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Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 11:00 pm

Local chiropractic practice aims to fight poverty

Back in Line Family Chiropractic is helping fight poverty in Arizona by collecting food donations for St. Mary’s Food Bank and new, unwrapped toys for Toys 4 Tots.

Bring in a bag of canned food by Nov. 25 and the Ahwatukee Foothills office will donate its time to help jump start your health before. You will receive a complimentary consultation, exam, X-rays and first adjustment for helping them fight hunger.

Make a child’s Christmas brighter by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy by Dec. 18 and they will also honor a complimentary consultation, exam, X-rays and first adjustment.

Back in Line Family Chiropractic is located at 15215 S. 48th St., Suite 156. Visit for more information, and to make an appointment call (480) 704-8818.


'Spirit of Children’ fundraiser benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Spirit Halloween is bringing more than ghoulish costumes to area stores this Halloween season when they kick off the “Spirit of Children” fundraising effort that benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Program.

When customers purchase Halloween costumes, they’ll be asked to support Phoenix Children’s with a donation that will be marked by special pumpkin icons posted on store walls. Festive reusable bags, perfect for trick-or-treating, will also be on sale and benefit Phoenix Children’s.

Last year, Spirit Halloween donated 500 costumes to hospital patients and raised almost $40,000.

For more information, visit


 Amica Insurance 5k benefits Girls on The Run

The Amica Insurance 5k, presented by the Town of Carefee, will be held Oct. 31 at the Careefree Resort and Villas, 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree. The 5k will begin at 3:45 p.m. with a kids race at 3:30 p.m.

Girls on The Run of Maricopa County is the charitable beneficiary and will receive $2 of every entry.

For more information, e-mail or call (401) 437-8881.


Strength and nutrition class

7 Day Fit Co is hosting an eight-week strength and nutrition fitness and health class from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturdays to Dec. 19 at 500 N. 56th St., Suite 22. This class is designed to teach proper form and technique. The cost is $80.

For more information or to register, visit or call (480) 748-0699.


 Groundbreaking cardiovascular research presentation

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, the public is invited to attend a reception and presentation by renowned cardiovascular researcher, Nabil Dib, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.C., director of Cardiovascular Research at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers, on research being conducted at the medical centers to seek ways to advance the use of adult stem cells to restore the health of patients with severe heart disease.

The reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. at the Sun Lakes Community Center at Chandler Gilbert Community College, Room 207, Sun Lakes.

As seating is limited, RSVPs are required by Tuesday, Oct. 27, to Beatriz Sandoval at (480) 728-3044 or


Pat Nevin joins crusade against Type-1 Diabetes

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Desert Southwest Chapter recently named KSAZ and KUTP General Manager and Vice President Pat Nevin as the corporate chair for the “2009 Walk to Cure Diabetes.”

The annual “Walk to Cure Diabetes” will return to Tempe Town Lake on Oct. 31 with the theme “Say Boo! To Diabetes.” It is the largest family-friendly walk in Arizona, attracting more than 20,000 walkers annually and raising over $2.1 million in 2008. The daylong event is open to the public and free to attend. Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 in donations. 

In recognition of Halloween, participants are encouraged to come in costume and join in a contest where prizes will be awarded. There will also be live entertainment for families to enjoy.

To register for the Walk to Cure Diabetes and learn about other programs and services provided by the Desert Southwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, visit


 Breast Cancer Summit coming up

The Arizona Breast Cancer Summit will be held as part of the Sigma Pi Phi Pacific Regional Conference from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Arizona Grand Resort, 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway (Baseline and I-10).

At this free public event, learn about breast cancer in African American women; breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment; genetics in breast cancer; and patient experiences with breast cancer.

The summit is presented by the Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc., in collaboration with Phoenix Black Nurses Association and Phoenix Chapter of the National Medical Association.

RSVP to Marion Kelly at or (480) 301-4232.



 PCH holiday cards available Nov. 1

Former and current patients of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital have designed holiday greetings for the 23rd annual card project, supporting the hospital’s Center for Cancer. Retail packages are $10 for 15 cards and will be available at Valley Bashas’, Food City, AJ stores, all Meridian Bank locations and online at beginning Nov. 1.

All proceeds will fund scholarship programs for cancer survivors, research, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and a week-long summer camp for kids with cancer.

For more information, contact Elaine Falkner at  or (602) 546-2659.


 Step-N-Out 5K for pancreatic cancer research

The Step-N-Out 5K Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Research at TGen will be held Nov. 1 at Tempe Kiwanis Park, off Guadalupe Road between Rural and Kyrene roads.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk/run at 9 a.m. A silent auction will also be held, and pets are welcome.

Entry fees before Oct. 21 are $25 for adults and $5 for kids 5 to 12; $30 for adults and $10 for kids after Oct. 21.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, and 100% of the proceeds will go to pancreatic cancer research at TGen. Sponsorships are also available.

For information, visit or contact Erin Massey at or (602) 343-8470.


