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Contributing to the Community

Nov 1, 2015

Luke Edward Hays

Mahoney’s Garden Center is a family-run branch company who first opened in the state of Massachusetts in the year 1959. They are located in eight Massachusetts towns: Winchester, Tewksbury, Wayland, Concord, Brighton, Falmouth, Osterville and Chelmsford, as well as a growing facility in Woburn. The Mahoney’s store in Chelmsford is located off to the side of a busy road. The location allows for easy access for people driving by to turn right into the parking lot. On top of the plants and annual flowers, Mahoney’s provides a selection of bags of planting mix, as well as bags of mulch, depending on what the customers are looking to work on.
In the town of Woburn Massachusetts, Mahoney’s grows their plants locally during every season. The plants are grown in extra large pots that promote bigger, healthier root systems. Growing locally also keeps jobs local and reduces the fuel emissions needed to truck plants in from far away.

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Since customer care is very important, Mahoney’s provides the option of rewards cards. Mahoney’s Rewards is a free club where customers earn points every time they shop at one of the stores. Points are earned by every dollar you spend. This program works best for regular customers. When customers reach 250 points, five dollars is taken off their purchase. Other benefits include: exclusive sales, special offers and discounts. Automatically sent Emails provide advance notification of Mahoney’s popular sales, private invitation and events. Personal customer’s information is not shared with anyone.

During the New England winter season, the snow arrives around November and usually doesn’t end until early/mid March. The Chelmsford Mahoney’s location is four minutes away from Drum Hill Business District. Mahoney’s employees have the responsibility of shoveling snow away from businesses, sidewalks, clearing snow away from company dumpsters. Employees toss healthy amounts of ice melt onto the sidewalk pavement, around dumpsters, and behind business’. The ice is then thawed, which in turn allows the pavement accessible to walk on.
During the early winter season (late November – mid/late December) Mahoney’s brings in a large truck filled with Christmas trees to be unloaded. The trees are then divided by variety. A benefit for the employees are the tips they make from helping customers with finding and prepping their trees to be tied onto vehicle roofs or placed into the back of the vehicle.

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Mahoney’s is all about serving and contributing to the community: through reward cards, the variety of plants offered, plant care, a diverse choice of garden products, Christmas trees and customer benefits.
All year round, Mahoney’s is dedicated to provide the best service. The community continues to do business with Mahoney’s because they trust the company’s dedication.

Photo Credit: Mahoney’s Garden website

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Ashley Burnette: Making A Difference

Oct 19, 2015

By Luke Edward Hays

On August 27, 2010, Ashley Burnette, from Raleigh, North Carolina, was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma. Later, she developed evidence of PTLD, which stands for, Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder. The cancer took a heavy toll on Ashley and her family.
The Good News Notebook Magazine is  exploring: What was the journey she took to beat two forms of cancer? And, how did Ashley’s experience of surviving two cancers inspire her to work with Hyundai Hope on Wheels?

Hyundai Hope On Wheels

Ashley was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, which is a cancer that comes in many forms, but all forms have one similarity, it usually affects only children five years or under. Ashley is an exception to the five years or under rule, however. She was diagnosed at seven years old. The cancer developed through her immature nerve cells. The treatments began to take a toll on her body and her family. During her 150 nights in her hospital room, she experienced: seven week long rounds of chemotherapy, thirteen surgical procedures, a stem cell transplant, twelve days of external beam radiation, two rounds of MIBG therapy, five weeks in Pediatric ICU for antibodies infusions, numerous ER visits, over fifty blood and platelet transfusions, over hundred and fifty nights at the hospital and an infinite number of pokes. Ashley visited multiple surgeries to rid the cancer. Sadly, during the process Ashley developed a second cancer called, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Her family visited eight different hospitals in five different states. In August 2012, after body scans where conducted, Ashley received the amazing news that all of her cancer was gone.

During the treatments, Ashley was approached and asked if she wanted to be a Patient Ambassador for the NC Children’s Hospital. She now speaks as a national youth ambassador for Hyundai Hope on Wheels. She travels across the United States to spread awareness for cancer. Ashley stated, “I mean, they are going through a lot right now.” Ashley Burnette is an excellent example of being in a difficult situation and turning what could turned out to be a highly negative experience, into an inspiring story. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that raises money for childhood cancer awareness. Since Hyundai Hope On Wheels’ inception in 1998, they would have funded over $100 million dollars, by the end of 2015, for pediatric cancer research.

The Good News Notebook Magazine hopes Ashley’s story inspires other people with different forms of cancer to have the strength to see their way to the end of the tunnel.

Luke Edward Hays is a graduate of Full Sail University
Creative Writing for Entertainment, B.F.A.
luke.writings@gmail.com
www.lehays.wix.com/beyondimagination

References:
Hope On Wheels, H. (2014, April 16). Ashley Burnette, 2014-2015 Hope On Wheels National Youth Ambassador. Retrieved September 29, 2015 from:

News, ABC. (2014, September 5). Child Cancer Survivor Takes Message of Support, Hope for Cure on the Road. Retrieved September 29, 2015 from:
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2014/09/05/child-cancer-survivor-takes-message-of-support-hope-for-cure-on-the-road/

Our Adventures with Ashley. Retrieved September 29, 2015 from: http://ashleyburnette.com/

Waliga, Heather. (2014, September 18). Retrieved September 29, 2015 from: http://abc7chicago.com/health/girl-11-shares-story-of-surviving-2-cancers/313977/

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