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Feb 12, 2010

A Year of Miracles: Lily Anderson

Lily Anderson

Lily Anderson was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in September 2009. On Wednesday, February 10, one day after spending time with Dallin and Karree at the Atlanta Georgia Tasting Meeting she and her mother, Jennifer, received news that her bone marrow test results are cancer free, news that Dallin and Karree shared with much excitement in their last post here on BlogMV.

At Dallin’s request, I contacted Jennifer last night to find out more details and put this little gals journey into the proper context. Here are some of the details shared:

Upon being diagnosed last September, 90 percent of Lily’s bone marrow was cancerous. That’s nine out of 10 cells. Jennifer said that since then Lily has undergone six rounds of chemo, which is the most they typically do for individuals with cancer for fear of damaging vital organs. Lily had already lost one kidney due to the multiple rounds of chemo and the risks were high. Furthermore, after round five, her bone marrow was still 25 percent cancerous and doctors told Jennifer and Lily that a sixth round would most likely NOT destroy all the cancerous cells and that they would look at other methods of treatment.

Which makes the most recent news all that more exciting...and amazing. Lily’s bone marrow is cancer free…words Jennifer has been repeating over and over again these last couple days.

The process is not over yet. Lily must now travel to St. Judes hospital and have a bone marrow transplant, then radiation and antibody treatments. Still, these next steps could not have happened before receiving word her bone marrow was cancer free.

This week is a week of celebration for Lily, Jennifer, family and friends. They are so touched by the MonaVie community that has rallied around them, which isn’t hard considering Lily’s fiery and infectious personality. They feel a renewed hope for 2010 and can’t wait to spend time at more MonaVie events, as well as, visit The MORE Project in Brazil, a trip they were planning to take before Lily was diagnosed last year.

Jennifer told me that Lily has a Facebook Fan page, located here and a Care Pages, located at * where they post updates and photos of her progress.

*You must create an account to view this page.

The latest post to her Facebook page reads, “Dear Stupid Cancer .....I just got my bone marrow test results.. NEGATIVE like in zero, ziltch, zip, nada, no mo, your out of here! So with that said please just give up already. Your not going to win this”

Lily and Jennifer, thank you for sharing a bit of your story. We love you! And you are proof that 2010 is indeed a year of miracles. Shine on!

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Update (February 26, 2010): Lily is now at St. Judes hospital in Memphis, TN. She is schedule to have a stem cell/bone marrow transplant and after will remain at St. Judes until the end of March and then return home first part of April. Due to demand, her mother, Jennifer, will place another order for the yellow Lily bracelets worn by Dallin and Karree. We'll share details when and where they are available. If you wish to send Lily cards or gifts she can recieve them at the following address:

Lily Anderson

535 Alabama Ave.

Memphis, TN 38105

Feb 4, 2010

A Year of Miracles: Message from John De Vries and Yone

It's been a whirlwind of a trip to the United States for Yone this last week and in that time she's realized one of her dreams. After wowing us all with her incredible voice at the Anaheim Regional, one audience member, Blue Diamond John De Vries, was so touched by her spirit and talent that he decided that he wanted to do something more...and much more was in his power. As a music producer he had contact with some of the best of the best in the music industry and within a day it was all set - Yone was going to fly to Los Angeles to record her first CD!

2010 certainly is the year of miracles in MonaVie.

Listen to John De Vries share more insights:

And just yesterday I had the pleasure of talking to Yone, and in retrospect I should have got an autograph! Here's a message from our superstar before she flies back to Brazil, with Katy Holt-Larsen and Marshall Snarr:

What's your miracle for 2010?

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Jan 12, 2010

2010 Global Kickoff Webcast Goes Straight to DVD!

Due to the overwhelming feedback and requests we’ve received primarily via Twitter, Facebook and here on BlogMV, I am beyond thrilled to report that the powers that be have decided to make the 2010 Global Kickoff Webcast available in DVD format! Whoohoo! Hollar!

The DVD versions will be available in the VO within the next two weeks for a minimal cost and all proceeds will go to the MORE Project. Shout out to Dave Male (from Facebook) for sending in that suggestion!

