CASA Superhero Run

17 04 2012

Superheros in Richmond? Richmonders as Superheros?

Maybe a little bit of both.

CASA of Henrico, Chesterfield, and Colonial Heights are teaming up and bringing you another reason this year to dress up as a superhero in public!

From their Website:

“Become part of the movement of individuals, corporations and organizations that are proud to lead the fight against child abuse. Enjoy entertainment, refreshments and fun for the whole family. St. Joseph’s Villa offers a flat and fast 5K course, which accommodates all levels of expertise. Children twelve and under can participate in the kids’ race. Form a team, come out with your family or run/walk alone. Costumes are optional, but they make it more fun!”

Entertainment, besides the obvious legions of Superheros, will include a moon bounce, obstacle course, carnival games, and face painting!

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non-profit organization that trains individuals to guide/represent victims of child neglect and/or abuse through the legal system towards a better life.

This race will be at St. Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Road (corner of Brook Road and Parham Road). Event organizers ask that you use the Brook Road entrance.

Join us out there, and be a superhero!


Richmond Homearama 2012

12 04 2012

So you might have heard… Richmond Homearama 2012 is coming soon, and this year it’s hosted in Chesterfield’s Summer Lake neighborhood.

Presented by the Richmond Home Builders Association, it features eight model homes designed, constructed, furnished, and decorated by crews of local building and design teams.

A “Sneak Peek” weekend wrapped up last month, and among the things shown were:

– Parental Command Center: built into the “Simply Flexible” floor design by Orleans Homes, this office looks onto the kitchen, dining area, and living room. It’s a surefire way to keep track of the crew while guiding the ship.

– 3-storey Open Staircase: featured in the house build by Biringer Builders, it’s a great piece of functional architecture you and your whole family can make use of.

– 2-storey Family Room: Set into a farmhouse design, this room really sets the tone of the house. Plus, think of all the “activity space” to enjoy!

– Drop-zone to a laundry room: Imagine being able to get everyone’s laundry cleaned without having to run all over the place for it. Now check out this special feature of the “Swift Creek Cottage” by Southern Traditions.

When the doors open to the public, there will be plenty more to see – including a new Buick or GMC in every driveway (courtesy of Haley Buick GMC)! Bring friends, family, or both – Richmond Homearama 2012 runs Wednesdays through Sundays from April 21st until May 6th, noon until 8pm.

For tickets and more information, visit the official Richmond Homearama 2012 website here.

Tackle Sickle Cell

5 04 2012

Benched just like that, no arguments with Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, two-time Super Bowl champ Ryan Clark was forced to sit out of a crucial game in their 2011-2012 post-season.

“The last time Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ryan Clark played a game in Colorado, he nearly died, the Associated Press reports, highlighting a series of health scares that led to this week’s decision by coach Mike Tomlin to bench the 32-year-old safety during this Sunday’s (January 8, 2012) wildcard game in Denver.” (via Huffington Post)

But this isn’t a case of celebrity vanity, nor a situation confined to just one man.

This health scare is Sickle Cell Trait, referred to as SCT by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is closely related to the more widely know Sickly Cell Disease (SCD), which is more severe.

Diagnosed in 2007 after the aforementioned game in Colorado, it was found Ryan Clark has SCT. What he experienced in the Rocky Mountains was a “pain scare,” which can be caused by low oxygen levels, dehydration, high altitude, and increased atmospheric pressure (and no, not the pressures of being a Pittsburgh Steeler during playoffs!)

While it’s obvious those factors are involved when playing NFL-caliber football in Colorado – especially in winter – it’s not such an obvious affliction to the 1 in 12 African Americans that inherit SCT, or the roughly 100,000 Americans (info via CDC) with SCD.

That’s why Ryan’s fellow teammate, and Richmond, Virginia native James Farrior, decided to do something to help. Not being a doctor himself, he was able to pair up with the VCU Medical Center’s Sickle Cell research teams to help raise money and awareness.

From this, there is a way for anyone to get involved and help Tackle Sickle Cell on April 27th. This event is at the Richmond Marriott Downtown. Not only will there be food and fun for everyone, but is also your chance to meet James Farrior and Ryan Clark!

For more details, please visit the event page here or the Foundation’s page here!