JLP Member Spotlight: Mary Birdoes

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Get to know Mary Birdoes!  Just one of our amazing Junior League of Phoenix members in this week’s Member Spotlight.

How many years have you been in the league? I am a provisional member.

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? My favorite thing to do in Phoenix is either the thing I’ve never done or being in the epicenter of the action, preferably both!

If you had an extra 8 hours in a day what would you do with it? I would squeeze in a High Intensity Interval Training workout or lift weights for the first hour, spend time eating and laughing over a family get together for the next four hours, and spend the last three checking out a hip new place or attending a high energy event in Pheonix.

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? I cannot limit my answer to just one thing.  Though the friendships are my favorite part of the JLP, I also love the built in opportunities to do rewarding volunteer work and I relish the leadership and skill development training!
Why did you join the JLP? I was looking for a volunteer organization and decided to commit to the JLP because it offered so much more! Can anyone say DIP?!?

What do you want other people to know about JLP? People should know that the JLP provides a social network, and a means of contributing to the community through volunteer work and the development of female leaders. The only caveat is that you have to take hold of the opportunities in order to reap the benefits!

Favorite JLP memory? Some of my favorite memories aren’t necessarily JLP sanctioned events but rather informal events organized by members. To return to official JLP events, however, some of the standouts in my memory are the pool party, happy hour at Brother’s Tap House, Provisional Day of Service at St. Vincent De Paul’s, The Little Black Dress Initiative, JLP 360, Toastmasters meetings (especially the meetings when I gave a speech), volunteering at the holiday Homeward Bound and Free Arts shifts, the Communications and Marketing Team Committee Meeting (that may sound nerdy but I was fascinated to get an inside look at my future career), and any time there was a happy hour involved! Wow. That was a long sentence!

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JLP Member Spotlight: Lauren Ill

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How many years have you been in the league? Less than 1 – provisional

What is your day job? Residential Realtor

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Reaching the top of Squaw Peak in time for sunrise, as well as attending events around town and going on road trips to all the unique stops around the state. Most recently, I fed a giraffe and zip lined at the Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it?  More hiking and more road trips.

In your opinion, what is the best thing about being a JLP member? Junior League provides a great way to expand your interests and learn more about yourself in a fun, welcoming environment. We have movie groups, a book club, Toastmasters, countless opportunities to volunteer, leadership positions, JLP 360, and so much more. The opportunities to better ourselves and expand our interests are absolutely endless. Junior League is truly unique in that any amount of participation creates a better version of you.

Why did you join the JLP? Initially, I had joined Junior League for the social aspect. But after Super Saturday I, it became clear how much more there is to the league and the many ways to tailor this experience to my own expectations. While I had always participated in community service, I’ve become much more involved since joining the league. It’s great to see the very real effect that this organization has had on the surrounding community and to know that we’re constantly making a difference.

What do you want other people to know about JLP? While JLP brings together ladies with similar interests, each individual is able to build her own unique experience within the league. If you joined for social events and to build friendships, then that’s easy to find here. If you joined to give back and get involved in the community, there’s plenty of opportunity to do so. If you want to build on professional and personal skills, then look into the wide range of in-homes and various leadership positions we can hold as members of the league. Each experience is unique and exactly what you choose to make it.

Favorite JLP memory? My favorite memories with the Junior League have been the get-togethers that my provisional group plans each month. So far, we’ve done happy hours, trivia competitions, and movie nights. They’re a great group of ladies that I admire, have built great friendships with, and am excited to see at each gathering.

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Junior League of Phoenix

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“The Junior League is the foremost community leader in Greater Phoenix. The League’s long-term commitment supports the most critical areas of need. Most major community projects for the past three decades have been researched, initiated, funded and created by The Junior League of Phoenix. What an awesome group of women!” – Betsy Bayless, Director of AZ Department of Administration & Arizona Secretary of State (1997-2002); Sustainer member, The Junior League of Phoenix

 

Are you considering joining the Junior League of Phoenix, but want to know more about us and what we do? Well, here are many of our favorite reasons to join!

By being a member of the JLP, you can . .

