Friend from Asheville sent this need in:

On Monday, October 5th, my brother-in-law, Ed Bennett, was diagnosed with liver cancer.  Ed has been living with Hepatitis C since the late 1980's. He contracted this blood disease when he got his very first tattoo. He found out about it years later when he tried to give blood. The disease then progressed into cirrhosis and now cancer.  In order to survive, Ed needs a liver transplant. Approximate cost for the first year of a transplant – $525,000. 

Last year, Ed was laid off from his job of 17 years. Because COBRA insurance was unaffordable, he and my sister Laurie obtained private insurance. Unfortunately, the plan that they purchased only covers $2500 of the transplant costs.

On the positive side, Ed is feeling pretty good right now. Ed is a young, 61-year old man who has a great many years left to share with my sister.  They have been married nearly four years and are a wonderful, loving couple!

What financial assistance is available to Ed and Laurie?  We don't know all the answers yet. The VA and Social Security are possibilities. But for now, I'm going to do whatever I can to keep some money flowing 
to them!

Laurie is a new Pampered Chef sales consultant. Pampered Chef sells cooking utensils, cookware, bake ware, etc.  For every sale Laurie makes she will get a 20% commission. Christmas is just around the corner so this is a perfect time to buy presents and help Laurie and Ed out at the same time!

In order for Laurie to get credit for her sales, you must go to her website and go to "Our Products." There will be a button that says "How to Purchase." Put in my name, Susan Fronsoe, in the purple box as the host. Order your items only through this venue!  Party ends October 28th. 

If you don't want to order any items from Pampered Chef and would rather donate some cold hard cash (anything helps – NO amount is too small) please send a check or money order to: Ed Bennett P.O. Box 27 Ranger, GA 30734.

Thank you so very much for your thoughts, prayers and donations.  With your help, we will see Ed and Laurie married for at least another 20 years!


Beauty Through Cancer in Asheville North Carolina

What better way to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month than to introduce Beauty Through Cancer to the City of Asheville. Join members of our organization, Board of Directors and volunteers as well as Mayor Terry Bellamy and other City Officials as we celebrate “Beauty Through Cancer” day in Asheville. The day will begin with businesses from all over the Western North Carolina Area donating a pledged amount of at least $1 for every customer, client, or patient they serve on October 1st to Beauty Through Cancer. You can see a list of businesses on our website that are generously supporting Beauty Through Cancer on this important day. “You could be one” !!!!!! The day will culminate in our Grand Opening – Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and party from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on October 1st at our office located at 131 McDowell St Suite 202 Asheville, NC

Enjoy food by Chef in Motion, Wine by WineStyles, Beer provided by Highland Brewing, door prizes, raffle prizes, live music by Clear Water Connections, chair massage from Gary Lloyd of West Asheville Massage and Healing Arts and more…. as you mingle with elected officials, community leaders, business professionals and the community at large.

Meet our volunteers, board of directors and hear inspiring stories of cancer battles and survivorship! We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you. Join us on October 1st, 2009

If your business would like to make a pledge to join our celebration of giving please call our office at 828-252-8558 for a pledge form! or email

Will Asheville Suffer the Swine Virus?

American Rainbow Rapid Response will be working closely with the Buncombe County Health Department and the CDC sharing information on the situation and how to prepare. ARRR is in touch with the person at the CDC headquarters who is the head organizer for Pandemic Influenza. Please visit this website:

I'm sure you have heard about the Swine Virus that has been spreading from Mexico. It's believed to have been found in CA, TX, KS, possibly NYC and maybe even England. The situation is not serious yet, but it could get that way quickly. I suggest that you follow our facebook page – American Rainbow Rapid Response – It will be updated frequently until this is settled. Our website is and it will also be updated frequently. Thank you, Mari Director's Aide ARRR Inc

Thank you to Aaron Funk for this information.