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Fun, Fashion as Survivors Strike a Positive Pose

by Katina Granger on February 23, 2017

Methodist Cancer Survivors Style ShowThey spent the afternoon in hair and makeup. By nightfall, they were at center stage. Cancer survivors of every age walked down the runway to whoops, cheers and even a few tears at the Cancer Survivor Style Show. The annual event kicks off Omaha Fashion Week with a vengeance.

Among the survivors was Izabella Voelker, a 13-year-old brain cancer survivor. The ambitious and outgoing teen strutted down the runway with confidence, even tearing off the scarf covering her bald head, waving it at the crowd.

Izabella Voelker, brain cancer survivor
Cancer Survivor Isabella Voelker shows off her shaved head after getting makeup done at Xenon Academy in Omaha, Nebraska for the Methodist Survivor Show at Omaha Fashion Week. 

“I have just one more chemo treatment left,” said Izabella as she was getting her makeup done. “I’m grateful for fun things I get to do while I’m waiting for this all to be over with. Mom talked me into it, but this event is really cool.”

Jenny Hare has walked the runway at the Cancer Survivor Style Show several times before. She comes back year after year to see the many friends she’s made along her journey.

“It’s just really neat and really special to be a part of this,” said Jenny. “My challenges aren’t over, but I’m blessed.”

The annual event benefits Inner Beauty: A Specialty Salon for Cancer Survivors. The salon located at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center provides skin, hair and nail consultation as well as mastectomy fittings for survivors, no matter where they receive treatment.

Click here to see a slideshow from the 2017 Cancer Survivors Style Show sponsored by Methodist.

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Katina Granger is a blogger and PR/Social Media Specialist for Methodist Health System.
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Meet the Smith Quadruplets!

by Katina Granger on February 23, 2017

Smith Quadruplets, Methodist Women's Hospital
Aaliyah, Cassadee, AJ and Skyler Smith are Nebraska’s first set of quadruplets since 2015. Born February 9th and Methodist Women’s Hospital, the foursome are doing extremely well.
Click here to view a slideshow of the Smith family.

Meet Aaliyah, Cassadee, AJ and Skyler. Nebraska’s newest set of quadruplets – the first since 2015.

Born on Thursday, February 9th, the Smith family’s three girls and a boy arrived via C-section at Methodist Women’s Hospital. Candace and Aaron Smith couldn’t be more proud, excited, and in love.

“When the babies were born there were tears of joy,” said Aaron, “a moment of great happiness.”
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Survivors Put Strength at Center Stage

February 22, 2017
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Leah Reineke walks in the 2014 Cancer Survivors Style Show sponsored by Methodist. (c)gthfoto 2014. Photo by Greg Higgins of g thompson higgins gallery When Methodist’s Inner Beauty Salon founder Lori Fuchs asked Leah Reineke to walk in the Cancer Survivors Style Show two years ago, Leah had a few reservations. “I’m outgoing, but […]

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Influenza Virus Strikes Close to Home

February 17, 2017
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Schools, offices and daycares around the region are seeing a few more empty seats these days from absences due to illness. What’s going around? Influenza. During the first week of February, there were more than a thousand confirmed cases of the flu in Nebraska. One school had to close due to a terrible flu outbreak. […]

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Flamingos Share the Love on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017
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Floor by floor and Smile by smile, the Flamingos for Hope filled Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center with love this Valentine’s Day. They shared candy kisses and caring with patients, staff and families. “We swoop in once a month,” said Pat Hastings, one of the volunteers who hopes to inspire cancer survivors by spreading goodwill and […]

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Dishing Up a Heart Healthy Diet

February 6, 2017
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Maintaining a healthy heart starts with two essential ingredients: exercise and DIET. “Exercise, diet and just making healthy lifestyle choices are important to protecting your heart health,” said Dr. Michael Peters, a cardiologist at Methodist Physicians Clinic Heart Consultants. “Don’t take those things lightly.” Here are our top six diet tips to make your heart […]

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Little Hats, Big Hearts, Important Message

February 3, 2017
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Newborns at Methodist Women’s Hospital receive red hats from the American Heart Association help spread raise awareness about heart disease and congenital heart defects. (L to R) Alexa Lewis, Service Leader for Mother Baby at Methodist Women’s Hospital; Megan Sands, new mom; Jennifer Redmond, Executive Director of the American Heart Association. Newborns at Methodist Women’s […]

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Pink with a Purpose. THANK YOU.

January 31, 2017
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Each year the crowd grows bigger, stronger and louder. AND MORE PINK. This year, the Creighton Pink Out filled the stands of the CenturyLink Center with pink and passion, as fans and family cheered on both the Bluejays and those battling the disease. The annual event is part of the NCAA “Coaches vs Cancer” nationwide […]

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Support the Blue by Painting it Pink

January 26, 2017
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When the Bluejays take the court against the DePaul Blue Demons on Saturday, they hope there isn’t much Creighton blue in the stands. They want fans to paint the CenturyLink Pink. Those going to the game are encouraged to wear pink to promote cancer awareness and participate in the “Creighton vs. Cancer Pink Out” game, […]

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Bedside Nurse Provides Calm through the Storm

January 25, 2017
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Hearing a diagnosis of cancer can be terrifying for any patient, but when that cancer may rob you of one of your gifts, it can be even more so. It’s the compassion of the care providers that can help make that journey easier. Recently, Liz Pettinger entered Methodist Hospital for neck surgery after being diagnosed […]

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