For two years,Subaru has been winning prestigious awards at an unprecedented rate:
The list goes on, but the point is clear. Subaru has grown beyond a “best kept secret” and the industry is recognizing Subaru as a leading maker of world-class cars.
Subaru is the only manufacturer to win Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year award in consecutive years with the 2009 Forester and 2010 Outback.
Subaru is the only manufacturer with 2010 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick” awards for all its models. It’s clear – at Subaru, safety is not an option.
Subaru is the brand which retained the highest resale value of any manufacturer, domestic or foreign, at both the 36 month point and 60 month point by Automotive Lease Guide (ALG) and Kelly Blue Book respectively. Basically two of the most respected sources in used-car values recognizes Subaru for holding its value better than its competitors.
Most Fridays I feature a website or a blog that for me has become a favorite. It maybe a favorite resource, a source of inspiration, or just some distraction I frequent. Give the Friday Favorite a look, read, or listen, and please feel free to comment about mine and share a favorite or two of your own in the comment section. Who knows maybe we will feature one of yours as a future Friday Favorite.
Friday October 29, 2010
Three times a year Troncalli Subaru holds a blood drive in partnership with LifeSouth community blood centers. The October drive is critical because there tends to be a drop off in donations once everyone gets busy and set in the holiday season mode.
LifeSouth is committed to meeting the blood supply needs of local hospitals in each of the communities we serve by providing the highest quality blood components and services.
Quite often I get asked why LifeSouth and not some other organization for our blood drive; but for me community helping community is what it’s all about. The blood that is donated today will be used to save lives right here in North Georgia, and as someone who was the recipient of several blood transfusions in 2007 I know first hand the impact your donation of blood makes!
Just one pint of donated blood can help save as many as three people’s lives!
So please make some time tomorrow to stop by Troncalli to help save a life. There will be refreshments provided by Lanier Crossing ChickFilA, LifeSouth shirts and hats, and every Subaru on the showroom will have a trunk full of Halloween Candy.
It’s amazing how time flies! It seems like it was just a week or two ago when I stepped out of my comfort zone to begin theLemons to Lemonade Charity Water campaign. While my nature is to give to worthy causes, actually organizing something like this was a first for me.
Words cannot truly express my gratitude to those who spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, and email, and also to those who shared their love by making a contribution. Because of those efforts 54 people will have clean drinking water for over 20 years……not one week, not one month, but 20 years!
100% of the $1,090.00 we raised will be combined with other campaigns so a well can be built within the next 12-18 months. What makes Charity Water so unique is your involvement didn’t end when you pressed send. You will receive the GPS coordinates for and photos of the well you helped build so you will see your money in action and changing lives.
The greatest lesson for me in all this is Hope.
Hope that our effort better equips all those who draw water from the well and in doing so allows them to leverage their life experience for a greater good like YOU already have; and secondarily, if Life deals you Lemons my other Hope is you’ll look for a way to make Lemonade out of that circumstance.
Most Fridays I feature a website or a blog that for me has become a favorite.
Our Friday Favorite for September 24, carries far greater importance than anything I’ve posted on Leveraging Life. For me it speaks to the core of what I believe Leveraging Life calls us all to do…Leverage our life experiences and life lessons for a good greater than ourselves.
The formula listed above is something that began earlier this summer when I learned my cancer had spread. As I came to terms with another surgery, more radiation, and possibly chemotherapy I fought the frustration by trying to find the silver lining, the lesson that was to be learned, a way to turn lemons into lemonade.
And this is where my story, your story, & charity water all intersect….at a WELL….eclipsing briefly one disease by preventing other diseases simply by providing clean drinking water where there is none.
Please take a few minutes to watch the videos in this post and learn more about the work charity water is doing around the world.
The Turning Lemons to Lemonade campaign comes to an end on September 30 and $5,000.00 is needed to build a well or 100% of what is collected will be combined with other groups to build a well, so it is a “win-win” situation either way!
