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Storyhouse is a story-capture service committed to helping you and your loved ones gather and preserve the memories you hold most dear. Our personal historians conduct in-person interviews at your home or family gathering, then produce timeless videos, books and websites to help you share your stories now and for generations. 

 

 

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Live Oak Legacies is a 2014 LIVESTRONG Big C Semi-finalist!

Ben Leffler

Launched by the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2014 to generate innovation and improve the lives of those living with cancer, the Big C “is a global competition open to entrepreneurs, trailblazers, technology whizzes, fashionistas, medical geeks, game changers and anyone with an audacious product, service or innovation that helps those facing cancer today.”

The inaugural competition drew over 750 entries from 31 countries in a variety of fields, and after the first round of cuts Live Oak Legacies was selected, along with 167 other semi-finalists, to move on to the next round. “All 168 entries have the potential to be game changers in improving the lives of people affected by cancer now,” said Heather Wajer, VP of marketing at the LIVESTRONG Foundation. “We’re so thrilled with the quality of the entries and are lucky to have so many entrepreneurs interested in helping cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.” 

In the semifinal round, each project will be paired with a cancer survivor mentor, who will support each venture and offer insight from the perspective of a potential consumer. 20 projects will be selected from the semifinal pool to advance to a venture accelerator round, which focuses on each projects’ next phase of development. Five finalists will be announced on September 29th, and each team will present their work during LIVESTRONG Foundation's annual Ride for the Rosesevent. A total of $140,000 will be awarded to the top 60 teams, with the winner taking home $25,000.

Live Oak Legacies is honored to be involved in such a positive and impactful event and recognized alongside the other wonderful semi-finalists. We're thrilled by the prospect of helping families who are dealing with cancer, capture and preserve their stories. 

A full list of the semifinalists is available here, and you can read more about the Big C competition here.

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Help AGE Raise $15,000 During Amplify Austin

Ben Leffler

On Monday, March 17th, Austin’s kut.org ran an article highlighting the rapid growth of “adult daycare centers” – businesses that help seniors with errands and to get out of the house and interact with others – in the Rio Grande Valley. The article noted that the number of these centers has grown so rapidly that they are actually battling one another for customers, and that Hidalgo County alone is home to 169 adult day care centers. This is juxtaposed to Central Texas, where Austin and Round Rock have only one adult day care center each, and both are run by Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE) of Central Texas.

 

The reason for this disparity is funding, as most adult day care centers are primarily funded by Medicaid and a large number of seniors in the Valley use the program. However, this leaves nonprofits such as AGE, which must deal with the higher operating costs in Austin and fewer Medicaid dollars, looking elsewhere for financial support. All while the senior citizen population in Central Texas skyrockets.

 

While this sounds like a tough situation, one of the easiest ways to help out local seniors is to donate to AGE during Amplify Austin, a 24-hour philanthropy initiative running from 6pm Thursday, March 20th to 6pm Friday, March 21st.  Last year, AGE surpassed its goal of raising $10,000, and this year it hopes to reach $15,000. Any size contribution helps, so please take moment before the weekend to give AGE and Central Texas seniors a boost!

 

Thanks, and have a great rest of your week.

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