Community In Focus
October, 2016 - Issue #144

Join Team Bumper
Humankind's Best Friend Joins Fight Against Invisible Disease

Diabetes is no longer just for humans. Just ask Speed Bump "Bumper" Fleming, official canine greeter of Valencia Acura along with sister Test Drive "Tessie." Last December, life as they knew it changed for Don and Cheri Fleming as their beloved Bumper was diagnosed with canine diabetes. As devastating as that news was, the family has come a long way in accepting, treating and managing his disease.

And now this life-changing experience have made Don and Cheri advocates for all people (and dogs) fighting this deadly disease. When the American Diabetes Association approached them to help further the organization's mission of preventing and curing diabetes and improving the lives of all people affected by the disease, they couldn't turn a blind eye. The dealership's canine greeter has accepted an additional role, which may be his greatest challenge ever.

Bumper will lead the fight to Stop Diabetes in the Association's first-ever canine walk on Saturday, November 5 at Six Flags Magic Mountain during the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes. This is a rare opportunity for walkers to walk the park prior to opening and have the option of walking with their canine friends. Bumper invites all dogs to join in, including Diabetes Alert Dogs, service dogs and everyday dogs who will accompany their human walkers.

"Walk With Bumper" as he leads the pack as Team Captain of his Step Out Team. Join Valencia Acura - in person or virtually - or start your own team to help this little champion and all those affected by this deadly disease. Go Team Bumper!

Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers Story

Samuel Dixon Family Health Center, Inc. provides affordable quality outpatient healthcare services and programs to all residents of the Santa Clarita Valley with a special emphasis to serve the uninsured, under-insured and under-served communities. It is their mission to never refuse healthcare services to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. With three primary health centers - Val Verde Health Center, Canyon Country Health Center and Newhall Health Center and two outreach programs on the campuses of California Institute of the Arts and College of the Canyons - they provide the full array of primary-care health services including dental care, mental health counseling, treatment of illness and injury, chronic disease management, family planning, women's health, well child and well-baby care, health education, referral services, immunizations and vaccines, physicals, screening and diagnostic tests, preventative programs, community resources and enrollment assistance into My Health LA, MediCal, MediCare and Covered California. This past year, Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers provided healthcare to over 5,000 individuals, accounting for over 12,000 patient appointments. The Rubber Ducky Festival, their annual signature fundraiser, will be held on October 1 at Bridgeport Park. The free family event begins at 11am.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Mission Valley Bank's local roots run deep, motivated by the desire to be an integral part of the area they serve. A strong community thrives on personal relationships and Mission Valley Bank supports - and is honored to be supported by - the Santa Clarita Valley. Mission Valley Bank is more than just another local bank. They are a full-service, independent, commercial bank that is locally-owned, community minded and relationship driven. They're proud to have earned their reputation as Trusted Advisors. Mission Valley Bank is as dedicated to their customers' success as they are. They appreciate their business and welcome the opportunity to earn yours.
Mission Valley Bank Centre Pointe Business Banking Office 775-4113
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