Is it possible to raise $4,130.00 in a week? That’s not for me to say and only time will tell. But I do believe anything is possible when you have Trust & Faith in God and a group of people put His words into action. So really this has as much to do with honoring Him by acts and deeds as it does in the final number.
Please take 3 steps right now to make that difference.
Boldly pray for the effort and pray for the outcome.
Use the sharebuttons to the right and share this effort with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, & via email by providing a link to this page.
Make a donation, remember $10.00 or $20.00 makes a significant impact in the overall picture and the $870.00 raised thus far will change the lives of 43 people.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post, for your efforts to share the formula & this story, and for partnering with me to leverage life for a greater good!!
When I travel some of the fun is the research that goes into planning the trip. Deciding what to do, what to see, and where to go is what builds the excitement and what usually makes the time leading up to your departure move so slow.
Obviously my trip to Seattle was for a different purpose, and the ten days leading up to it blew by as I tried to minimize the impact my unscheduled absence would have on the Subaru dealership I work for. So I found myself boarding the plane with only the address of my hotel, the times of my three doctor’s appointments, and almost no knowledge of or no game plan for my trip to Seattle.
The randomness actually started in the seating assignments. Booking the trip within two weeks of the flight left me in a middle seat flying from Atlanta. The thought of over 5 hours sandwiched between two people compelled me to play the medical sympathy card: “I’m traveling with a surgical drain card” and I did it well enough to secure an aisle seat from the gate agent. Unfortunately that excitement waned when I saw my smooth move actually placed me in a row with mother and a hyperactive two year old who was wide awake and looking determined not to stay in his child seat a single moment more than FAA regulations required. I noticed her husband was travelling with her but seated a few rows back, so I offered to switch seats so the family could all sit together. She jumped at the chance, but when I moved back to his row the look he had told me he didn’t appreciate the gesture one bit. Once the transition was complete I settled into his window seat with the middle seat unoccupied determined to finish Pete Wilson’s Plan B book before landing in Seattle. As we flew west, I gazed out the window from time to time and glanced at Delta’s tracking map to see where we were, spending most of that time recognizing and acknowledging not where we were, but where I have not been, and how little of this country I’ve seen. Too little time, too much work, too stuck in routines visiting the same places because it’s easy…..too comfortable, and too safe.
So my Seattle trip represented more than just a quest for medical clarity, it was a chance to break from routine, an opportunity to explore the city, and to make an assessment on where I was tracking in personal growth this year.
***This post was prior to setting up the Leveraging Life website***
Let me start out with a quick update my sister Molly prepared a few days ago that I never had a chance to share with those of you not on her mailing list and then I’ll fast forward to what went on this weekend and will be going on tomorrow.
Tom got back the results today – out of the 25 or so lymph nodes that were taken out two showed Merkel Cell cancer – one was 6 centimeters and the other was over 5….which are considered quite large. So what do we do next? We talk to different medical oncologists and find one that we feel can handle this type of cancer. Because this cancer is so rare and doesn’t look like other cancers he’s gotten very different advice from three different oncologists on what he should do next. Some say to do chemo and radiation and another says to only do radiation. So first thing first – Tom has to heal for the next 5 weeks from the surgery before he can start treatment and he’s currently battling an infection so that needs to be taken care of. So we are praying for clarity and wisdom on choosing the right course of action to fight this cancer and praying for a doctor that knows how to treat this cancer. He is hoping to also get a consultation with an oncologist at Washington University in Seattle as they are the only ones in the country currently doing studies on this type of cancer and will maybe put him in one of their research studies. So a lot of people are on his list to consult while doing as much research as can be done these next few weeks.Overall Tom is doing amazing; he still has a great attitude and is ready to fight this head on. His spirit and faith have been very inspiring and have been a true lesson to me on how I look at road blocks or difficulties in my own life. He recently moved into a house so he’s really excited about that and he’s turning this whole experience into something positive to benefit others.
Thanks everyone for your continued prayers and sweet messages checking in on all of us!! We really appreciate all the love