I WILL SURVIVE, INC.’S 2019 BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENT

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AUTHOR: Lauren Bagger, IWS Content Writer

Feiji McKay is a meticulous gentleman motivated by strong convictions and his love for helping those in need. His passionate personality is seen in his dedication to the I Will Survive Incorporation. When trying to recall a particular moment where McKay showed his commitment, founder Anisa Palmer was at a loss for only one single worthy story. That is because McKay has always exceeded expectations within and outside of the organization. McKay’s hallmark is that in everything, he finds a way to be exceptionally and extraordinarily good.

When brought onto the IWS Inc. Board of Directors there are a few, but important, qualifications that must be met. One must pay their dues, attend or fundraise for events, attend board meetings, as well as help bring others to the IWS organization’s door. McKay consistently goes above and beyond the required call to action. Not only does he pay his board member dues in full and earlier than expected, but he purchases tickets for events, fundraises, and volunteers his time during IWS Inc. gatherings, never misses board meetings, and works to foster partnerships between local organizations so that IWS Inc. can always be an active participant in their community. His passion for serving others is commendable and his consistent investment in IWS Inc. is what makes him a welcomed fixture on the organization’s Board of Directors. A man like Feiji McKay is someone that every non-profit needs on their team. 

There is no accurate way to measure how much Feiji McKay has given to IWS Inc. Thanks to members like McKay, the organization had a fruitful Giving Tuesday this year. McKay, who has an extensive background in IT, partnered with Give Media (now Give Lively), to give the IWS organization their own text-to-give campaign. Texting donation campaigns are a costly but convenient method for accepting donations; however, McKay provided the service to IWS Inc. for free. This year, Giving Tuesday was combined with Georgia Gives to maximize the donation potential for organizations like IWS Inc. McKay’s research and partnerships allowed IWS Inc.  to accept more donations than in previous years, acquiring more funding for the organization’s efforts in the future.”

IWS Inc. is grateful to McKay and appreciates the deep relationship he has forged with the foundation. The organization has been involved with McKay and his family since 2012 when McKay’s close cousin, Paris Murphy, was diagnosed with breast cancer and thyroid cancer. The organization stepped in, offering the entrepreneur financial and emotional support, and McKay took note of their significance in the lives of those diagnosed with cancer. His cousin, who served on IWS Inc.’s Board of Directors as well, is now a proud survivor, and since her arrival at IWS Inc., McKay has made sure to give back to the organization so that others can utilize their services too. 

McKay lives by example. He is a leader in his own life, constantly aligning himself with those who cannot fully help themselves. He is a family man who extends a helping hand to those close to him, as well as those in his peripheral. When he is not at the IWS Inc. office, or working in his profession, he is visiting sick family and community members and offering many ways of support. McKay has found a new family within the IWS organization. His year-long presence has left an impactful impression and his altruism, grounded in honorable morality, has not gone unnoticed. To find a man like Feiji McKay is rare. Being kind and giving is always appreciated, but within McKay, there is a determined work ethic to implement change. 

McKay, like many people, acts with intention, but unlike others he expects his intentions to become executable actions. Actions that are beneficial in the short and the long term. Feiji McKay is being honored as IWS Inc.’s Board Member Of The Year not only because he stands out as one of the organization’s hardest workers, but because he is a personable and generous man who uses his wits, experience, money, time, and grace to give long-lasting services that will impact his community for the times to come.

GA Gives Day and Giving Tuesday!

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Our mobile text to give campaign is live in conjunction with our GA Gives Day website up and running as well as our Facebook end of year campaign going. Who is excited for #GAgives and #GivingTuesday as much as we are?

We are trying to raise significant funds for our programs along with some capacity building. We need to hire a new Executive Director/CEO and find a new building for our headquarters before we begin planning to grow nationally and globally per our strategic plan.

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If we can raise $5,000 on GA Gives website as well as $45,000 on Facebook and get those funds matched, in addition to our mobile giving campaign (Text IWillSurvive to 44321), we may be able to raise $250,000. That is what it will take for us to grow effectively. We have an international team working on our Google campaign project as well as a national team working on our Salesforce project. Two incredible interns wrap the year up with us as well, Lauren and Sierra. We are working hard to ensure we can stay open with our programs running effectively and efficiently.

We know there is no program like ours and we do not want any family to fight eviction due to lack of affordable housing while battling breast cancer nor fight to keep employment, have access to quality health care, nutrition, and a quality of life after surviving cancer.

