A Miracle for Max Barnett

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Young Max Barnett is a beautiful boy with piercing, soulful blue eyes that draw in everyone who is lucky enough to know him. He is part of a beautiful, loving family who live in North Phoenix. Unless told, one might never know the pain that the Barnett family is harboring on a daily basis. Max was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Krabbe. At least four other families are dealing with Krabbe disease in Arizona.   Krabbe disease (also known as globoid cell leukodystrophy) is an inherited disorder that destroys the protective coating (myelin) of nerve cells in the brain and throughout the nervous system. It is a progressive degenerative disorder of the nervous system that affects approximately one in every 100,000 live births. Most patients with Krabbe disease (85 to 90 percent) have the infantile form. During the first few months of life, these children develop normally, but extreme irritability, spasticity and loss of developmental milestones soon become evident, typically... More

Through Each Others Eyes Annual Fundraiser

2015-02-21 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Enjoy live music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and meet more than 20 internationally-recognized professional photographers to support the efforts of Through Each Others Eyes, a nonprofit that utilizes photography to help people understand and appreciate cultures different from their own. 6-9 p.m. $100. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., More

Sedona International Film Festival

2015-02-21 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

This nine-day festival features 160 documentaries, features, shorts, Academy Award nominees and specialty films and celebrates the 100th birthday of director and actor Orson Welles. Check website for schedule and ticket prices. Films run all day on four screens located at Sedona Harkins 6, 2081 W. Highway 89A; the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. Highway 89A and Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. 928-282-1177, More

ProMusica Arizona Presents Around the World in 80 Minutes

2015-02-08 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Create your own international musical experience from a selection of mini-concerts featuring an exciting mix of music from around the globe. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Adults: $25; students: $15. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., 623-326-5172, More

Send Me An Angel

2015-02-02 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration

Writer Amanda Christmann Larson     We may think we are the ones at the helm of our own journey; that it is through our own diligence and preparation that our lives unfold and become what they will.   In truth, it is often acts of kindness, compassion and unconditional love that give us the strength we need to take that next step or push ourselves the extra mile. Those families we are born with and those we create are often sourced from confidence and can-do, which makes all the difference.   Sometimes, if we look hard enough, it is the angels in our lives who inspire us and set into motion moments of synchronicity. They come in all shapes and sizes, with two legs and four, and they forever change who we are and how we see the world.   In 1999, Pam Gaber’s angel, Gabriel, came into her life. Pam had gone to a Weimaraner breeder in Gilbert to pick out a new family member, and outside of the small pack of bouncing bellies and ears that eagerly vied for attention was a lone little... More

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