or hard economic times. Cancer happens and people cope with this life-altering diagnosis. Now, more than ever it is critical to continue funding research and supporting cancer patients.

This year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) needs your help. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. You can have a tremendous impact on the lives of cancer patients. We realize the economy is making things tough for many of our businesses, but we encourage you to support the 2009 Light The Night ® Walk. There are researchers who need funding to continue their work to save lives.

With over 2,000 people in attendance, last year’s Walk raised more than $450,000 to fight blood cancers. The Light The Night Walk is one of the fastest-growing and most inspirational fundraisers in our area. Participation in this year’s Walk will be a rewarding and valuable experience for your company. On October 3, 2009 walkers will gather at Lake Phalen in St. Paul for the three-mile evening walk. Walkers carry illuminated balloons; red for supporters, white for survivors, and gold balloons in memory of a life lost to cancer. As some of you may know, I became involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a member of the Board in 2008 because I am personally grateful for all their research that has helped other blood disorders, one of which my 4 year old granddaughter , Isabella, is a now survivor of. I appeal to you to join me in my commitment to raising funds for LLS.

I would like to Challenge every former employee of Schawk out there to form local walk teams in every state and “Walk Together” to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. More than a walk, the evening includes food, fun and festivities!

Since The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research; nearly $71.4 million in fiscal year 2008 alone. And research works! Survival rates for blood cancers have increased 2-4 fold over the last 40 years. Additionally, blood cancer research can be the gateway to curing other cancers. Many advances in blood cancer research have crossover benefits. For example, Gleevec, approved by the FDA in 2001 to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia, is also approved for a form of stomach cancer and is being tested for more than six other types of cancers including breast cancer and certain nerve and thyroid cancers.

I encourage you to join us in 2009. Together we can ensure that research and patient support continues. Please visit http://www.lightthenight.org/mn to learn more about this important community event. You can register by clicking “Register to Walk” at the top of the page or by calling Erin McGillivray at (763) 852-3015. Questions can also be directed to Erin via phone or at Erin.McGillivray@LLS.org. Not in Minnesota? Go here http://www.lightthenight.org/. Thank you in advance for your support.

Relentless for a Cure,

Kathleen

Kathleen Schneibel, Former Regional Controller, MN Divisions                                                      MN Chapter Board of Trustees, Treasurer

Challenge to every WIN member to help me form the biggest, baddest “netwalking” TEAM

June 10, 2009

To all My WIN Sisters,

“You have cancer.” It’s a sentence people hear daily. Cancer waits for nothing. The disease doesn’t know holidays, birthdays or hard economic times. Cancer happens and people cope with this life-altering diagnosis. Now, more than ever it is critical to continue funding research and supporting cancer patients.

This year, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) needs your help. The LLS mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. You can have a tremendous impact on the lives of cancer patients. We realize the economy is making things tough for many of our businesses, but we encourage you to support the 2009 Light The Night ® Walk. There are researchers who need funding to continue their work to save lives.

With over 2,000 people in attendance, last year’s Walk raised more than $450,000 to fight blood cancers. The Light The Night Walk is one of the fastest-growing and most inspirational fundraisers in our area. Participation in this year’s Walk will be a rewarding and valuable experience for your company. On October 3, 2009 walkers will gather at Lake Phalen in St. Paul for the three-mile evening walk. Walkers carry illuminated balloons; red for supporters, white for survivors, and gold balloons in memory of a life lost to cancer. As some of you may know, I became involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a member of the Board in 2008 because I am personally grateful for all their research that has helped other blood disorders, one of which my 4 year old granddaughter , Isabella, is a now survivor of. I appeal to you to join me in my commitment to raising funds for LLS.

I would like to Challenge every WIN member to help me form the biggest, baddest “netwalking” TEAM and to help celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. More than a walk, the evening includes food, fun and festivities!

Since The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research; nearly $71.4 million in fiscal year 2008 alone. And research works! Survival rates for blood cancers have increased 2-4 fold over the last 40 years. Additionally, blood cancer research can be the gateway to curing other cancers. Many advances in blood cancer research have crossover benefits. For example, Gleevec, approved by the FDA in 2001 to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia, is also approved for a form of stomach cancer and is being tested for more than six other types of cancers including breast cancer and certain nerve and thyroid cancers.

We encourage you to join us in 2009. Together we can ensure that research and patient support continues. Please visit http://www.lightthenight.org/mn to learn more about this important community event. You can register by clicking “Register to Walk” at the top of the page or by calling Erin McGillivray at (763) 852-3015. Questions can also be directed to Erin via phone or at Erin.McGillivray@LLS.org. Thank you in advance for your support.

Relentless for a Cure, Kathleen
Kathleen Schneibel, MN Chapter Board of Trustees, Treasurer
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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Why do small business owners feel they have to do everything themselves?

June 2, 2009

I posed this question last April on LinkedIn and here a some of the best responses…

  1. they cannot afford to pay consultants, and when they do, often the result does not meet expectations – so it ends up being cheaper to do it themselves
  2. a lack of trust in team (they think that only they work with 100 % zeal as their money is at risk) – they shy away from passing on decision making power to the team and end up doing everything themselves
  3. it IS their money and they don’t feel they can delegate responsibility for the “important” tasks so they do themselves.
  4. been burned – employed external consultants to help them then felt that they didn’t deliver!

As you can see – 1, 3, & 4 basically say the same in different ways – so maybe the best answer is this…

People don’t know what they don’t know. Unless something is brought at least into their peripheral vision, it is not an issue they see. Soo…
1. It’s Mine!
2. I am doing it right!
3. See 1.

So what do YOU think

Women’s Networking

June 2, 2009

PAY IT FORWARD WITH A NIGHT OF
WOMEN’S NETWORKING

June 9, 2009
5-8pm
Stella’s Fish Cafe
1400 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
612-824-8862

$20 Pre-Registration at http://mn.mwoy.llsevent.org/katherine, $30 at the door. $5 for each Wall of Life ticket purchased. Cash bar.

ARE YOU WANTING MORE OUT OF YOUR NETWORKING EVENTS?

DO YOU WANT NOTHING MORE THAN FOR KATHERINE POINDEXTER TO BE THE 2009 LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’S WOMAN OF THE YEAR?

DO YOU LIKE WINE, CHOCOLATE, GIFT BASKETS, HAVING SOMEONE ELSE PAMPER YOU, GIFT CARDS FOR WONDERFUL ITEMS??????

$20 (pre-registration) gets you all of the above and more:
•A wonderful pasta bar at Stella’s Fish Café
•A night of networking with fabulous women
•The chance to participate in the Wall of Life
•Answers to some of the most interesting questions you’ve ever been asked.

Above all else, come and be a part of the inspirational, pay-it-forward experience. Ayse means alive in Turkish. My friend Ayse was best described as full of life. That’s what the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is trying to do: help people experience life while they are overcoming blood cancer.

Schedule of Events:
5-6pm The most interesting networking you’ve experienced

6-6:30pm Jodi Rubin, Katherine Poindexter, and McKinley share their experiences

6:30-8pm The Wall of Life

Please join us June 9 and help fulfill the idea of being alive!

Thanks to our sponsors:
Artesa Vineyards
Stella’s Fish Cafe
Quality Wine and Spirits
Hillary’s Gifts
Becca Olson
Jill Hawkins

Hello world!

June 2, 2009

This is my first post.I am going to give it a try! Please don’t be too cruel – I am an Accountant not a Writer!

🙂 Kathleen