1. Meet new people 

The Junior League of Phoenix is made up of over 1000 members, over 300 of which are actively involved, with the rest being Sustainers, members who continue support the League and participate in various activities. As a member of the JLP, you will have so many opportunities to meet a variety of these like-minded women, including  at General Membership Meetings, volunteering together at shifts, social events and working closely in a committee or leadership team. Whether you are new to the Phoenix area, or have lived here for years, this is an incredible opportunity get to know some of the most amazing women you will ever meet.

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2. Volunteer

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At the heart of The Junior League of Phoenix’s mission is improving our community. We offer our members opportunities to volunteer at many different non-profits in the Valley, through ourCommunity Impact Shifts and at the JLP’s own community programs and fundraisers. Community Impact shifts are available throughout the year and members can get a close up look at the work of local non-profits by volunteering. The JLP’s current community programs include: Ending Hunger in the Classroom, Kids Cook with Heart, Kids in the Kitchen and R.O.C.K.E.T.S (Raising Our Children’s Knowledge by Educating Through Science). These shifts give members an opportunity to learn more about how the JLP is helping to improve the community, and our focus of Building a Healthy Arizona.

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The JLP’s signature fundraising events include:  Touch-A-Truck, The White Party and the Rummage Sale. In fact, all active members volunteer at our annual Rummage Sale. The Rummage Sale has been a staple in the Phoenix community for over 80 years and is when the league comes together in full force to provide “Arizona’s Biggest Indoor Garage Sale” to the community and raise over $100,000 to support our mission.

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3. Learn new skills

Every year, active members are placed on a new committee (unless you are in a two year position, or choose to stay on your current committee). Each new committee placement is an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, take on new challenges, thus learning new skills like fundraising, event planning, finance, working with non-profits, training, and much more. We also offer trainings on a variety of subjects throughout the year for our members as part of our mission.

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4. Build your resume

All the great things you will do in the JLP  can be added to your resume, and  can really benefit you if you are ever in the job market. Check out this article about adding volunteer work to your resume!

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5. Have fun! 

There are plenty of opportunities to socialize. From small happy hours, fitness classes, and sporting events to cocktail parties like the White Party, there is something for everyone. The JLP loves to get together for a good time!

6. Become a leader

Leadership may not have been a reason you thought to join the league, but being a member can bring out the best in you. We have a variety of leadership opportunities, such as chairing a committee, mentoring a Provisional group to being a member of the Management Team or Board of Directors.

“The training and leadership opportunities provided by the Junior League was the very best non-profit college education I could have asked for, without paying tuition. I am forever grateful for the JLP, which led me to and assisted me in my almost 25 year career as a non-profit leader, which has allowed me to make a difference in our community”   – Nancy Roach, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix,  Sustaining Member, The Junior League of Phoenix

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Have you ever wanted to join a book club? We have special interest Facebook groups, including book clubs, golf club, moms group, movie group and travel club. The JLP even has it’s own Toastmasters club. There is something for everyone!

8. Try something new 

Have you ever wanted to try a spin class? Want to learn about being on a non-profit board? Every November and April, the JLP offer “in-home” meetings for our members. These small intimate meetings and trainings are usually in someone’s home or business and can range from wine tastings, non-profit fundraising, fitness classes, self-defense, financial planning, photography, modern manners and much, much more.

9. Be part of a legacy

For over 85 years, our volunteers have continued to positively impact the Phoenix metropolitan area.  The JLP is invested in developing long term initiatives and programs that meet the ever-changing needs of our community. For over 80 years, our volunteers have continued to positively impact the Phoenix metropolitan area.  The JLP is invested in developing long term initiatives and programs that meet the ever-changing needs of our communityWe are responsible for creating or have been a founding partner for the following organizations: Crisis Nursery, Ryan House, The Arizona Science Center, Rosson House, Phoenix Museum of History, Orpheum Theater and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. We have been involved with over 80 community programs in our long history, take a look at the list here.

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10. Make lifelong friends

Some of the best friends you ever have in your live, can come from being a member of the JLP.

Here are what some of our members have to say . .

