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Forever Young


By Val Simon Doretta Alger has a genuine smile, bubbly personality and is earnestly happy to meet people. When it comes to Doretta, nothing strikes you as unusual until you learn she is 95 years young! She completely belies her age. Of course, the first question always is “to what do you attribute your youthful appearance?” Longevity seems to run in the family as Doretta’s grandmother lived to be 101. Doretta added, “Each birthday, I walked my age. When I turned 90, I walked 90 minutes. At 91, I walked 91 minutes and so on. I did it each ... Read More »

Are You a Good Listener?


Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer I am a good listener, or maybe not. Maybe I’m just a better listener than I am a talker. Entertaining stories and antecdotes do not just roll off my tongue. Unlike my husband, who is a great talker. He can speak intelligently about any subject, and he can tell the same joke over and over. Even if the listener knows the punchline, they still find it funny. I recently attempted to recall one of his standard jokes that always gets big laughs, and it fell flat, like sea pork. It rolled around in ... Read More »

11th Annual Choice Affair

Political analyst, journalist, actor, producer, writer and MSNBC news program commentator Lawrence O’Donnell will lend his voice in support of women’s rights on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Collier County at its 11th Annual Choice Affair, to be held at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Jan. 30, 2015. The premier fundraising event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. On his weeknight show, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” the host has devoted an impressive amount of screen time to advocates for women’s reproductive health and has been outspoken in ... Read More »

Fashion for Her 2014 Set to Help Local Cancer Patients and Families

In two weeks, international designer Rosita Hertado and local designers will bring their fashion designs to a Naples runway to benefit the Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN). D’Latinos Magazine is set to host the Fourth Annual Fashion for Her event with a portion of ticket sales going to CAN who uses all funds to benefit local families fighting a battle with cancer. Regular and VIP tickets are both still available for the event.  Fashion for Her is on Friday, Sept. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort located at 2600 Tiburon Dr. in Naples. VIP ticket holders will have their photo ... Read More »



FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres If you’re like most people, you probably have a routine when it comes to just about everything from what you eat for breakfast to what you do before you go to bed. This could be a good or bad thing depending on what goal you are trying to achieve. When it comes to your diet, there is nothing wrong with eating the same foods for a while in the short term, but in the long run, you definitely need to feed your body a plethora of vitamins and minerals — you know nutrients — in ... Read More »

New Physician Joins Florida Gynecologic Oncology

Florida Gynecologic Oncology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, is pleased to announce the addition of Gynecologic Oncologist Samith Sandadi, M.D., MSc., to its practice. Florida Gynecologic Oncology provides high quality, personalized care to women with complex gynecologic problems and suspected diagnosed cancers of the female reproductive tract. Dr. Sandadi will be joining the team of distinguished physicians at Florida Gynecologic Oncology who have held, or currently hold, faculty appointments in academic departments of obstetrics and gynecology, have published hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters, and have received numerous awards for their contributions to women’s cancer care. “Dr. Sandadi’s clinical ... Read More »

NCH Healthcare System on U.S. News and World Report Top 25 List in Florida

U.S. News & World Report has released its list of top 25 medical centers in Florida. The NCH Healthcare System is the only healthcare system in Collier and Lee Counties to make the list, and is ranked #17 in Florida. The report looked at 265 hospitals in Florida. This is the 25th hospitals. The 2014-15 U.S. News and World Report national rankings cover nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country and span 16 medical specialties from cancer to urology. NCH has been ranked “high-performing” in the following five specialties: Orthopedics, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Urology, and Geriatrics. ... Read More »

Rookies Raises Money for Avery McCaskill

After the tournament, everyone headed to Rookies  on Marco Island for food and more fun. PHOTOS BY VICTORIA WRIGHT

By Noelle H. Lowery Avery McCaskill is an adorable, spunky, funny four-year-old. She likes to make funny faces, pretend she is a princess and play with her big sister, Kaleah. She loves hugs from her mom, Sondra, and her dad, William. Avery also is a fighter. The Golden Gate City child has been battling Leukemia since February 2013. That is why for the second year in a row Marco Island’s Rookies Bar & Grill has held its annual golf tournament in honor of little Avery, with all proceeds going to her family to help with the costs of her ... Read More »

Skin Wellness Physicians Now Open


Submitted Daniel I. Wasserman, MD, board certified in dermatology with a dual fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and laser and cosmetic medicine, is opening a new dermatology practice under the name of Skin Wellness Physicians. Services include general dermatology, skin cancer detection and treatment, Mohs micrographic surgery, laser and light medicine and cosmetic rejuvenation. Wasserman recently moved from a group dermatology practice where he provided medical care for more than three years to the Naples and Marco Island communities. His decision to begin a new venture is motivated by a firm belief in delivering high quality individualized health care and ... Read More »

Meet Betsy

In an emotional meeting at the Conservancy Nature Center, Friday, April 18 long-time sea turtle advocate and volunteer Betsy Sandstrom met her new namesake.  Sandstrom, who is terminally ill, was surrounded by more than 120 friends and family members as Conservancy President and CEO Rob Moher announced that with more than 70 percent of the vote, BETSY is the name of the Conservancy’s new baby loggerhead sea turtle. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Betsy Sandstrom is well-known by her friends and colleagues as a passionate supporter and defender of the threatened species as well as a long-time volunteer with the Bonita Springs/Fort Myers ... Read More »

