Chief Nursing Officer, Marketing Manager go “Over the Edge” for the Girl Scouts

Four questions with TMC’s Chief Nursing Officer Mimi Coomler and Marketing Manager Tim Bentley on supporting the Girl Scouts by rappelling 17 stories from the 5151 E. Broadway Boulevard Office Tower on Saturday, March 24:

  1. What speaks to you about the Girl Scouts?

Coomler: The Girl Scouts is amazing at empowering young girls – and I support them so they can help more and more girls find their own center and their own power. My 7-year-old daughter is a Girl Scout so I’ve seen firsthand the great work they do.

Bentley:  I like their drive to instill confidence in girls at a young age. As a former high school coach for cross country and track, I truly believe that young people – especially girls – set themselves on a path to be successful by gaining confidence at a pivotal age.

2. Have you rappelled before?

Coomler: I haven’t, but I’m always up for an adventure!

Bentley: One time at a rock climbing gym. It was a 20-foot wall and all the young kids cheered me on when I did it. :/

3. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

Coomler: I did the tango in front of 500 people to the tune of Sweet Caroline to raise money for the Diaper Bank. That was way out of my comfort zone.

Bentley: I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane years ago – with a parachute of course. I’m assuming the step off the building will be similar to the step out of the airplane. Although, I’m hoping my answer will be different this time –

Parachute Instructor: “Ready, GO!”

Me (looking down 5,000 feet): “You mean, right now??!?”

  • 4. What’s the most important lesson young girls should learn?

Coomler: Dream Big! When I was little, we said, “Girls can do anything they want to.” Now, it is more a reality than ever. Find your voice, find your dream and go for it.

Bentley:  It’s OK for girls to be smart, it’s OK for girls to be successful and it’s OK for girls to be recognized for their accomplishments. Don’t ever downplay them.  And as a track coach, it’s always OK for the girls to be faster than the boys. I always told the girls #BeFierce #BeStrong #BeBrave

Rather than directly sponsoring Tim or Mimi to go over the edge, we encourage donations to the Girl Scouts of TEAM G.I.R.L. who will also be going over the edge on Saturday to support their Girl Scout sisters here in Southern Arizona.

Over the Edge for Girl Scouts – Cindy Qu

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Cindy Qu – Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Education manager

Cindy Qu, manager of Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes Education for TMC, is a long-time supporter of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. This year she’s taking her support to new heights and will be going Over the Edge to raise money for the organization.

Qu, along with TMC’s Frank Marini and 78 other participants, will rappel down the 17 stories of 5151 E. Broadway Blvd. “Cindy is embodying the Girl Scout’s mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character; girls who make the world a better place, by modelling the courage and strength we hope to build in young girls in community,” said Julia Strange, vice president of TMC Community Benefit and a board member of the local Girl Scout council.

Until 24 hours ago Qu and Marini lead the Over the Edge fund-raising tally, when they were overtaken. While Marini still leads the pair, Qu has made headway and is now within $200 of Marini’s leading total. When asked if he was worried that Qu might topple him from his position on the fundraising total, Marini said, “I’m immensely proud of TMC’s representation at this event, and if a little competition between Cindy and me results in more programming for the Girl Scouts in our community then we’re all winners.”

Go Team TMC! To support Cindy Qu check out her Over the Edge fund-raising page.

All donations are 100 percent tax deductible and will support the Girl Scouts’ programming to more than 7,000 girls across Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz, Greenlee, Graham and Yuma counties.


Frank Marini goes Over the Edge to help Girl Scouts reach new heights

Frank-2Eighty brave community members are rising to the challenge to help girls in our community with the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s Over the Edge 2017. These participants will suit up Saturday, March 25, in harnesses and helmets and careen down the 17 floors of one of the tallest buildings in Tucson, 5151 E. Broadway.

Among those participants is Tucson Medical Center’s very own Frank Marini. For most people, rappelling off a 17-story building sounds more than a little daunting, it sounds completely crazy! For Marini, chief information officer at TMC, it’s just the kind of challenge he loves.

