Southwest Human Development Children’s Book Writing Contest

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First Edition: A Books for Babies &
Toddlers, Too Project

Children’s Book Writing Contest Flyer

Submission Guidelines

Southwest Human Development

We’ll edit, illustrate and promote the book. All you need to do is write it!

A Leadership Conversation with Dr. Marty Tenenbaum and Dr. Josh LaBaer


March 19th, 2015 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Phoenix Country Club

Join AZBio and Members of Arizona’s Healthcare and Life Science Community for

Big Questions – Big Data – Big Science:

A Leadership Conversation with Dr. Marty Tenenbaum,

founder of Cancer Commons and

Dr. Josh LaBaer  of the Biodesign Institute  at ASU

It’s been said time and again that when it comes to science and research, Arizona’s pioneering spirit and youthful energy, makes it a perfect place for collaboration.

With the advance of big data, open science, crowdsourcing and the like, do we have the right people, ideas, tools, resources and motivation to accelerate cures and

bring solutions to people? What’s stopping us now?

Two ‘big idea guys’ will join us on March 19th to share their experiences, their successes – and yes, their failures.

When:  Thursday, March 19, 2015

11:00 AM –  Registrations and Networking

11:30 AM – 1:00  PM – Program and Lunch

Where:  Phoenix Country Club

Tickets:  $75 for Members*, $100 for Non Members, $750 for a table of  10    REGISTER

Elected Leaders and the Media receive complimentary registration to this educational event.

* Member pricing is extended to  Members of AZBio, the Arizona Technology Council, and the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.

Every year 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer and nearly half of those cases are considered incurable. But many of those “incurable” cases may be beatable by exploiting biological features unique to each individual’s cancer. Join us as we explore the  convergence of recent developments in genomics, big data informatics, social networks, and personalized medicine that is transforming the landscape of cancer research and treatment. In this new paradigm, cancer is managed as a chronic disease using an evolving cocktail of targeted- and immunotherapies individualized for each patient, much like HIV. Every treatment event is considered as a probe that  simultaneously treats the patient and provides an opportunity to validate and refine the models on which the treatment decisions are based.

Cauldron of Love has been released!

Front Cover

After two years, thirty contributors, artwork, one trailer, edits, proof reading and more, Writers Unite to Fight Cancer is proud to announce that Cauldron of Love our WUFC Cookbook is available! The full color coil-bound version with 190 recipes $24.95. Break bread with us and celebrate life.

Buy Your Copy Today! 

List of Contributors: Anna Arnett, Anna del C Dye, Brenda Novak, Bridgette Crosby, Caroline Porter, Cheree Alsop, Connie Sokol, David Calvert, David Lee Summers, Donna Dustin, Doreen Bloomer, Emily Larsen, Jadi, Karly Blair, Kebba Button Buckley, Kerry Blair, Lisa Finder, Liz Adair, Louise Laughlin, Margaret Larsen Turley, Marilyn Hartness, Marina Martindale, Morgan Vanessa Harbinger, Ora Smith, Penny Freeman, Sarah M. Eden, Serena Freewomyn, Shari McClaws,Vanessa Joy.

Cauldron of Love features eighteen categories with  international family favorites, remedies, delicious gluten free and dairy free cuisine, comfort food for patients battling cancer and other tantalizing morsels.

100% of the profits from cookbook sales will be donated to Cancer Research.

Email  or call Margaret for other payment options at: / 480-586-7902.

NBTS Tulips Against Tumors

Tulips_EmailHeader_2013National Brain Tumor Society partners with EcoTulips once again for this year’s Tulips Against Tumors program. Each bulb planted will honor all those who have been affected by a brain tumor, and help raise awareness and critical funds for promising research across the United States. 50% of the funds raised through these EcoTulips bulb orders go directly to support the work of the National Brain Tumor Society.

Brenda Novak Holds Annual Auction for Diabetes Research


Brenda with son Thad

As if being a mother of five and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author weren’t enough (upcoming titles include COME HOME TO ME and THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS in her Whiskey Creek series as well as a new thriller, A MATTER OF GRAVE CONCERN), award-winning novelist Brenda Novak is also a true philanthropist.
Wrapping up its 9th year, Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research, benefiting the cure-focused work of the Miami-based Diabetes Research Institute surpassed the $2 million mark. Held each May at, the month-long online auction features personal meetings, lunches and dinners with celebrity authors, world-class getaways and state-of-the-art gizmos and gadgets.
These days, Brenda is contacting the previous years’ donors and looking for new people who might be interested in contributing. For Novak, it’s a labor of love and a concentrated effort to find a cure for her son, who has lived with diabetes since he was five years old. “I remember when this all started how excited we were when we raised $34,000. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought we’d come so far so fast,” says Novak. As in previous years, the 2013 annual auction boasted some incredible and very unique items that are of particular interest to budding authors due in large part to the participation of some of the most prolific writers in the country, who are offering their experience and expertise to help cultivate future talent. The Diabetes Research Institute, a center of excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation.
The DRI is now building upon these achievements by bridging cell-based therapies with emerging technologies to restore insulin production. For the millions of families already affected by diabetes, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure. For more information, visit

