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Three High School Students Help Cancer Patients Combat COVID-19 with Grassroots Mask with a Message Campaign

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As the world continues in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers are selflessly risking their lives to save the lives of others. Stories of their heroics are common and yet still do not cover the breadth of their sacrifice.

However, there is another group of people that also needs attention–cancer patients. This already vulnerable group faces an impossible choice: stay home and hopefully stay free from coronavirus, or leave home to receive life-saving treatments.

A recent Lancet study reveals that immunocompromised cancer patients are nearly five times more likely to develop severe complications from COVID-19 in comparison to the general population. According to the CDC, cloth masks have been endorsed to limit spread amongst contagious but asymptomatic people. Mask usage is one of the CDC’s primary recommendations to flatten the curve.

Three local high school students knew this and saw an opportunity to jump on the challenge. Arjun Moorthy (17), Roshan Pillai (17) and Arun Moorthy (15), initiated a community-driven program, the COVID Supply Initiative (CSI), with the goal to provide masks to every cancer patient in the valley.

Instead of taking a break when their school closed, these young men went to work. They are collecting homemade and donated masks to distribute at cancer centers across Phoenix to patients undergoing chemotherapy.

“We’ve always looked to help our community,” Pillai said, “and we knew that we couldn’t sit idle while people suffer.” Motivated to help as many as they could, they soon partnered with large oncology groups and began to distribute masks to Honor Health, Virginia Piper Cancer Center, Ironwood Cancer Center, and Palo Verde Cancer Specialists.

A group of women with breast cancer were among the grateful recipients. One patient reported, “It is very touching and impactful to know someone is thinking of me and those who are like me. This act of generosity gives me hope for the future generation watching youth be proactive in their community”. Seeing the smiles on their faces definitely was motivation for us” says Arjun Moorthy. Infact, one woman commented why this act of generosity was even more important today. “Many of the support groups are closed, and I feel alone going through my journey. Family members are no longer allowed in with me during my treatment, and it gets lonely.”

CSI took these words and decided to broaden their impact. They often hand out masks in-person to patients undergoing chemotherapy and take the time to talk with them. They have also begun including motivational messages with each mask that communicate hope and faith. Messages like “You are a fighter”, “Cancer may have started the fight, but you will win it”.

The masks have been well-received and patients are often seen smiling when they read the adjoining messages. Some have even reported that for a few minutes when they see the messages, they almost forget where they are sitting.

The teens say the most unique aspect of the mask collection has been how many of the mask donations come from people who know someone undergoing cancer treatment. “The concept of ‘pay it forward’ really applies,” commented Arun Moorthy.

It is true that everyone should be using personal protection gear. However, cancer patients are already on a difficult journey that has been made more life-threatening by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Abhishek Patel, medical oncologist at Virginia Piper Cancer Center explains “if patients going through chemotherapy get the virus, they have a higher risk of Intensive Care Unit admissions and death. Therefore, masks are an important tool for protection.”

CSI is growing, and they plan to donate masks globally through both local collections and a mask-pairing program with an inspirational message for every patient. They’ll accomplish this lofty goal through a program called Mask Pair.

“We are contacting oncology centers domestically and internationally to let them know there is help and hope,” says Mr. Pillai.

“We want to make mask donation as easy as a click of a button. People with extra masks can go to our website, find where they are needed, and then send directly there,” says Arun Moorthy.

This is not the first time these boys have worked for the benefit of their local community, and it likely won’t be the last. Readers with an interest in CSI’s movement can go to covidsupplyinitiative.org and donate with a message under the Mask Pair program. Local mask pickups can be coordinated by emailing [email protected]

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Real Estate Mogul Mike Oddo’s Genius Pivot After Lost Market Share

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From humble beginnings to scaling his brokerage to a yearly seven figure business at 26, Mike Oddo’s feats were phenomenal. Most entrepreneurs know, the market is a constantly evolving creature. As fate would have it, real estate mogul Mike Oddo, discovered this first hand when to his dismay he realised his precious brokerage was losing market share to a competitor in the early 2010s.

The competitor had recently begun using a software allowing for an unusual advantage in the marketplace. Mike however, was not too worried as he’d anticipated a need for such a software and had begun his own development of one. This only confirmed his sususpion and pushed Mike to go pedal to the metal and make his platform usable for his brokerage. That he did and he would soon reclaim his position as the undisputed champion in the real estate space.

