After their daughter, Hayden, was stillborn at 32 weeks of gestation in 2010, Rebekka and Randy Hauskin's hospital bills served as a painful reminder of their loss. As a result, they decided that they wanted to help other families dealing with this type of tragedy, and in memory of their daughter, created the Oregon-based nonprofit Hayden's Helping Hands. The foundation helps Oregonians after the birth of a stillborn baby by paying for a portion or all of their hospital delivery expenses, so they can focus on healing rather than financial burdens. The amount of financial assistance is determined by the foundation on a case-by-case basis, and all payments are made directly to the medical facility.
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David Scott couldn't stop falling in the water. It didn't make sense. He'd been an avid snowboarder for 20 years—nearly the entire time that winter had existed—so wakeboarding should've come naturally. David turned to his friend Adam Faren, an expert wakeboarder in his own right, who suggested that David try wake surfing instead. (The boats travel at lower speeds, and you don't need to lock in your feet.) It worked. David finally conquered the water, and the two friends partnered up to help others surf, board, and ski the waters through their joint venture, Wake Charter. During outings, Adam and David welcome guests onto their 23-foot speedboat, introducing them to the thrills of everything from wakeboarding to tubing and snapping high-quality photos to commemorate every narrow escape from the Loch Ness Monster.
Capturing True Emotion is driven by a dynamic band of instructors who rove across the continent with cameras and teaching skills in hand. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over all of their camera settings. During the hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students convene at a tantalizing location to practice skills such as controlling depth of field by adjusting the aperture, composing a family portrait so there's not always a burning zeppelin in the background, using alternative angles to avoid red eye, and other techniques.
Ecdysiast, a modern pole-dancing studio that derives its name from ancient Rome, comingles the sleek techniques of modern fitness with the atavistic impulses of dance, resulting in a fun, social, and physical exhibition of the body’s beauty. A staff that includes certified personal trainers instructs a schedule of classes to accommodate most skill and fitness levels. During a one-hour class of fewer than seven, pupils position themselves before the studio’s floor-to-ceiling mirrors—cut at intervals with white, flowing drapery—to gaze at their reflection staring back at them as it sidles next to their own, individual, 16-foot golden-hued pole. The introductory Taster class dips newbie toes into the rippling waters of pole dancing with beginner moves, choreography, and floor work. At the instructor’s behest, students in the eight-week course will spin, climb, invert, and plane their bodies parallel to the ground in an act of self-levitation unattainable without the use of hundreds of helium balloons. The 90-minute party class packs similar routines and equal energy, but caters to the custom needs of the group, be they bachelorette, birthday, or a girls' night out.
At Elite Sante Women's Fitness Club, women slim and tone their physiques in a nonintimidating environment outfitted with Nautilus fitness equipment, steam rooms, tanning beds, and more. A gym membership includes unlimited use of free weights as well as Nautilus strength-training and cardio equipment, such as treadmills, stationary bikes, stair steppers, and stationary roller skates (a $39.20 value/month). Members can also attend Wednesday evening core-conditioning classes or sweat away toxins in the steam room. The gym's metabolism test (a $40 value) determines resting metabolic rate and daily caloric needs to help with nutritional planning. One month of tanning (a $30 value) allows for body-bronzing under the warm glow of Soleil Systems' 28-bulb 20-minute beds. Those who opt to pair their membership with a T-shirt and exercise journal (a $30 value) can keep track of their daily activity, nutrition, and prom float ideas for approximately two months. The journal includes a target heart-rate chart and nutrition tips to help maintain personal fitness goals.
Since 1983, the nonprofit Northwest Family Services has helped youth, couples, and families make healthy life decisions. Youth programs provide safe harbor for children and teens after school, and match up kids in peer-to-peer leadership programs. Summer sessions encourage kids to make new memories by playing with words and pictures in PhotoVoice camp, during heart-pounding adventure camps, or out of Popsicle sticks. For adults, the organization’s job-help programs guide applicants through resumé writing and interviewing skills. Laying out a roadmap for happy new families, marriage-prep counseling gives couples and singles tips for navigating healthy relationships.