All, I’m so proud and deeply impressed (apparently I love my adjectives today) with the community we are building through our social media platforms. The webcast was a success because of you! It was a crazy success and at times total chaos but I can only think of how positive the vibes were and how you supported each other and helped each other troubleshoot. At one point my viewer went into buffer mode and for the next five minutes you helped me stay informed by tweeting me play-by-plays of the webcast. Loved it!

Hopefully you’ll feel the goodness or at least understand that your voices are heard! The DVD version of the webcast is proof positive.

I’ll share more details as I get them regarding price, exact date of availability – you know, all the good stuff. Until next time…

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Dec 4, 2009

Weekly Roundup 12/04/09

MonaVie in the News

Those of us in the U.S. are recovering from the Thanksgiving holiday and looking forward now to 2010! I know our readers are very dedicated and keeping up on everything we post, but just in case you missed it (shame on you)…here are the highlights:

Did you check out the (M)mūn Teaser Video?

Top 5 Things Every MonaVie Distributor Should Know about the New FTC Guidelines (a must read!)

Holiday Gift Packs now including EMV

Register for the Anaheim Regional January 23rd

The Best of MonaVie 2009 Countdown #10 & #9

Twitter FREE Giveaway!

Just in Time for Christmas…

Maybe video games can be good for you?  No, one your kids did not put us up to this post…according to a recent study certain Active Wii sports™ video games and some Wii Fit™ activities may increase adults’ energy expenditure as much as moderately intense exercise, according to the American  Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2009. No…seriously, I’m not making this up.

Health Watch

Link between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Risk of Experiencing Heart Attack Found

According to a new study out of Sweden, there is an alarming link between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the risk of experiencing a heart attack.

Marie Gunnarsson, a graduate student at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, followed patients that were newly diagnosed with RA, and compared them with people without it. For ten years, she collected data on heart attacks, heart related deaths and deaths from other causes. What she found was that before their diagnosis, RA patients did not have a higher risk of heart attack, but after their diagnosis, the heart attack risk rates rose steadily. What’s more, is that over the ten year period, the RA patients suffered nearly twice as many heart attacks and heart attack deaths as the non-patients.

Sales of Juice Increase due to H1N1?

Have you been drinking your MonaVie products even more faithfully because of H1N1? You aren't alone. In fact, there are many who are drinking more juice or at least trying to be healthy!  As proof…orange juice sales have surged. Check out the story here:

Thanks again to all of you. We've had an overwhelming response on Blog MV, Facebook and Twitter. Stay tuned as the best is yet to come...

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Nov 30, 2009

Register for MonaVie’s Anaheim Regional and New FTC Guidelines

First MonaVie Regional of 2010

Register today for the MonaVie Regional in Anaheim, California. The event is January 23rd.

Register here:

Details will be posted to On the Move and an email will be hitting your inbox today so keep your eyes peeled, which is totally gross to say now that I think about it. Just be watching your inbox for the email with all the details.

FTC Rules to Know – Coming tomorrow!

Tomorrow we’ll be blogging about the new FTC guidelines that will affect us all. What are these you say? I’m talking about the new guidelines that govern the use of endorsements and testimonials when marketing anything. They are in effect December 1, 2009.

Here’s the link:

We’ll be touching on this a lot in the next little while, as well as begin discussing more of what you can say when talking about MonaVie and its products. Understandably, the biggest question that comes up after we remind distributors not to make claims is “What can we say?”

Indeed we prefer to be extra careful when talking about our products – and for good reason. We have a responsibility, regardless of the many amazing experiencing people have with the product, to adhere to the policies and procedures. But let's say we all understand why we don't make claims. Let's say we all understand the policies and procedures and why they are important. We might still be left wondering, what is okay, in terms of what we can say, relative to product science and ingredients, etc.

All in all, there are ways to send a powerful message about our products and the company overall without resorting to miracle claims. So, I vote we talk about that. Who’s with me? I believe most of you know the answers to this question, at least in part, so the discussion will mainly come from you. Still, let's get some of our experts, from compliance and product development and legal in on the conversation and see what we can come up with. Fun!

(M)mūn - Official Product Teaser

Lastly, the word on the street (and by street I mean MonaVie headquarters) is that an official product teaser video will be posted to MonaVie TV this week. Um, early this week. How’s that for a hint?

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