My dear friend Kelly Overton inspires me every day. He uprooted his entire life and has been living on the Mexican border for more than a year helping refugees in need through his non-profit, Border Kindness.

Border Kindness provides food, medicine, clothes, shoes, and more for asylum seekers in need. They need your help to continue their great work, and every dollar donated goes directly to helping refugee families. Can you help?

Click here to read some of the stories of these children. [ learn more ]
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Can you help asylum-seeking children in need?

[ Monday, July 8, 2019 | 0 comments ]
Donations provide hot, fresh-cooked meals
This girl is crying because she is tired and hungry
My dear friend Kelly Overton inspires me every day. He uprooted his entire life and has been living on the Mexican border for more than a year helping refugees in need. We blogged about Kelly and Border Kindness last Thanksgiving, as you may remember. Border Kindness is on the ground at the border EVERY DAY helping refugees in need.

Migrant families with children continue to arrive at the border every day seeking asylum. The children are hungry, tired, and their families have little in the way of resources. Detention facilities along the border are modern-day concentration camps. Children are dying in U.S. custody. The situation there is dire.

Border Kindness provides food, medicine, clothes, shoes, and more for asylum seekers in need. They need your help to continue their great work, and every dollar donated goes directly to helping refugee families. 

To highlight just one story, Border Kindness has been working diligently to 5-year-old Rodrigo and his family. In March, Rodrigo and his family were living in dire poverty - they lived in a vacant home without water or electricity, or adequate food and clothing. The family’s three children each had/have specific and serious health needs - for Rodrigo it was a horrific, life-threatening dental problem that kept him sick and weak from infection.

Thanks to the efforts of Border Kindness and its volunteers, this family now has warm clothing, a home with electricity and water, a refrigerator stocked with healthy food, clothes, shoes, and even school supplies - things that we take for granted!

Rodrigo has already had a root canal, four teeth extracted, crowns on his teeth, and is about the bravest 5-year-old in the world. His 14-month-old sister and 10-year-old brother have also received medical care. Thanks to people who have donated and continue to support Rodrigo and his family, Rodrigo’s extensive dental work continues - and hopefully will be completed before he returns to school during late summer!

Can you help?

Most needed items include MONEY (food, fans, water, medicine, emergency travel), DIAPERS, FORMULA, STUFFED ANIMALS & DOLLS (small to medium size - children can’t take large items with them as they travel), toothbrushes, toothpaste, children’s SHOES and sandals (all sizes), large contractor strength garbage bags, children’s backpacks, children’s and adolescent underwear & socks, and tampons/pads.

Border Kindness accepts donations of formula, diapers, shoes, toys and unopened personal care items for children; however, by far the most efficient method of helping is by making a financial donation. Storing and then transporting items into Mexico is a resource-consuming process. In order to maximize time and donations, Border Kindness prefers to collect financial donations and then purchase needed items and food on the Mexican side of the border.

DONATE NOW via VENMO @Border-Kindness

Via ZELLE at info@borderkindness.org

Via PAYPAL / CREDIT CARD at borderkindness.org/donate

The mailing address is:

Border Kindness
125 E 3rd St - Space #4
Calexico, CA 92231

Learn more at borderkindness.org or follow them on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter for updates.

Press on Border Kindness and Kelly Overton:

"Heat And Violence Pose Twin Threats For Asylum-Seekers Waiting At Border," Kaiser Health News, May 2019

"USA-Mexico: 'On the border of a time brewing bomb'," AllInfo, May 2019

"Asylum seekers forced to ‘remain in’ Mexicali face long journey to court hearings," UnitedWeStay, May 2019

"Migrants Wait In Mexicali," NPR interview, April 2019

"After separation at the border months ago, some migrant families tearfully reunite," LA Times, April 2019

"'Border Kindness,' activistas ayudan a inmigrantes en la frontera entre Mexicali y Caléxico," Excélsior, March 2019


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Get your putt on at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton starting today!

[ Thursday, June 20, 2019 | 0 comments ]
Photo courtesy Punch Bowl Social Stapleton
by guest blogger Mindee Forman

Punch Bowl Social, occupant of the historic Stapleton Airport air control tower at the corner of MLK and Central Park Blvd., is celebrating summer with the release of its newest installation - a full 18-hole miniature golf course - aviation-themed, of course!

Teeing up for the skee-ball hole
Photo by Mindee Forman
My family and I had a chance to play the course last night, and it's a blast! Just challenging enough for all ages to enjoy without getting frustrated, with a variety of obstacles and hole styles, and drink-holders at each hole so you can enjoy a craft beverage as you play. The course is fun for families, teens, or a date or friends activity - we saw big smiles on the faces of all ages!