We are thankful for all stakeholders from 2010 to now! We are not able to stand without you! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us @IWillSurviveInc and stay tuned and connected via social media.

In Service,

Founding Executive Director Ms. Palmer

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I Will Survive, Inc.’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient

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Author: Lauren Bagger, IWS Content Writer

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The I Will Survive Incorporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia. Every year they award a dedicated volunteer with the honor of Volunteer of the Year, an award given to those who have shown an unwavering effort to better the organization as well as themselves. This year Paris V. Johnson, an entrepreneur from Detroit, Michigan, deservedly won VOTY. She has taken her own experiences at I Will Survive Inc. to start her own business, Promoting Motivational Move Makers (P3M), which is an advertising and marketing company dedicated to supporting small business needs. P3M is a short video ad company that provides promotional videos, SEO management, website designs, logo design and animation to small businesses at affordable prices. Their mission is to make clients’ money and to be a point of contact for their clients’ entrepreneurial and startup needs. The company was borne out of founder Paris V. Johnson’s want to see others succeed: “ I see your vision…Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart…Wishing happiness, prosperity, and good health to all,” Paris says. In addition to their business services, P3M prioritizes community service, and a portion of profits are donated to I Will Survive Inc., as well as 3 other volunteer organizations. I Will Survive Inc. congratulates Paris for her nomination and her win. It is a privilege to serve the Atlanta community with you at our side.

During an interview, founder, Anisa Palmer, explained her first impression of Paris V. Johnson. “She fell right in. What can I do to help? Where do I need to go? What’s the move? What needs to be done?… She knew what was bringing her here,” Anisa said. Paris’ commitment to helping others made her a perfect candidate for I Will Survive Inc.’s Volunteer of the Year award. Yet, it was her professionalism and dedication to improving the organization’s impact that made her win deserved. From consistently attending the monthly meetings, to showing up, unprompted, to offer a helping hand with events, to even dedicating part of her own business to raising money for IWS, Paris’ willingness to go above and beyond the organization’s call to action makes her a cherished point of strength within the company.

Paris embodies all IWS core values. She possesses unshakeable integrity, a sense of purpose that allows her to be consistently innovative, and she is a woman of wellness and equanimity. What brought Paris’ to IWS was her own mother’s battle with breast cancer. Paris’ mother conquered her first bout with the disease when Paris was a child. Years later it returned, but her mother survived it again and has been in remission for a decade. Paris’ bond with her mom strengthened during their fight with breast cancer and the two have become an inseparable and endearing duo. Her mother’s diagnosis was a pivotal moment in Paris’ life. Paris began to recognize the need for support and resources within the breast cancer community and became determined to be a part of the solution. Disappointed with other breast cancer organizations for their lack of transparency, Paris’ chose the IWS for their honesty and the intimate relationship they form with their staff, volunteers, and those they help.

Brought on initially as a volunteer and training as a health advocate, Paris’ quickly became a welcomed asset to the team. Ms. Palmer recounted that once, Paris attended two of the organization’s events in one day. As an IWS fitness workshop finished, Paris’ speedily drove across Atlanta to attend an IWS speaking event. She was exhausted but ready to offer support by any means necessary. “…In comes Paris like magic,” Ms. Palmer remembers.” She was determined to find us. She was determined to be there.” Since her arrival, Paris has brought nothing but her best. It is recognized that the work achieved by the IWS would not be possible without volunteers like Paris.

“Before the titles, before the acts of kindness, Paris is a good human being…We praise her mom for raising her right!” Ms. Palmer laughed. Paris grounds herself in her convictions and inspires others to do the same. As a businesswoman and a minority, Paris has little tolerance for the unjust and does not bite her tongue for the sake of politeness. She is strong-willed–when she says she’ll get something done it would take an otherworldly force to prevent her from doing so. Paris has a depth to her that is a rarity in most, and yet when asked to describe herself her reply is poetic in its simplicity. Rather than seeing herself as the powerhouse that she is, she describes her life as “residing in the clouds.” “It’s bright and quiet up there,” she wrote. Paris won Volunteer of the Year because she possesses an incredible sense of self that others spend a lifetime trying to obtain. One could call Paris’ motivation to help others persistent drive, but Paris would rather describe it as her life’s purpose. She lives a fulfilled life. One of encouraging others and serving them so that they too, can succeed.

