By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Special Interest | Issue: October 2009
The leaders of No Stones to Throw Ministries are Sylvia Munana, Muriel Musgrove, Yamileth Canales, Janet Nusz and Tyress Lovett (not pictured).
Do you know a lady who needs a mammogram, but has no insurance to cover it? Send her to the first annual Day of Health and Beauty on Saturday, October 10 at Hampton Inn Tulsa/Bixby. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., No Stones to Throw Ministries will partner with Tulsa Project Woman and a host of other health and beauty representatives to reach out to local women who are often overlooked.
“We’re about giving to women, and helping them achieve the best in life,” says Janet Nusz, founder and CEO of the nonprofit volunteer organization No Stones to Throw.
An estimated 40,000 women in Tulsa County are without health insurance. Job loss and limited finances have resulted in many women postponing getting a mammogram “until things get better.” Others would like to have it done now, but don’t know where to go.
In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tulsa Project Woman will prescreen applicants who may qualify to receive coupons for free mammograms at seven participating medical facilities. Tulsa Project Woman provides breast health education and access to breast health care, including mammography, diagnostic procedures, surgical consultations, and surgical services – all at no charge to women without health insurance and with limited financial resources.
In addition, students from Tulsa Technology Center will provide free blood pressure screenings. The American Heart Association will have a guest speaker, who will provide free literature and referrals on heart disease and stroke. “Sometimes it’s a matter of recognizing signs and symptoms so you can help someone in need,” explains Tyress Lovett, a health care professional and development director for No Stones to Throw.
The American Red Cross will also be on site. Call 1-800-GIVELIFE to pre-register.
Every woman will be welcomed with a smile and an offer to enjoy a five-minute neck massage. For shopping therapy, reasonably priced purses, hand-crafted jewelry, Mary Kay cosmetics, and natural body pampering and beauty products will be available for sale. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to NSTT Ministries.
No Stones to Throw is pleased to bring together women entrepreneurs and vital service providers for this event, which would not have been possible without the support of Marc Childers, director of sales, and his staff at the Hampton Inn.
The Day of Health and Beauty is poised to become one of the largest outreach efforts in the Tulsa area. It arises from the dedication of a small group of strong and successful women who did not always enjoy that stature in life. Each of their journeys took them down, but far from out. Their strong spirits, combined with deep faith in action, show other women what can be accomplished with their lives.
Janet believes the year-old ministry is a work in progress. They have seen beyond their original vision to develop Maggie’s Home, a safe home to help women restore and transform their lives. No Stones to Throw also recognizes other opportunities to fulfill women’s needs. “One focus is on domestic violence,” says Janet. “But it requires qualified people and financial support.”
The public has been very generous with donations of furnishings and supplies for Maggie’s Home; however, they need monthly financial sponsors to cover the expense of the six-month program. Donation boxes will be scattered throughout the event. “We’d like people to give whatever they can," says Janet. “If they don’t have a monetary gift, they can donate blood to the American Red Cross.” For those who can, any donation – $50, $20, $10, even a buck – will make a difference to help a lady in need.
If you need help, come. If you can help others, come. This is a feel-good opportunity to help yourself and someone else, too. Men are welcome to attend as well. The Day of Health and Beauty is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 10 at the Hampton Inn Tulsa/Bixby, 8220 E. Regal Pl., adjacent to the SpiritBank Event Center.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.