St. Jude Event Brings in $1.8 Million

Last May, the FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala saw some 570 people attend the event, which was held at the InterContinental Miami’s Grand Ballroom. The fundraiser has been held for the last 15 years, and the 2017 event brought in $1.8 million to help fund the ongoing treatment and research at St. Jude, meaning parents don’t have to worry about the expense of paying for their child’s medical costs.

Beginning in 2002, the event has seen upwards of $6 million in funds raised to support St. Jude’s efforts. In addition to fundraising activities, Spanish television actor Adamari López and FedEx Express Mexico executive Julio Barrionuevo both received awards for their work on behalf of the hospital over the years.

About the Author:

Thomas Disselkamp

Tom Disselkamp

A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, Thomas Allen Disselkamp possesses more than three decades of experience in electrical development and engineering and now serves as a product development specialist at 3M. Outside of his work, Thomas Disselkamp is a longtime supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Elder Sponsorship through Unbound

Formerly known as the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, Unbound seeks financial sponsorship for individuals in need, devoting nearly $0.93 of each $1 to direct program support. In addition to offering sponsorships for children, the organization gives individuals the opportunity to sponsor a senior citizen who is in need.

The only major organization that offers this type of sponsorship program, Unbound partners with donors to help people around the world live out their elder years in with dignity and well-being. Elder sponsorship through Unbound helps provide seniors with essential food supplies and health care. Unbound also attends to the social and psychological needs of elderly people by offering access to various recreational activities and support groups.

About the Author:

Thomas Disselkamp

Thomas Allen Disselkamp is an accomplished Minneapolis-Saint Paul-area electrical engineer who serves as a product development specialist with the 3M Company’s Infection Prevention Division. Outside of the professional arena, Thomas Disselkamp serves as a volunteer for a number of local charities. Tom Disselkamp also sponsors two children through Unbound.

Laser Technology Used in Skin Resurfacing

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Laser Skin Resurfacing
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Having received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Thomas Allen Disselkamp has more than 30 years of electrical development and engineering experience. Currently serving as a product development specialist in the infection prevention division at 3M, Tom Disselkamp provides sustaining engineering for all laboratory electronic products. With continuing education studies in laser fundamentals, Thomas Disselkamp has knowledge in the medical application of laser technology.

Laser technology in the field of skin resurfacing is a procedure used to reduce skin irregularities and facial wrinkles such as acne scars and blemishes. Laser resurfacing directs short, highly concentrated pulsating streams of light directed at irregularities in the skin of the patient to precisely remove the abnormal dermal layer.

Also known as laser peel, lasabrasion, or laser vaporization, the technique is ideal for patients suffering from shallow acne scars, non-responsive post-facelift skin, or wrinkles and fine lines around the forehead, eyes, and mouth. While full recovery may take anywhere between one to two weeks, laser skin resurfacing is performed on an outpatient basis with the individual returning home the same day.

Three Tips for Planning Your Next Landscaping Project

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Landscaping Project
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Thomas Allen Disselkamp is a product development specialist working for 3M, where he has won multiple awards for his work in engineering. In his free time, Thomas Disselkamp enjoys landscaping.

Proper planning is essential to a successful landscaping job. Whether you are a landscaping lover like Tom Disselkamp or are doing a project out of necessity, these three tips will help you make the most of your next landscaping project.

1. Your Focal Point– The focal point of your landscape is the eye-catching feature that forces people to look at your yard, visually directing them through your landscape. Consider using something that stands out as your focal point – something unique to the space but connected through a theme, shape, or color.

2. Starting Small– You do not need to renovate your yard in a weekend, despite how easy TV shows often make it appear. You should have an overall plan, but don’t be afraid to take your time getting there. An added benefit of taking it slow is that you’ll have more time to consider your options and change plans as needed.

3. Movement– Adding movement to your landscape helps it feel alive, as if it is a part of nature. Flowers do well to attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees to liven up your garden, while berry plants or bird feeders bring additional life to the space.