Story written by Lauren Bagger, I Will Survive, Inc. Content Writer

About the Author: Lauren Bagger is a graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Journalism and International Studies. Check out more work from Lauren here: https://laurenbagger.com

 

Inflammation and Cancer

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Article published by: Zarifa Eshova, IWS Health Advocate, Researcher 

Inflammation and Cancer

Inflammation in the body has been linked to increased risk of developing cancer. This is because active inflammation provides a good growing environment for cancerous cells, thereby, not only initiating formation of a tumor, but also further progressing it. Previous studies have shown that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen can help fight against cancer. Not only did they reduce the risk of developing cancer, but they were also linked to lower mortality rates in patient with lung cancer.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

Omega-3 fatty acids are known for their role in preventing cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, or heart failure. An article published on the Tanaffos emphasizes that Omega-3 fatty acids decrease blood pressure and heart rate due to their blood thinning effects. While including Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet is not only good for your heart, recent studies suggest that they may also play a role in preventing cancer.

According to clinicaltrials.gov, Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of breast cancer initiation and further development. They act as anti-inflammatory agents which control the environment in which a tumor may develop. Furthermore, Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosatetraenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acids, also known as EPA and DHA respectively, have shown to lower levels of depression. While some believe that their effect on depression can be linked to the anti-inflammatory effects, others believe that it may be related to its ability to pass through the brain cell membrane. Nevertheless, meta-analyses suggest that Omega-3’s are effective in preventing depression.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Incorporation into Diet

Omega-3 fatty acids can be incorporated in your diet through Omega-3 rich foods or supplements that can be bought over the counter. While taking supplements may be an easy way to consume these fats, eating certain foods that are rich in Omega-3’s can be tastier, cheaper, and more effective.

Some foods that are rich in Omega-3’s include:

  • Seafoods (salmon, herring, sardines, tuna, or trout)
  • Plant oils (flaxseed oil, soybean oil, canola oil)
  • Breads with Flaxseed
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts (walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds)

 

Sources to Visit

 

Visit this website to read more about inflammation and cancer risk

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2843097/

 

Visit this website toread more about NSAID’s effect on inflammation

https://seer.cancer.gov/archive/studies/epidemiology/study17.html

 

Visit this website to read more about Omega-3 fatty acid’s effect on cancer

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323312.php

 

Visit this website to read the peer reviewed article which concluded Omega-3’s cancer preventative effects

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6566772/

 

Visit this website to learn more about foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids

https://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/your-omega-3-family-shopping-list#1

 

Visit this website to learn even more about Omega-3 fatty acids

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-Consumer/

 

Visit this website to learn about how much Omega-3 is present in certain foods

https://nuts.com/healthy-eating/omega-3

 

Visit this website to get recipes that are rich in Omega-3’s

https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-clinics/cancer-nutrition-services/reducing-cancer-risk/omega-3-fatty-acids.html

 

Visit this website to read the article mentioned in the text

https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01282580

 

 

Heart News For February…Some things We Love, Like YOU!

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Donate to support our programs today… we need help to ensure NO one fights breast cancer alone, NO one gets evicted with breast cancer, NO one is hungry, and NO one has to choose between keeping the lights on or paying for health care necessities. We provide real support NOW, because tomorrow…
may be too late!

Help a family in need in your county right now! Click here to see one of the many ways in which you can support our critical programs.Thank you to supporters like you who keep our services free to those who need it the most!

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North Georgia Statewide Home Buyer Breakfast Event

Learn everything from buying New Construction, to Rent to Own Programs. Our special Home Buying Team will be available to answer all your questions. There are a variety of loan programs, and first time home buyer programs still available.

You’ll meet with our State Approved Lenders who will be taking loan applications ON THE SPOT*

We have something for everyone. Whether you are a first time home buyer or have purchased a home before. You don’t want to miss it.

This is a private event and not associated with Golden Corral – Please do not contact the restaurant. If you have questions, please contact the event organizer.

You must register in advance to attend – Seating is limited.

This event is not to solicit buyers/homeowners that are already under contract with a licensed Realtor.

*credit application fee may apply

Whether you are a first-time home buyer or have previously owned a home, this event will be very informative. Everything you need to know about purchasing a home all under one roof. Also, included will be steps to buying New Construction and Lease-To-Own options.