Marini, an avid mountaineer, has made it to the summits of four of the so-called “Seven Summits,” the highest peaks on each continent – Mount Kilimanjaro in east Africa, Aconcagua in Argentina, Mt. Elbrus in Europe and Mount McKinley in Alaska. Marini revels in the physical and mental challenge of mountaineering. But for this upcoming endeavor, the challenge is to help others reach new heights.

Each participant collects donations in support of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. Every penny stays right here in Southern Arizona helping girls in our community access programs that emphasize hands-on learning, life-skills development, service-learning projects, self-esteem building, financial literacy, career exploration and building sisterhood.

Marini’s support of the Girl Scouts’ mission to foster leadership and independence in young women has a personal perspective. “As a parent to both a girl and a boy, I want to make sure that my daughter has all the same opportunities as my son,” he said. “I understand the value and impact of outdoor activities in building character. Encouraging girls to reach their full potential helps us all in our community. This is also just going to be a lot of fun.”

“By going Over the Edge, Frank is helping foster leadership in half of the next generation that still, today, doesn’t have the same opportunities to lead,” said Julia Strange, vice president of TMC Community Benefit and a board member of the local Girl Scout council.

“A Girl Scout hashtag says it all: #ToGetHerThere,” said Strange, who went Over the Edge in 2015. Marini will make the descent at 11:35am.  Support Marini going Over the Edge by clicking here.


Teenager’s heroic efforts save a fellow student’s life

October 15 was just an ordinary day at University High School until something extraordinary happened.  The marching band was taking a break from a rehearsal when they all lined up for dinner.  Suddenly Chris Miller, a sophomore, collapsed and started seizing.

Everyone froze.  A circle formed around him.  All Erika Yee, a junior, remembers hearing is, “Does anyone know CPR?” 

She did.

In fact, it was very fresh in her mind.  Just four months prior, Erika attended Camp Fury, a Girl Scouts firefighting camp in which she learned compression-only CPR.

Erika admits she didn’t really think about what was happening.  She just sprang into action.  “I raced over to him, and checked for a pulse.  I didn’t feel anything.  He had all the signs of cardiac arrest.”  Erika started chest compressions immediately – a move that ultimately saved his life. 

Janet Studley, a parent volunteer who spent time as a nurse, monitored Chris for a heartbeat, and kept his airway open while Erika continued to pump his chest.  “I was doing compressions for about three minutes, but it felt like 20 minutes,” she recalls.  “Paramedics got there, and took over.  It wasn’t until after Chris was on his way to the hospital that everything really started to sink in.” 

Chris was rushed to TMC, where he remained for the first two days of his treatment.  “When people told me what happened, I was just so grateful to be alive,” he says.

To this day, doctors can’t fully explain why Chris’ heart did what it did.  In the event it happens again, though, a defibrillator that was surgically inserted in his chest will shock his heart into beating again.

Chris says his outlook on life has changed since that day:  “I truly appreciate every day now.  It’s kept me motivated to keep doing what I’m doing.”

The experience has also been life-changing for Erika, who grew up wanting to be a dermatologist.  Her aspiration now?  To become a paramedic.  She says, “The medics who came on scene said if Chris hadn’t gotten those chest compressions, he likely wouldn’t have survived.  I am so grateful for what I learned in Girl Scouts at Camp Fury.  I’m so glad that I have these life-saving skills.”

Debbie Rich, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, says what Erika did is right in alignment with who she is as a person.  “I am so thankful that she had the leadership skills to take charge of the situation, and she knew what to do.  She told me that the reason she could handle that was because she’s a Girl Scout, and that’s what Girl Scouts do.  I think the Camp Fury experience gave her the skills, and added to her confidence, but I think she is just wired that way because she’s been a Girl Scout since she was 5 years old,” says Rich.

erika yee“I didn’t think what I did was really a big deal, but a lot of people did,” Erika says. 

City of Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild recognized Erika with a copper plaque for her heroic efforts.

How did Chris’ parents thank the young woman who saved his life?

“We just hugged her, and cried, and said ‘thank you.’  We are just so glad she was there.  We just can’t thank her enough.  I’m really glad she is getting recognized,“ says Sarah Ann Miller, Chris’ mom. 

To see the story that appeared in the Arizona Daily Star, click here.  
For more information on the Girl Scout’s Camp Fury, click here.
For a video on how to perform compression only CPR, click here.

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