Austin: Here’s Your Chance to Help Fight Lung Cancer

Help with Lung Cancer

October 28, 2015 | Posted in Austin, Events | By

Today, I was approached by representatives of Free to Breathe, a local nonprofit that focuses on driving advances in Lung Cancer including research advocacy and more.

You would be hard pressed to find anyone that cancer has yet to touch, either directly, through friends, or within their own family. I myself have had run ins with it in both immediate and extended family, as well as close friends.

In doing our part to help promote the cause, we are sharing the following press release. Come out and take part in the run or walk activities on Saturday, November 7. Your time and effort will help the cause, and who knows, this could very well benefit you directly at some point in the future if you find yourself dealing with this debilitating disease.


Austin Locals Rally to Support Innovative Lung Cancer Research

Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk on November 7th to Fund Research and Double Survival

Austin, TX – The lung cancer community is on a mission: to make surviving lung cancer the expectation, not the exception. Hundreds of local residents will join in that mission by participating in the Austin Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk on November 7th at Richard Moya Park.

All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

“Fundraising for lung cancer research can help families think of survival in terms of years, instead of months,” said volunteer event chair Lissa Bentley of Austin. “By taking action in the Free to Breathe movement and fundraising, you’re bringing hope and empowerment to all those touched by the disease.”

United in the belief that every person with lung cancer deserves a cure, the Free to Breathe community has helped raise more than $12 million to fund groundbreaking research, enroll more patients in clinical trials and provide free educational resources to those living with lung cancer.

Community members, teams and local businesses came together during the 2014 Austin Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk to raise over $22,000 for a disease that touches over 224,000 newly diagnosed patients each year. Event chairs hope to reach their goal of $40,000 this year, which will go a long way in supporting lung cancer research and educational programs.

The 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk will be the main focus at this year’s enlivening event. Face painting, a kids’ dash and a great local DJ will accompany an already invigorating day that the entire family can enjoy. Special recognition will be given to top finishers and fundraising heroes. Help double lung cancer survival by 2022. To register and begin fundraising, visit http://www.freetobreathe.org/austin.

Those who aren’t able to attend the Austin Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk can still have an enormous impact by registering and fundraising as a virtual walker in the event. Or, those who wish to create their own unique fundraiser can access tools from Free to Breathe that will help turn any passion into a custom fundraising opportunity. The possibilities are endless but the end result is certain — improving the lives of everyone affected by lung cancer. To get started today visit www.freetobreathe.org/community-fundraising.


Free to Breathe

Free to Breathe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by
2022. For more information, visit www.freetobreathe.org.

 


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Interview with Lani Rosales, BASHH co-founder

BASHH Photo Booth

September 9, 2015 | Posted in Austin, Business Networking, Events | By

One of our favorite networking events in the entire city of Austin is BASHH (Big Ass Social Happy Hour). What started out as a means for Twitter users in the local market to meet IRL (original name was Big Ass Twitter Happy Hour, or BATHH), later evolved to be more inclusive. After all, not everyone finds their voice on Twitter. But many of them use social networking platforms, so the event became BASHH around 2010.

Today we are sharing with you an interview with Lani Rosales, who cofounded the event with her husband Benn Rosales. Take a few minutes to learn more about the event itself and Lani – they’re both worth your time!


Lani Rosales of BASHHQ: Please introduce yourself to our audience

I’m the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius (news, tips for entrepreneurs) and The Real Daily (news for real estate pros). I’m also the Co-Founder at the Big Ass Social Happy Hour and the Austin Digital Jobs group.

Q: What are three of your favorite things about Austin?

  1. The helpful business environment – no other city is as generous with fellow professionals as Austin. For example, do you need a specific contact? My Rolodex is your Rolodex. That’s the Austin way.
  2. I’ll offer a controversial perspective here and say that growth is one of my favorite things. As a native Austinite, I’m used to everyone complaining about the growth, but it is the very reason that we have so many interesting places to eat, things to do, startups to watch, and so forth. Plus, it’s fun to drive around town and say of a high rise, “I remember when this was just a shack.”
  3. Kayaking on Lake Austin. I’m a high-strung person, and it’s one of the few Zen things I do that I really enjoy.

Q: What is BASHH?

Founded in 2007, first as a tweetup, evolving to BASHH, it is a popular networking event that happens every month for people that hate networking events.

The goal is to bring people together offline that have met online. It’s a laid back social gathering where friends come first and business happens organically.

Q: Why does BASHH stand out in a city with so many networking opportunities?

BASHH skips anything that strokes an ego. There are no speakers, no one is allowed to float around the room and hawk their wares.

The culture is relaxed in a way that if someone walked from person to person handing out business cards and rushing to the next person, they would rub everyone the wrong way. BASHH culture promotes organic connections which is a huge differentiator.

Q: What types of people can get the most from BASHH?

Ooh, good question.

I think people that embody the Austin spirit manage to squeeze the most out of the events. People that are generous with their time and resources, people that want to be better professionals, and people that are tired of snake oil sales, that is who benefits the most.

From tech startup founders, fashion bloggers, financial analysts, and coders to executives, politicians, and builders, the job matters less than the attitude.

Q: Share your #1 Money Tip for newcomers to Austin to tap into the networking scene.

Find your niche. Go to as many networking events as you can possibly find, and whichever one(s) you’re most excited to attend the next time, go there.

When you’ve found a niche, you’ll thrive naturally, and you’ll discover lead generation becomes effortless.


 

Feature Image taken via screenshot of the Annie Ray website. Prints are for sale on the site, and she would surely appreciate your support!

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Survival Guide to SXSW 2015 [Infographic]

SXSW 2015 Infographic

March 9, 2015 | Posted in Austin, Events, TX | By

Well, South by Southwest 2015 (SXSW 2015) is upon us, with the interactive portion of the festivities kicking off 10 days of parties, presentations, concerts, film screenings and more.

The weather is not very conducive to a festival just yet, but we are expected to start seeing glimpses of the sun by the time SXSWi starts. It looks like we’ll have a fantastic weekend by the time the week plays out.

The festival brings hundreds of thousands of tourists to the Texas capitol city each year, and it sounds like 2015 may be the biggest year of attendance ever. If you are coming to town, you need to be ready for a logistical challenge.

At least you get to deal with that amidst some amazing activities and music, and in one of the best cities in the world. Yes, I’m biased as a local resident, but then again, there’s a huge reason I live here. It’s pretty awesome.

Anyway, for the folks who are coming to visit, we came across the following infographic from Space Chimp Media that is a great basic survival guide for all of the various SXSW assortment of attractions. And of course, while in Austin, you absolutely have to eat some breakfast tacos, so that’s included as well.

Enjoy, and welcome to Austin for the next week or so!

Survival Guide: SXSW 2015

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