When a leading tire company partners with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® to find a cure, the results are meaningful. That’s why the Omni United team designed the Ring of Hope as a signature limited edition tire to complement the already robust Radar Tire line.

As a result of this commitment, Omni United designed a special tire with a pink ring in it. The Ring of Hope tire is a key aspect of the campaign. This limited edition tire features a pink sidewall to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness and prevention. The Ring of Hope tire will be available for purchase starting October 1st thru October 31st, 2012. Omni United enrolled over 1,200 tire retailers in pursuit of reaching their goal of $1,000,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®

Omni United will donate $1.00 per four Radar Tires sold, with a committed minimum annual donation of $250,000 to help support the BCRF mission of achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.

Additionally, Omni United is launching a zip code based search feature on its website, which allows consumers to identify the participating retailers in their local area. “Omni United is delighted to support BCRF in the fight against breast cancer. This is only possible thanks to the on-going support and dedication from our retailer and distribution partners who make our tires available to the public. We are honored to be business partners with companies of this caliber, and we are grateful for their contributions to the Mobilizing Hope campaign,” said G.S Sareen, CEO and President of Omni United.

The BCRF Omni United partnership promotes key goals of both organizations. “It was always the vision of Evelyn Lauder, BCRF founder, to extend the message of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® both internationally and into traditionally male oriented industries. Our partnership with Omni United accomplishes both of these goals. We are very grateful to be aligned with Omni United,” said Myra J. Biblowit, BCRF President. “The funds raised through the 2011 Mobilizing Hope campaign are deeply appreciated and will fully fund one BCRF research grant this October. Omni United’s continued involvement is a testament to their commitment and values.”

"The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is truly grateful to Omni United for this very generous donation," said Myra J. Biblowit, BCRF President. "The funds raised in 2011 by the amazing Radar Mobilizing Hope program will fully fund one BCRF research project, bringing us all closer to living in a world without breast cancer. This is an amazing partnership and we are thrilled that Omni United will continue to support BCRF.”

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, as an independent not-for- profit organization committed to funding scientific research to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.

In October 2012, BCRF will award $40 million to 197 scientists across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, and China. With 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the most fiscally responsible charities in the country.

For more information about BCRF visit www.bcrfcure.org, and for a list of participating retailers visit www.radartires.com.

LAS VEGAS, NV – More than 130,000 people have joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling on Universal Health Services, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest hospital management companies in the United States, to enforce new federal regulations granting visitation and medical decision-making rights to same-sex couples.

Terri-Ann Simonelli launched her campaign on Change.org after being denied the right to make medical decisions for her legal domestic partner of six years, Brittney Leon, while visiting Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas -- a hospital which is owned and operated by Universal Health Services.

“One of the worst days of my life was the day my partner of six years, Brittney, checked into the hospital with complications in her pregnancy,” said Simonelli, who launched her campaign on Change.org. “As her legal domestic partner in the state of Nevada, I was there to support her, and was prepared to make any necessary medical decisions if she suffered unforeseen problems. Instead, we were told that I didn’t have that right, despite a new federal regulation that protects hospital rights for same-sex couples.”

“In a moment when we were already under severe stress, the discrimination we faced left us feeling helpless,” said Simonelli. “I launched my campaign on Change.org to help others become better aware of their rights, and to ensure that no couple has to face what we went through -- ever again.”

Universal Health Services is a Fortune 500 company based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, which owns and operates acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, and ambulatory surgery centers in 37 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each new signature on Terri-Ann Simonelli’s petition is sent via email to James M. Caponi, the Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer of Universal Health Services.

“Terri-Ann and Brittney know that they have a powerful story to tell and believe that they have a unique responsibility to tell it,” said Mark Anthony Dingbaum, Senior Campaigner at Change.org. “More than 130,000 people have joined their campaign in a matter of days, and the couple plans to keep up the pressure until Universal Health Services confirms that the new federal regulations are being enforced.”

In early 2010, President Obama issued a memorandum urging the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the visitation and medical decision-making rights of same-sex couples in hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. On September 7, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, updated its rules to reflect the President’s request.

Press release & photo courtesy of www.Change.org •   in the photo Terri-Ann Simonelli and Brittney Leon
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by David Cohen

With a big increasing in Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's), and in syphilis cases that have been documented across the country among gay and bisexual men, you might be interested in finding out that men who have sex with men accounted for 63% of primary and secondary syphilis cases in the United States. Gay often are diagnosed with other bacterial STDs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea infections.

