BENEFITING: WHITE AISLE FOUNDATION INC
To all my generous friends, This annual event is near and dear to me. I have been involved since its beginning in 2014. We are happily in our third location, Central Presbyterian Church in Towson because we need more space! Christine Garrison is my dear friend and the Director of White Aisle Foundation which honors her daughter Rebecca who died of melanoma in 2011. The foundation directly funds the research efforts of a laboratory in Boston. All of you know that my entire career has been in biomedical research and focused on understanding the mechanisms of disease with a goal of developing treatments for those diseases. Many of you know how expensive research is and how tight funding is. White Aisle's contribution makes a big difference in the ability of the lab to buy supplies and equipment and pay personnel. Please donate what you can, and please join us on May 6 at Central Presbyterian Church on York Road in Towson for a fun day of Sun Salutations, mini-yoga classes, a yoga yard sale and a kirtan (chanting and drumming). Thanks to all. Peace and Love, Mollie
Dear Friend, Melanoma is a deadly form of cancer that kills one American every hour. On May 6, 2017, yoga teachers and practitioners from throughout the Baltimore area will gather for the fourth annual Salute the Sun Wisely, a day of yoga to raise sun safety awareness and funds for melanoma research. The money raised from this event will benefit the White Aisle Foundation (www.whiteaisle.org), a Baltimore, MD based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Christine Garrison, a local yoga teacher who currently co-facilitates the Wise Heart Community for Devotional Practice and Study at Ruscombe Community Health Center (www.wiseheartcommunity.org), established the foundation in 2012 to honor the memory of her daughter, Rebecca. Rebecca died in November, 2011 at the age of 34, following a seven-year battle with melanoma. Melanoma disproportionately affects young people. It is the second most common form of cancer in young women aged 15 to 29. Prevention, early detection, and finding effective treatments are the three essential approaches to decreasing the number of people who develop melanoma and increasing the number of survivors. The White Aisle Foundation works in all three areas, educating, raising awareness, and helping to fund research. The Wise Heart Community began Salute the Sun Wisely in 2014 at Ruscombe Community Health Center. Last year, we expanded the event, engaged the support of additional yoga studios, and moved to a more spacious location.. The community continues to grow in its support and, as a result, we have set an ambitious fundraising goal for next year to capture a significantly larger circle of supporters than in previous years. Your support will make this event a memorable and successful one. In addition to raising awareness and funds for research, Salute the Sun Wisely brings the Baltimore community together to remember those we have lost to melanoma, support those who are battling, and honor those who are working toward a cure. With your assistance, we hope to reach out to an even wider audience in 2017 and help the White Aisle Foundation increase the impact of its work.