 Caregiving Conference coming up

On Thursday, Nov. 5, GateWay Community College will host the inaugural “Together We Care” Arizona Conference on Caregiving event to provide an opportunity for current and aspiring caregivers to network with industry professionals and organizations from across the state. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave.

For details, visit, or and search for “Arizona Caregiving Conference.” For more information on how to register as a conference attendee or possible vendor for the resource fair, call Nanette at (602) 286-8146 or e-mail


 A Day of Giving

As a way of saying thank you to the Ahwatukee Foothills community for its support and business over the past 15 years and extend a helping hand to those in need due to economic hardships, the Ahwatukee Health Team is offering services free of charge. The Day of Giving will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Natural Healthcare Specialties Building at 13203 S. 48th St.

Services include a holistic chiropractic office visit by Dr. Peter Pinto; therapeutic massage by licensed massage therapist Joni Cicchillo; customized facial, corrective brow shaping and waxing services by licensed esthetician Sharon Shearer; and hypnotherapy services for any issue by Don Rice and Sandi Graves.

One canned food item is requested in exchange for services, which will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank, Saint Benedict’s Church in Ahwatukee.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (480) 496-4949. Walk-ins are welcome.


 Multiple Sclerosis Society hosting annual walk

The 22nd Annual Phoenix Walk MS will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, through the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.

Participants will meet at the SRP parking lot at 1600 N. Priest Drive in Tempe for a three or five mile easy, leisurely walk. Motorized scooters will be available if reservations are made in advance.

Walk and fundraise to help eradicate Multiple Sclerosis. No registration fee, but fundraising is encouraged and appreciated. The average walker fundraises $235.

For more information or to register, visit or call (480) 968-2488, ext. 207.


 Mysteries of Epilepsy unveiled

The Living Well with Epilepsy Conference will begin at 8 a.m. Nov. 7 at Mayo’s Scottsdale campus, 13400 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Topics will include medical treatment, healthy lifestyles, social issues, new developments in treating epilepsy and what the future may hold. This is an excellent information source anyone touched by epilepsy, including the patient, family, friends, caregivers and case workers.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and features a continental breakfast. The registration fee is $10 per person, $15 per family, and childcare will not be provided.

For information, call (602) 406-3581, e-mail or visit


 PCH Casino Night coming up

Channel 12 weekend anchor Joe Dana knows how to throw a good party, and he’s betting you’ll have a great time at the 4th Annual Casino Night, to be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Scottsdale Resort & Convention Center, Coronado Ballroom, 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Gamble the night away for charity while enjoying great food and a cash bar. At the end of the night, the play money you’ve earned will get you raffle tickets for some wonderful prizes.

Tickets, $100 per person, and additional details are available by calling Tiffanie Hawkins at (602) 546-2663.


 Lymphomathon 5K walk coming up

The Lymphoma Research Foundation Arizona Chapter’s Fifth Annual Lymphomathon 5K walk will be held locally on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway. On-site registration starts at 7 a.m., and the walk begins at 8 a.m.

Walks in 16 cities hope to raise more than $1.6 million this year, and monies raised will support lymphoma research and education programs. 

There is no registration fee to participate. Walkers are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges to receive an LRF Lymphomathon T-shirt and $250 for a tote bag. All donations are fully tax deductible.

To register, call (480) 305-2025 or visit


 Run supports pregnant moms who have nowhere else to run

The annual Race for Maggie’s Place will kick off at Tempe Beach Park Sunday, Nov. 8, with proceeds benefiting Maggie’s Place, a Phoenix-based nonprofit offering a homes of hospitality to pregnant women who are alone or otherwise homeless. 

The fundraising event is sponsored by Amon Maternity and includes a 9K running race, a 3K walk/stroller push, Arizona’s largest free kids’ dash and, new to this year, a .9 mile (1500 meter) sprint race.

For more details or to register, visit


 'Run from the Sun’ benefits American Cancer Society, Shade Foundation

Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle Institute ( is launching a new race on Saturday, Nov. 14, to create awareness for the nation’s  growing skin cancer epidemic. The Run from the Sun event ( will be held in Mesa and will benefit The American Cancer Society ( and Shade Foundation of America ( 

The half-marathon starts at Hohokam Stadium, winding along the quaint streets of historic Downtown Mesa, then angling along a path adjacent to rural orange groves and the Central Arizona Canal. It will end with runners crossing home base in Hohokam Stadium, spring training headquarters of the Chicago Cubs. This course is relatively flat and suited for runners of all levels. There will also be a flat 5k run and a 1.5-mile run around the Hohokam Stadium.

For a full schedule of events or to register, visit For more information, call Deseret Aesthetic & Lifestyle at (480) 832-7546.


 Corpus Christi hosting blood drive

Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3550 E. Knox Road, will host a United Blood Services blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Parish Center.

Donors will be entered to win one of three pairs of exclusive Coyotes suite tickets. All winners will receive a “Doaner Club” T-shirt autographed by Coyotes Captain Shane Doan.

To make an appointment, call 1-877-448-GIVE (4483) or visit (click on “Donate Blood” and enter your ZIP Code).


