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Kids Touched by Cancer Win Ouchies Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsay Doyle   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:11

Kids Help Make a Bandage Cure More Than a Boo-Boo

--Winning Entries in the Bandage Art Contest Featured in New Line of Bandages …

With 100% of Profits Donated to Help Fight Pediatric Cancer --

New York, February 2013-- Hundreds of children throughout the country have shared their messages of hope and inspiration for kids battling cancer – through a unique opportunity to create their very own line of Ouchies bandages.  After reviewing the hundreds of entries, and after thousands of people cast their votes for their favorite design via Facebook, the winners of the “Ouchies for Others” Pediatric Cancer Bandage Art Contest have been selected  – with five winning entries about to see their designs featured on a new line of Ouchies Bandages to be available this Summer.

The winners of the “Ouchies for Others” Pediatric Cancer Bandage Art Contest are:

  • ·       Amber Moosvi, Age 17, Des Plaines, Illinois

o    Name of artwork: “Broken Bear”

o   Story behind artwork: The picture that I made represents two things. The Teddy Bear with a bandage and the feel better soon balloon represents that I’m not completely better but soon I will be because my broken bear has a bandage.  The stars represent all of the people who support me in my battle with Brain Cancer. I couldn’t fit everyone because I have so many people supporting me and I appreciate them so much.

  • ·       Sammy Smith, Age 13, Sandusky, Ohio

o   Name of artwork: “You’re Almost There”

o   Story behind the artwork: Just remember that every time you get a poke or surgery that you are one step closer!  That’s what keeps me going!

  • ·       Tenia Richardson, Age 9, Michigan

o   Name of Artwork: “Love is Cure”

o   Story behind the artwork: I believe with enough love you can cure anything to make a brighter day.

  • ·       Laura Vargas, Age 10, San Antonio, Texas

o   Name of Artwork: “You Can Be Pain Free”

o   Story behind the artwork:  I wanted to do this because I had cancer myself so I wanted other kids not to let themselves down and show them that you can have fun during cancer treatment and never give your hopes up and look cool with my bandage.

  • ·       Erin Lisk, Age 12, Howell, New Jersey

o   Name of Artwork:  “Never Give Up”

o   Story behind the artwork:  My Mom had cancer and even though it was painful, she never gave up.  Now she is happy and healthy.

Through the “Ouchies for Others” program, Ouchies gives 100% of profits from the sale of this unique line of bandages to varied not-for-profit organizations.  All profits from the sale of these new bandages will be going to benefit the important work being done by three national pediatric cancer organizations: The Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Cookies for Kids' Cancer and the American Childhood Cancer Organization.

More than 400 children submitted their designs for the “Ouchies for Others” contest, which gave them the opportunity to tell their own story about the fight against pediatric cancer or anything else uplifting - with the chance to have their designs featured in the new “Ouchies for Others” bandages and tin.  Some offered words of encouragement and a message to “Stay Strong.”  Others drew intricate, colorful designs geared to make others smile.  A few know exactly what it's like for a child to have cancer because they have battled the disease themselves -- and many others know someone who has been impacted by childhood cancer and wanted to do whatever they can to help.  Each entry told its own special story – and deciding on a winner wasn’t easy.

“We wanted to give children the opportunity to help other kids in need, whether its an encouraging word, uplifting picture or story,” says Ian Madover, CEO of Ouchies, who developed the “Ouchies for Others” program as a way to raise awareness, and funds, for not-for-profit organizations serving the needs of children.  “Kids with cancer get pricked many times a day and we thought it only makes sense to put the two together.”

All contest entries can be viewed online at  The five winning entries were selected based on a panel of judges voting from a pool of 10 finalists that had received the most “likes” on Ouchies’ Facebook page.

"We are thrilled that so many children entered our contest, and were truly touched by the beautiful designs and stories they created and shared with us,” says Jennifer Saporta, Director of Sales & Marketing at Ouchies. “The ‘Ouchies for Others’ program has given us the unique opportunity to work with amazing organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children with cancer. We are beyond honored to be able to partner with them and help to increase their tremendous efforts in the fight against pediatric cancer.”

For more information on Ouchies for Others and the Bandage Art Contest, visit For more information on the partner organizations, or to make a donation, visit The Childhood Leukemia Foundation (, Cookies 4 Kids’ Cancer (, and The American Childhood Cancer Organization (