Representatives will be onsite to discuss:
• Home buying Process
• Mortgage Process
• Getting Financially Ready
• Down Payment Assistance Programs
• Lease-to-Own Option
• Q&A

Licensed loan officers will be available to pre-qualify you on the spot.
This is a FREE, PRIVATE event and is NOT associated with Golden Corral.
Disclaimers:
(1) This event is for future home buyers. All current, aspiring or future real estate professionals are prohibited from attending.
(2) This event may be photographed, filmed or taped.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get valuable information on purchasing a home.

FAQs
What can I bring into the event?
Please bring ID and your registration confirmation.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
(404) 902.8482
What’s the refund policy?
This is a FREE event.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Printed or electronic is acceptable.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes.
Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?
There is NO FEE for this event.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?
Registration MUST match ID.

Let’s Get Started
Enter for a chance to win a $500 scholarship, which can go towards students enrolled in academic institutions tuition or books, go towards economic support (rent/mortgage/utilities), or towards your business goals as an entrepreneur.

Rules to enter:

  1. Must be a breast cancer survivor in need
  2. Must be actively enrolled in a college/university or Must have an active registered business for 1 year or more
  3. Must attend at least one health education workshop at I Will Survive, Inc.

Winner announced in October, stay tuned, and make 2019… YOUR YEAR!

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Join Cancer and Careers for a free event (CEUs/PDCs available)!
Upcoming Events

As the dates draw closer, we’re excited to announce a number of free events — in person, online and even on the air! Here are just a few…

Balancing Work & Cancer Webinars*

Job Search
2/6 @ 1:00 PM ET
Disclosure, Privacy & Online Brand
3/6 @ 7:00 PM ET
Working Through Treatment
4/3 @ 7:00 PM ET

Open to anyone touched by cancer, our webinars are easily accessed from your phone and/or online and provide critical information on understanding disclosure, the decision to work through treatment, sharpening your job-search skills and more.

Click here for series details, accreditation info and to register.

Midwest Conference on Work & Cancer*

Chicago 3/29 @ 9:00 AM

Our conference in Chicago examines the challenges faced by working people with cancer as they consider their careers post-diagnosis, including privacy, taking time off, returning to work and more.

Click here for event details, accreditation info and to register.

QVC, HSN & CEW Present Beauty with Benefits

QVC & HSN (Live)
4/25 @ 7:00 PM ET

Mark your calendars — Thursday, April 25th — for “Beauty with Benefits,” on QVC and HSN. The live broadcast is a feel-good celebration of cosmetics and compassion! 80% of the purchase price of the donated merchandise benefits CAC.

Learn how a little makeup can make a big difference.

National Conference on Work & Cancer*

NYC 6/21 @ 8:45 AM

Travel scholarships available!

CAC’s signature event brings together hundreds of patients, survivors, healthcare/HR professionals, and caregivers and features a variety of experts — including doctors, social workers, lawyers, career coaches and more — sharing need-to-know information on key issues surrounding the intersection of work & cancer.

Click here for event details, accreditation, info and to register.

To stay up to date on all Cancer and Careers events throughout the year, visit our Events page.
*Free CEUs/PDCs available to healthcare and HR professionals. For details, click the links above.

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PLATINUM: Pfizer Oncology | P&G Beauty | QVC | Tweezerman

GOLD: Chanel, Inc. | The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. | Firmenich | L’Oréal USA | MaCher |
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Health and Wellness MeetUp at I Will Survive, Inc. Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Guess who is facilitating the IWS Monthly Health Education workshop for November?

Meet Dr. Anne-Marie Campbell DiNardo

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A Passion for Health and Chiropractic

While growing up, Dr. Anne-Marie was an avid athlete and made many visits to her family chiropractor to recover from injury. She worked for a chiropractor while in college at the University of Georgia and witnessed firsthand the life-changing benefits and miracles of chiropractic.

She became a successful realtor, and one day had an epiphany: she was supposed to be a chiropractor! She ended up returning to chiropractic college for another four years of training, receiving her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University.

Specialty Training

Dr. Anne-Marie has extensive training in multiple techniques and has taken hundreds of hours in postgraduate coursework. She specializes in pediatrics, pregnancy, nutrition, sports performance and injury prevention.

Some of her accreditations include

CACCP designation
Certification in Webster Technique
Certified Advanced Proficiency in Torque Release Technique

Compass Family Chiropractic | (770) 452-0022

 


 

Meet us on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 1:30pm – 2:30pm

I Will Survive, Inc. at 5879 New Peachtree Rd. Suite D, Doraville, GA 30340

Free parking and light refreshments provided.