“I love the amazing women you meet, friendships you form, and the opportunities to gain leadership skills”

“I love the JLP for all of the service opportunities in the local community! Also all the smaller interest groups like movie goers, bookclub, toastmasters, golfing etc”

“You can jump right in and participate! I love toastmasters for this. It gives you the opportunity to get involved and meet members early in the year. I have learned so much about the League from the experienced ladies in this group, and made awesome friends outside of my provisional group”

“The Junior League teaches you things you never knew you needed in a fun way”

“In my 13 years of being a member, I have formed some of the most incredible, life-changing friendships of my life with ladies that I know will be part of my life forever” 

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About the Junior League of Phoenix

The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of over 1,000 women committed to the promoted voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the Valley of the Sun through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more than 80 years, JLP has invested almost $4.1 million in the community and contributes over 75,000 volunteer hours annually. Current League programs are structured around JLP’s focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona.” For more information about the Junior League of Phoenix, please visit jlp.org.

 

JLP Member Spotlight: Jenn Sarter

Get to know Jenn Sarter! Just one of our amazing Junior League of Phoenix members in this week’s Member Spotlight.

How many years have you been in the league? I’ve been in the league for two years (this is my first active year).

What is your day job? Senior Marketing Manager for Cotton Council International and Owner, Jenn Sarter Marketing LLC

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Hike Camelback Mountain and then go to brunch.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? I would go on a spur-of-the-moment road trip with my husband, 2-year-old son and two dogs.

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? Getting to know all of the amazing women in the league! I am constantly in awe of the inspirational, accomplished women in the JLP.

Why did you join the JLP? I joined the Junior League to take advantage of the great community volunteer opportunities and to make new friends!

What do you want other people to know about JLP? Joining the Junior League is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I encourage anyone considering becoming a member to go for it! JLP has allowed me to develop myself personally and professionally, expand my social circle, and give back to the community through a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.

Favorite JLP memory? It’s hard to pick just one, as I have made so many wonderful memories through JLP! I have worn a little black dress for a week during an initiative to bring attention to poverty’s effects on women, volunteered in my community, gained confidence as a leader, improved my public speaking skills, learned how to manage my time more effectively, traveled with the group, joined a book club, participated in a fantasy football league, planned fun social events, and made so many kind, smart, inspiring friends.

 To learn more about the Junior League of Phoenix visit JLP.ORG.

JLP Member Spotlight: Amy Levine

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Get to know Amy Lavine! Just one of our amazing Junior League of Phoenix members in this week’s Member Spotlight.

  • How many years have you been in the league? This is my first year as an active.
  • What is your day job? I am a litigation attorney.
  • Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Check out art and food festivals throughout the valley. There are always so many things going on!
  • If you had an extra 8 hours in a day what would you do with it? Sleep for a lot of it and use the rest to play golf.
  • In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? I love the sense of community and empowerment of women.  Getting connected to so many local charitable organizations that I was unaware of before joining JLP also makes the experience fulfilling and unique.
  • Why did you join the JLP? I moved here from Los Angeles, so I wanted to join JLP to meet new people and get involved in the community.  I have met so many incredible women so far who have become close friends now, so I am extremely grateful.
  • What do you want other people to know about JLP?  There is a place and experience for everyone.  The range of volunteer opportunities is so vast that you can find almost anything to meet your interests.  The women I have come across are not only leaders in the community but also extremely successful in their personal lives.  It is inspiring to surround yourself with so many positive influences.
  • Favorite JLP memory?  Going around during Super Saturday in my provisional year to all the different partners and organizations supported and/or created by JLP.   I had no idea JLP had such a wide influence and that it supported so many fantastic organizations over the year, serving different needs in the community.  It was fun to meet other provisionals during that time and compete in mini trivia competitions while also learning about the JLP.  Just an overall really fun day.

To learn more about the Junior League of Phoenix visit JLP.ORG.

JLP Member Spotlight: Tameka Fox

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Get to know Tameka Fox! Just one of our amazing Junior League of Phoenix members in this week’s Member Spotlight.

