Linda's W.I.S.H. Proceeds Benefit John C. Lincoln Breast Health & Research Center

2015-01-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Photo Credit: Lauren Strait
Writer Lauren Strait     John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center is the proud recipient of $15,000 in money raised from the 2014 Linda’s W.I.S.H. 5K in Anthem.   Linda’s W.I.S.H. is an annual 5K Walk/Run, held this year at Persimmon Golf Club in Anthem to raise awareness and funds for those who have been diagnosed with or affected by breast cancer. Named after Linda Kacmarsky, whose life was claimed by cancer in 2010, the event aims to one day help find a cure for breast cancer.   “We are excited to partner with a local healthcare organization dedicated to coordinating the care of breast cancer patients and their families at every stage,” said Carol Stacy, co-event chairperson of Linda’s W.I.S.H.   One hundred percent of the proceeds from Linda’s W.I.S.H. will directly support the survivorship of patients and their loved ones through education and programming. Initiatives include providing mastectomy care bags to patients preparing for surgery, child copy... More

Fat, Fatigued & Fed Up?

2015-01-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Writer Brian Hester     In a perfect world, primary care physicians and medical specialists would like to spend more time with patients who need extended monitoring and guidance. However, in an era of restrictive insurance regulations, such a level of interaction is often prohibitively expensive and increasingly unlikely, particularly for patients with lifestyle issues whose symptoms stem from long-term habits that adversely affect weight, energy, mental focus and other factors that impact overall health as well as personal attitude.   With increasing frequency, Back to Health Chiropractic is working with primary care physicians to assist patients afflicted with metabolic syndrome, a condition characterized by at least three of the following: diastolic blood pressure over 85, waist circumference over 40 inches for men and 35 inches for women, triglycerides in excess of 150 mg/dL, fasting blood glucose over 100 mg/dL and/or HDL cholesterol levels below 40 mg/dL for men or 50 mg/dL... More

Making It Count :: Experience Matters

2015-01-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Writer Peni Long     Experience does matter. We all know that. But for those of us in the age 50 and above category, it is sometimes a challenge to know how to leverage years of acquired knowledge. That’s where the Experience Matters team comes in; its mission is to “connect talent with community” and in collaboration with AmeriCorps, AARP Experience Corps and Read On Phoenix, provide opportunities to match senior talent with needs in the community.   There are several different programs in the EM portfolio:   • Encore fellows: experienced boomers are placed in yearlong assignments with non-profits, schools and other organizations to make strategic shifts or major corporate changes • Service by design: talent is matched with short-term projects in non-profits • Boomers Serving Arizona Schools: Participants in school host sites help create new programs and foster community and business relationships • Your Experience Counts: Adult mentors in elementary classrooms... More

100 West :: Finding Inspiration

2015-01-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Writer Donna Kublin     Kyle Hobratschk, a talented artist with ties to Carefree, the Sonoran Arts League and Cactus Shadows High School, has discovered a new inspiration. The bricks, mortar, support pillars, windows and even termite damage of a building in Corsicana, Texas, fuel much of his current work. He believes it also inspires others through an artist residency program he began there.   While in high school, Hobratschk was known for his exquisitely detailed representational paintings that garnered praise and many awards. He attended college at Southern Methodist University, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and printmaking, with architectural subject matter then becoming his main focus.   After graduating in 2011, he purchased the empty 1898 Italianate style Odd Fellows Lodge at 100 W. 3rd Ave. in Corsicana, where both Mobil and Wolf Brand Chile were founded. Located 50 miles south of Dallas, Corsicana possesses notable turn-of-the-century Italianate... More

