Did you know that a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes in the United States? Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women from the United States, aside from skin cancers. Early detection is one of the keys to successful treatment of breast cancer, which is one reason why it's so important to raise awareness about the disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are many ways to contribute to the cause. Our real estate agents have more details on how you can help, including participating in local fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Early Detection Is Key to Treating Breast Cancer
Learning about breast cancer is one of the key steps that anyone can take during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and early detection of breast cancer is an important place to start. The National Breast Cancer Foundation recommends that women perform self-examinations at least once per month and that women over 40 years of age should have a mammogram every one to two years. Either a primary care physician or gynecologist can also perform a clinical breast exam to check for signs of cancer, which normally takes place during your annual exam.
Healthy Habits Can Help Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, maintaining healthy habits is an important step in reducing the risk of breast cancer. The Foundation recommends maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, keeping an active lifestyle, and eating fruit/vegetables as part of a balanced diet. Other healthy steps to take include not smoking and limiting the consumption of alcohol.
Know the Most Common Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
Learning the risk factors for breast cancer is important for early detection, and people with certain risk factors may also be recommended to begin having mammograms at a younger age. The most common genetic risk factors include a family/personal history of breast cancer or mutations of certain genes. Lifestyle factors that can increase breast cancer risk include heavy alcohol consumption, eating a poor diet, and a sedentary lifestyle. While genetic risk factors can't be changed, it's possible to improve lifestyle risk factors by maintaining healthy habits.
How to Participate in the Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5k Run/Walk
The Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5k has raised awareness and funds in the Harrisonburg area for 18 years. This year's race will look a little different from past years because it has been changed to a virtual event for all participants' safety. Proceeds from the event go toward the RMH Foundation for Breast Care and Treatment, and you can register for the race online. Participants will receive a t-shirt, commemorating their efforts to raise breast cancer awareness.
Since this is a virtual race, you can choose to run anytime during the event dates from October 11 to October 31. You can also run your race anywhere you choose. Pick your favorite park close to Harrisonburg homes for sale, run at a local track, or even complete the race on your own treadmill. When you're finished, you can upload your time online to mark your participation in the event. If you would like to participate but cannot do the 5k, you can also donate directly to the cause through the event.
On Giving Tuesday, our team at Old Dominion Realty can find no topic more fitting than recognizing the work of the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, founded in honor of a former member of our team. Bill Blose was a special man – father to seven girls, exceptional real estate agent, beloved friend, and a strong supporter of community initiatives. While Bill may have left us too soon, his memory and charitable spirit live on through the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship grants to local student-athletes each year. Our real estate agents are here to tell you more about the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, and about memories of the wonderful man that the fund honors.
"As your children are growing up you need to be their parent, not their best friend so that when your children become adults, you can be their best friend."
– Bill Blose
While the scholarship fund is our primary focus in this post, our team can't help but think back to the memories of sharing an office with Bill Blose every day. According to Linda S. Goodson, Old Dominion team member and co-worker of Bill's:
"Bill was a gentleman who was a positive force, offering uplifting advice and support to everyone. He had a kind soul and a competitive spirit. He was one of a kind, and he is missed."
Bill brought passion to his work every day at Old Dominion Realty, helping people shop for Harrisonburg homes for sale with a friendly, personal touch. That's no surprise because Bill brought a lovable, outgoing nature to every situation. Betsy Blose, Bill's daughter, says her biggest memory is that her dad was "always there for his daughters and so many others," and how "he would greet those he knew and those he did not know with his big smile, open arms, and bear hugs."
Bill's love of the community was evident every day in his work and his support of community initiatives. The Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund was established after his untimely passing to help local student-athletes from Spotswood High School take the next steps toward a productive college education.
Bill Blose loved sports and being a father, so a scholarship for local student-athletes who have taken an interest in their own future was a natural way to honor the man beloved by so many. Before Bill's untimely passing, his daughters had given Bill and his wife Ellen a trip to Ireland as a Christmas gift. While Bill passed away before being able to make that trip, the funds from the trip were used to seed the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund.
In celebration of his upcoming 80th birthday on February 5, Bill's family would like for people to celebrate Bill Blose by supporting his scholarship. To contribute to the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit the Rockingham Educational Foundation website.
Bill believed that team sports are a great way to prepare for the challenges of life, teaching invaluable lessons of cooperative effort, graciousness whether winning or losing hard work and discipline. So providing a scholarship that honors those qualities is a natural way to honor Bill's memory. Students can apply for the scholarship by writing an essay about how sports have prepared them for life. Entries are reviewed by Rockingham Education Foundation board members, who also interview entrants and present the scholarship every spring.
