Highlights TV Show Features Capital City Challenge, Conquer Chiari, & Walking Miracles


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Highlights: From the Heart of Our Community, is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.
The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.
The show airs daily at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.
The show airing Septeber 3, 2018 –  September 17, 2018 ‘highlights’ the Capital City Challenge which benefits The Counseling Connection, Conquer Chiari, and Walking Miracles.
We interviewed Steve Hewitt, Event Coordinator and Frank Fazzolari, Executive Director of The Counseling Connection about the upcoming 9th Annual Capital City Challenge schedule for September 15th at Magic Island beginning at 9:00 a.m.
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Run, Row & Ride through the capital city on a flat, fast course that showcases the beauty of downtown Charleston. This unique yet competitive event is designed for competitors of all fitness and skill levels. This family-friendly challenge features music, Princess Workout Challenge for kids (girls AND BOYS) and great door prizes. Solo and team entries are welcome. All proceeds from the race will benefit The Counseling Connection. The course has been changed this year to make it easier on participants and spectators.
The order of the race is RUN: (4.2 miles from Magic Island to the turn around near the Capitol and back to Magic Island); ROW: (4.2 miles from Magic Island to the turn around which is the Police Boat parallel to the Capitol and back to Magic Island); RIDE: (16.8 miles all on paved roads – a 2 loop course from Magic Island to the Moose Club and back to Magic Island – then repeat). The Start-Finish is at Magic Island which is next to the I-64 bridge along the Kanawha River.
  • The Race will take place on 9/15/2018 at 9:00 am.
  • Princess Workout Challenge presented by Putnam Princesses will follow the start of the race at 10:00 am on Magic Island. RULES Solo or Teams of 2 or 3 members (for the Male, Female, and Coed Team categories).
  • Vendors throughout Magic Island

Frank talked about his organization and how the event benefits them.
The Mission of The Counseling Connection is to nurture the mental health and psychological well being of individuals and families by providing the highest quality counseling, therapy, education and advocacy available throughout West Virginia.
The Counseling Connection is a 501(c)(3) certified non-profit organization based out of Charleston, West Virginia. Our primary function as an organization is to continually provide the highest level of care to each and every client we serve by employing the very best, most qualified professionals. They are very proud to offer our clients a complement of exceptional therapists/staff that are highly skilled and trained in the treatment of a variety of theoretical techniques.
The Counseling Connection operates three primary programs in various office locations throughout West Virginia and serves approximately 3,000 individuals each year. In addition to our Out Patient mental health program, we also operate the REACH Program (Rape Education Counseling and Healing) which is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week rape crisis /sexual assault, advocacy, education and prevention program all designed to assist victims of rape/sexual assault.
The FACS Program (Forensic Assessment and Counseling Services) is an outpatient treatment program for adult sexual offenders. This program utilizes intensive group and individual therapy in a community- based setting and works very closely with the West Virginia court system, probation and parole.
Steve Bishop, from V100, also stopped by the show. He encouraged EVERYBODY to get out and participate in this. Steve has participated in the past and always enjoys the challenge.
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Click here to REGISTER for the Capital City Challenge.
We also interviewed Malisa Turner and Kathy Kent, committee members for the Conquer Chiari Walk scheduled for September 22, 2018 on the campus of WV State University beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Wilson Student Union Building.
They both discussed the malformation known as Chiari. It is a serious neurological disorder where the bottom part of the brain, the cerebellum, descends out of the skull and crowds the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brain and spine and causing many symptoms.
Click here to learn more about their WALK.
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The event is complete with Music, Food, Auction Items, and Inspiration!
Call 304-415-1338 to more information.
One of the major obstacles that Chiari and syringomyelia patients face is that it seems like no one has heard of the conditions. Once thought to be rare, MRI’s have dramatically increased estimates of the number of people with Chiari, about 300,000 in the US. This lack of awareness creates an additional burden for patients as they try to explain to family members, friends, employers, etc. what they are going through.
In addition, the lack of general awareness has translated into a lack of research dollars from the US government. Diseases which affect about the same number of people receive millions of dollars of federal support each and every year.
We are glad Malisa & Kathy were on the show to heighten this awareness.
And finally, we interviewed 4 people affiliated with Walking Miracles Family Foundation.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
September 2018 is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and is symbolised by a gold ribbon, worn to commemorate the event. This is an annual international awareness month to raise support, funding and awareness of childhood cancers and the impact for sufferers and families of sufferers of childhood cancer. It was founded in 2010 by former US President Barack Obama and is mainly run in the form of awareness events by cancer charities.
We interviewed Deb Board, Chair of Walking Miracles and Jennifer Gonzales, Patient Navigator with Walking Miracles.
We learned that Walking Miracles exists to connect caregivers, families and survivors impacted by childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer to resources and referral networks and to help defray the cost of travel during the cancer journey — the primary barrier to care in West Virginia. Thus, the first program we implemented was the Country Roads Travel Assistance Program.  They have helped more than 200 families and have provided travel assistance to families in 33 of 55 West Virginia counties with our travel card that helps pay for gas, food and lodging. To date, they have given families over $35,000 in travel assistance.
We also talked to Skylar Wotring, Board Member with Walking Miracles, and Dave Haden, General Manager, Gonzoburger & Mi Cocina de Amor.
Skylar discussed his calling to serve our WV community. As a UC MBA student, he has learned the value giving back to his community, and nobody embodies that like the President & Founder of Walking Miracles, Brett Wilson, a two-time childhood cancer survivor.
Dave discussed that during the MONTH of September, Gonzoburger & Mi Cocina de Amor, both restaurants in Elk City, WV will promote Walking Miracles and give their customers the opportunity to donate/contribute to their cause.
Gonzoburger is located at 207 W Washington St, Charleston, WV 25302. Phone number is 833-464-6696.
Mi Cocina de Amor is located at 711 Bigley Ave, Charleston, WV 25302. Their phone is 304-205-5461.
Please stop in their restaurants and support Walking Miracles.
If you would like to learn more about the Highlights TV Show, contact Host and Executive Producer Jim Strawn at 304-541-4756.

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