Your Child’s Dental Timeline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:58
BETTENDORF, IA – Every parent welcomes the appearance of baby’s first tooth. But, with the appearance of that tooth – and the teeth that will soon follow – comes responsibility. Parents will need to take the child to the dentist, and also teach the child how to brush and floss. Often, parents are not sure when they need to take care of these important dental concerns.
“All healthcare needs should follow a regular schedule, and that includes dental care for children,” said Melinda Hochgesang, D.M.D., of Byrum Family Dentistry. “It is important to establish dental care practices early, so your child can enjoy a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.” Byrum Family Dentistry, the dental practice of Robert L. Byrum, D.D.S., P.C., and Melinda Hochgesang, D.M.D., is located at 3878 Middle Road, Bettendorf, IA.
To help parents to stay on-track with their child’s dental care, Dr. Hochgesang offers the following timeline. “Many of the developments on the chart take place within an average time range,” she said. “No two children follow the same schedule. For example, a neighbor’s child may get her first tooth after four months, but your child’s first tooth may not appear until six months have passed. Both children fall within the range noted in the schedule, so there’s no cause for concern.”
0 - 12 Months
  • The first tooth usually appears when your baby is 4 to 8 months old. Your child has 20 primary teeth (also known as baby teeth) at birth and they will appear gradually.
  • Use a damp washcloth to clean your baby’s gums after feedings.
  • Once the first tooth appears, gently brush with a soft toothbrush, using water and no toothpaste.
  • Avoid giving your baby a bottle at bedtime. This can promote tooth decay.
  • As new teeth arrive, your baby’s gums may be sore. You can rub your baby’s gums for relief. Also, you can use chilled teething rings or pain-relief gels.
  • Ideally, your child should first see a dentist between six and twelve months of age.
1 - 3 Years
  • More primary teeth will appear.
  • You should begin taking your child to the dentist for regular check-ups.
  • You should help your child to brush.
  • Your child should drink water from a sippy cup.
3 - 7 Years
  • All the primary teeth should be in place. Your child will begin losing baby teeth as permanent teeth emerge, usually starting with the molars.
  • Discourage thumb-sucking. It may lead to bite problems and crooked teeth.
  • At this time, a dentist may place sealants on the child’s teeth.
  • By preschool, you can teach your child to floss.
  • You should still supervise and assist with teeth-brushing. A pea-sized amount of toothpaste can be used, along with products containing fluoride.
  • Continue to visit the dentist every six months for regular check-ups.
8 - 13 Years
  • By this time, your child will have lost most or all baby teeth.
  • Child should be brushing and flossing without assistance.
  • Limit soft drinks and sugary/starchy foods.
  • Continue visiting the dentist every six months for regular check-ups.
  • If necessary, your dentist may recommend a visit to an orthodontist for a consultation.
13 - Early Twenties
  • Remind your child to brush twice daily and floss.
  • Discourage smoking and other tobacco products, as well as oral piercings.
  • Discourage excessive soft drinks and sugary/starchy foods.
  • If dental alignment is necessary, your child should be given braces.
  • Late teens and early twenties: Your child’s wisdom teeth should be evaluated for proper placement and whether the jaw can accommodate them. In some cases, removal may be necessary.
  • Continue visiting the dentist every six months for regular check-ups.
Your Child's First Dental Visit
“New parents often ask what will happen at their child’s first dental visit,” Dr. Hochgesang said. “The dentist will examine your child’s teeth and gums for tooth decay and other problems. The dentist may take X-rays to see if the teeth are developing properly, and to check for hidden decay. If necessary, your child’s teeth will be professionally cleaned, or a follow-up appointment for cleaning will be scheduled. Also, you will also learn preventive home care skills to help protect your child’s teeth.”
Dr. Hochgesang noted the importance of setting a good example for your children. “Your child looks to you for guidance,” she said. “I strongly encourage all parents to be dental role models for their children.  Your child should see that you are diligent about brushing and flossing, and that you visit your dentist regularly.”
For more information on Byrum Family Dentistry, call (563) 332-7734 or visit
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WilliamPaid Aids Iowa Dance Marathon in Raising Over a Million Dollars for Cancer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Allison Dreiband   
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:57
The University of Iowa’s annual Dance Marathon has come and gone with tremendous success. The 2013 event – a 24-hour Dance Marathon where students assemble to celebrate children survivors and pay tribute to those we have lost over the past year – raised a total of $1,529,560.

The University of Iowa Dance Marathon is a student organization that provides year-round support to youth cancer victims and their families. Students plan and participate in family events and Mini-Dance Marathons, leading up to the big event. The primary goal of these activities is to raise additional money for children with cancer and to educate the community about their struggles and triumphs.

WilliamPaid – an online rent payment service – was a primary sponsor of the event and contributed with a charitable donation. The charity said, "Having a donation from WilliamPaid made an impact on the lives of so many children and their families battling cancer. It does not go unnoticed.”

More about WilliamPaid:

·         WilliamPaid is the easiest, most efficient way to pay rent by providing convenient and flexible options that work with any landlord.

·         Users can pay online via credit card, debit card, bank account or any combination of the three, or in cash at over 45,000 locations nationwide – giving renters the power to pay on their own terms.

·         Renters are also given the option to schedule automatic payments with Autopay and the ability to split and track payments with roommates.

·         Renters can also build their credit history by just paying their rent on time, as WilliamPaid can verify payments and report them to a credit bureau. The system reports rent payments each month and posts renters updated score on the websites’ dashboard, allowing renters the option to easily manage and track their score as it progresses.

Casting For Recovery Retreat Seeking Iowa Participants PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:17
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." -- Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau's thought mentioned only men, but a unique national program allows women who have experienced breast cancer to benefit from a fishing experience.

Casting for Recovery enhances the quality of life of women with breast cancer and survivors of breast cancer through fishing retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing.