Spotting opportunities, Mike knew that the proprietary tech stack he and his team developed had some serious potential to catch the market by the storm. “As a seasoned real estate veteran, I knew one thing. Booking meetings with prospects was a real pain, and I had always hoped that there would be an easier way to go about conducting real estate sales.” – Mike Oddo.

A sequence of events led Mike to have a chance encounter with the brother of a former employee who was actively involved in selling Yellow Page subscriptions. He proposed to the experienced salesman a potential deal where the salesman would sell Mike’s software in return for a generous commission, a deal would be made and that month Mike Oddo would see $20,000 in subscription sales for his proprietary system.

Mike’s subscription service would go on to be named “Market Maker Leads” – a U.S based software platform for real estate agents that generates real estate leads, nurtures leads, builds your authority and status, delivers those leads as prepositioned appointments™ directly to your calendar. Everything is done for you for a set monthly cost.

Now with proof of concept that agents like and see returns with his platform, Mike made the decision to sell his brokerage for what we would imagine was a handsome amount and Found Market Maker. Since 2012 Market Maker has ushered a new era of convenience and innovation in the real estate market.

Naturally, with the next level convenience offered by Market Maker, Mike’s company has become one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America with a very positive trajectory that we look forward to seeing play out.

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Entrepreneur and marketing guru, George Elia, has been consistently behind the scenes pushing buttons behind some of the largest brands/name on social media.

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Originally from Lebanon, began his industry rise dating back in 2017, where he was a key member and mentor for some record labels,
George, was influential to the development of several artists on the label, along with many others, helping guide and support careers of artists like, Diego money , Doe Boy, Guap Tarantino, Trap Manny, and many more.
Executive to Marketing Guru and Branding Expert.
George, has been apart and responsible for bringing some of the best new products and entertainment to the eyes of Millions of social media users.
.“We’ve perfected our system, and the results prove it”

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The Importance of Pocket Your Dollars Money Solutions and Expert Financial Advice

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You may earn a lot of money, but when it comes to investment, not everyone knows the ins and outs of their overall finances. This is where Pocket Your Dollars money solutions come into picture. Read on to understand why financial advice from experts like them is necessary.

There is a thought “Only rich people need financial advice from experts”, but it’s not true. Financial advice from experts is very important if you have a growing business or even a start-up because expert financial advisors have good experience and knowledge in the field. Their experience helps you to build and protect your assets. There are many such services that you can hire. To make your investments fully secured for a longer period it is very beneficial to take financial advice from experts. Here are 5 rewarding reasons to get financial advice from experts.

  1. For Your Family’s Protection

The very first financial planning one has to decide is life insurance. There are many life insurance plans available in the market. Some are very good, while some are average and some are ideal. The main reason why there are many options is because there are various such life situations. Since every individual situation is different, an expert can tell you which life insurance policy perfectly fits your needs. 

Each life situation is different, for example, you are single or married, you are retired, or have a young family. They can help you find appropriate plans. They carefully study your life situation and provide the best feasible options for you and your family.

  • Plan for Saving and Spending

For building assets, you require long-term security. At first, you have to pay for your emergencies and then for holidays and luxuries, as it doesn’t make any sense if it was the other way around. Step one should be to start saving and controlling your spending habits. You should be free from debts. You can check out Pocket Your Dollars and hire them to help you clear your debts with proper planning. Step two is to plan the saving patterns to build a wealthy lifestyle efficiently and effectively. The financial expert understands your whole situation properly and guides you through the right path towards a victorious future.

  • Secure Your House

Purchasing a house is the costliest decision you ever take in your life. Financial experts often help you save many thousands of dollars and wait for the best time when the interest rates are best for you so that you’ll never have to borrow few dollars from here and there when you are purchasing a house.

  • Investment Goals

Many Americans think about early retirement.Whatever your goals are, a financial expert advises you accurately to evaluate what can be possible. After that, the expert creates an effective plan for you to achieve your investment goals.

  • Peace of Mind

If you are searching for a financial solution on the internet and doing all the work by yourself, then it can cost you time. To find the optimal solution, you have to study each aspect. Since the financial expert can do it in no time, you have peace of mind.

It doesn’t matter how much money you have or how old you are, you need a financial expert to ensure a secure financial future.

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