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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Free Pima County Fair Admission with Food Bank Donation

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 9:59 AM

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Fairgoers interested in skipping the $9 admission fee to the Pima County Fair may do so either this Sunday or next with a donation to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Between 10 a.m. and noon, April 21 and 28, the fair will allow free admission for three cans of food per person.

The Pima County Fairgrounds are located at 11300 S Houghton Road. Parking is available on site for a $5 fee. Shuttles are available.

Rich the Kid performs April 21, and Dia de la Banda plays April 28. More information can be found at pimacountyfair.com.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Give the Gift of Food and Lower Your Library Fines

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 4:03 PM

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Give the gift of food and lower your library fines! From April 15 to April 30, library customers can pay overdue fines and help support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. During Food for Fines, one dollar in overdue fines will be waived for each non-perishable food item donated at any library.

What fines can be waived?

  • Only overdue fines will be waived. No lost material, damaged fees, collection agency fees, or other fees will be waived during this event.
What can I donate?
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  • Nonperishable items such as canned vegetables, peanut butter, cans of tuna and cereal are all welcome.
What is not accepted:
  • Perishable food
  • Expired food
  • Opened, dented, or damaged food
  • Homemade food
  • Food in glass containers
What happens with my donation?
  • All donations are sent to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, so your donation goes directly to your community.
What if I don't have any fines on my account?
  • You can still participate!!! Your donations will be sent along with the rest of the food.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Local Nonprofit Collecting Medical Supplies at Donation Drive

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2019 at 12:23 PM

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Help those in need by donating your extra health and medical supplies. World Care, a local nonprofit that works to provide basic necessities to those in need, is hosting a Medical Equipment and Supplies Donation Drive this weekend.

Since its founding in 1993, World Care has expanded its programing to include Tools for Education, Tools for Health, Tools for the Environment, Tools for Technology and Tools for Emergency Relief.

World Care works to create sustainable communities by refurbishing, reusing, recycling and redistributing goods and putting them to work helping people rather than ending up in a landfill.
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In Tucson, World Care has just moved to a new location and is collecting supplies for their Medical Equipment Bank. At the bank, Tucsonans can loan out wheelchairs, walkers, commodes and other medical necessities for free as well as collecting free hygiene supplies.

To continue providing medical supplies to Tucsonans at no cost, World Care is calling for donations.

The Medical Equipment/Supplies Donation Drive will be held April 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and April 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 3029 N Stone Avenue.

World Care is asking for donations of adult diapers, hygiene supplies, wheelchairs, walkers, bedside commodes, toilet raisers, toilet extensions, shower stairs, tub transfer benches, knee scooters and more.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Value Tucson Teachers Through Student Video Projects

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 at 3:41 PM

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Do your kids have a favorite teacher? Do you know a teacher who is really making a difference in the classroom? Tucson Values Teachers, an organization focused on supporting Arizona teachers, is seeking video nominations from students.

Each month the organization runs a Teacher Excellence Award program and are currently running a special contest for Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6 to 10. Students can submit a video explaining why their teacher should be nominated and recognized. The videos can be a group or individual project and adult help is allowed.

All K-12 teachers in southern Arizona are eligible to be nominated and five teachers will be chosen for the award. Winners will receive $250 cash from Tucson Values Teachers, a $100 gift card to Office Depot/OfficeMax, a plaque recognizing their achievement, flowers, a mini bell from Ben's Bells and pizza for their class.

So, if you know a teacher who deserves to win, work with your kids and nominate now! Videos must be under a minute long and in MP4 or MOV format. Nominations can be submitted now until April 25.

Find the nomination form here.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

"Rock the Bald" Head-Shaving Event to Defeat Pediatric Cancer

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 12:03 PM

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St. Baldrick's Foundation, the largest private pediatric cancer research funder, is hosting a family-fun head-shaving event this Friday, March 8, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Mountain View High School.

Head-shaving events have been one of the many ways the foundation raises funds and awareness for childhood cancer treatment since 1999.

Recent data tells us that, on average, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes — yet pediatric cancer research remains largely underfunded. While it's true that more adults are diagnosed with cancer than children, it's children that lose an average of 56 years more of their lives than adults, considering 6-years-old is the average age of diagnosis.

Even children who are treated successfully run the risk of suffering side effects later in life. According to the foundation's website, 95% of survivors will suffer from chronic health issues due to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy administered at the same time their young brains and bodies were developing throughout treatment.
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Why shave your head? Chris Dow, the regional event director for this year's Rock the Bald, says that it raises awareness and offers solidarity.

"People will ask you, 'Hey, why are you bald?' and it provides a conversation starter for those who might not know about pediatric cancer," he said. "It also shows the kids who are going through chemo that they have friends and family on their side."


In addition to head shaving, participants can donate ponytails 8 inches or longer. This year's event will also feature food trucks, raffles, face painting, chair massages and eegees to provide fun and fundraising opportunities all ages will enjoy.

Mountain View High School is located at 3901 W. Linda Vista Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85742. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. Contact Chris Dow at ccdow@msn.com or call 520-256-9595 for more information.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Feeling Fortunate? The Wheelmobile Rolls into Town this Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 11:50 AM

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Have you always wanted to be on the Wheel of Fortune? This weekend you might just have the chance!

The Wheel of Fortune Wheelmobile rolls on into Casino Del Sol's AVA Amphitheater on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, from noon to 4 p.m.