  • How many years have you been in the league? 3 years. Currently, I am a 2nd year active!
  • What is your day job? I am the Executive Consultant of Legal Affairs for the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Office of Administrative Review. In a nutshell I am a Disability Lawyer.
  • Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Golf!
  • If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? I would divide the hours up and spend more time doing a healthy activity i.e. exercise, reading, volunteering, sleeping, being quiet and introspective and spending time with my family
  • In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? Leadership development opportunities with like-minded women.
  • Why did you join the JLP? I was looking for a group that would compliment my skills and at the same time allow me to develop more as a woman. The JLP has exceeded my expectations!
  • What do you want other people to know about JLP? We are more than a volunteer organization. I want people to know that we are a network of women, who are powerful, inspiring and who are game changers in the Phoenix Community.
  • Favorite JLP memory? Attending the GMM where Vicki Clark was the guest speaker. She focused on Servant Leadership. She told us how servant leaders, like those in the Junior League, are mission-driven and member focused. Vicki summed up the servant leader philosophy with one statement “If serving is below you, then leadership is beyond you.” I truly was inspired in all aspects of my life. She challenged me to find the best in others, thus bringing out the best in myself.

To learn more about the Junior League of Phoenix, visit JLP.ORG

Junior League of Phoenix gears up for 2nd Annual HealthFest on Saturday, March 10

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The Junior League of Phoenix is excited to host our second annual HealthFest event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday March 10 at Gateway Community College, located at 108 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85034. This location is conveniently located near a Light Right stop.

WHAT IS HEALTHFEST?

HealthFest is a FREE family-friendly Health & Wellness event that features local health resources, FREE health screenings, FREE children’s immunizations, education, children’s activities and fitness demonstrations. The event is focused on connecting the community to local healthcare resources and providing education to empower families to make healthy lifestyle choices.

 

 

HealthFest brings together local leaders in health and wellness, including nutrition, fitness, healthcare providers and local programs. It will include access to free health screenings including prenatal ultrasounds, lung and pancreatic screenings, free children’s immunizations, and free dental screenings and fluoride treatments. In its second year, HealthFest has added the opportunity to learn about the HUG clinic at GateWay Community College and schedule free physical therapy, respiratory therapy or ultrasounds. HealthFest is funded by a grant from The Junior League of Phoenix Foundation.

“The Junior League is committed to expanding access to health services in the community, as well as providing education on healthy living” said Raychel DeFranco, HealthFest Chair for the Junior League. “Phoenix Families want to know what they can do to improve the health of their family. JLP’s HealthFest is a fun way to spend a day with your family learning about local health resources and healthy lifestyle choices.”

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE EVENT: 

HealthFest will feature live interactive demonstrations for the entire family, including fitness and cooking. The event will feature fitness demonstrations including kids yoga, boxing, cardio and resistance training, and more!

Entertainment Schedule:

 Welcome: 10:00 AM

Kids Yoga: 10:15 AM

Mashup (Strength & Agility, HIIT, and Mind Body) : 10:30 AM

RAFFLE: 11:00 AM

Gorilla Arrival: 11:00 AM

Zumba with Jaylyn: 11:10 AM

RAFFLE: 11:25 AM

Boxing: 11:35 AM

RAFFLE: 11:45 AM

Avidity Sister Nutrition Talk: 12:00 PM

Pound: 12:20 PM

RAFFLE: 12:35 PM

Dance Party: 12:40 PM

Family Yoga: 1:00 PM

Cooking Demo: 1:30 PM

RAFFLE: 1:50 PM

 

WHAT HEALTH SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE ?

The screenings below are FREE to all attendees:

–       Children’s Immunizations

–       Prenatal ultrasounds, lung/respiratory and pancreatic screenings, physical therapy thanks to the HUG Clinic at Gateway Community College

–       Dental screenings and fluoride treatments to children 0-18

–       Dental screenings for adults

–       Smoke Cessation Assistance

–       Blood pressure, BMI, and Glucose tests

–       Stress Reduction

–       Biometric Measurements, skin, nails, tounge, and taste exams, GI Health, & Hormone Symptoms testing

WHO WILL BE AT HEALTHFEST?

Somos Dental – FREE Adult Dental Screenings
AZ Department of Health Services SunWise Program – Learn how to protect you and your family from the sun!
Midwestern Univ Dental Clinic – FREE Adult Dental Screenings
Mindful Wellness of Arizona – Stress Reduction demonstations
Maricopa Integrated Health System – FREE Blood Pressure, Glucose, BMI, and more
Integrative Medicine Clinic of AZ – Biometric Measurements, Integrative exams – skin, nails, tounge, taste, GI Health, Hormone Symptoms
HUG Clinic at Gateway Community College – FREE prenatal ultrasounds, physical therapy, Pulmonary Rehabilitation sessions, smoking sensation tests, and more!
Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona – Learn about epilepsy and seizure facts vs. myths
Baby Shots for Kids – Phoenix Fire – Free children immunizations
CVS Caremark
Native Health – Free Pediatric dental screenings and flouride varnish
Avidity Sisters – Learn how to shop for cheap and healthy on the go snacks! The Avidity Sisters will be at HealthFest at 12 to present.
Blood Drive Mobile – Save a life, donate blood!
Arizona Coyotes – Learn how to play hockey like the pros!
Kids Yoga with Talia

Plus more!

