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Charities

Mini Mermaid Running Club

The Mini Mermaid Running Club, est, 2009 is a unique running club for girls ranging in age from 5 - 15 years. Our goal is to help build self-esteem, teach healthy eating and living skills while giving girls a chance to fall in love with running, moving their bodies and experiencing the satisfaction of crossing a finish line.

The MMRC program was developed through a collaboration of professional women in the fields of health, nutrition, education, fitness and mental health. Studies have shown that girls' self-esteem peaks when they are 9 years old, then takes a nose dive.*

The Mini Mermaid Running Club begins in 2nd grade when girls are, on average, 7 years old.  We begin to address self esteem issues BEFORE girls reach the peak age of 9 when self-esteem begins to wane.

Our goal is to provide all girls with strategies to combat feelings of insecurity and tools to build self esteem, thus empowering them to make better choices in the future. Gaining the confidence to move your body at a young age is key to offsetting childhood obesity.

Learn more at http://www.minimermaidrunningclub.org/

Pinkalicious Divas

...A non-profit organization dedicated to helping women live beyond breast cancer. Whether you have been recently diagnosed or you’ve reached our page because you’re supporting someone who is surviving breast cancer, we are here for you!

I want to take this opportunity to share our story. The name Pinkalicious Divas was created by my sister and best friend, Teresa Thomas. Teresa was initially diagnosed with triple-negative, invasive breast cancer in August 2010. She had gone for a routine mammogram after a three-year hiatus. Following a double-mastectomy, she endured weeks of chemotherapy treatments. During this time, my sister struggled to find a local organization (outside of the hospital) that enabled her to connect with others who were also surviving breast cancer. Like most chemotherapy patients, she lost her hair and struggled to find a local organization that would provide a properly fitted, new wig. In fact, the used wig she received didn’t make her feel good about herself at all. At times, she felt the changes in her physical appearance were more devastating than the actual diagnosis.

Learn more at http://www.pinkaliciousdivas.org/