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Dr. Zahi Hawass: Egyptian Antiquities’ Living Legend

Egypt’s celebrated archaeologist is piecing together 4,700 years of his country’s rich heritage, illuminating an ancient civilization for the world to see. He is Egypt’s Indiana Jones and wears his signature hat on every adventure. You can find world-renowned Egyptologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass sifting through the desert sands of Egypt making discoveries lost to time. His goal is to preserve Egypt’s cultural heritage that has been raided and sold throughout the world. Among his major discoveries are the tombs of pyramid-builders at Giza, pyramids of Khufu and Teti, and the Valley of Golden Mummies at Bahariya Oasis. From valleys to underground tunnels to hidden chambers, his discoveries and experiences are the stuff legends are made of.   Recently, Dr. Hawass has been involved in a large-scale project covering pharaonic sites in Saqqara, Middle and Upper Egypt, and the Nile Delta. “The thrill of a discovery … You can’t really explain it,” he says in one of his lectures. “We have to look at every piece of sand to find what’s hidden.” In an interview with World Archaeology, he discloses, “But the

LESLIE’S WEEK: Nonprofit Gifts Vacations Away from Cancer

LESLIE’S WEEK is about Memories. Memories are 4ever! Stage 4 Breast Cancer women spend the majority of their Stage 4 lives in cancer therapies, clinical trials, and hospitals. Their families are in Financial Toxicity from the demands of cancer treatments. “Normalcy” is no longer recognizable in their lives. Receiving a diagnosis of Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer changes everything – holiday plans with family, career path, attending kid’s and grandkid’s events, retirement with your spouse. Plans you were looking forward to taking on suddenly have a new perspective. Shock aside, your life has careened into a journey you never thought you would take. Visits to hospitals and oncologists, enduring cancer treatments and procedures such as chemo and radiation, seeking support and strength, feeling ill and tired —all become the new norm. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. This year, an estimated 41,760 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. On average, every 2 minutes a

Angalia Bianca: Street Hero & Gang Violence Interrupter

Recovered from a life of crime, she puts her life on the line as a gang violence interrupter. One February morning, Angalia Bianca was driving on the streets of Chicago, Illinois. She was all too familiar with the dangers of the dark side of the city. While stopped at a red light on California, she saw three shooters who began to shoot at a small crowd of young people who were gathered in front of a corner store. She saw a teenage boy drop to the ground and knew that he was he was hit. As bullets were flying, she drove her car on the wrong side of the street and hopped out to run to the 15-year-old’s rescue to put pressure on his wound. The gunfire hadn’t stopped yet, and she too could have easily been a victim, but she knew all too well what could happen if she didn’t risk it. She stayed with the young man until the paramedics came and thanks to her bravery, he survived. She was later awarded the Resolution for Bravery Award from

Jim Shooter: Creator of Superheroes And Villains

You could say he’s the super boy who revitalized America’s comic book industry. In 1966, a Pittsburgh high school freshman took his pen to paper and started creating stories of superheroes, villains, and characters we could identify with. He sold his story Legion of Super-Heroes to DC Comics. From there Jim Shooter went on to write stories of Superboy, The Legion of Super-Heroes, Superman, and others that have entertained youths in households across the country for decades. Shooter’s track record is second to none in the industry. He developed skills to become a comic book writer, editor, publisher, and occasional artist. With over 3,500 works under his belt and innovative ideas that forever changed the comic book industry, Shooter’s contributions are indelibly etched into America’s comic book culture. A Yearning for Better As an eight-year-old, Shooter like most boys his age was eager to dive into the latest issue of their favorite comic book. But he soon lost interest as he noticed a trend of sameness in each new story. Years later at 12, he was recovering from surgery in

Marina Debris: Giving Voice to the Sea

Turning waste into an artistic ecological statement. Walking along the shoreline of Australia’s Coogee Beach you might see a lithe brunette picking up trash. Stop and shake her hand. This one-woman art phenom is collecting materials for her work the way a painter might buy acrylics at an art supply store. Marina DeBris, a moniker chosen for maximum effect, uses ocean garbage to remind us all we’re not the only ones using this planet and it’s time to stop choking it with our bad habits. Her mission in life is to change those habits for the good of us all. Creative DNA DeBris was born in Detroit with the soul of an artist and the talent to back it up. After studying at Indiana University she continued developing her skills at the Rhode Island School of Design. Discovering a penchant for metal arts she worked diligently with an eye toward becoming a goldsmith. At RISD she discovered graphic design, which involved crafting marketing materials the old-school way using her hands. She moved to NYC after art school and worked for

