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Kids just want to be kids!

Kids just want to be kids!

Each week, when we visit the kid’s cancer unit, I am always reminded of one very absolute reality. Kids want to be kids! No matter how sick or how isolated or how confined or how restrained they are. There is an innate desire in them for fun, for laughter, for playing…for the simplicity of childhood. They drag their IV poles with bags of chemo and pain pumps down the hallways at rapid speeds. At times, you will even see them actually trying to ride on their pole…like a scooter or a big wheel. My daughter, Brooke, always did. We even had a song for her IV pole. We would sing, “You get the line and I’ll get the pole and we’ll go fishing at the craw-dad hole, baby.” Brooke would unplug her pole and hop on the bottom rolling brackets as we pushed her up and down the halls. She would even do fancy stunts like lifting one leg or letting go completely while proudly retorting, “Look Mom – no hands!”

Cancer kids amaze me, and this past week at the hospital was no exception.

Kaleidoscope Grief Center's Camp Healing Hearts Set for May 20-21

Kaleidoscope Grief Center's Camp Healing Hearts Set for May 20-21

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Camp Healing Hearts, a FREE grief camp for children and families, will be held May 20-21 at Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock.

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

Arkansas community leaders show how they serve

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Consider this: Where would you turn for advice on assisting a loved one affected by Alzheimer's? How will your basic needs be met should your child become ill with cancer? What kinds of chemicals and additives are in your food -- and how is it affecting your health?

Do you know where to go to even get these answers?

Earlier this spring I was able to attend an event at War Memorial Stadium called "Little Rock Serves," which is sponsored by Create Little Rock, an arm of the Little Rock Chamber.

Fried Fish fund raiser May 7th 4-7 pm

Fried Fish fund raiser May 7th 4-7 pm

In Your Hands Ministries, Inc is sponsoring a Fish Fry fund raiser on May 7th, 4-7pm.  Live Gospel Music that features Ricky Dougan and others from churches of the area.  On the grounds of Full Gospel Temple, 3905 Hwy 161 North, North Little Rock, AR.  All the funds go to provide food for the hungry families and the homeless of our community.  $10 per ticket.  Pastor Mullen invites everyone to come and share in the fellowship and good food.

20th Century Club's Lodge

20th Century Club's Lodge

Did you know that 1.4 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year? Maybe you know someone who has cancer or is receiving treatment — a friend, relative or a coworker. And it’s possible they travel to central Arkansas where a number of the nation’s premier cancer treatment facilities are located. Being far away from the comforts of home during this challenging time can be both frightening and frustrating. That’s why the 20th Century Club’s Lodge was founded — to make a difference in the lives of patients by giving hope away from home.

In a typical year, the 20th Century Club’s Lodge provides about 1,500 nights of no-cost housing to more than 240 patients. Our Lodge is more than a place to stay — it is a caring, compassionate environment that builds a bridge of hope over a chasm of worry.

'Cruise for Kids' raises money to fight child hunger

'Cruise for Kids' raises money to fight child hunger

The North Little Rock Mayor's Youth Council has teamed up with the Arkansas Queen and Red Lobster to give you an unforgettable evening on Thursday, May 26th. "Cruise for the Kids" will benefit Arkansas Rice Depot's Food For Kids program, a backpack program that sends food home with kids after school. Sadly, Arkansas is #1 in child hunger. Food For Kids helps more than 30,000 children in Arkansas each year.

Guests will board the Arkansas Queen at 6:30pm. The cruise, dinner and a silent auction begin at 7:00pm.

City of North Little Rock announces Community Garden Grants – Deadline May 17, 2011

City of North Little Rock  announces Community Garden Grants – Deadline May 17, 2011

Are you ready to start a community garden in one of North Little Rock’s four wards? You may apply for funding from the City of North Little Rock. Funding can be used for garden construction materials in exchange for your volunteer planting and maintenance efforts. Grants range from $500 to $3,000 per project.

Get more information and you application here: www.northlittlerock.ar.gov