Category Archives: Wellness

Gary Maskagak Seeks Cure for Cancer through Community and Government Services

health care cancer research treatment cureFor more than 20 years, Gary Maksagak has served as facilities manager for Community and Government Services. The community service organization provides programs and funding which support core municipal operations, infrastructure development, and land development. Its main goal is to maintain assets in a safe level for public interest. Client departments rely on safe operation and maintenance from the Asset Management Division.

In his position, Mr. Maksagak communicates with clients and community government departments. He is responsible for overseeing five communities, including health care centers, schools, and wildlife offices, as well as supervision of nine employees. Mr. Maksagak serves on the board of directors for Northern Territories Water and Waste Association and, is an active member of Worldwide Branding. In the coming years, he plans to enter retirement and continue pursuing community services on a personal level.

Community and Government Services LogoRecently, Mr. Maksagak lost both of his parents to cancer. He is interested in collaborating with other professionals to work toward battling cancer. He is seeking to become involved with various cancer societies and charitable organizations which are actively pursuing cancer research. Mr. Maksagak also aspires to network with professionals who are passionate about creating awareness and finding aid for those currently suffering from cancer.

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Colin G. Benjamin Promotes Healthy Living Among Aussies with ‘Life. Be in it.’

Healthy FoodsDr. Colin Benjamin OAM is the Honorary Director of ‘Life. Be in it’ – one of the longest standing health promotion charities addressing preventable chronic disease and health promotion programs. Dr. Benjamin follows in the footsteps of his father Eric Benjamin OAM, in a lifetime commitment to social work addressing the issues of poverty alleviation, self-help group formation and health promotion initiatives.

For the past 35 years, Dr. Colin Benjamin has served as director general for ‘Life. Be in it.’ International. As mentioned on the company’s website, www.lifebeinit.org, “’Life. Be in it.’ promotes healthy active life styles, leisure and recreational activities and the development of research and service initiatives that have as its primary object prevention and control of chronic diseases including asthma, cancer, heart disease, kidney conditions, stroke and mental disorders by promoting a greater level of physical activity and greater levels of social inclusion…With operations in every State and Territory ‘Life. Be in it’ has been the leading light in recreational activities that provide a direct link to building a healthier Australia.” In his position, Dr. Benjamin provides recreational activities and develops health promotion materials, which he makes readily available to the community. An authority in the area of health, he also offers advice and information on sporting and recreational opportunities. Recently, Dr. Benjamin was recognized for outstanding service to the community and was honored in the Australia Day Awards with an Order of Australia medal. He attributes his decades of success to passion for his work and a desire to aid his community. In the coming years, Dr. Benjamin intends to expand his nonprofit organization through professional collaboration and fundraising.

'Life. Be in it.'‘Life. Be in it’ is one of the most widely recognized lifestyle messages in Australia. It promotes healthy active lifestyles by providing fun, enjoyable programs across the nation. Dr. Benjamin has spent the vast majority of his career on a crusade to change Australians’ attitudes towards obesity and chronic disease, and he has become well-known for his role as the current voice of Norm – the iconic Australian anti‐hero brought to life in the ‘Life. Be in it’ campaign.

Dr. Benjamin is a director for the Victoria branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers, founder and chairman of the Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists, and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists. He also served in several director positions for charitable and nonprofit organizations from 1969 through 2010.

Learn more about ‘Life. Be in it.’ by visiting the organization’s website: http://wa.lifebeinit.org

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Tay-Bandz, Inc. Combats Pediatric Cancer

Susan MatthewsWorldwide Who’s Who lifetime member Susan Matthews is board member and president of Tay-Bandz, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for and funding pediatric cancer research. Tay-Bandz became a 501(c)(3) public charity in May 2003 when Susan’s daughter, Taylor Matthews, was diagnosed with bone cancer. Although she lost her battle in February 2008, Taylor remains a beacon of hope in the combat against all forms of pediatric cancer. Taylor’s fight and dream will live on. And by taking the reins of the non-profit, Susan has emerged as an outspoken advocate for pediatric cancer awareness. She is presently expanding the organization to a national level.

The concept behind Tay-Bandz is “kids helping kids,” whereby its charitable activities and community-based efforts involve empowering youth to design and sell inspired products. Since 2003, Susan and company have organized and launched a multitude of fundraising drives, including partnerships with retailers and vendors where a portion of the proceeds from sales benefit the nonprofit. They have raised more than $1 million in donations, which have supported pediatric cancer research at medical centers such as the Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the MD Anderson Cancer Institute. Susan has also initiated a series of dance-a-thons, bowl-a-thons, relays and boutiques.

Currently, Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs, a leading creator of world class summer educational experiences for children and teens is hosting a Tay-Bandz dance-a-thon in July 2009. For further information, go to http://www.jkcp.com or visit the Facebook event page: Tay-Bandz Fundraiser Dance for Pediatric Cancer Research. In addition, for the first time ever, Tay-Bandz has a team participating in “Swim Across America” to raise funds for cancer research. The team includes 16 year old Nikhyl Jhangiani who has pledged to swim 100,000 laps until June 2010 in order to raise $10,000 for Tay-Bandz.

Through the years, the charity has broadened its product offering and range of services. While the initial items sold were custom headbands designed by Taylor, it now also manufactures personalized clothing for giveaways at special events, which feature your logo and the Tay-Bandz label (you may also opt to wrap the article in a Tay-Bandz ribbon). This year a signature piece was added to the collection – a magnificent scarf, designed and manufactured by Taylor’s sister, Ryan Matthews, in Taylor’s memory. The scarf was created with Taylor in mind, using the colors and features that she loved. This piece is not only a special tribute to Taylor, but also represents the evolvement of her sister Ryan into a leader for the cause to end the suffering of those afflicted with pediatric cancer.

Taylor’s original jewelry creation – the Taylor Charm Bracelet – is available at Presents for Purpose, which donates 25% of the net proceeds to Tay-Bandz. The piece combines beautiful sterling silver hearts, Swarovski crystals and murano millefiori heart pendants, linked together by silver message pendants containing the inspiring words ‘Live,’ ‘Love,’ ‘Laugh,’ ‘Dream’ and ‘Hope.’ Also featured at http://www.presentsforpurpose.com is the Taylor Bag featuring an attractive suede surface, grosgrain silk lining and ribbon closure. Furthermore, Tay-Bandz has established an affiliate partnership with iBakeSale, a shopping rewards program that supports local community fundraising projects by allowing shoppers to make online purchases from more than 100 companies while donating their cash-back rewards to the group or activity of their choice.

Shockingly, there is almost no Federal funding for pediatric cancer research and precious little private philanthropy. According to The National Cancer Institute, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children. Thousands of children will die each year while promising treatments are ignored merely for lack of funding. Tay-Bandz, which operates with virtually zero overhead, is currently seeking the help of benevolent volunteers willing to make a difference in their communities. For more information about the organization and how you can help or make a donation, please visit the Tay-Bandz, Inc. Website. You can be confident that every dollar is headed for a laboratory.

Susan Matthews received a bachelor of science in accounting in 1982 from Franklin & Marshall College. She is a member of the Parents’ Council at Wake Forest University, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. To learn more about Susan Matthews, please visit her Worldwide Who’s Who VIP profile: Susan Matthews.

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