Category: Causes

Hi guys!

Kelsie is having a Hop A Thon at school on March 11th (just got the info tonight) for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She would like to ask for donations for the cause. She is dipping into her piggy bank…. will you?

Thanks for anything 🙂

Kelsie and Sue


I spent Wednesday in Smithville providing crisis response because Julia Bargman suddenly passed away. She was the middle school counselor who fought breast cancer, received numerous awards for inspiring youth, coached track and raised two boys. Julia first battled breast cancer 14 years ago. The breast cancer returned four years ago, and two years ago she learned that she had bone and liver cancer. She passed in her sleep Monday night. I have attached an article so you can see how loved this woman was, how she took a personal tragedy and inspired others. May we all learn from her.

“October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, and there are many stories of hope and inspiration in the Kansas City area from those who have survived breast cancer. In Smithville, Missouri, Julia Bargman is one of those people who radiate such hope across the area. Julia is a counselor and one of the cross country coaches in the Smithville school district (along with head coach Eric Klingensmith who is also a cancer survivor and former Marine Iraqi veteran).

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Smithville boys and girls cross country team ran all the way from St. Joseph, Missouri to Smithville, Missouri. In The Kansas City Star article, Students Run 40 Miles for Mammograms, we learn that the run was part of the Pink Ribbon Game and Run to raise funds for mammograms for women who cannot afford them.

At half-time of the Smithville High School football game last Friday, where there was a sea of pink everywhere you looked, the cross country team made its entrance on the field and breast cancer survivors lined up to greet them.

Coach Bargman became emotional when she watched as her team entered the stadium. She hugged and thanked each of them for their support.  Contributions for the cause brought over $1,600 in pledges alone. The Smithville Heraldquoted Julia, in the article, Producing pink power, on October 13, 2010 by Nancy Hull Rigdon, as saying, “It’s amazing and overwhelming to see that kind of support.”

Fellow Smithville Counselor, Sandy Henshaw, said of Julia, “Julia is one of the strongest and most courageous people I have ever met. She has never lost hope and is so inspiring to us all, even on her most trying days. She is a dear friend. Everyone loves Julia.”

The whole community would tell you that Julia Bargman is like an ‘ever-ready’ battery that just keeps on going and inspiring others. During this BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, our prayers and support go to ALL the cancer survivors and we are so thankful for their much needed and appreciated inspiration. God bless them all.”

If this woman could make a difference- why can’t each of us?


“You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one.”


This is a parent at one of our schools- she has started the Ian’s Rainbow Flu Foundation which provides flu vaccines for families who can’t afford it.

“We never realized that the flu could be so serious and work so fast.  We lost our precious child that day.  Glenn and I vowed to tell our story to as many people as possible so that they will take the flu seriously.  We pray that no else has to go through what we go through everyday. ask three things of you.  First, follow your instincts.  No one knows your child as well as you do.  Second, count your blessing everyday. Lastly, tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.”






Today, Dec. 8, marks the 29th anniversary of the death of John Lennon.The former Beatle was shot by Mark David Chapman outside of his New York apartment building, the Dakota. Today- his vision still lives on.

In 1971, John Lennon expressed his vision of hope, peace and a world free of poverty through his powerful song “Imagine”. Decades later, his lyrics continue to influence and inspire. Lennon’s mission lives on as his wife, artist and musician Yoko Ono Lennon has joined Hard Rock International for IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER, a global campaign to benefit WHY – a nonprofit organization that strives to fight against hunger and poverty around the world. Dedicated to its LOVE ALL, SERVE ALL motto, 100% of net proceeds from Hard Rock’s campaign will directly benefit WHY and its grassroots partners around the globe, that have developed ways to feed children worldwide who are victims of poverty and also teach them farming and entrepreneurial skills for the future.



Mary Travers passed away today. After successful recovery from leukemia through a bone marrow/stem cell transplant, Mary succumbed to the side effects of one of the chemotherapy treatments. Another beautiful voice silenced by cancer…let’s stop this disease!


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Dear Friends,

Once again this year I am leading an effort for the fight against breast cancer in honor of our friend and colleague Cynthia Simms, who is a cancer survivor!

I am asking for your support either through a monetary donation or better yet to walk with me on

September 26, 2009

Symphony Park at South Park Mall

Registration: 9am Walk: 10am

Webpage Link: (Click on Donate or Find a Team – Our Team Name is Carrier Cares)

Please consider being a part of this important event and for a great cause. I understand this year has been a tough year on everyone financially but if you donate just one dollar and ask your family and friends to in turn donate just one dollar the proceeds add up fast. You can easily make donations by linking to the webpage I set up through the cancer society. (The link is above under the walk information) You can make donations online and so can your friends and family. If you prefer to give donations the “old fashioned” way that is okay too – just contact me.

Last year we had a group of us walk and it was a fun experience. It does not take up your whole day and because it is right there at South park Mall you can go to lunch after the walk or shopping etc. I will bring breakfast for everyone – just let me know if you are planning to join. It really was a great time for all who participated.

We are all affected by cancer, whether it be a mother, sister, aunt, friend and coworker. Here is our opportunity to walk together and make a difference. This is NOT limited to Carrier employees – you are welcome to bring family members, friends etc. The more we get the more we help.

You can visit to learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. I have also put pamphlets and information in the break room for those who want to take information home to family or friends.

You can also make a donation and take advantage of the matching gift program for any donations they choose to make over $25 at the following link:

Please contact me if you would like to be part of a walking team. I would like to ask if you can let me know by early next week. Consider being a part of this event – it is for a good cause and a good person. You can contact me by phone at 704-599-4550 ext 4059 or by email at


Kristen Scutella


PB_Shnoz_brochure3I got this from my friend Vanessa and I wanted to share it in case anyone was interested (especially those near Rochester). It is a golf tournament with dinner included ($99 solo player; $396 foursome) or just the dinner ($40). Anyway, here’s her e-mail:

I hope everyone is doing well. I am writing to invite you to learn about the 4th annual Shnozfest- a fundraiser in memory of my brother, Jonathan. This year Shnozfest will be raising funds for the Penfield High School Scholarship Association by means of a golf tournament and/or dinner with many raffles thanks to local donations.

Shnozfest takes place on August 8 in Penfield, at Shadow Pines Golf Course. Dinner will include a steak and chicken buffet, music and prizes. Please consider supporting this important event, as it provides a monetary award to a graduating senior who is entering the field of medicine. Jonathan was on his way to becoming a doctor, and although he cannot help others, we can fulfill his dream by helping in this small way.

Thank you!
Vanessa, the Ozimek family and friends

Here is the brochure with information & registration: PB_Shnoz_brochure.pdf (332k file)

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Relay For Life


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Hi everyone! I am walking in the Relay for Life Cancer walk in Clyde on July 17th and was wondering if anyone would like to contribute toward the cause. The event is taking place at the end of Orchard Street and I am very excited to be able to participate. Nana has the hook ups to purchase luminary candles in remebrance of a friend /loved one. They may be purchased for $5. It is happening on the 17th so if you are interested i would appreciate hearing from you by then. Thanks so much for anything! Love to all!
Edited:Mom told me the final numbers are not in but so far Clyde’s Relay has raised over 27,000!


I watched her documentary- it was difficult- she was courageous but unfortunately we lost another one to cancer- hopefully soon we can find a cure. We can’t keep losing our loved ones at such young ages.