Spotlight on Community Service, 1Q2018

Donna Brozovich, e-Merge Real Estate

Donna, for the past two years, has been volunteering with The Turban Project, an organization that provides turban/courage caps to men, women and children suffering the emotional stress of hair loss due to cancer.

Kathy Braidich founded this organization and made the first turban for a co-worker who was battling breast cancer. In six years, more than 5,500 turbans/courage caps have been distributed to 14 local oncology and radiation treatment centers free of charge. 

Donna is involved in fund raising, collecting pins/broaches from friends, sewing turbans, attending monthly workshops to cut material to make the turban and courage cap kits, which are then sent to other volunteers to be sewn, embellished and delivered to those in need. 
Donna shares that, “In 2015, my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer and, then in 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Randy and I both are living proof that you can fight this disease. Randy went through treatments and I went through a double mastectomy and, as of today, we are both cancer free. After going through this, I felt I had to get involved with something that would help others fighting this horrible disease. 

Seeing what The Turban Project did for cancer patients, I knew this was the perfect fit for me. Radiation and Chemo is so hard on a person. I truly believe that every person who is wearing a turban/courage cap knows it was made with love and prayers are being said for them.

Volunteers, material for the turbans/caps and pins/broaches to embellish them are always needed. If you have items and/or time to donate, contact me or Kathy at turbanproject.com.”

Kristy Daniel, Vice President | Principal Elford Realty

Kristy’s family founded The Linda W. Daniel Foundation ("LWDF"), a nonprofit organization, to remember and honor Linda Daniel, Kristy's mother-in-law, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1995 and lost her fight in 2000. LWDF focuses on raising cancer prevention awareness and has supported leading cancer hospitals such as The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (the James), Nationwide Children's Hospital, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, among others.

The Foundation's current initiatives help people physically bring the fight to cancer by being proactive and challenging the athlete in all of us.  In addition to LWDF's annual youth soccer camp and walk-a-thon, Kicking Cancer, which will be hosted at Otterbein University on Sunday May 20, the Foundation also helps bring the fight cancer every Monday through its Move Me Monday initiative. Each week, LWDF will help raise $1 to support leading cancer organizations for every mile you run, walk, bike, swim, etc. or 15 minutes of exercise each Monday on a one-for-one basis. The Foundation leverages social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram to help inspire a global community of cancer prevention advocates.  If you would like to help LWDF bring the fight to cancer follow them on Facebook and/or Instagram to learn more!

Kristy says, “Linda was such a courageous and special person to me, and I am honored to celebrate her legacy through our efforts with LWDF”.

Connie Farabaugh, Keller Williams Excel

Connie has served as a volunteer mentor for C.A.T.C.H. (Changing Actions to Change Habits) Court, which blends punitive sentences with a two-year treatment, non-adversarial program for prostitutes who have been rearrested and suffer from posttraumatic stress syndrome, depression, and drug addiction.

Once a week, Connie would attend a court session with the ladies involved in the program and worked with a group to provide the ladies with lunch, took them on field trips, and spent time sharing a meal and chatting with the women. Her role was to listen, share encouraging words and provide transportation for field trips. One adventure was taking the ladies boating and tubing. Some of them had never been on a boat and it was a day they truly felt free. The joy and laughter of these survivors will be forever in my memory.
Founded by Judge Paul M. Herbert in 2009, C.A.T.C.H has served more than 130 participants (in Connie’s group there were typically 25 women), and its success indicates its use as a model for similar courts in Ohio and nationally. 

Connie says, “Theresa Flores, a survivor, had spoken at my daughter's high school. I was shocked to learn how large a problem we have right here in Columbus! I read Theresa's book "The Slave across the Street." It is a heart-wrenching story and I felt that I needed to do something to learn more and to help in some way. A friend invited me to C.A.T.C.H. court and from day one I wanted to be there to support these women fighting to overcome addiction and being controlled by people who were using them.”

Myndi Zipf, Westport Homes, Inc.

Myndi is the co-founder of “Cause for Canines” — a volunteer based all-breed dog rescue organization committed to rescuing homeless dogs, dogs given up by their owners due to difficult circumstances or those in danger of abuse or neglect, and dogs in shelters that are at risk of euthanasia in central Ohio. 

Myndi has been involved with dog rescue for about four years and co-founded “Cause for Canines” in November 2016, with the mission to find safe, loving, committed and permanent homes for the dogs her organization has taken into rescue. 

“Cause for Canines” dogs are placed in foster care and receive any necessary medical care and treatments and are spayed/neutered and microchipped, while waiting for their forever homes. Applicants are put through an extensive adoption process to ensure their dogs are placed in the best homes possible. “Cause for Canines” also provide education to prospective adopters to ensure they have the tools necessary to provide appropriate pet care for their new forever friend.

Myndi says, “I started rescuing dogs after adopting a German Shepard puppy who was about to be euthanized by Franklin County Animal Control. It opened my eyes and heart to the plight of abused and abandoned dogs in need.”

She lovingly refers to “Cause for Canine” as the job that doesn’t pay. Its group of volunteers are passionate animal advocates dedicated to doing their part in improving the rights of dogs everywhere. To date, “Cause for Canines” have placed 370 dogs with loving adopted families.