And hopefully YOU!

After spending the day with an amazing array of physicians, chefs, nutritionists, fitness experts, and trainers attendees will come away with the tools and ideas need to help lead a healthier, more active, and more fulfilling life.

We hope to see  you and your family there!

Top 10 Tips for Shopping the JLP Rummage Sale

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The Junior League of Phoenix Annual Rummage Sale is an exciting day of bargain hunting for many shoppers in the Valley. We have many repeat shoppers year after year, some that have been coming for longer than thirty years! We recently asked our members for the best advice they would give to rummage newbies as they prepare to head to the Arizona Exhibition and State Fair this year. We have compiled these tips here for you, happy hunting!

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1. Arrive early – doors open at 8am! From 8am – 12pm admission is $5.

Our doors close from 12pm – 1pm, but we reopen 1pm – 4pm and admission is FREE! Between 1pm – 4pm, all merchandise is 50% off.

2. Plan for parking. We are located at the Arizona Exposition & State Fair Exhibit Building at 18th Avenue & McDowell Road. Parking fee is $8.

3. Make a game plan! The departments will be set up per the map below. Check outs are at both ends, so check each side before you stand in a longer line.

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4. Bring a wagon or bag(s) to carry all of your treasures. A limited number of bags will be available for $2 each.

5. Do you plan on buying furniture or large items? Bring appropriate transportation! We do not offer pick-up or delivery, and we also don’t hold items.

 

6. Check the weather and dress appropriately. You never want to be too hot or cold while shopping!

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7. Get your mammogram!

Mammograms will be available the day of rummage from 8 am to 4 pm, for eligible recipients at a first come first served and are provided by Fry’s Food & Drug Store and the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona. Click here for more information on the mammograms offered on Rummage Sale day!

8. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Ask a volunteer for help! Can’t find the price of an item? Ask for help! Most volunteers will be wearing a a red apron or JLP t-shirt.

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9. Be patient and open-minded, there are a ton of people doing the same thing, looking for amazing bargains while supporting for a good cause!


10. Want first dibs? Attend our Rummage Sale Pre-Sale Party on Friday, February 23. Come spend an evening on Bourbon Street as the Junior League of Phoenix presents the 81st Annual Rummage Pre-Sale Party: A Night In New Orleans.

The Pre-Party allows you to shop the sale early and will feature live music from The Triplicity Band, an interactive Photo Booth, Tarot Card readings, Riverboat games with thousands of dollars in prizes and a catered dinner with wine, beer and champagne.

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81st Annual Rummage Pre-Sale Party: A Night in New Orleans
Friday, February 23
6:30pm – 10:00pm
Arizona Exposition and State Fair Exhibit Building

Purchase Rummage Sale Pre-Party Tickets Here!


Saturday, February 24, 2018

8am – 4pm

8am – 12pm 12pm – 1pm 1pm – 4pm
$5 Admission Doors Close Free Admission

Arizona Exposition & State Fair Exhibit Building

1826 West McDowell Road – Phoenix – 85007

About the Junior League of Phoenix

The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of over 1,000 women committed to the promoted voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the Valley of the Sun through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more than 80 years, JLP has invested almost $4.1 million in the community and contributes over 75,000 volunteer hours annually. Current League programs are structured around JLP’s focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona.” For more information about the Junior League of Phoenix, please visit jlp.org.

JLP’s Rummage Sale Saved a Life

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The Junior League of Phoenix’s 81st annual Rummage Sale is right around the corner on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Arizona Exposition & State Fair Exhibit Building! In addition to the thousands of bargain buys, Mobile On-site Mammography will be on-site. The mammograms will be available the day of rummage from 8 am to 4 pm, first come first served and are provided by Fry’s Food & Drug Store and the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona.