Healing Hearts: A New Sanctuary in New River

2014-12-05 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Writer Peni Long     Jennifer Brumbaugh, executive director of Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge, has moved her precious stock from Willcox to New River, occupying the property established by Dreamchasers Horse Rescue. It’s a good match for an organization with a mission to save and serve neglected and often abused horses. These healed horses often find wonderful new homes as companions for other horses or animals — or humans, for that matter.   Healing Hearts was founded as part of a response to the financial meltdown several years ago.   “Arizona horses in particular had it bad,” says Jennifer. “They need space, food and care, all of it expensive. Too many people could no longer afford to keep their animals and had nowhere to send them.”   Jennifer had acreage in Willcox, which became a haven for those horses. But through her experience over the past few years, she also knew that Maricopa County is a wonderful place for such an operation. Healing Hearts opened... More

Foothills Caring Corps 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

2014-11-17 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

This scramble format tournament includes golf, food and beverages on Mirabel’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course. 8:30 a.m. $350 individual registration. Mirabel Golf Club, 37100 N. Mirabel Club Dr., 480-488-1105, More

For Ava

2014-11-09 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson   It was a simple email, three paragraphs long, forwarded by a friend. The subject line read: “My granddaughter Ava,” and my initial thought was that it was a request for a youth feature story — a musically talented teenager, an aspiring science whiz or a sports standout any grandparent would love to see featured in our pages.   But this wasn’t that.   “Dear Friends,” it read. “I recently lost my granddaughter, Ava Holder, to cancer.”   Cancer sucks. It does. In the last few years, we’ve met so many families affected by cancer. Many of the victims are children or young people, others are mothers or husbands, or treasured grandparents. It doesn’t play fair, and it leaves deep, tender scars in people’s lives.   Sharing their stories is an honor, but it’s a struggle to find the words to convey the anger, the fear, the utter devastation — and the battered and bruised hope — families and loved ones go through because of it. No... More

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center Speaker Series: Jackrabbits

2014-11-07 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Professor, biologist and author David Brown discusses the ecology of jackrabbits in Arizona and their importance to our environment. 5-7 p.m. Suggested donation is $25. Registration required. Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, 27026 N. 156th St., 480-471-9109, More

Made to Inspire

2014-09-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Photo Credit: Diana Elizabeth Photography
Writer: Lara Piu   Bubbly attitude: Check. Sunny disposition: Check. Chasing life like her pants are on fire: Double check. Kathy Cano-Murillo hasn’t changed a bit since we last spoke some 13 years ago over lunch at what was then Sam’s Café. At the time, Kathy was a staff reporter for the Arizona Republic and her glitter-meets-“Mexi-boho” craft business and blog,, was taking off. I’d hoped she might make the plunge into her entrepreneurial venture full-time, and dive she did.    More like an Olympic arm stand, reverse somersault, tuck dive. Since that time Kathy’s been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, NPR, HGTV, DIY Network and Lifetime TV to name a few, and her handmade Chicano pop art crafts have been sold to Bloomingdales, Target, Hallmark and more. She is a national spokesperson for as well as a creative influencer for Lowe’s home improvement stores.   When I catch up with her, Kathy is gearing up to release the latest... More

To kick, or not to kick …

2014-08-25 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Writer Tom Scanlon Mike Harvey of Peak Image Photo   With football season soon approaching, Grayson Naquin has a tough decision to make. He may not be an angst-y young prince like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but Naquin is a princely kicker, as he showed last season.   It was the fourth quarter of a tight game against rival Cactus Shadows. Notre Dame Prep had a drive going, but failed to convert on a third down. So it was fourth down, on the Cactus Shadows 34-yard line.   Coach Gary Gregory found his junior kicker sitting on the bench, helmet off.   “Go hit it,” the coach told Grayson Naquin.   Really? A 51-yard field goal attempt – in high school? That would be a long boot for a good college kicker, but we’re talking about a 5-foot-9, 170-pound teenager.   “I didn’t see it coming at all. I just winged it,” Naquin later said. “I’ve only heard of 51-yard field goals in the pros.”   The coach had faith in his strong-legged kicker, who routinely booted field goals... More