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Green is where the Heart Is for January 16, 2013

"An individual doesn't get cancer, a family does."
~Terry Tempest Williams

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

Connections.  We are not alone.  Living Green connects us to our environment, to our health and to each other, our families, friends and greater community. 
I read a letter written to the Steve Haydu Fund by one grateful recipient named Shay.  She begins by saying, “In May of 2008 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. 
Five days later I had a radical hysterectomy.”  Her story unfolds as she tells of the chemo and radiation treatments her doctors prescribed to aggressively go after this stage three invasion.  The radiation caused scar tissue to healthy organs and caused more sickness.  She was unable to work.  She got behind in her bills.  Her church was not able to help her and she became overwhelmed by panic.  She had no money for her prescribed medications or food.  In her words, “I had nothing.”
Shay reached out to a Facebook friend, Scott Betz and asked him if he knew of anyone who could help her.  She did not know of the Steve Haydu Lo Tide Fund or Scott’s association with it.  
Because of the foresight of Tim Reilly, the founder of the race, Scott was able to show up at Shay’s home with a check.  “There is not a word big enough,” she writes, “to express my gratitude.  I will be grateful to you forever.  To be sick is bad but to be sick and have so many worries is horrible.  You all saved me and I will never be able to thank you enough. 
Delightfully better, Shay McCumber.”
According to Betz, 2013 board president, “The Steve Haydu St. Patrick's Lo Tide Run is one of the regions favorite fund raising events. Last year we had over 2100 runners and we were able to raise over $53,000.00.
That money went directly to local folks that are not only in the fight of their lives with cancer, they are also suffering the financial devastation that accompanies this disease.  The IMPACT on these people’s lives is immeasurable and the runners, sponsors and 100’s volunteers who make it happen are impacted as well.  This years event is scheduled for March 16,2013.
For more information about being a sponsor, participant or volunteer, please visit our web site www.lotiderun.org or call Scott Betz 910.368.9523.”
We at Artful Living Group are putting together a Lo Tide Cookbook and are in dire need of more recipes.  Contact Mo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 910-216-0366 with 3 of your favorite recipes by Jan 26th and also plan on purchasing 1 or 5 of these books which will make great gifts. 
The profit generated by the sales of this book will be donated 100% to this worthy organization in hopes of ensuring that the next needy soul, like Shay, will have a community of support during even the darkest of days.  Cancer doesn’t have to isolate an individual.  It can unite a community.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.  
Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.