The first Casting for Recovery Iowa retreat will be held October 11-13 and will take advantage of the fine Northeast Iowa trout streams near Decorah. Women with breast cancer and survivors are invited to apply for the free retreat.

Casting for Recovery retreats use counseling, medical education, and introduction and instruction in fly fishing to provide a healing opportunity for women of any age, or stage of treatment.

The typical schedule for retreats includes instruction in the basics of fly-fishing and casting, and how those are related to the recovery process of breast cancer, with a focus on quality of life skills.

"We hope women in the region who are making the journey with breast cancer will take advantage of this great opportunity to continue their healing while enjoying the calming influence of nature,'' said Sally Werner, executive director of the Genesis Cancer Care Institute, a sponsor of the Iowa retreat. "Casting For Recovery has an excellent record of lowering the concerns that are part of a breast cancer diagnosis.''

In 10 areas, including worry, fatigue, sadness or depression, and appearance, participants in Casting For Recovery events have overwhelmingly reported feeling more aware and accepting of their circumstances, and are better able to cope with their condition following their participation.

"The best thing about fishing may not be the fish at the end of the line. It may be the peace and the beauty of enjoying nature, especially with other people who have a shared cancer experience,'' Werner explained.

To apply for participation in the first Iowa Casting For Recovery retreat, go to and search for the Iowa specific site on the left side of the home page. For the Iowa retreat, participation is limited to 14 residents of Iowa. Application deadline is Aug. 2.


Free Colon Cancer Screening Kits Available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:00
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Feb. 19, 2013 – Anyone 50 years old or older, or
those with other factors associated with an increased risk of colon cancer, are
encouraged to pick up and return a free colon cancer testing kit in the Quad
Cities during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March.

The kits are provided free of charge as long as supplies last. This annual
screening is sponsored by Genesis Health System, Walgreens Drug Stores,
Illini Laboratory and the American Cancer Society. Completed kits should be
mailed to the Illini Laboratory. Participants will have results mailed to them
within four weeks.

The kits are designed to detect small amounts of hidden blood, which can
indicate early problems with polyps or cancer before other symptoms are
apparent. Anyone with a positive test should contact their family physician
and ask about a colonoscopy. Also, anyone 50 years old or older should ask
their doctor about having a first colonoscopy.

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer
diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American
Cancer Society's estimate for the number of new colon cancer cases in the
United States for 2013 is 102,480.

The death rate (the number of deaths per 100,000 people per year) from
colorectal cancer has been dropping in both men and women for more than
20 years. There are a number of likely reasons for this. One is that polyps
are being found by screening and removed before they can develop into

Screening is also allowing more colorectal cancers to be found earlier when
the disease is easier to treat and cure.

Both men and women are at risk for colon cancer and more lives could be
saved if people better understood the risks of the disease and received
regular testing.

Screening and colonoscopy are the most effective ways to prevent colon
cancer from developing. Most cases of the disease begin as non-cancerous
polyps, which are growths on the lining of the colon and rectum. These
polyps can become cancerous.

Removing polyps during a colonoscopy can prevent colorectal cancer from
developing. Approximately 90 percent of colorectal cancers and deaths are
thought to be preventable.

Because there are often no symptoms to polyps, it is important to be
routinely screened.

For more information on colon cancer, including risk factors, prevention
options, and early detection methods, please call the American Cancer
Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Free kits can be picked up at the following locations in March, or until
supplies last:

Walgreens Drug Stores

Bettendorf: 830 Middle Road, 3425 Middle Road; Clinton: 806 S. 4th St.,
1905 N. 2nd St.; Davenport: 1805 Brady St., 1720 West Kimberly; 1525
East Kimberly, 1660 West Locust St., 4011 East 53 rd St.; East Moline: 301
30th Ave.; 1301 Ave. of the Cities; Moline: 3601 16th St., 555 19th Ave.;
4000 Ave. of the Cities; Milan: 440 10th Ave. West; Muscatine:1703 Park
Ave; Rock Island: 3100 11th St.; 2955 18th Ave.

Other Pick-Up Locations
Genesis Cancer Care Institute, 1351 West Central Park, Davenport; Genesis
Medical Center, Illini Campus, 801 Illini Drive, Silvis; Illini Laboratory,
801 Illini Drive, Silvis; Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt, 1118 11th Street,
DeWitt; Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, West Campus Information
Desks; Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, East Campus Information Desks;
Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa; Mercer County Hospital,
Aledo, Ill; American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 2397 Cumberland
Square, Bettendorf.

Risk Factors
Both men and women are at risk for colon cancer. Personal risk varies,
so your doctor can help you make informed decisions about when to begin

testing and the most appropriate testing method for you. Factors associated
with increased risk for colon cancer include:

  • Age – most diagnosed are 50 or older.
  • Race – African Americans are at greater risk.
  • Personal or family history of colon cancer.
  • Personal or family history of intestinal polyps.
  • Personal history of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative or Crohn’s colitis).
  • Certain genetic factors (familial adenomatous polyposis, Gardner’s syndrome, hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer, Ashkenazi Jewish descent).
  • Smoking, or use of other tobacco products.
  • Physical inactivity.
  • Diets high in red meat.

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