September 2021 Newsletter
CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a time to shine the light on childhood cancer, emphasize the importance of life-saving research, and join together to make a difference for children diagnosed.
As many of you know, our family was hit with a pediatric cancer diagnosis for our daughter Claire last September. At 22 months old Claire was diagnosed with stage 2 liver cancer, a hepatoblastoma tumor. Claire’s cancer, while very rare, was treatable and as of February 19th, she was declared in remission. The photo above was taken the day after we received the good news from Claire’s doctors. Claire received the highest of care throughout her treatment, and our family received an outpouring of support. Some children and families are not so fortunate. If you feel so led, please consider supporting the fight to end childhood cancer this month through one of many organizations helping patients and families. We would like to highlight two organizations in particular, Superhero Kids as well as St. Jude.
~ Jenn Dowd
Superhero Kids is a local nonprofit supporting patients and the families receiving treatment at Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center. Superhero Kids provides funding for programs to increase quality of life for patients while receiving treatment at the hospital as well as financial assistance to families to ease to the hardship of caring for a sick child. Parents should not have to bear the burden of financial stress while supporting their child as they fight cancer. Superhero Kids is an amazing organization making a difference here in our community.
St. Jude Children’s Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Claire’s cancer while rare was known to respond to treatment. Many other children are not as fortunate. St. Jude gives hope to those children and families through treatment and research.
MAJ Harvey Storms, Laid To Rest 70 Years After Being KIA
On July 16th, our extended family finally laid their father to rest at Arlington National Cemetery 70 years after he went MIA in the Korean War. Major Harvey Storms, a decorated Army Officer, was killed at the battle for Chosin Reservoir in December 1950. His remains were repatriated to Hawaii in 2018 and identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in 2019. MAJ Storms was supposed to be laid to rest in 2020, but like many things during the pandemic, it was pushed back a year.
MAJOR STORMS HOMECOMING
What Is A Single-Loss Deductible?
Single loss deductible clauses are an addition to your insurance policy that ensure you only pay one deductible in the event that more than one insurance policy is affected. If you have two or more separate types of insurance from the same company or have purchased a bundled insurance package, you may be entitled to a single loss deductible clause.
Pros & Cons of Run-Flat Tires
Many vehicles are now equipped with run-flat tires. These tires let you continue driving for nearly 100 miles after a tire puncture or blowout occurs. Such tires allow you extra time to get to a safe, convenient location for a tow or tire replacement. Run-flat tires generally function like regular tires, with a few notable differences.
PROS & CONS
What's Better - Caffeine or Sleep?
A new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology tested how caffeine and sleep can impact your day and overall effectiveness at completing tasks. Experts revealed that caffeine can help you stay awake if you’re sleep-deprived, but it likely won’t improve your performance on tasks.
WHAT THE RESEARCH SAYS
Channel Your Inner Scientist
Have you heard about citizen scientist programs? Citizen scientists contribute information needed by scientists for a variety of projects, providing much more information than those professionals could obtain on their own. Each county only has one assigned wildlife biologist to keep track of all the flora and fauna, an impossible task for just one person. Join a citizen scientist program and make an impact on scientific research in your community!
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Understanding Your Policy
Did you know that you can access your policy information 24/7 through the Client Center? The Client Center allows you to view policies, request policy changes, download ID cards, add claims information or images, generate certificates, and more!
Check out this short video on how to access your account, and then log in to the Client Center via our website.
GO TO THE CLIENT CENTER