National Collect Rocks Day!

National Collect Rocks Day!

National Collect Rocks Day is celebrated on September 16 of every year.”

In honor of today, I launched a new blog page about my new Kindness Rock “hashtag” #SmileRockCT to promote awareness about spreading kindness and inspiration through painting and donating rocks!

Instead of collecting rocks today, I collected my thoughts about what this kindness rock project means to me.

I first started painting Kindness Rocks a couple years ago, leaving them for children to find in school yards or adults to find during walks. Leaving these rocks made me smile! I knew how much my mood was lifted the time I found my first rock during a walk near the CT River.

I loved the message being spread by The Kindness Rock Project and was really excited to learn that the hospital where I am being treated for cancer, has their own program called Smilow Rocks! Last week I shared a couple photos on my Instagram, one of a technique I was playing with –

I was thrilled and flattered when another photo showing the back side of the next batch of rocks I am working on for Smilow Cancer Hospital, was shared in The Kindness Rock Project Instagram post. Then the founder of Smilow Rocks commented that it might be a good idea to create my own unique Hashtag! I never thought of sucn a thing before!

I gave this a lot of thought. The word Smile is the one that resonated with me. Painting the rocks is so healing and meditative for me and they make me smile. I believe they can bring a smile to the person receiving one, too. It also is in honor of Smilow, since it is so close in spelling. And last but not least, when I shop on Amazon I always use my Amazon SMILE login and this way a little bit of money goes to Yale New Haven Hospital, home to Smilow Cancer Hospital. So it all fit together for me – all my kindness rock interests rolled into one! It took me a while to research search terms and make sure the one I selected for my unique hashtag was not already being used by someone else for their personal or business use. I saw a lot of photos of people who just had their braces removed, and yes, their smiles do “rock”! So I decided on #SmileRockCT which is also in honor of all the Kindness Rock projects here in my town in Connecticut!

So today I launched a New Blog Page titled #SmileRockCT and hopefully this effort will contribute in some small way to introduce new people to this terrific hobby!


Here are a few of my favorite Rock Painting craft supplies. Please use these links to shop for these or other supplies!


And remember if you do shop on Amazon please make sure to set up your own SMILE account!

Case Presentation about Me!

Case Presentation about Me!

Every few months I search for information about the adverse reaction I had from immunotherapy treatment. I knew my case would be written up at some point because at the time it was so rare.

I just found it in the European Journal of Rheumatology!

This is a photo my husband took while 14 doctors and medical students observed the examination process needed to diagnose myasthenia gravis.


— Sutaria R, Patel P, Danve A.
Autoimmune myositis and myasthenia gravis resulting from a combination therapy with nivolumab and ipilimumab for metastatic melanoma. Eur J Rheumatol 2019; 10.5152/eurjrheum.2019.18159.

Thank You for your Donations!

#CTFRIDE

Thanks to the kindness of friends, family, and even “Anonymous” we just passed the half way mark toward our fund raising goal for the 2019 Closer to Free Ride!

This ride benefits my hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital and their programs such as Phase One Clinical Trials and the Melanoma Program!

Thank you also to the folks who made a purchase from Pura Vida using my affiliate links as part of my personal fundraising efforts! I donated my commissions today as well!

Amazon SMILE

Amazon SMILE

Did you know that you can earn money for charity when you shop online using the Amazon SMILE program! It’s true! The key is to watch the URL and once you are on the Amazon website, just change www to smile if the web address is not already pointing there. Then once you choose a charity from the list of participating organizations, that information will be saved in your profile. Just remember to navigate to the proper page (smile.amazon.com) before you place your shopping order!

EXAMPLE:


Try it for yourself by clicking my Amazon Affiliate Link below!

Another Year Closer To Free

Another Year Closer To Free

I am really looking forward to participating as a Volunteer with the 9th Annual Closer to Free Ride! This will be our second year participating, me as a ride day volunteer at the Yale Bowl and Paul riding to raise donations. This year he will be riding 100 miles! Here is a photo from the finish line last year after finishing 65 miles.

The still frame at the beginning of this video is actually my medical oncologist, Dr Sznol, who also rode as a fundraiser last year! Watch to enjoy some highlights from last year’s event.

Thank you to everyone in advance for their donations to Closer to Free, and thank you to Paul Apito for riding in my honor!

#CTFRIDE

One Step Closer to Free

As long as I’m alive I’ll participate in the Closer to Free event as a fund raiser or volunteer or maybe even some day as a rider.

I got discharged yesterday, after being in the hospital since Thursday. I just had my second microwave ablation of the ocular melanoma which spread to my liver. It was my six year diagnosis anniversary on Friday.

Thank you to everyone at Closer to Free Ride and Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital for fighting this battle with me! The still frame at the beginning of this video is actually my doctor, Dr Sznol, who also rode in the ride. It is amazing and uplifting to see your actual doctor participating! Thank you to Paul Apito for riding and thanks to the friends and family for their generous donations! #closertofree

About Smilow Cancer Hospital

Smilow Cancer Hospital’s revolutionary design is based on research which links architecture and environment as an essential partner in the healing process along with advanced medicine and care. Every facet of the hospital was designed with the patient experience in mind: natural lighting, soaring atriums, improved ventilation and single-patient rooms.  Plus numerous open spaces, soft colors, a curated artwork program, a rooftop healing garden and the most caring, compassionate and professional staff in medicine today.

Learn more about our fundraising for the CLOSER TO FREE ride to benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital

Closer to Free


The Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale Cancer Center have an annual event to raise money for the Closer to Free Fund. This fund provides support for cancer research and patient care.

One of my goals is to do some fundraising for Closer to Free later this summer.

To learn more visit Closer to Free

It is important to me that when I do fundraising, I know where the money goes!

One hundred percent of the funds raised by Closer to Free riders and volunteers goes to research and patient care at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center.

MAY 2018 — I am thrilled to announce that my husband Paul will be riding in the 2018 Closer To Free Ride to raise money for patient care and research at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center!