Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Stroke Support Group Comes to Ithaca

LSD - stroke support ithacaAccording to an article in the Ithaca Times, a new stroke support group is now available in Ithaca, New York, due to a project created in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The Family and Friends Stroke Support Group is now a county wide outreach support resource open to the public, thanks to the efforts of Landmark graduates Joe Zanfordino and Dana Murray-Cooper.

The article reports that this group is different from other support groups that were attempted in the past, due to its support network, with connections to a variety of nursing, rehab and home-care units, as well as the Cayuga Medical Center.

Inaugurated in November,  the group meets on the first Thursday of each month from 1:30-3 pm at the Finger Lakes Independence Center on 215 Fifth Street in Ithaca. The group is open to all stroke survivors of Tompkins County, their family and their caregivers.

Read more at the Ithaca Times.


Covered Bridge Run Blossoms

LSD - ottowa citizenBack in 2011, one resident of Wakefield, Canada, took on creating the Wakefield Covered Bridge Run as her project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program. The Ottowa Citizen reports that since then, the planned one time event has expanded into an entire event management company which has raised more than $42,000 for community charities.

Dayne Chicoine’s Aegle Events has raised money for a hockey pad project, the Wakefield Emergency Fund, and the Wakefield Grannies, who provide financial assistance to women in South Africa who are caring for AIDS-orphaned grandchildren.

The second covered bridge run last year drew 438 participants, and Chicoine hopes this year’s run in May will reach 1,000 people. Her group also started a separate nighttime ‘Moonlight Run’ in September. Chicoine credits the support of the people around her:

“The community supported me 100 per cent.”

Red Lippy Project Raises Awareness of Cervical Cancer

LSD - red lippy projectThe Red Lippy project, created by Caroline Muhlich as her project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Programme, has gone viral in its efforts to raise awareness about Cervical Cancer. The campaign, which encourages people to wear different shades of red lipstick as an awareness tool, has been written about in the London Evening Standard and The Telegraph, and is been support by a host of individuals and organisations.

The campaign comes at a time when screenings for Cervical Cancer in the UK are at an extremely low rate, according to the telegraph. Cervical Cancer is the most common form of cancer for women under 35.

Hats from the Heart Aids Women Undergoing Chemotherapy

Recycled fabrics are being turned into a variety of hats for women who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer, as part of Hats from the Heart, Debra McCauley’s project she created in the Landmark SELP. The Damascus Heritage Museum in Maryland is collecting t-shirts and polo shirts that are then turned into hats in a variety of textures and colors.

Having been there for her mother when she died of cancer in 1997, McCauley knows that simple gifts such as these hats can go a long way to brightening the world of a cancer patient. For more information, please call the museum at 301-253-1811 or drop off items at the museum at 9701 Main St. in Damascus.

Run/Walk Supports Autistic Children

On April 13th, a series of running and walking events are being held at Owen Beach, near Tacoma, Washington, to raise money for It Takes a Village Foundation, a charity that benefits children and families affected by Autism.

Created by Kimberly Hoffpauir as her project in Landmark’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, the first event will be a 5k run that begins at 9am. A 5k walk and a 1k kids dash follow shortly thereafter.

“Autism is the fastest growing disability affecting our children. It is estimated by the CDC that 1 in 88 kids are on the autism spectrum, 1 in 54 boys. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the cost of lifetime care by two-thirds,” noted Hoffpauir. “When I saw an opportunity to create a project that would make a difference in a community it was a natural.”

Read the whole story at Tacoma Weekly, or call (206) 384-6076 or visit for more information.

Annual Tattoo-a-thon Battles Childhood Cancer

The second annual Tattoo-a-tho,n created by Jordan Gray in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program in Cape Town, with the goal of helping kids battle cancer, took place on March 29. Twelve tattoo studios around South Africa participated in the event, which raised about $8,000 in 2012.

This year’s event was expected to raise even more money, with each studio donating a portion of the proceeds to the Childhood Cancer Foundation SA. This year, the event became truly national, as studios from Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban joined those in Cape Town to raise money for the foundation.