October 8, 2016 was the 15th Annual Buddy Walk in Longview Texas. Hundreds of people came out in support of Down Syndrome Awareness.
If you missed View Woman's Fall Fashion Show featuring L'Miche Boutique this past Saturday, then let me be the first to rub it in!! All of the models in the show, including View Woman's CEO, slayed the runway with style, class, extreme attitude, and love for one another.
From start to finish, the show left us wanting more and anticipating the next event. Most fashions and jewelry featured were courtesy of L'Miche Boutique.
Guests were greeted at the entryway, encouraged to visit vendors and network, and VIP seating was served wine. Vendors came out ready to network and share information about their product and we ended the night with a sincere thank you from the CEO of View Woman Magazine, Kauvonya Graves.
The night was a complete success. It personified everything that View Woman stands for - empowerment, beauty- inside and out, confidence, elegance, and most definitely class.
By C. Morrison
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On Saturday, Longview P3A (Positive People With Positive Attitudes) sponsored their 3rd annual Family Fun Day for Autism Awareness at Teague Park. The event is to provide a safe and fun-filled setting for families - especially for those families that are affected by autism.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
Families were able to enjoy snow cones, hot dogs, and popcorn while being able run and play freely in Teague Park. There was also a visit from local fireman and their engine and ETMC first responders and their helicopter.
Longview P3A was able to sponsor this event solely on donations from the public. To learn more about their organization or to donate visit the website: www.longviewp3a.org.
By C.Morrison and K.Graves
Touch Of Class is a charity event for the Azleway Boy's Ranch in Tyler - a home for boys that have been living in and out of foster care. The ranch opened over 30 years ago and has recently received some new improvements.
Mr. McGee says he is already planning for next year's event and trust me, View Woman will keep you posted!
The Bully Awareness Talent Show!
Angel Eyez Production presented it's second annual Bully Awareness Event. Angela Lilly is the founder of this cause to fight against violence and to educate on the seriousness of bullying.
The Bully Awareness Talent Show was Saturday, March 14th and View Woman was there for it all! People came from all around to support the uplifting cause which showcased children in the show. There were guest speakers present such as Andy Mack and Randy Ross; both had very encouraging words for the kids.
The talent in the room was unbelievable and all in attendance had a great time laughing, dancing as well as networking. If you missed this year's event stay tuned because it just keeps getting better and better!
The Faces of Beauty Extravaganza is a charity auction featuring singles to raise money for the Faces Of Beauty Foundation.
Their mission is to support and enrich the lives of victims of domestic abuse by providing awareness, products, services and scholarships with programs that help promote goodwill, confidence, and strength of the human spirit to women and children. Their primary services involve providing scholarships to children who lost their parents to domestic violence. Each year Ponch Cosmetics host Faces Of Beauty Extravaganza to help raise money to fund these initiatives and the event was held December 20th at the Longview Maude Cobb.
View Woman was there for it all! The contestants were amazing and the event was a huge success. People came from all over and they were dressed to impress. There were several business vendors in attendance and the atmoshpere was simply marvelous! If you missed this year's event, there is no need to worry because the Third Annual Faces Of Beauty Extravaganza is coming to a city near you!
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View Woman had the opportunity to participate in the Annual Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome along with the Browning Learning Academy (www.blainc.org). I admitted that I did not know much about the chromosomal condition. They provided literature about the condition and I wanted to make to provide our readers with some of this information. Knowledge is power and if we have useful information we want to make sure we all have that information. After all, women empower one another, right?
What is Down Syndrome?
Down syndrome is a chromosomal condition that one in 691 babies in the US are born with. It is a condition that is not reserved for any specific race, gender or economic levels. Common physical traits are of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature and upward slant to the eyes. People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory & hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia & thyroid conditions. That sounds hopeless to read a list of increased conditions but many of these conditions are now treatable. As a result most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives.
People with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is typically mild to moderate. Children learn to walk, sit, play and talk although later than other children without Down syndrome.
What Causes Down Syndrome?
Human cells normally contain 23 pairs of chromosomes. One chromosome in each pair comes from your father, the other from your mother. Down syndrome results when abnormal cell division involving chromosome 21 occurs. These cell division abnormalities result in extra genetic material from chromosome 21, which is responsible for the characteristic features and developmental problems of Down syndrome. Any one of three genetic variations can cause Down syndrome:
Trisomy 21. About 95 percent of the time, Down syndrome is caused by trisomy 21 — the child has three copies of chromosome 21 (instead of the usual two copies) in all cells. This is caused by abnormal cell division during the development of the sperm cell or the egg cell.