My 7-year-old son sunk the only hole-in-one of the night and beat me by a couple of strokes. My daughter's favorite hole was #18 - the skee-ball style hole is a unique addition to this course - I've never seen a hole like it anywhere else (and we've played a lot of mini golf)!

Falafel burger
Photo by Mindee Forman
They also unveiled some of their new menu options - the one that excited me the most was the falafel burger. They also added spicy shrimp street tacos, a flatbread with prosciutto and fingerling potatoes, and some new craft beverages (try the watermelon tequila one). Delicious!

The new Putt Club joins the other patio options at PBS including a fire pit, table tennis, cornhole, and a full open-air bar. Officially open to the public today, June 20, 2019, the course is available to guests on a first come, first served basis. The new Putt Club space is also available for private events.

You can golf all 18 holes for just $10 for adults and $6 for kids ages 12 and under.

Visit Punch Bowl Social Stapleton at 3120 N Uinta St., Denver, CO 80238 to get your putt on!

Photo by Mindee Forman
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Colorado Tiny House Festival returns tomorrow

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The Colorado Tiny House Festival returns June 21-23 for its third year in Brighton, and they're also debuting a Camping Corner and Skoolie Build/School Bus Conversion Workshop.

Once again, the largest tiny house and alternative living event in the region will feature more than 40 small living structures – each with its own, one-of-a-kind floor plan, décor and remarkable use of space. Hosted on the sprawling grounds of Riverdale Regional Park, the event blends the spirit of the tiny living movement with the most up-to-date information on going tiny, simplifying your life, minimalistic living, and living greener.

Enjoy touring a mix of tiny houses on wheels to container homes, skoolies, van conversions, unique recreational campers, gypsy wagons, teardrops, yurts and more. In addition to tours, attendees will also enjoy expert speaker presentations, a product and service marketplace, food, drink, and more.

The Skoolie Build / School Bus Conversion Workshop requires separate registration and is limited to 50 attendees. The presenting sponsor of the 2019 Colorado Tiny House Festival is Slate Homes.

This year, they have two Colorado-based families whose homes will be on display. Adam and Elizabeth Paashaus live with their two children in their "Deliberate Life Bus," and  Katrina and Kyle Christensen are Denver natives who live in their tiny house with their three children.


WHERE:  Riverdale Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, CO 80601

FESTIVAL DATES & HOURS: 

Fri., June 21, 2019         12 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
Sat., June 22, 2019        10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Sun., June 23, 2019       10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

COST: $10-$30

Single-day tickets are priced as follows:
Three-day tickets are priced as follows:
The Skoolie Build/Bus Conversion Workshop registration is $200 for registrations through TODAY, Thursday, June 20; for the three-day hands-on workshop plus admission to the Festival. Must register in advance online at coloradotinyhousefestival.com, limited to 50 registrants.

For more information or tickets, visit coloradotinyhousefestival.com.

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Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy: Which Breast Cancer Treatment is Best for Women?

[ Friday, June 14, 2019 | 0 comments ]
Women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer might not be aware that there are different types of breast cancer treatment. Following a breast biopsy and breast cancer diagnosis, a surgeon will present women with two options: lumpectomy or mastectomy. But what is the difference between these two? Is one better than the other?


Lumpectomy vs. mastectomy

A lumpectomy is a surgery in which the goal is to conserve the breast. During the procedure, the abnormal (cancerous) tissue is removed, along with some of the surrounding normal breast tissue. With a lumpectomy, most of the breast is left intact.

A mastectomy is a procedure that involves removing the entire breast. The most common types of mastectomy surgeries are a nipple-sparing mastectomy and a skin-sparing mastectomy. Other types include a simple mastectomy and a modified radical mastectomy.

Following a mastectomy, a woman may choose to have breast reconstruction surgery. If a woman opts for reconstruction, she will meet with a breast reconstruction specialist (sometimes called a plastic surgeon) before her mastectomy.

Dr. Stephanie Miller, breast cancer surgeon at Colorado Total Breast Health, says that there have been many advancements in the field of breast surgery in recent years.

“If a woman needs to undergo a mastectomy, she might be eligible for surgical options that preserve the nipple, the areola or the breast skin,” Dr. Miller says. “These surgical techniques help with the breast reconstruction after the cancer is treated, resulting in a more natural look. It’s important for women to look and feel more like themselves following breast reconstruction surgery.”


Choosing the right breast cancer surgery option for you

For women diagnosed with breast cancer, deciding between a lumpectomy or mastectomy depends on multiple factors. If the cancer is in an early stage and limited to a specific area of the breast, a lumpectomy is usually the best surgical option. In some cases, a woman undergoes chemotherapy prior to surgery, which can decrease the size of the cancer and allow for a lumpectomy.

A surgeon may recommend a mastectomy if the tumor has spread throughout the entire breast or a woman has multiple tumors in different areas of the breast. A surgeon might also recommend a mastectomy in cases where a woman has inflammatory breast cancer or previously had high-dose radiation therapy to the affected breast.