Gay and bisexual men can be infected with HPV (Human Papillomavirus), the most common STD in the USA, which cause genital and anal warts, and can lead to the development of anal and oral cancer. Gay men are 17 times more likely to develop anal cancer than heterosexual men while HIV-positive men are even more likely to develop anal cancer.

For many years people didn't dare talking about sex or STD's as an on going conversations around the dinner table or among friends or family.  Talking about sex was a big tabu and not is a natural part of life,and not a comfortable subject to approach your friends with.

But with the liberation of 50 shades of gray, the approach to the “big talk” should be easier and less embarrassing today.  So how do we start a conversation, and should we wait and hope for the best when it happens?

The best advice is to make sex an ongoing conversation with everyone, especially with youngsters. This is one “mystery” we don’t want to solve alone. Here are some facts, figures, and few simple guidelines to help all of us get through with it.

  1. Everyone must be able to talk, and more importantly to listen! We must keep the channels of communication open and try to be understanding. This will make this confusing situation easier on all of us.
  2. Many people will never ask any question about sex, so it’s important to encourage the conversation and talk about the values of sex, and  about the outside influences which make things go way easier.
  3. By sharing our own feelings and values, we can make people to think, and then to open up  to share their feelings …while we  give them an open ear and listen closely.
  4. We should balance our approach with positive information. Talk about sex in a natural and healthy way, and make sure to address the value of good sex as the core to any loving relationships and intimacy, and how wonderful it can be in anyone's life.

Now that all of that is behind us, how do we talk or bring the use of protection into the conversation?

The best way is to talk about  the facts – and nothing but the facts. So here are some facts that might be of help to all.

  • According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that sex education encourages sexual experimentation or increased activity. On the contrary … if any effects of sex education were observed, almost without exception, it is the postponement of sexual intercourse and/or effective use of contraceptives.
  • When used consistently and correctly, a latex condom is the most effective barrier contraceptive available today. However, condom failure is often due to improper use. To help solve this problem, LifeStyles has introduced the new SKYN Condom with unique packaging that ensures proper use, for an easy-on correct fit.
  • The fact is, sex education provides everyone with correct information so they can make informed decisions. And, while abstinence is a sure way to prevent STDs, LifeStyles Brand SKYN latex condom is the best protection when having sex

More facts on STD's and STI's
  • One out of 4 women and one out of 5 men have no knowledge about their sexual partners’ history.
  • Two-thirds of 1,000 women age 18 to 60 knew nothing or very little about STIs (other than HIV/AIDS) in 1995.
  • The highest at-risk groups are adolescents, gays, African American and Hispanic women.
  • There are over 15,000,000 new cases of STI's a year.
  • Over 70,000 Americans have a viral STI–like genital herpes, HIV/AIDS, or Hepatitis B.
  • Individuals under 25 have two-thirds of the STI cases in the U.S.
  • 1 out of 4 teens will contract an STI.
    Rates of curable STI cases in the U.S. are the highest in the developed world.
  • There are 150 STI cases per 100,000 in the U.S. versus 3 cases per 100,000 in Sweden.
  • Over 70,000 Americans have viral STI–like genital herpes, HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis B.
  • Viral STIs such as HPV, herpes, and hepatitis B are lifelong infections.
  • Many people experience no noticeable symptoms initially, but can still pass on the infection.
  • Women are up to 5 times more likely to become infected and suffer more serious consequences.
    Over 20,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS are diagnosed each year in the U.S.
  • 62% of those cases reported before 1996 have died (319,000 Americans).
  • Women now represent 30% of new HIV/AIDS cases reported.
  • 75% of the cases are from heterosexual sex.
  • 3 out of 5 Americans with HIV were infected as teens.
  • HIV infection rates are 10 times higher when STIs are not treated properly.
    Sexual habits reinforce the need to use condoms.
  • Age of sexual maturity is decreasing; age of marriage is increasing.
  • More sex, more partners, more risk.
  • 46% of teens (14-18) have had intercourse.
  • 50% breakup rate means reentering the dating scene to deal with new health challenges

For more information visit  www.cdc.gov/msmhealth/STD.htm and www.lifestyles.com/pledge.php