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Mobile On-Site Mammography (MOM) has provided over 550 mammograms since its first year partnering with The Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) and has even helped save the life of one Junior League of Phoenix member, Blair Schweiger.

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A little history about Blair and her relationship with MOM. Blair was asked to volunteer at Rummage by Junior League of Phoenix sustainer, Kim Knotter, the then Executive Director of the Arizona Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, to help out with the on-site mammograms, because she was worried that there wouldn’t be a Spanish speaking person to help. At the time, Blair was working at the University of Arizona Cancer Center in a breast cancer prevention clinical trial.  Blair joined the Junior league the following year and has continued to volunteer on the mammogram bus every year since. Blair herself received a mammogram during the 2017 Rummage Sale, and this is her story.

Her story in her own words…

Most of you have heard the news, and so yes, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May.

 Never in my life did I think I would get here, and I have been a breast health advocate for years – I was living as if the odds were in my favor – and you know what – they were.

 The whole thing feels a bit surreal. I think about what had to be in place for me to get my mammogram and it is rather miraculous and so heavily dependent on so many women that are in my life.

  •  My mom for taking me along to the nurse training clinics for women’s health for the nursing students at ASU.
  • My own professional health advocacy efforts through both Arizona State University and University of Arizona.
  • My aunt, a survivor.
  • Rita Dickinson who started a local Breast Cancer Fundraiser that was supported by the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) of which she is a member.
  • Kay Thompson, another member of the JLP, who wrote a grant back in 1990, through which I would be propelled to join the JLP and continue the effort.
  • Kim Knotter, another JLP member, whom I met through Gail (my mentor), who asked me to come help translate for Kay’s grant because I was a practicing breast cancer advocate (not an activist as someone recently referred to what I did as).
  • The many women in JLP leadership who let me continue to manage and oversee the mammograms at rummage for the past 17 years.
  • Pam Giannonatti (a JLP Ambassador) and Catherine Midgette (of Mobile Onsite Mammography, a JLP partner) for helping secure funding for the continued efforts of the mammograms at JLP rummage.
  • All the women and their stories that have passed through the mammograms at Rummage project for the last 17 years.
  • Lastly my oncology Nurse Practitioner, whom I see for a previous cancer that told me that it would be a good idea to get a mammogram back in December 2016.

If not for the combination of the women above, I would not have found myself in the right place at the right time to detect my cancer early.

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I was fully planning to wait until I was 50 to receive a mammogram, as the new guidelines (according to some agencies I respect) recommend. It was getting on near the end of the shift at the mammograms project in 2017, and the women had stopped showing up for the screenings. I was anxious to keep busy and after recruiting a few more women I thought to myself “oh, just get it done, they will take my insurance and since I have used them in the past, at least they will have another baseline mammogram to compare it to in the future”. So, I handed the staff at Mobile-Onsite-Mammography my insurance card and got my mammogram done.

Several weeks later I get the letter saying that I needed further testing. Knowing that the odds were still in my favor (most follow ups are NOT cancer), it was not my priority and I took my sweet time scheduling a visit with my General Practitioner (GP). Part of this is because my GP did not have any idea I had a mammogram. I went to look up his address when I was filling out the paper work and he was no longer listed as being with the practice where I had last seen him. So, I listed my oncologist, who was calling to check on me. Lesson learned, stay on top of where your physician practices.

So, finally after several weeks (six of them, actually) I found the practice he had moved to and made an appointment 2 months after I had my mammogram.

LITTLE DID I KNOW…

I went in for a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound, and had a radiologist come in to tell me that the suspicious area needed a biopsy, so I scheduled that – still assuming, because the odds were in my favor, that it was nothing.

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When my physician called, as I was getting ready to go the Junior League of Phoenix’s May celebration, I finally started thinking something was up. More especially when he asked “where are you right now?”

The biopsy came back as cancer he says. I reply with a very loud expletive. My husband walks, curious about why I was talking so loudly. I mouth to him while pointing at my right breast “its cancer”. He turns white as a ghost, and I am trying to listen to my doctor say a whole bunch of things – and then I ask him to stop so I can get a pen and paper and write down the full spectrum of the biopsy results.

