March 2016 Newsletter

alt textalt textThis month is full of interesting and fun celebrations, including Social Worker Month, St. Patrick’s Day and Act Happy Week. March 20 is the first day of Spring this year, and we at MonarchCare are springing into action as we get ready for the 3rd Annual Connectors’ Coronation. March is also Brain Injury and Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Read on to hear about all these topics!

How We Help
alt text MonarchCare has been Astrel’s guardian for 16 years after he fell on the job and sustained a serious injury to his brain. Astrel was the first client we served with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and when we met him, several years of his recent memory had been erased. This posed a great challenge because Astrel was unable to provide us with details of his life back in Haiti. Over many years, we were able to piece information together, eventually locating Astrel’s wife and children. Three years ago, Astrel and his wife were reunited when she came to the US for a visit. They speak on the phone regularly and she returns for visits when she can, keeping Astrel updated on their now adult children’s lives.

How You Help
Your support of MonarchCare allows us to serve clients like Astrel for as long as we are needed. Most non-profit agencies serve clients for a weeks or months; not many serve clients for decades. It doesn’t matter how you assist us, but we do need your help. Please support MonarchCare today using any of the three links below. Thank You!
  • Volunteer to help on a committee, with a project or as a Friendly Visitor
  • Make a financial donation
  • Share what we do with your friends and co-workers.
Did You Know?
Ten years ago, MonarchCare had only one client with traumatic brain injury. Today, we serve eight clients coping with rehabilitation and the ongoing management of this debilitating injury. March is TBI Awareness month and recently this tragic disease has been in high profile. If you think you may have sustained a brain injury, there is help. Be sure to contact the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Central Registry as soon as possible after the accident to access public benefits and obtain other information. The Florida Department of Health’s website has more information, as does the Brain Injury Association of America.

Did you know?? Act Happy Week is the week of March 21st, not that we shouldn’t act happy every week! So smile, enjoy some time with a friend, co-worker, neighbor or family member. If act happy week isn’t enough, Monday March 21st is also National Common Courtesy Day – looks like this should be the most enjoyable Monday of the year!

Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. It is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer. If you have symptoms, they may include:

  • Blood in or on the stool.
  • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
  • Losing weight and you don’t know why.
Exercise may help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, but most importantly, if everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Use this month to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward prevention, for more information, visit the Colon Cancer Alliance website.

Upcoming Events
The Connectors’ Coronation task force is working hard to plan the best networking event of the year on May 12th at the Royal Fiesta Event Center in Deerfield Beach. Click here to register for the Kick Off Party on 3/31/16 in Lantana, when you can register for the “Main Event” at a reduced rate! Or sign up now to be one of the 6 exclusive sponsors for this fun annual mixer and receive two or more tickets with your sponsorship.

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Your support enables us to continue our work that has rescued susceptible individuals from financial exploitation, restored institutionalized persons to independent lifestyles and reconnected isolated persons with long-lost family and friends. Thank You!

Knyvett Lee, NCG
MonarchCare Founder, CEO

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