 Free seminar on heart-healthy eating

Dr. Michelle May, Author of “Am I Hungry?” will present the free seminar, “Heart-Healthy Eating: Love What You Eat and Eat What You Love” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the Ahwatukee Foothills YMCA, 1030 E. Liberty Lane.

May will guide you out of the food-focused, diet-driven downward spiral that leads you to eat, repent, and repeat. Learn a powerful approach to ending your love-hate relationship with food and start eating mindfully and joyfully.

The first 20 to arrive will receive a free copy of Dr. May’s latest book: Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. Plus, Banner Health will offer free blood pressure and cholesterol checks as part of the Heart Healthy Campaign.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and are available online at or by calling 602-230-CARE (2273).


 Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group

The Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Mirror Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd.

The guest speaker will be Jenny Nordine, owner of “Driving to Independence.” The program is designed to give people the resources for safe driving, transportation options for those who are no longer safe to drive, as well as tools for safe independent living.


 PCH hosts annual golf tournament

The 2009 Annual Phoenix Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale. Registration begins at 10 a.m., the tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. and the 19th Hole celebration kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

The tournament has become one of the premier charity golf tournaments in Arizona, and in the past eleven years more than $2.3 million has been raised to support the outstanding medical care provided at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Organized by a group of community-minded volunteers, the goal of the tournament is to provide an opportunity for others to give back and have some fun while doing so.

Proceeds will support the areas of greatest need at Phoenix Children’s Hospital including funding of the expansion initiatives to help fulfill the long term needs of children and families in need of pediatric medical care.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. For a complete listing, visit For more information or to participate, visit or call the PCH Foundation at (602) 546-2652.


 Celebrity Martini Mixer moves to fall

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Celebrity Martini Casino Night has moved to fall and will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Devil’s Martini North, 10825 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Celebrity bartenders from television, sports teams, Hollywood, radio and music scenes will be pouring martinis for guests. Test your luck and skills at the gaming tables and win great prizes through the auctions and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

For details, visit


 Country music star hosts “Miles & Music for Kids”

On Nov. 21, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will host the “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert benefiting Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The motorcycle tour begins at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, 13850 N. Cave Creek Road, with the last stop and concert taking place at Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Bentley will perform along with other music talent, and all proceeds will benefit patient and family services at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

The motorcycle ride registration starts at 1 p.m., doors open at Tempe Marketplace at 4 p.m., and the music starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets, $20 to $300, are available at


 Tee off to make wishes come true

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona along with Major League Baseball great Luis Gonzalez will host the 2009 Golf Classic on Nov. 23 at Whirlwind Golf Club at 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. in Chandler. Be among an elite group of 260 players to participate in this event, which will help make wishes come true for children facing life-threatening illnesses.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the golfers tee off at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Lunch will be served at multiple grill stations and the day of golf ends with an exciting silent auction and cocktail reception.

Sponsorships, foursomes and playing spots are available. For golf classic details, e-mail or call (602) 395-9474, ext. 126. For information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona, visit


 Toy donations needed for PCH’s holiday toyland

The holiday season is an exciting time for all – especially for children. But for some children, this holiday season will be spent as a patient at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. On Dec. 24, volunteers and staff will transform the hospital conference center into a magical winter toyland. Parents of hospitalized patients will have an opportunity to select unwrapped toys from an array of donated items - free of charge. Generous donations from the community make this possible.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital will accept toy donations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 to 23 at 1919 E. Thomas Road. Donation drop off will be located at the Rosenberg Building entrance on the main campus – Building E. Non-violent, brand new toys will be accepted (no food, candy or stuffed animals, please).

Toyland would not be possible without community support. A local PODS distributer has provided storage pods for the last three years to store Santa’s treasures.

Volunteers are also needed to help wrap and organize gifts. Please call for volunteer information at (602) 546-0268.

For more information, call Jena Collins at (602) 546-1038 or e-mail


Racing for Recovery offers support

A new Racing for Recovery support group meets 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Spinergy Cycling Studio, 12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop, Suite 111.

Racing for Recovery offers support to anyone who has been affected by addiction – addict, family member or friend – and promotes health and fitness as a component of recovery.

For information, call Clay at (480) 252-9903, e-mail or visit


24-hour help hotline

The bilingual Helpline services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, everyday, including holidays by calling (602) 263-8856.

Specialists respond to calls from individuals seeking information or referrals to health care programs; emergency food, housing and clothing resources; drug or alcohol treatment programs; adult/child protective services; and marital and family counseling. All calls are confidential.

More information is available online at


Bike MS: Round Up Ride FY10

The Bike MS: Round Up Ride will be held March 27 and 28, 2010, starting at Heritage Park at 600 N. Main St. in Florence. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m., with a 7 a.m. start time.

This ride is the largest and best supported two-day, fully-catered cycling event in Arizona, attracting nearly 1,000 cyclists from across the country.

Proceeds will help end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis.

For details, visit or contact Sarah Meeks at (480) 968-2488, ext. 209 or e-mail


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