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Green is where the Heart Is for March 19, 2014

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ~John Bunyan

By MO LINQUIST
Contributing Writer

The streets of Carolina Beach were all abuzz on Saturday morning as over 2,200 participants put their ‘green’ where their ‘hearts’ were by running, walking or strolling in the 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Steve Haydu Lo Tide Run.  I have been involved in this event since 2006, as a participant, a volunteer, a business owner and culminating this year as a participant once again.  Did I mention that the team I was on, “Bev5K’s 50th Birthday Bash” won the coveted Timbo Reilly Spirit Award?
Bev Veals, local Kure Beach resident, environmental activist and artist extraordinaire was one of 11 recipients last year as she was fighting her third bout with cancer.  “When I was diagnosed with advanced stage cancer it crippled us as a family financially. 
We were just getting back on our feet when I found out, because of my very complicated case, I needed to go to Duke for 5 ½ weeks for daily treatment.  The cost of putting gas in the car, food on the table, and all the extra expenses creates a downward spiral for families that are barely making it anyways. 
The Lo Tide made it possible for me to cover those extra expenses at that time,” she told me. 
Tim Reilly had no idea how prolific his gift to Steve Haydu would become.  In 2005 Haydu was a young husband, father and partner in a new restaurant on the beach, The Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar.  When he was without health insurance and diagnosed with cancer, his patron Tim Reilly and avid runner, had the idea of creating a 5K 10k race to help him out financially.  100 participants ran that race in March of 2005 and the proceeds went to the Haydu family.  Steve passed away in May of that year but his legacy continued.  The idea was to continue to raise money in his memory and donate it to local people who had cancer, limited financial safety nets, many with no health insurance.  The money is to be used however the recipients feel will ease their stress and has no strings attached.
Although there are expenses associated with any organized race like timing tags and t-shirts, the manpower including the Board, is 100% volunteer allowing the majority of the funds raised to go directly to the recipients.  In 2008 the participants had reached 1,000 providing $29,000 to be given to 3 recipients that year and by 2012 when the participants toppled 2,000 the money was given out to over 10 recipients.  2014 was the largest year to date with over 2,200 participants. 
Please continue through the year to support this dedicated cause, which helps our neighbors in need.  Cancer does not take a break for seasons nor ages.  The youngest recipient was only 3 years old at the time.  I saw her mother yesterday at Whole Foods and she told me that her daughter still had one year of treatment but she was doing well.  Lo Tide Cookbooks are available at Island Wellness Market, Veggie Wagon and Artful Living Group and can be purchased for $20 making a great Easter or Mother’s day gift.  100% goes back to the organization. Artful Living Group will ship your book for free for out-of-town gifts or phone orders.  Call 910-458-7822.   You will never know how far reaching your generosity may extend.  Tim Reilly did not know.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at www.personplace.com FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.