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

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

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.

When to Consider Surrendering a Pet

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Surrendering a Pet

Thomas Allen Disselkamp has served the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, as a product development specialist since 1981. In this position, Thomas Disselkamp manages project teams and engages in a variety of engineering and design activities. Beyond his work with 3M, Tom Disselkamp supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Humane Society.

Pet owners often have to make a number of difficult decisions when it comes to their animals. In some cases, owners may be forced to surrender a dog, cat, or other animal to a shelter due to circumstances beyond their control. One of the most common is unwanted behavior. There are several steps owners should take to remedy behavior problems before surrendering the animal, including a spay or neuter procedure, increased exercise, medical examinations, and training classes. However, if an owner cannot handle an animal’s behavior, and it continues to worsen, it may be advisable to surrender the animal or find a more suitable home.

Finances can represent another reason leading pet owners to surrender an animal. Owning a pet is commitment that can last for 10 years or more. However, an individual or family can experience drastic life changes that suddenly prevent them from spending the money they once could on a pet. If providing food and adequate medical care becomes impossible due to money issues, it can be in the pet’s best interest to surrender the animal in the hope of finding a new home.

Similarly, unexpected life changes may force a pet owner to relocate to an area that is not hospitable to an animal. Such changes may range from partnering with a landlord or property owner that does not accept pets to moving to a new climate that could be harmful to the animal’s health. Other instances that can lead to surrendering or re-homing a pet include newly developed allergies, pregnancy, or an unexpected litter. Pet owners should do everything they can to remain active in the surrendering and rehoming process to ensure the animal’s health and well-being are the No. 1 priorities in its new environment.

Feed My Starving Children Marks One Year of Meals for Tanna Children

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Feed My Starving Children

Thomas Allen Disselkamp leverages more than three decades of experience in electrical and optical engineering to serve as a product development specialist at 3M Company in Minnesota. On top of his professional endeavors, Thomas Disselkamp, or Tom Disselkamp, supports a number of nonprofit organizations, including Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).

In March of 2016, FMSC announced that it has been providing meals to children on the island of Tanna ever since the island was hit by Cyclone Pam in March 2015. Many of the villagers on Tanna are subsistence farmers whose crops were destroyed by the cyclone and further obstructed by lingering drought conditions. For the past year, FSMC has been working with the Christadelphian Bethezer Fund to provide 330 students at the Kapalpal School with nutritious meals every school day.

Along with meals for school children on Tanna, FMCS has supported the health and well-being of younger children on the island by delivering Potato-W meals, which are specially formulated meals designed to meet the nutrient requirements of babies and very young children.

Unbound Helps Families Around the Globe Through Sponsorship Programs

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With more than 30 years of experience working in electronic, mechanical, and computer systems development, Thomas Allen Disselkamp is a product-development specialist for the 3M Corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dedicated to helping others, Tom Disselkamp sponsors two international children through the charitable organization Unbound.

Created by former missionaries who had witnessed poverty in Latin America, Unbound seeks to help people who are in need live with dignity. Originally called Christian Foundation for Children, the organization changed its name to Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, and then in 2013 to its current name of Unbound. Since its creation, Unbound has helped more than 800,000 children, students, and aging individuals.

In March of 2016, Unbound shared the story of Eliza, a mother of seven, who lives in the Philippines. Her 20-year-old son has been sponsored by Unbound since 2004, and thanks to the support of his Unbound sponsors, he is able to attend school. The sponsorship money is also used to supplement her family’s everyday needs for food and necessities. In addition to financial assistance, another benefit Eliza receives is the opportunity to participate in workshops facilitated by the local government. One such workshop is conducted by the Women’s Weavers Association, which teaches Eliza and other mothers the art of hablon, or the weaving of beautiful products, which can lead to additional income.