Why some women opt for mastectomy

Along with surgical recommendations, there may be other reasons why a mastectomy might be the preferred choice for some women. If a woman has a genetic mutation that significantly increases her risk of a second breast cancer, she may decide to opt for a mastectomy. Also, for some women, the stress of preserving the breast and the anxiety caused by the experience of having breast cancer may be too much to handle. In these cases, a woman may choose to undergo a mastectomy.

There may be a range of personal reasons why a woman makes her decision. Regardless, women should always discuss their concerns about their breast cancer treatment with their surgeon and care team.

“We work with each patient to determine the best treatment plan for them, evaluating both their medical and psychological needs,” Dr. Miller says. “We create an individual treatment plan for each patient and highly value their input and personal choices.”


The importance of early detection in treating breast cancer

According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, survival rates for breast cancer are generally the same for lumpectomy (plus radiation) as they are for mastectomy. After a lumpectomy, there is a somewhat higher risk of developing a local recurrence of the cancer, but this can be treated successfully with mastectomy.

Colorado Total Breast Health provides resources and treatment options for patients with breast cancer, breast tumors and other health conditions related to breast health. One in every eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment is key, as these methods have increased the survival rate for breast cancer exponentially over the past 25 years. Talk to your doctor about your risk for breast cancer, mammogram screenings, and breast health. Read the full story »
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The Fetch Summer Market is comin’ in HOT!

[ Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | 0 comments ]
Fetch Markets (formerly Denver Flea) is bringin’ the heat for the Summer Market, so much so that they’re adding an extra night of fun to this Fetchin’ weekend! Fetch will be popping up on June 21-23 in RiNo with 100s of vendors to style up your summer, paired all the sounds, bites, and sips of the season.

The festivities kick into gear on Friday, June 21 from 6-10 p.m. with their Fetch Friday party and live concert in celebration of the Summer Solstice (ages 21+), complete with live performances from local musical artists EXTRA GOLD and STACKTRACE DJS, classic cocktails, food trucks, and the chance to shop early with select Fetch vendors.

Tickets are $30 per person, which gives you two free drinks, two live concerts, re-entry for the entire Fetch weekend, and – the first 500 ticket purchasers will receive a limited edition Fetch Market tote bag created by local artist RUMTUM. Fetch is also offering a $20 “sober driver” ticket for the designated drivers of your crew that does not include drinks. Stapleton Moms readers can receive 20% off tickets! Use promo code StapletonMoms when you purchase your tickets.

Through tomorrow, Thursday, 6/13, Fetch is running a flash sale on tickets for 50% off Friday night and Weekend Pass tickets. Use code: FETCHFLASH at checkout on the summer market page or Eventbrite page.

If Friday night ain’t your thing, no worries! Come shop, drink, and eat at the Summer Market on Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.! Tickets are $5 per person (children 12 and under are free!) and give you re-entry for both Saturday and Sunday.

Dates and hours: Friday, June 21 from 6-10 p.m. / Saturday, June 22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. / Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Rino Parking Lot, 2635 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80205

Ticket info: Buy online at https://thisisfetch.com/ - Stapleton Moms readers can receive 20% off tickets! Use promo code StapletonMoms when you purchase your tickets

Friday (21+ only): tickets are $30 and include two drink tickets, a Fetch tote bag, and allows for re-entry to the Fetch Summer Market on Saturday and/or Sunday. Sober driver tickets are $20 and include everything but the two drinks. Bonus: ticket buyers can receive a free one-year subscription to 5280 Magazine!

Saturday/Sunday: tickets are $5 per person (good for entry/re-entry on both days). Children 12 and under are free.  Bonus: ticket buyers can receive a free one-year subscription to 5280 Magazine!

Vendors: There will be close to 160 vendors from Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, including 40 new brands and 100s of returning favorites.

More fun at Fetch:

  • Dart Art with Upstairs Circus - On Friday night, Fetch fans can throw darts at paint-filled balloons on a 10x20 canvas to create a unique piece of art that will be on display for the duration of the Summer Market. The piece will be used as the backdrop for the Chipper Photo booth on Saturday and Sunday, which will be free for anyone to take photos in.
  • MaxFund will be on-site (again!) with puppy adoptions on Saturday and Sunday
  • Live music throughout the weekend with Extra Gold, Stack Trace DJ, Royal Street Ramblers, Neik Velvis, Grim Fossa and Mile High 5.
  • Breckenridge Brewery will bring their “Breck Yard” to the Summer Market with oversized lawn games such as Battleship, Connect Four, Operation, etc. (Family-friendly!) They will also bring their “Hoptimous Prime” Wagoneer Bar that will be serving beer out of taps.
See you at the Fetch!
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