No Pain, No Wrinkles, Lose Weight Rapidly and Eternal Youth


By Carol Glassman Are you over-medicated? What does that mean — how can anyone say a thing like that after a headline promising an almost ideal life, free of superficial and ongoing medical problems! We all have minor, and some major, aches and pains. Who among us doesn’t have a wrinkle or two? Wouldn’t you like to lose a couple of those Thanksgiving pounds that you gained, especially after adding Christmas and New Year’s eating? How about that grey hair, if indeed it is thick enough to worry about — would you like more/some — better than none? Are you ... Read More »

OBITUARY: Kevin McManus

Kevin Anthony McManus, 56, of Marco Island, FL and formerly of Washington, D.C. died on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Avow Hospice in Naples, FL. The cause of death was lung cancer. Mr. McManus began his career as a young man working in the U.S. Senate, first in the Mail Room, then operating the elevator service for Senators casting votes, and eventually, for the Broadcast Services of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. After leaving government service he joined NBC in Washington, D.C. and had a long career in broadcasting, serving as a videographer for NBC News and their affiliates. He ... Read More »

ACS Hits Jackpot at Hideaway Beach ‘Casino Night’

By Noelle H. Lowery In the high-stakes game of fighting cancer, Hideaway Beach Club and the Ameri-can Cancer Society’s Marco Island Unit make a great team. For the last 10 years, Bill Dean and his Hideaway Beach Chips Away at Cancer committee have held fundraising events for ACS’s Relay for Life, and this year’s Las Vegas-style “Casino Night” brought in $113,000 for ACS. The event’s 155 attendees bought event ticket sales, sponsorships, silent auction items and made various donations during the evening at Hideaway Beach Club. Sponsorships alone raked in about $77,000, and one silent auction item — a ... Read More »

Relay For Life 2014 Kicks Off November 5th


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig The American Cancer Society and the 2014 Relay For Life Committee invite everyone to join us at the Marco Island Lutheran Church on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM to celebrate the Kickoff of Relay for Life 2014! This year’s theme is ‘A World of Hope’ where teams will pick a country that their team will use as a backdrop for their activities leading up to and at the Relay For Life which this year will be held at Mackle Park April 12-13, 2014. Kickoff is an opportunity for returning teams to come back and ... Read More »

The Pink Plane


SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I first heard of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) a few years ago. A friend’s mother died of the disease and he wanted to find an “in lieu of flowers” cause whose administrative costs were low. As the only breast cancer organization to receive an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy (Charity Watch), BCRF was the one he chose. Recently, I was made aware of Delta Air Lines’ annual participation in Breast Cancer Awareness Month and its strong support of BCRF. I spoke with corporate representative Paul Skrbec and most of the ... Read More »

Breast Cancer Screening Saves Lives


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig The American Cancer Society appreciates the Coastal Breeze for highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the month of October. While we continue to look for causes, treatments and cures for breast cancer there is one thing that all women should do as a preventative measure – and that is to get a mammogram. As you can see from the following statistics, the combination of mammograms and new treatments are saving lives and creating more birthdays. Let’s all pledge to get our mammograms by the end of the year as a present to ourselves. Mammography Rates are Steady ... Read More »

A Dream Fulfilled


Submitted Thirty-plus years ago Janelle Hail was 34 years old, married, and the mother of three young sons. Although it had been years since her junior high health class, Janelle still remembered her breast self-exam training—which is how she found the lump. The result was an early diagnosis of breast cancer, which led to a mastectomy. Janelle attributes her survival to early detection. Facing breast cancer in 1980 wasn’t easy for women; there was so little information available. While in the hospital dealing with her own breast cancer dilemma, Janelle became acutely aware of the lack of information made available ... Read More »

Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust By Nancy G. Brinker with Joni Rodgers Crown Archetype, 343 pages The first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was observed in October 1986, and now it is a global event. Promise Me is the story of Susan Goodman, her younger sister Nancy, and how their sisterly devotion brought that about. Three-year-old Susan welcomed home baby sister Nancy Goodman in 1946 with an intense looking-over and accepted her with, “Well, she’s quite a character,” announcement to their parents. The sisters lived in Peoria, Illinois, an area I know very well as I was born (a little after ... Read More »

ACS Grantee Awarded Nobel Prize


Submitted We have exciting news to share about the American Cancer Society’s research program. One of our former ACS-funded scientists has won the 2013 Nobel Prize. This makes 47 former grantees that have won the most prestigious award in medical science. Below is the nationwide news release that describes the researchers’ work and the potential against cancer. The American Cancer Society has an unmatched record in the nonprofit arena for the number of funded researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. This fact speaks to the Society’s ability to both identify and support gifted investigators early in ... Read More »

Surviving The “C” Word


By Julia Barnett Sometimes life throws you a curveball, aimed straight at your head. You can’t avoid it; you can’t duck out of its way. Sometimes that curve ball is called breast cancer. In September of 2006, Marco Island local Marian Colli went in for a routine annual mammogram, thinking nothing of it—it was chore, a time consuming addition to an ever-growing to-do list. She never expected them to find anything. But find something they did, a something that was too deep to find in a self-examination or on a normal doctor’s visit. Worried about the lump, the examining physician ... Read More »