What an amazing night!
For those of you who attended last night’s Life Stories, and for those who missed the moving and impactful talks by Jennifer Glass, Leslie Ziegler and Patricia Murillo, we wanted to give you a bit of a summary about what “went down”.
Jennifer talked about her experience as a powerful woman facing the reality of stage four lung cancer, and how she is using her time to help people gain control over the last stages of life, including their right to choose how and when they die. You can learn more about how you can support bringing end-of-life options to California. To let your state lawmakers know this is important to you, visit The Brittany Fund. You can also contact Jennifer directly at email@example.com, and check out her video, A Photo a Day: One Year with Cancer, an amazing two-minute photo-journal of her first year experience with cancer, therapy and hope.
Leslie gave an incredibly personal description of her experience suffering from Ulcerative Colitis, and talked about the poor design of the healthcare system that resulted in her misdiagnosis (and subsequent career change to be part of fixing it), ongoing coping mechanisms for living with the disease, and how it actually helped her make bolder life choices to focus on the things she loves, including the launch of Rock Health and now Bitty, a new food company making products from crickets. Highly healthy for the body and the environment!
Patricia talked about her life as the child of migrant farmworkers, how she picked fruit and vegetables in the US and Mexico throughout her early life, and taking that strength and coaching from others to parlay the experiences she had to an education at Vassar. She then launched herself into founding Alternatives in Action which is helping low-income children in Oakland develop skills, confidence, and a belief in their own capacity for success. They currently help over 1,300 children.
Parlay House pledged to do our part in helping Patricia’s mission. Collectively, we donated almost $20,000 and contributed amazing “gently worn” items that will make some of the local girls feel beautiful as they attend their senior prom. Donations included:
- 18 dresses
- 3 wraps
- 8 pairs of shoes
- 20 bracelets
- 27 earrings (including 12 custom made pairs by Chula Camp)
- 13 necklaces
- 4 hair accessories
- 1 watch
- 1 pin/brooch
- 4 purses
- 9 rings
In addition to the above, Anne Cocquyt provided 100 Cell phone cases that the kids can use or sell to raise money, and Aimee Friberg is donating 10% of all proceeds from the sales at her art gallery in the month of December. Please visit her at CULT/aimee friberg exhibitions, or go to the gallery at 3191 Mission Street.
Even if you couldn’t attend the event, there are still ways to help. You can contact Patricia with additional prom items to donate, or you can volunteer to act as a panelist for one of her many presentation nights where the kids actually present business plans. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can Donate to Alternatives in Action by clicking this link.
We will get back to you soon with news about the next events, and wish you all the warmest and most wonderful holidays possible. On behalf of Leslie and me, thank you for making our lives richer by being part of the Parlay House community.
Happy and healthy new year to all,