Tucsonans will have the chance to fill out an application, have their name drawn randomly to play a simulated version of the game onstage, win prizes and be considered for the televised version of the show.

Wheel of Fortune staff will hand out applications one hour before each show begins, so make sure to be there at 12 p.m. 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. All ages are welcome at the event, however game show contestants must be at least 18 years old.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and applications will be handed out at the West Gate of the amphitheater.

“Every year, Wheel of Fortune receives over 1 million inquiries from viewers who want to be contestants,” wrote Executive Producer Harry Friedman in a release. “The Wheelmobile was created to give people all over the country an opportunity to realize that dream.”

Most Wheel of Fortune contestants were chosen for the show after meeting the Wheelmobile in their hometowns. Try your had at fortune at the Casino this weekend. 
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

While MS Treatments Improve, Local Group Walks For Cure

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 3:40 PM

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When Carol Hunter was leaving a hockey game 23 years ago she took a spill in the parking lot. She was embarrassed and recalls jumping to her feet, not giving the incident much thought. Days prior, she was in a fender-bender and was probably suffering from a minor case of whiplash. A few months later, Hunter woke up and her whole body was numb.

At 40, Hunter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Hunter admits she was a “closet MS-er” at first. But when she began having trouble walking in 2003, she was forthright about her condition. She gave up driving for three years starting in 2007, due to lack of reliable mobility in her right leg. By 2010, Hunter was fed-up with being grounded, so she opted to get hand-controls on her vehicle.

“Because that’s a big thing—not losing your independence,” Hunter said.

Although Hunter isn’t currently taking any disease-modifying therapy medications—which are designed to delay the condition from progressing and mitigate inflammation—she is treating some of her symptoms with medicine, which include muscle cramps and stiffness.

She said there are two pivotal d-words that impact people with MS: denial and depression.

She knows that isolation can negatively impact her health, so besides staying connected with other people affect by the disease, Hunter will be participating in the annual MS Walk Tucson event, which is hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Hunter met Debbie Sheehan at the annual fundraiser about 20 years ago. Sheehan was diagnosed while on active duty with the Air National Guard during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

In 2010, they formed a walking team for Tucson’s local fundraising event and dubbed the group Carol and Debbie’s Superstars. Last year they were named the No. 1 team at the local event, raising $8,000. Overall, the Tucson walk collected $76,000 and have set this year’s goal at $90,000.

Throughout the U.S., the walk brought in $38 million in 2018 and the non-profit’s cumulative fundraising effort surpassed $1 billion in 2017.

About 83 percent of the funds raised during the national walk goes toward research, various programs and education according to National Multiple Sclerosis Society statistics.

Treatments expanding

MS is an autoimmune disease that triggers a person’s immune system to attack the central nervous system. The attacks, often referred to as relapses, either impede or stop messages within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves from traveling to the body.

There is no known cause for the disease and there is no cure. What the medical community knows is many people who live with MS typically share some common risk factors.

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Ducey’s Budget Would Add $56 Million to Day Care Subsidies for Low-Income Families

Posted By and on Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 12:44 PM

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  • Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget calls for $56 million for day care subsidies to expand financial help to an additional 5,000 low-income children.

When Gov. Doug Ducey released his multimillion dollar budget proposal last week, he included $56 million in subsidies for day care, saying it would make such care more affordable for low-income families and expand its reach to about 29,000 children.

“We’re going to move from the back of the pack to right in the middle, and then we’re also going to let about 5,000 other children have these subsidies that don’t have them today,” said Christina Corieri, the governor’s senior policy adviser.

The state pays subsidies to day care centers to cover part of a child’s tuition, allowing qualifying families to choose a government-funded center. But the subsidies have stagnated even as day care costs have risen. The budget injection is meant to narrow the gap.

Families sometimes are forced to walk away from a day care center when the subsidy program doesn’t provide enough financial help, a day care administrator said.

“It’s hard. As soon as they walk in, we know we are going to have to have the talk,” said Kelly McCready, administrator of Kreative Kampus in central Phoenix.

Without the option of licensed day care providers, she said, some parents rely on friends, family members or acquaintances – who aren’t trained – to watch their children, or the parents are forced to reduce working hours to care for their child.

“We’re taking away the opportunity for them to choose – to choose what’s best for their family,” McCready said.

The state last adjusted funding in 2000, giving care centers an average of $350 per child. But as employee salaries and other costs of running a day care facility escalated, so did families’ share of the bill.

In 2014, Arizona families paid an average day care cost of $9,437 a year, according to an Economic Policy Institute report that says high-quality child care is financially out of reach for most families.

McCready said day care owners and managers sometimes will try to make ends meet without asking families to pay the overage, but that goodwill strains those businesses’ resources.

“Working and living in the early-childhood industry, there’s so much passion and willingness to give that extra 10 percent to make up for not quite enough,” McCready said.

Ducey’s plan for the $56 million is to put half of the money toward lowering fees families have to pay by an average of $100 and the other half toward adding 5,100 children to the program. That would bring the number of eligible children to 29,000, according to Corieri, Ducey’s adviser.

“We are not supplementing parents in any way,” McCready said. We are just supporting them, so having relationships with the families, with the children, we can then support here through the day what those families need.”

For more stories from Cronkite News, visit cronkitenews.azpbs.org.

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