Past recipients of the Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship include: Kelsey Pack (2005), Alissa Michael (2006), Haley Pack (2007), Trey Jarrels (2008), Brennan Trick (2009), Makenzie Beam (2010), Erin Greene (2011), Austin Folsom (2012), Robbie Failes (2013), Caleb Detamore (2014), Elizabeth Dofflemyer (2015), Andrew McDaniel (2016), Adam Dofflemyer (2017), and Blair McGloon (2018).
Bill's family is grateful for the overwhelming support that the community has shown to the scholarship fund, and to honoring the memory of a man who meant so much to so many people. The Bill Blose Memorial Scholarship fund will continue to reward local student-athletes who wish to pursue higher education.
Our team at Old Dominion Realty is proud to honor the memory of Bill Blose, and highlight the work being done in his name today. If you wish to become a part of one of the communities that Bill supported, we'd love to help. Contact us at Old Dominion Realty to get started.
If you are among the estimated 266,120 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2018, you are familiar with the swirling rollercoaster of emotions and questions that come with the diagnosis.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Agencies, hospitals, groups, and individuals working throughout the year to raise money for research, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer. Individuals like you participate in walks, runs, and other special events to raise funds for the cause. Our REALTORS® are here with information on how you can support the cause in Harrisonburg.
Here in Harrisonburg, the 16th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk is happening on Saturday, October 20. The 5K Run/Walk takes off at Westover Park, 305 South Dogwood Drive, Harrisonburg. The Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department is organizing the event. Proceeds from the race provide women in our community with treatment, support, and funding for mammograms at the RMH Foundation for Breast Care and Treatment at the Sentara RMH Medical Center.
The day begins at 7 am with all participants gathering at 9 am for the opening ceremony to hear testimonials from cancer survivors. The race takes off at 9:30 am. Almost 600 individuals and teams participated in the 2017 event.
Old Dominion Realty employees, Janet Harrison and Kari Miller, and family members participating in the 5K run/walk as team members.
The Sentara RMH Funkhouser Women's Center believes a warm, nurturing environment promotes healing for women. Their breast care program includes screening digital mammography or 3D mammography services, breast ultrasound, stereotactic and ultrasound breast biopsies, molecular breast imaging, breast health navigators, a dedicated breast surgeon, and genetic testing.
Harrisonburg's Massanutten Regional Library recently received a $700 grant from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation to use on books and literature for breast cancer patients and survivors to learn more about living with and recovering from the disease.
Whether you've recently received a breast cancer diagnosis, currently undergoing treatment, or are a breast cancer survivor, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation works to end breast cancer and to educate Virginians on the facts about breast cancer.
Published dates and times may vary so be sure to call before attending. Harrisonburg has several groups available:
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month gives us the chance to shed light on the facts surrounding breast cancer and how we can support the fight by becoming involved in local events.
Join Old Dominion Realty at Westover Park on Saturday, October 20 at 16th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk. Contact us for more information about the race.
Old Dominion Realty will be joining Harrisonburg's country music fans as they unite this weekend for the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon on February 25 – 26.
104-3 KCY COUNTRY hosts this annual two-day event to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The radiothon raises money for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases. 104-3 KCY COUNTRY listeners will have the opportunity to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospitals by calling 1-800-795-1800, or visiting kcycountry.com/stjude to become Partners in Hope by donating just $20 a month.
Old Dominion Realty believes in freely giving back to the local communities in which they do business. Old Dominion Realty has signed on as a "Giggle Sponsor" for the 2016 event helping to support the weekend's activities.
The bulk of St. Jude's funding comes from individual contributors allowing doctors and staff members to do what they do best--Save the lives of children regardless of their financial situation. Country Cares for St. Jude Kids allows St. Jude to share stories of their research and discoveries with the worldwide medical community.
Radiothons have been a part of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital fundraising activities for 25 years. Through the efforts of over 300 radio stations across the U.S., over $600 million has been raise for St. Jude's lifesaving work to "treat the toughest cases, advance cures and reach the world."
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital leads the way in how the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. With the world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, St. Jude's has invented treatments and helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since its opening over 50 years ago. St. Jude's is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent. Their goal is to never stop until no child dies from cancer.
St. Jude freely shares its medical breakthroughs, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing and food. They believe a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
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