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Just a Spoonful of Sugar

Sugar; it’s something that most Americans eat every single day with almost every bite of each and every meal. Even food you wouldn’t think would have sugar have them but roll under the radar with a multitude of mysterious monikers. Sucrose, dextran, lactose and a slew of others mean just one thing: your body will process it as sugar.

For many of us this doesn’t mean a thing. We go on with our day, eat, drink and create merriment so to speak. But for 9.3 percent of Americans, sugar is a cautionary tale, a dangerous substance and something to bar from our mouths. Twenty-nine million of us have diabetes.

With many of its’ residents bound by the day-to-day restrictions of a life with this affliction, Forest City Enterprises’ Park Place Towers decided to take up this cause by collecting mobile phones and donating them to Fenton, Mich. Children’s diabetic summer camp, Camp Midhicha.

Camp Midhicha works one-on-one with each camper to educate them about self-care and management of their diabetes. This process extends from ordinary daily activities like dietary management to monitoring glucose levels and medication to the intense self-testing, a comprehensive treatment plan and exercise.

These young campers are able to learn at their own pace in tandem with a team of medical professionals to discover new ways to manage their disease and develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and their loved ones. Not only are they given technical and medical procedures to manage their everyday lives, but counselors work to build their confidence and self-esteem in order to better accept the responsibility for day-to-day management.

To date, Park Place Towers has been able to collect 25 phones from their residents and continue to receive more by the day. Their promise is an inspiration to us all, because they said they would!

The Fight Against Cancer – because I said I would

The disease of cancer has touched the lives of both the staff and residents of North Port Village and Burton Place multiple times in the last two years. At North Port Village, team member Heather Lomerson’s journey with the disease began when her sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2013 at 37-years-old.  Around the same time, Warren Stewart, North Port Village’s maintenance custodian, was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Then in April 2014 the community took another hit when their assistant manager Beth Hunter was diagnosed with breast cancer. At Burton Place, manager Amy Hill’s life was impacted by cancer when her own mother was diagnosed.

In honor of Stewart and Hunter of North Port Village the teams came together to run and raise money for the Relay for Life. Both Stewart and Hunter were in remission at this point, but unable to participate during continued treatment. Lomerson and Hill were sure to make them their first call when they decided to run the race in their honor.

“I told them that [we] wanted to do this in honor of them and their fight and victory over cancer,” they explained. “I was able to keep their spirits up through updates on their fundraising progress and both were very touched and gave me their blessings.”

The team was also able to raise money for Kiss Cancer Goodbye in collecting monies in a change jar in the office, raffles, a bake sale and a 50/50 drawing and more! By doing these things both communities’ staff and residents were able to raise $2,045.70!

“The silver lining of these stories is that my sister-in-law and Warren are in remission” said Lomerson. “I’m also happy to say that our trusty Assistant Manager Beth is finishing up her final few treatments with her last one in September!”

Great work team North Port Village and Burton Place. Thanks to you another promise was made and kept, because you said you would.