Mosaic Down syndrome. In this rare form of Down syndrome, children have some cells with an extra copy of chromosome 21. This mosaic of normal and abnormal cells is caused by abnormal cell division after fertilization.
Translocation Down syndrome. Down syndrome can also occur when part of chromosome 21 becomes attached (translocated) onto another chromosome, before or at conception. These children have the usual two copies of chromosome 21, but they also have additional material from chromosome 21 attached to the translocated chromosome.
How is Down Syndrome Diagnosed?
Down syndrome is usually identified at birth by physical traits. Some babies may have Down syndrome features but not have Down syndrome so additional testing can be done. One test is called the karyotype chromosomal analysis. This test can be done by drawing blood and photograph the chromosomes within the cells. They group the them by size, number, and shape. Down syndrome is diagnosed by examining the karyotype and identifying an additional full or partial copy of chromosome 21. A similar genetic test called fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) can also confirm a diagnosis.
Testing can also be performed before a baby is born through screening and diagnostic test. Screening test involve a blood test and ultrasound. Diagnostic testing is recommended if prenatal screening shows a high chance of the child being born with Down syndrome for a definitive diagnosis. Diagnostic test for Down syndrome are chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis. CVS is usually performed in the first trimester between 9 and 11 weeks, and amniocentesis is usually performed in the second trimester after 15 weeks gestation.
Source: national down syndrome society
Yesterday I had the privilege to participate in the National 2014 Buddy Walk Program. Admittedly, I was not aware of the Buddy Walk or its purpose. I woke up Saturday morning looking for a reason to cancel. It was 5:00 A.M. dark and raining. For me to be attend I had to wake my 5 year old son up out of his sleep, load him in the car and drive two hours. I really fought hard to find a reason to no show the event but I got up. I grumbled all the way to coffee pot. I decided I made a commitment to someone so I needed to get moving. I arrived to East Texas on time and ready to walk, unfortunately weather would not let the large crowd be fabulous. The event was moved inside and there was not enough room to technically walk. I don’t think people had a problem with that under the circumstance but there was plenty of indoor activities. I must say I was truly glad I did not miss this event.
There were people everywhere! The kids were present and entertained with all sorts of activities from face painting to huge bounce slides. Lunch was provided and vendors were there with support services, literature other informational booths. View Women had the opportunity to talk to families and play with children. One child I got the pleasure to hold and love on was Rayden. Rayden does not suffer from Down syndrome. He did not suffer from anything! Rayden is a child with Down syndrome and he was so full of life! I believe he was the happiest kid in the room. He was eager to dance and went from arm to arm passing that infectious smile. He was so playful and loving. He also had a huge team of crusaders to walk in support of Down syndrome. It was just amazing to see all the families and friends coming together for a cause that was near and dear to them. There was another little girl whose name I cannot remember but I do know she collected "Dimes for Downs" and she was able to raise over $500 in dimes! Excuse me while I gasp!
I must also admit I do not know of anyone personally touched with the chromosomal condition and don’t know much about it. I am learning and researching it from my own experiences at this event. If you or anyone you know has Down syndrome and is in need of a support group in the East Texas Area I would recommend contacting The East Texas Down Syndrome Group. The website site is www.etdsg.org and the contact number is 903.757.3516. They are a non-profit organization and they are affiliated with the National Down Syndrome Congress (www.ndsccenter.org) another source of information for new and expectant parents.
If you would like to know more about Down syndrome please tune in for the next blog post.
By Y. Smitty
By: Amanda Kay
"So often you find that the students that your are trying to inspire are the ones that inspire you."-Sean Junkins
Saturday, September 13th, View Woman had the privilege to volunteer at Browning Learning Academy for their "Sensory Saturdays" Parent's Day Out program. It was a rewarding experience to say the least. BLA a is a non-profit organization in Tyler, TX. They concentrate in teaching and caring for children with different medical diagnosis, global developmental delays, speech-language delays, learning disabilities and other special needs. "Sensory Saturdays" Parent's Day Out program, which is offered every 2nd week of the month, gives parents an opportunity to take a break from the demanding job of parenting and caring for a child. View Woman, as a volunteer got to see and experience hands on what a wonderful organization BLA is. We got to meet Andrea Smith of BLA and you can tell right away that she is passionate what she does and she truly cares about the children. To learn more about Browning Learning Center and "Sensory Saturdays" are all about, or to find out how you can donate or become a sponsor, please visit their website at www.bla.org.
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