Treasures, Treasuries, and Thoughts

I swore I would never do a blog! So much for swearing. I didn't think that I would have much to say or share. I was wrong! I have been so blessed with a wonderful family, loyal friends, sharing colleagues, and the support from so many that I will never run out of topics to write about.

I have opened an on-line store at a place called Etsy (rhymes with Betsy). The items on the left are available for purchase there. These will change from week to week to show you my latest creations. The link to the store is in the upper left corner of this page.

I also have items for sale listed on Art Fire. The link to my Art Fire Studio is

I hope you will visit this blog, my Flickr page ( and my Etsy and/or Art Fire stores often. (

So come along on my Trail of Treasures! It will be a Spirit Journey for me and I invite you to join me on the trip.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Eve's Fund/ThinkFirst Navajo Raises More Than $3000 For Injury Prevention

As many of you know, I am proud to be associated with Eve's Fund, a foundation supporting health causes for the Navajo.  I loom bracelets featuring the Eve's Fund logo as a part of their fund raising endeavors and support them in any way that I can.   

I just received this information about their successful October event and wanted to share this great news with you.

From the Eve's Fund Blog:
On 10-10-10, more than 38,000 runners participated in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We were proud to have three runners representing ThinkFirst Navajo, and even more proud to say that all three members of the team finished the race.

Echohawk Lefthand, Christina Zubieta, and Matti Dodson all completed the 26.2-mile course, and together they raised more than $3,200 for ThinkFirst Navajo’s injury prevention programs.

Echohawk, program director of ThinkFirst Navajo and leader of our Boy Scout Troop 928, trained for months with Christina, who is a public health nurse with the Indian Health Service. You can see Echohawk’s moving personal story, "Rebalanced: Live Life and Learn from the Lessons of the Past," on YouTube.

Matti, a Wisconsin resident, recently turned 40. She was inspired to commemorate this phase in her life by running a marathon and raising money for ThinkFirst Navajo’s education programs. You can read about Matti’s journey to race day on her Facebook page, Run Matti Run.

Through their efforts, the team raised awareness of ThinkFirst Navajo, and their success was reported on by the Farmington, New Mexico, newspaper, The Daily Times.

With the funds raised by this dedicated ThinkFirst Navajo team, we’re grateful to be able to reach more Navajo youth with our injury prevention message. If you’ve been inspired by their story, please consider making a contribution to our ThinkFirst Navajo program. You can learn more about what we are doing by visiting our ThinkFirst Navajo web page.

If you would like learn more about how you can assist Eve's Fund and the wonderful work that they do, please visit their website.



Eve's Fund for Native American Health Initiatives, Inc. said...

Thank you for all that you do for Eve's Fund. We are happy to have you as one of our partners. Hope all of your friends and fans will see the Eve's Fund logo bracelet that you make for us and maybe consider making a donation for a good cause. There is a picture of it at:
With gratitude from Eve's mom,
Barbara Crowell Roy

ViKotas said...

How amazing and wonderful that three people were able to raise $3200. for the "Think First" Navajo project.

ZudaGay said...

Wow! I can't imagine running a marathon. Congrats to the three who ran, completed and raised such an large amount for the fund!

maryeb said...

Definitely a good cause. Congrats to them for raising so much money.

Imaginuity said...

Wow! I applaud the major effort and the incredible cause for which these runners ran.

Karen Tapahe said...

I hadn't heard of this organization, so I'm happy you featured it on your blog. What a great cause! I will let my husband know about it so we can see what we can do to give our support.

Julie G. said...

what a great cause and accomplishment for these runners. And a great turnout. Great job!

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Jan said...

Yays !! Congratulations Eve's fund !

Eve's Fund for Native American Health Initiatives, Inc. said...

Eve's Fund appreciates all of the positive comments you have all left on Joni's terrific blog. Please sign up to receive our news updates so you can stay informed about all the things we are doing. We need your support at this time of year, now more than ever.
Here is the link:
My sincerest thanks again,
Barbara Crowell Roy
Eve's mom & Eve's Fund secretary