I call my oncologist and schedule an appointment, which everyone tells me is the wrong order – but I would disagree. I call my mother, I call my father, then I call my mentor, who is a nurse.

I tell my husband that I need to keep occupied and that as I have my sustainers and other guests coming to the JLP May celebration and that I need to go.

Since that moment, I yelled (cussed out) at the powers that be, I have had over 100 appointments, I sought three opinions, I tried to enroll in a clinical trial (because clinical trials are so important people). I have been thoroughly scanned and visualized, enough that even I know what my images look like. I have had two MRI’s, one of which included a biopsy that gave me a hematoma the size of a tangerine, and I can’t even do the accompanying bruise justice with words. I have had an unbelievable number of people fondle my boobs, and have fought so hard to retain a sense of humor through all these things.

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Blair received 8 cycles of dose dense chemotherapy and 30 days of radiation. Her doctors told her that her positive attitude made her a favorite at each office. They loved that she wore costumes to chemo. Blair learned a great deal about how much your attitude changes how you deal with stressful situations.

The support of Junior League members was very important to Blair during her treatment. Our LINKS (Leaguers In Need of Kindness and Support) program was an incredible asset, as members (close to Blair or relative strangers) signed up to bring her family meals during this time.

The League is blessed to have Blair as one of our long time members, she brings so much humor, knowledge and positive attitude to our organization and we are forever grateful that she made the last minute decision to get that mammogram that fateful day at Rummage. She will be there again, please make sure that the women you love get theirs. They are set up to fund people who don’t have insurance or that don’t have enough insurance, but if needed they will gladly take people with insurance. Think of the life saved through early detection.

 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

8am – 4pm

8am – 12pm 12pm – 1pm 1pm – 4pm
$5 Admission Doors Close Free Admission

Arizona Exposition & State Fair Exhibit Building

1826 West McDowell Road – Phoenix – 85007

About the Junior League of Phoenix

The Junior League of Phoenix, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of over 1,000 women committed to the promoted voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the Valley of the Sun through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. For more than 80 years, JLP has invested almost $4.1 million in the community and contributes over 75,000 volunteer hours annually. Current League programs are structured around JLP’s focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona.” For more information about the Junior League of Phoenix, please visit jlp.org.

10 Reasons Why You & Your Family Need to be at the 5th Annual Touch-A-Touch Event!

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The Junior League of Phoenix is excited to announce our 5th Annual Touch-A-Truck Event which will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 9AM – 1PM at Aviano Community Park in Phoenix. Touch-A-Truck is a family-friendly event that offers children a hands-on opportunity to explore a variety of machinery such as, construction trucks, emergency responder vehicles, tractor trailers, utility trucks and more! Here are the top 10 reasons why you can’t miss out on this exciting event:

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  1. MEET & LEARN: You and your family will have the opportunity to meet many of the people who build, protect and serve the Valley communities, while also learning about some of the vehicles, equipment, etc. they use through a hands-on experience.
  2. HONK THE HORN: Not only will your kids learn about the vehicles and equipment, they’ll also have the opportunity to get inside and honk the horn on police cars, trucks, buses, tractors and more! TAT2
  3. BOUNCE AROUND: Who doesn’t love bounce houses and inflatable slides? We know your kids do and we’ll have all of that and more at the event.
  4. EAT UP: From shaved ice to burgers we’ll have a wide variety of on-site food trucks that will be sure to satisfy the whole family.
  5. JUST DANCE: Enjoy the day with music from a live DJ and dance your heart out with the kiddos. TAT3
  6. GET ARTSY: Kids can enjoy choosing from a variety of face painting designs by a talented face painter.
  7. MOM TIME: This year we’re also offering a “Mom Lounge”, an enclosed tent with a changing station, a place for mothers to nurse, and a place to just take a second to relax!
  8. BALLOON ANIMALS: No event would be complete without a balloon animal or two.
  9. COMMUNITY BUILDING: You’ll have the opportunity to meet with some of the women of the Junior League of Phoenix and learn about a handful of the Programs we provide, such as our annual HealthFest, ROCKETS program, and more! TAT4.jpg
  10. FOR A CAUSE: Last but certainly not least, your attendance helps build a better community through your support of Touch-A-Truck and the Junior League of Phoenix.

We look forward to seeing you there! To learn more and purchase tickets just CLICK HERE.