This year’s auction is jam-packed full of great deals for writers and readers. Buy wonderful gifts and /or bid on career building opportunities while benefiting Diabetes Research.

A National Second Grade Project by Conrad J. Storad

gatorgator_cover_lGator, Gator, Second Grader is the newest project by multi-award-winning author and editor of more than 50 science and nature books for children,  Conrad J. Storad.

When second graders Benny and Jacob bring a baby alligator to school in a cardboard box, their teacher, Mrs. Nichols, has an important message to share. “A baby gator is NOT a good classroom pet!” An impromptu “pet safari” unfolds as Mrs. Nichols helps her students identify which creatures are suitable for school and which animals are better housed elsewhere! This engaging story is narrated by a beloved classroom pet gerbil, nicknamed “Snoozer.” The narrative is cleverly illustrated by Alex Lopez.

As students compare and contrast a wide variety of animals, they quickly learn to recognize which creatures make good pets and which creatures do best in the zoo or in their natural habitats. The book’s accompanying curriculum guide expertly introduces students to gerbils like Snoozer and provides an in-depth look at American alligators. With language and pictures masterfully crafted for early elementary readers, Gator, Gator, Second Grader provides parents and educators with a trusted resource to help students learn more about nature. As Benny and Jacob soon come to realize, “Some animals are safe, fun pets, but alligators belong in the wild!”

Five Star Publications, the publisher for Conrad J. Storad’s books in Arizona, has created a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to support and nationally promote the book. The goal is to get a copy of the book into EVERY second grade classroom in North America. You may obtain more information and can help turn their goal into reality by contributing to the Gator Gator, Second Grader  Kickstarter Campaign.

Cauldron of Love: The WUFC Cookbook

Cauldron of Love: The Writers Unite to Fight Cancer Cookbook is a unique recipe book created by members and supporters of Writers Unite to Fight Cancer (WUFC) for the purpose of raising operational funds for WUFC.


Recipe Submission Guidelines


Nightingale by David Farland


When you purchase Nightingale, you are helping a brain trauma victim. Visit for more information

The “Wizard of Storytelling,” David Farland, is an award-winning, international best-selling. His YA novel, Nightingale was the Grand Prize Winner of the Hollywood Book Festival, placing first in all genres and all categories, Winner of the 2012 International Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel of the Year and Winner of the 2012 London Book Festival for Best Young Adult Novel of the Year.

Nightingale is entertaining, educational and exciting for adults as well as young adults. My eyes were glued to the pages from the beginning through the end and the rest of the series (Dream Assassin, Draghoul, and Shadow Lord) is now on my must read list.

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American Brain Tumor Association – Real Progress, Real Hope

ABTAlogoForty years ago, a national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and improving brain tumor care was a bold notion. Back then, there was little promise or hope for those diagnosed with a brain tumor. Today, thanks to the generosity of a generation of supporters like you, we are seeing real progress and experiencing real hope in our efforts to advance the understanding and treatment of brain tumors. Your gift today will allow us to continue this momentum. [Read more…]

May is National Brain Tumor Month

factsaboutbtinusThis year, nearly 70,000 new, primary brain tumor diagnoses will be made in the U.S. alone. My daughter is one of this number. Your support of the National Brain Tumor Society will drive cutting edge research and bring us closer to a cure.

At the American Association for Cancer Research’s (AACR) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  on April 6 through 10, 2013, Dr. Markus D. Siegelin, M.D. was named the 2013 recipient of the AACR-National Brain Tumor Society Career Development Award for Translational Brain Tumor Research.

Blog readers can contribute to toward finding the cure by:

Donating to the National Brain Tumor Society,

or participating in various NBTS fundraising events:

One can also volunteer with NBTS and or become an advocate.

By clicking the links below, you can visit NBTS financial and insurance information, view their expansive link library of brain tumor resources, find information about joining an online support community.

A brain tumor diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming. Connecting to others is an important way to find information, support, and hope. This section on brain tumor support groups includes information to help you and/or your loved one find the support you need to stay strong.