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One in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetimes. An estimated five to ten percent of those breast cancers will be linked to gene mutations passed through many generations of the family. Hormonal changes, lifestyle, and environmental factors also play a role in the development of breast cancer. This means breast cancer is likely caused by a complicated interaction of genetic makeup, the environment, and lifestyle.
At 27, Alexes Niekamp’s list of achievements is impressive by any measure. She owns two successful businesses: the award-winning Lessons by Lexe dance studio and Quest Character Parties. She holds the Miss Saguaro title (a local title within the Miss Arizona organization). And, she’s the dance team coach for the Mustangs, the Northern Arizona Wranglers dance team.
Her journey hasn’t been easy; she’s worked hard for every one of her accomplishments … and the payoff is sweet.
When Prescott residents Cal Seabaugh and Kelly Williams say they’ve seen Arizona, they mean it: the duo spent 45 days this past fall hiking the entire Arizona National Scenic Trail—all its 800 miles and 110,000 feet of elevation gain.
Stretching the length of the state, from Utah to the Mexican border, the trail, also known as the Arizona Trail, showcases Arizona’s diverse landscape. And, Kelly, said, “It’s all spectacular.”
It took a degree, a couple of careers, and several years for Julie Glaze Gorman to dial in on what she wanted to do. Now, she’s living her dream (which looks nothing like she expected), and she’s sharing it with her daughter, Autumn Sierra, who is enjoying the ride, too.
Julie opened Wild Iris Coffeehouse and Bakery 15 years ago this past November. Just a kid at the time, Autumn grew up washing dishes, taking orders, and managing the store. This past November, on the Wild Iris’s 15th anniversary, Autumn opened her own digs, The Century Lounge, and is now putting her experience to use.
Wendy and her husband Greg started offering weddings and other events on their 30-acre property four years ago (their son Grant and his bride Sofia were the first to get married there).
Hosting events at Lynx Creek Farm is a family affair. Wendy and Greg live on the property, and their daughter Raphael is the day-of coordinator.
Between events, the trio works to constantly beautify the property, adding color and depth to its wide-open views.
The Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS) mission statement is simple: To serve women, women with children, and veterans by providing temporary housing, resources, individualized case management, and a pathway to permanent housing.
For the women, PASS serves, though, the benefits are complex and life-changing.
Every team member is committed to caring for the whole person—body, mind and spirit.
Even while Nyla D’ Salon had its best year ever in 2021, and is on track for another record year in 2022, owner Jenny Bacon is working as hard as ever. And it’s worth it.
This October, Nyla D’ will celebrate 15 years in business. Those 15 years have been a journey filled with lessons and “the pure joy of knowing what it’s like to work so hard to earn something and then make a success out of it.”
Jenny’s is a story of determination, hard work, and ultimately, the fulfillment of seeing those pay off.
Canyon exploration, she said, “just slows things down to the simplicity of what your basic needs are. Day three is when people just kind of melt into the Grand Canyon … the connection is so different for every single person. You reconnect to yourself.”
Harold, who passed away in February, married Lorna in 1955 in Wellington, Ohio. They moved to Prescott and opened Watters Garden Center on Miller Valley Road.
By 1965, it quickly outgrew its original Miller Valley Road location, and the Watterses moved it to a spot on Plaza Drive. In 1983, it moved again, to its current location on Iron Springs Road.
Ten years ago, Krystal and her daughter Kaileigh founded Teens’ Closet. They were cleaning out their own closets and wondered how they could get their clothes into the hands of people who really needed them.
This October, we’re recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by exploring the Breast Care Center at YRMC. We’ll highlight how the team collaborates to care for women – and sometimes men – and feature the Center’s exceptional breast health services. Along the way, we’ll give you information to help you make good decisions about your breast health.