Health Briefs, Oct. 8, 2013

Cancer survivors to model fashion

The fourth-annual Survive Fashion Show will bring a variety of cancer survivors and their supporters together starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Doubletree by Hilton for “an incredible evening of hope, laughter and tears,” according to a news release.

Brandi Eaton started the fashion show in 2010 to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. 

In 2012, Anewu Salon partnered with St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation to raise funds locally for cancer survivorship. All proceeds from the show benefit St. Mary’s Cancer Survivorship Program.

“We know the end of treatment is not the end of the cancer experience,” Carmen Moyer, executive director of St. Mary’s Foundation, said in a news release. “The Cancer Survivorship Program is an essential component in helping to ensure the long-term health and quality of life for cancer survivors on the Western Slope.”

Three local boutiques joined this year’s event and each will showcase their own collection: Klik Clothing Company, Turbo and Razzmatazz. Modeled after the high-fashion displays in New York, the show strives to showcase unique apparel and fashion-forward hair and makeup created by Anewu stylists.

“This year we are very excited to incorporate actual survivors as models. These women are truly amazing and we are so grateful they have chosen to share their cancer journeys with us,” Eaton said. Survivor models include Erin Larson, Karen Lee, Tedi Gillespie, Sandra Legg, Jeanette Haynie, Kim Hone, Mary Vaughn, Suzanne Palmer and Allison McAtlin.

General admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Anewu Salon, Klik Clothing Company, Turbo or Razzmatazz, online at, or by calling 298-2015. 

Nurturing Youth Conference set Nov. 1-2

The Gunnison Hinsdale Early Childhood Council host a Nurturing Youth Conference on the importance of play Nov. 1 and 2. The conference provides continuing education training hours to early childhood educators, caregivers and informative sessions to anyone who is interested. 

Local and statewide professionals will present at Western State Colorado University Center. Cost of the conference is $40 for both days, $15 for students, $20 for Friday only and $30 for Saturday only. 

Conference topics include: Moderate to vigorous physical activity each day, early childhood brain science, culturally responsive practices in early childhood, teaching early literacy skills through play, nurturing through play, common psychosocial stressors for kids and their effects, universal precautions and more. 

Western State College University Extended Studies provides registration online at Call 970-641-7913 for more information. 

Audiologist opens new office


Doctor of audiology Jennifer Bebee has opened Western Colorado Hearing Clinic at 2139 N. 12th St., Unit 4. 

The family business, which is operated by Bebee, her husband and mother-in-law, will offer diagnostic audiology, aural rehab with amplification, hearing loss prevention, tinnitus treatments and ear wax removal. Bebee prides herself on quality care, compassion and patient education. 

“My goal is to educate my patients on their options and take the time to make sure they really understand. There are no quick fixes. That philosophy is just not realistic when making a lifetime change,” Bebee said in a news release.

Bebee has been practicing in western Colorado since 2009 and operates hearing clinics in Montrose and Gunnison.

Yoga West celebrates new owners


Now under new ownership, Yoga West Collective will stage a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15 with a grand opening celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 18. There will be food, fire dancing, music and more than $300 in door prizes given away at the grand opening. Those who attend both the ribbon cutting and the grand opening will receive one free week of unlimited classes. The free week, Oct. 18 to Oct. 25, includes more than 25 different classes and events including yoga, tai chi, meditation, inspirational cinema and more.

Affordable Care Act seminars ongoing


With the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act currently set to take effect Jan. 1, there are a lot of Americans who are still in the dark about what the changes will really mean for their specific situation.

Christine Bogott, owner of MHIB Group, hosts a series of educational seminars through the end of the year to help educate Mesa County residents on the upcoming changes.

Running through the end of the year, Bogott and her group are holding seminars at the Monument Business Center, 607 28 1/4 Road. The seminars take place from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, excluding holidays.

Although the seminar will answer questions for individuals, Bogott and her group are also able to help small and large business owners determine their best options as well.

For more information regarding the seminars and the MHIB Group, visit

Latimer House awarded $20,000 grant


In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Mary Kay Foundation awarded $3 million in grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including Hilltop Community Resources’ Latimer House.

Latimer House received a $20,000 grant to maintain critical services and programs for individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse in Mesa County.

Latimer House provides emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, advocacy, children’s services and a 24-hour crisis line for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Mesa County.

In 2012, Latimer House provided shelter nights for 289 women and children, responded to 1,030 24-hour crisis line calls, and provided individual and group counseling and advocacy for 293 domestic-abuse and sexual-assault victims.


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