Monday, July 31, 2017
Daily Thought
 
Cancer Takes a Hit!
This weekend was our annual 24 Hours of Booty charity ride in support of families coping with cancer. Each time we do this event I am continually impacted by the passion of the riders, and volunteers, as well as the extraordinary generosity of the donors who keep giving their gifts of money to this important cause. This weekend we fought back and dealt cancer a huge blow, raising more than $1.7 million (a new record level) to help in this fight. The way the Myers Park neighborhood has embraced this event and celebrated in fine southern style on Friday night was so much fun to see. The families that came out to support their teams (riders) and rally around the memories of those we lost, support the ones who survived, and be there for others who are left behind when cancer strikes. The money raised will benefit our community by increasing support for an organization dedicated to the cancer fight at Levine Cancer Institute. More than anything this event shows us when we pull together and decide to use our collective effort we can make a big difference in the life of our community. To see all the different people and organizations really step up and make this event happen again (16th year) is truly amazing. Thank you Charlotte for a being a class act in the fight against cancer! Special thanks to all the very generous donors who supported Fern and I on this ride, I am truly grateful for your gifts.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” Theodore Roosevelt

Polar Smart Coaching Training Tip: Healing Ourselves?
When we reach out to others in service there is a rare satisfaction that is revealed. When we put our own needs secondary to someone else’s needs, when we truly give ourselves away to others something extraordinary occurs. The sense of wellbeing, having done something special that has made a real difference for someone in need, enhances the quality of our own lives as well. Having the security of knowing that if I ever have a challenge as big as cancer I will not be alone, is priceless. There is a huge community here in Charlotte and beyond that is taking a stand against cancer and knowing that I can lean on them for support brings me great peace. In the end, when we help others we heal ourselves by bringing out the best in us for a worthy cause and being reminded of the greatness that we all have in us.
 
Nutrition Tip: Family Time Together
Making time to gather around the dinner table each day may help your family eat more healthy. A recent study revealed that adolescents who ate their meals in the presence of a parent were likely to eat more fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods. Just be sure to flick the television off; having it on during meals decreased fruit and vegetable intake of both parents and children.
 
“A value in action is a virtue.” Dr. Jim Loehr

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