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.

Hip Hop dancing with Type 1 – Brody’s got this!

Brody Coomler shares his insights on living with type 1 diabetesHip hop dancing can be tough for anyone, but not for Brody – a seventh-grader living with the challenges of Type 1 diabetes.

“Diabetes doesn’t change who I am,” said twelve-year-old Brody. “But it is a disease that I have to manage on a constant basis in order to stay safe.”

The moves? Brody’s practiced for years. The look? He’s got it on lock. The music? Please. So what happens when his insulin pump comes out during a performance? Brody’s got this.

Brody doesn’t miss a single beat – incorporating the pump wires into his routine.

The situation is a metaphor for Brody’s life. When Type 1 diabetes unexpectedly surfaced – he didn’t let it affect his dance, and Brody doesn’t let Type 1 stop him from playing basketball, gaming, learning to play the tuba or experiencing all life’s got to offer.

But Brody says it much better. “Don’t let type one diabetes stop you from doing anything!”

At four, Brody and his family learned his pancreas was creating little to no insulin – the hormone that regulates blood sugar. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, a chronic and life-long condition that causes blood sugar to spike and fall unexpectedly.

Surging blood sugar levels are far more than a nuisance, they can lead to serious medical complications and death if not properly managed through insulin therapy.

“I have to check [my blood sugar] before meals and before bed,” Brody explained. “If I’m feeling like my blood sugar is too high or if I’m feeling like my blood sugar is too low I have to test. I am very active and so I have to test before I play any sports or any dancing. Monitoring my blood sugar is a big part of having diabetes.”

Even though this brave young-man doesn’t let Type 1 slow him down, he admits his life would be different if there was a cure.

“I would definitely be free from having to test my blood sugar, put on new insulin pump sites or wear a continuous glucose monitor – things like that,” Brody said. “I wouldn’t get sick as much as I get sick now. My mom wouldn’t call me as much.”

You can help kids like Brody by supporting Type 1 research through events like the JDRF Sip, Savor & Celebrate being held Friday, March 23 at La Encantada. Festivities start at 6 p.m. – enjoy live music, fantastic food and drink, and help move research closer to a cure.

Purchase tickets at www.celebratejdrf.com or call (520) 203-8084.

Dr. Arreguin takes to the dance floor – Dancing with our stars

Dr. Manny Arreguin

Dr. Arreguin’s wife, Roxanne, hopes that the Chief of Staff at Tucson Medical Center and El Rio Ob/GYN Associates physician is channeling his inner Spaniard while he prepares to step out and foxtrot in front of an audience of several hundred next week in the name of charity.

Under the tutelage of dance instructor Ramona Daniel, Dr. Arreguin will be dancing at the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona’s Dancing with Our Stars event. Despite his wife’s confidence, Dr. Arreguin warns us that although he is very athletic, “Graceful, I’m not…I am naturally uncoordinated, despite my Spaniard blood, and dancing is physically and mentally challenging.  All these years what I have considered to be dancing is not dancing, but uncoordinated arrhythmic contractions of my muscles.”

For inspiration Dr. Arreguin has been watching professional dancers Victor Fung and Anastasia Muravyeva. “Not necessarily “Dancers with the Stars”, but rather world champion in many competitions.  Victor is the smoothest man alive!”

What drives someone like Dr. Arreguin with an already full schedule to add dancing to the mix? Jokingly, he says, “I enjoyed my diaper use as an infant and look forward to my end of life use as well.” Of course, jokes aside, that is the point: the elderly as well as children and adults with disabilities often need continence supplies.

On a more somber note Dr. Arreguin explains, “The Diaper Bank is a very important service organization in this community, filling a need that goes overlooked.  As an Obstetrician/Gynecologist I see women and children daily and know that the expense is a difficult thing, especially when there are special needs children involved.”

Fellow competitor, Mimi Coomler named Dr. Arreguin the fiercest of her competition, but Arreguin is staying mum on the topic, “I prefer to not know who my competition is, but prefer the element of surprise.” He’s also keeping secret what he and Ramona have planned for their grand finale, “I just hope I don’t drop my dance instructor!”

This new adventure into dancing for diapers has some added bonuses “I know my wife is very excited about the two of us now being able to dance in public. She would love me to be a dancer.”

Support Dr. Arreguin and the Diaper Bank by voting for him here. Every $10 vote is able to garner $30 worth of diapers for the vulnerable in our community.

 

 

 

Tango, Diapers, and Community

Mimi Coomler learning to tango

Mimi Coomler learning to tango

Can you remember your first ballet or tap shoes? How thrilling it was to put on the costume for your first dance performance?

Mimi Coomler, CEO of Children’s Clinics and former director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Tucson Medical Center, has no such memories. Coomler never took dance lessons as a child nor as an adult, at least not until recently. “Dance is brand new to me – I have never taken a single lesson before this. It has been an amazing experience. Learning to tango has been an opportunity to be vulnerable and try something completely new. While it is scary, it is also exhilarating.”

In just a few short weeks Coomler steps out onto the dance floor in front of an audience of 500 and tangos to raise money for a cause close to her heart: the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona.

We asked Coomler just what it was about this cause that persuaded her to step way outside her comfort zone and commit considerable time to practice after a very full day at the clinic, “The Children’s Clinics (where I work) is so fortunate to be a Diaper Bank distribution site.  The Diaper Bank helps us fulfill our mission of supporting the special needs of children families who are dealing with complex health care needs.” By having distribution sites, like the Children’s Clinics, across southern Arizona the Diaper Bank helps close the diaper gap where those with diaper needs are. Like Children’s Clinics, the distribution sites reflect a much more complex and wider need than the general population often considers from the very young, to the medically compromised, to the elderly, the Diaper Bank serves all age groups.

The annual Dancing With Our Stars fundraiser is based on the wildly popular ABC series “Dancing with the Stars,” but Coomler swears she isn’t looking at the current series for inspiration, “I have not been watching the current season of Dancing with the Stars, but I have watched many of the tango performances from years passed on YouTube. The level of dancing can be intimidating to watch, but my teacher reminds me they practice eight hours per day.”

When she considers who is her biggest challenger among the fellow contestants, she singles out TMC Chief of Staff J. Manny Arreguin, M.D., with El Rio OB/GYN Associates. “I think Dr Arreguin is a real contender. He’s been practicing hard and I know he believes in the mission of the Diaper Bank. My strategy is to practice hard and pack sequins onto my dress to sparkle my way to the win.”

“My instructor, Miro Tymosiak, is fantastic and he corrects me – often – as I am learning. My kids have been to a few lessons, and they think it’s hilarious that I get scolded occasionally – just like they do.”

Show Mimi and the Diaper Bank your support with a vote for Mimi and Miro. Each vote costs just $10 and along with the prestige it brings to the winning dance couple, the Diaper Bank is able to distribute $30 worth of incontinence supplies to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Tucson Medical Center is the proud title sponsor of the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona’s Dancing With Our Stars.

 

 


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