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Promise Me

The memoir of Nancy Brinker, Peoria native and founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will be released by Random House on September 14th. Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer tells the story of the untimely passing of Brinker’s sister, Suzy Komen, and Brinker’s subsequent efforts to end the silence that once shrouded the disease and raise money for research that will one day provide a cure. Pre-order your copy at by September 13th and receive a second, limited-edition signed copy to give to your own sister or a friend!

The Laughter Diet

You’ve heard that laughter is good medicine, but have you heard that it may also be good exercise? Recent studies performed at Loma Linda University in California suggest that “mirthful laughter” can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Researchers also found increased levels of hormones known to regulate appetite among volunteers who laughed while watching videos. According to the study’s author, Lee Berk, these findings suggest that “laughter therapy” may be an option for individuals who can’t regulate their appetite with physical exercise.

Get to the Point!

With our schedules getting busier by the day, many of us don’t have time to plow through every email that lands in our inbox. In fact, says PR consultant Steve Rubel, “It’s highly likely that—thanks to the message preview function—your recipient will make a decision about what to do with that message before he/she even opens it.” To ensure that your news doesn’t end up in the trash, Rubel suggests writing your first sentence like a tweet—short and to the point.

CIAN CEO Testifies Before Congress
On July 15th, Steve Hope, president and CEO of Peoria-based CIAN, Inc., testified before Congress on the issue of small business contracting practices for service-disabled, veteran-owned (SDVO) businesses.

Hope, who founded CIAN in 1990, knows a thing or two about the subject—besides being a Navy veteran himself, more than half of his employees are veterans. He was invited to speak to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business by ranking member Congressman Aaron Schock.

Hope outlined four recommendations for the committee to consider to prevent fraud and improve contracting opportunities for SDVO businesses:

  1. Implementing a Business Rules Management System, sophisticated artificial intelligence software that will analyze rules and regulations to confirm the eligibility, industry and involvement in daily operations of bidding corporations as required by current regulations.
  2. Ensuring that government contracting officers interview the bidding finalists and ascertain the particulars of how the operations will be run. Hope urged a mandate that would impel contracting officers to review SDVO eligibility and recommended that site visits be conducted to confirm the owner is running the day-to-day operations of the business.
  3. Reversing an SBA regulation that makes it imperative that 8(a) (minority status) contracts remain an 8(a) set-aside. The “Once an 8a, always an 8a” Code of Federal Regulations fights the effort to allow existing contracts to be realigned into the SDVO initiative, taking opportunities away from SDVO corporations.
  4. Using smart card technology. All disabled veterans are already issued an ID card by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For veterans indicating they own and operate a business desiring to operate within the SDVO program, additional information can be included in a microchip on the card, the presentation of which should be mandatory at contract award signing.

“I was truly honored to be asked to testify before the committee and highly support Rep. Schock’s involvement and initiatives, particularly with veterans’ concerns,” said Hope. His suggested improvements were well received by the members of the committee. Read the full text of Hope’s testimony online at

Walk for a Cure
Local activists are standing up to a disease that is still not completely understood by science. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Following the approval earlier this year of the first oral medication for MS and studies that determined Vitamin D to have a direct relationship to MS, support is needed now more than ever to find a cure for this debilitating disease.

MS is believed to be an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body’s immune system, which normally defends the body from foreign invaders, turns on healthy cells in the body and attacks them. In the case of MS, myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the central nervous system, is attacked and develops scar tissue known as sclerosis, giving the disease its name. When any part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber is damaged, nerve impulses are severely distorted or interrupted, producing the variety of symptoms that can occur with MS.

In an attempt to fight this disease, the National MS Society is holding its annual “Walk MS Peoria” on September 12th at the intersection of Prospect Road and Knoxville Avenue. Registration begins at noon, and the walk will commence at 1pm. Last year’s event brought nearly 1,000 walkers and volunteers together to raise money to aid those in the community affected by MS and to further major research on the disease.

Individuals who want to support MS research can help by making a contribution to a single participant, a Walk MS team’s campaign, a general donation, or by becoming a participant themselves through the MS Walk event page at Funding for further research of MS is greatly dependent upon such events, making your participation and support extremely important. For more information on this disease, visit iBi