The Wadsworths: Crafting a Legacy

Inspiring a new generation with old world craftsmanship. Thousands of YouTube commenters explain the success of this father and son duo best; they are respected among millennial viewers as the “hard as nails” team driven by pure conviction toward a goal. Their amazing work ethic both inspires and uplifts others to do the same. Both Scott and Nate Wadsworth would be gratified to know this. Their self-stated goal of passing on time-honored traditions and excellent craftsmanship has already come to fruition. A Born Craftsman When he was just a lad Scott Wadsworth was fascinated by blacksmithing. He kept reading about all the things they made that were essential to life in the Old West. Everything from horse bits to printing presses were fashioned in the forge of a blacksmith. By chance one day in front of his dad’s shop he found out what it felt like to put hammer to metal and shape things. He worked a handful of penny nails over a small fire he made and began pounding them flat with his dad’s carpenter hammer using a piece

Ofir Drori: Hunter of Wildlife Traffickers

A compassionate heart for a chimp leads to a fearless fight against the extinction of endangered animals and cultures. Finding a purpose in life gave rise to more than Ofir Drori could have ever imagined. An Israeli writer, educator, and activist, Drori is the founder and director of the undercover task force, Last Great Ape organization (LAGA), the first wildlife law enforcement non-governmental organization (NGO) of its kind. In their day-to-day operations, LAGA helps African governments apply their wildlife laws against those engaged in the trafficking of endangered species. Using espionage tactics and raids, the organization tracks down major wildlife dealers illegally trading in ivory, animals, and animal parts. Work is often dangerous as they go undercover to snag dealers, perpetrators, and corrupt officials. Working closely with law enforcement, LAGA follows up on court cases to ensure the prosecution and conviction of major wildlife criminals. Destiny Calling Drori dreamed of going to Africa ever since he was a young boy. “I was born in Israel with a name that gave me a destiny — Ofir is an ancient land in

Sprinting into the Record Books

Beating all the odds, the fastest blind man on Earth has a message: look beyond your limitations and live your dream. As a young child at 15 months of age, David Brown was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease that later developed into glaucoma. His family was told he would never walk or grow over five-feet tall, but the dire diagnosis was not a fate Brown would submit to. Raised in an athletic family, he engaged in sports especially basketball. By age 13, he totally lost his sight and moved with his mother and sister from Kansas City to St. Louis where he could attend the Missouri School for the Blind. Running Towards His Dream Being blind did not diminish his interests in athletics and he participated in sprinting, wrestling, and goalball. He also developed a talent for music playing drums, piano, and even a tenor saxophone in a jazz band. But it was track and field that became his passion, taking on the challenge to test his personal limits. In 2008, Brown won an essay contest that sent him to the

Dave Hill: Become What You Think About

Master hypnotist suggests that you can change your life by changing your thoughts. The Power of the Mind As humans, our minds are the most powerful tool we possess. Sadly, many people don’t use it as they should. The thoughts that pass through our minds control everyone one of our actions. It’s OK to look for quick fixes to our problems, but we rarely realize that we have our own solutions hidden within our brains. Normally, this is a very dense and heavy topic, but Dr. Dave Hill, a world-famous comedy hypnotist, has found a way to make the message about brain power fun. While his shows will keep you laughing, he demonstrates how subjective the mind is and how one carefully planted thought can make a world of difference. Certified as a Master Hypnotist with a Ph.D. in clinical hypnotherapy, Dr. Hill is the world’s greatest hypnotist (self-proclaimed). He has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years, and has performed at more than 8,000 shows around the world, including at Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic

Haben Girma: A Champion of Disability Inclusion as Part of Diversity

From refugee to Harvard grad: She champions inclusion and dignity for people with disabilities.  We Are All Able The word “disability” usually comes with a negative connotation. It seems to deny the fact that there are people of all shapes, sizes, and skills that require judgement-free social services. Today, sadly, it seems that the differences that make our world colorful, unique, and progressive can also be a cause for isolation for many people. But Haben Girma, a deaf-blind Harvard scholar, is living proof that we are all able to complete grand missions no matter our abilities if we have the courage in our hearts and the support of our communities.  Girma is a public speaker and disability rights advocate with international fame. She aims to have inclusive practices for people with disabilities in every aspect of our daily lives. And she believes that technology can level the playing field.  She’s a lawyer, activist, and author who has been named a White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama, spoken at national conferences, and gave a lecture on accessible design