This August marks my 16th anniversary of being free of Cystic Fibrosis.
To celebrate, I’m giving back to the foundation that kept me alive for my first 18 years. (Yes, I’m 35.)
As a third-generation Realtor® in the Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange County markets - and as part of the Young Professional Leadership Committee in L.A. - I’m launching Homes Sales For a CURE™. This project - which began August 3, 2009 - 50 homes =$50,000 or more to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with the purchase or sale of homes in Southern California is going on its second year.
Please join Team Jane next year, (August 2011), to benefit the project and kick off the third annual Home Sales For a CURE™ project. By using my team of real estate professionals, I will make sure a donation in your name is made to help fight CF. **
WHAT IS CF?
It's an inherited chronic illness that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000+ U.S. children and adults. (70,000 Worldwide)
A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening infections. it also obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down food.
In the '50's, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Today's medical advances have allowed many people with this illness to live into their '40s and beyond.
My earliest memory was my mother breaking up my enzymes in applesauce so I could digest my food. To this day, I remember what those bitter, beady dots tasted like when I was 3.
I had the recommended physical therapy to break up my lung mucus, and occasional hospital "tune-ups," but the disease didn't get really bad until my hormones kicked in at age 16. (The average life expectancy at that time was 20.)
I can remember sitting in the clinic in Richmond, Virginia, looking at my latest breathing scores. "They don't look to bad," I told myself. Then my doctor asked, "Have you ever considered a transplant?"
I was 16! The only thing I was worried about at that time was when I could see my boyfriend next! My grandparents always treated me normal and never discussed the possibility of death.
My doctor gave me two options. Live or die. I made the right choice and I am proud to be part of the CF Foundation.
Thanks to the CF Foundation, I was able to get a double lung transplant and the treatment I needed to survive. The Foundation continues to drive toward an eventual cure but, in the meantime, medical advances are helping many more people live a full life.
I used to ask myself, why talk about a disease that haunted, and nearly killed me for so long? As I got older, I realized that people are helped by my stories because I am a survivor. I also realized what was important in my life and I finally got rid of a thorn that was in my side, that continued to burden me the past five years. I am a happier person and I deserved to live my life. I realized that I want to share with families not only what it’s like to live with CF but also to celebrate life instead of dwelling on an expiration date.
I’ve been talking to families for more than a decade to help with CF awareness. Ask me anything!
Frequently asked questions...
1. How does Home Sales For A CURE™ work?
The Home Sales For A CURE™ project teams up with a real estate professional of your choice while we donate a portion of our commission to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or a charity of your choice. Essentially, you are getting two agents for the price of one and I am donating money in your name, to a charity of your choice. If you don’t have a charity, then it goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
2. Why is Home Sales For A CURE™ part of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation?
Read my inspiring story at CFCure.com. My goal this year is to donate 50K while selling 50 homes, but I can only do this with your help.
3. Do I have to work with Keller Williams Realty?
No. I currently work for Keller Williams because of their business model but my team has built relationships with the top Realtors® and brokerages’ in the world so we can accommodate you with all your real estate needs.
4. What background does Jane Kalinowsky have in Real Estate?
I am a third generation REALTOR® and the founder of Home Sales For A CURE® who strives for excellence. Our family is a full service team that has brought families home for over 30 years. There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional- integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, technology savvy, effective negotiation skills and a high-quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work. That said, with my experience as a Las Vegas and LA real estate professional, I’ve also found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to your needs. My office is located in Westlake Village, CA but I specialize in Ventura, LA and Orange County.
5. Why do you make relationships with agents outside of Keller Williams Realty?
My question to you is, why not? I know how to communicate with all the 73,000+ agents working for Keller Williams but I take it a step further. I love building relationships with other professionals because they may bring something to the table that my team can’t provide. I know most Realtors® don’t work with other agents but I do. Our focus should be on your needs and if I don’t have something you need, I will make sure that I work with someone that may have what you are looking for in an agent. It is a Win,Win. Many people like to work with a known brokerage or agent in their area but this is where I am different, so do I. I bring a skill to the table that other agents don't have in today's market.
6. How will you make sure that I am working with a top agent and brokerage in my area?
Of course, I hope I am your agent of choice and Keller Williams is your brokerage of choice, but based off your criteria, (Zip Code, Area, favorite brokerage and your other criteria,) I will make sure I partner up with the right person to meet all your real estate needs. You work with the top agent and brokerage in your area and I will follow up with their process and get involved if you need my advice. The purpose of our service is to compare agents’ background, experience, sales history, and marketing styles and pick the right agent for you.
7. How much does this cost?
8. I don’t want to work with you? Is that ok?
Absolutely! Our team will still make sure you are matched with the top agent and brokerage in your area and that agent does the rest.
9. How do we hire your team or how do you find us a REALTOR®?
It is easy, just e-mail me at JaneK@KW.com and I will be glad to meet or call you for an appointment.
Please allow me to be part of your life and help you with all your real estate needs while giving back to this great organization.
You will be satisfied during your real estate process that I guarantee it. As a thanks, we are offering fabulous packages to get your family through a smooth transaction.
If you would like to volunteer for my organization, please contact me at JaneK@KW.com or 805-428-7435
I'm fighting for my trademark to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation...
....But I have a problem getting my trademark because Susan G. Komen, the pink ribbon, breast cancer organization, have stolen my trademark and have made 3.1 million off my trademark when those funds could of gone to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I have been in a legal battle for over a year and a half. I am looking to find a lawyer to represent me in this much needed battle. I applied for the trademark and was using "Home Sales For A Cure" in commerce, six months before they even applied for their "Home for the cure" and somehow the trademark granted them the similar name. How is that possible? The real story is who is working at the USPTO
to grant them all these trademarks? I am not the only small business that is claiming they are fighting for their trademark. Check out the real truth behind the Komen Foundation. Where is your money really going when you donate to the Komen foundation? I will tell you. Their lawyers. They were harassing me to "voluntary" give up my trademark daily, through e-mail and overnight FedEx packages to a point that I had to serve them with a Cease and Desist letter. Can you image them doing that to over 100+ trademarks that had "For the Cure" or "For a Cure", not to mention the money involved in going after these small businesses that were actually trying to raise money for their cause. I know I have spent thousands trying to get my trademark and I feel like I am at a dead end road.
Below are several links on what the Komen foundation is hiding from the public.
Huffington Post wrote:
The Wall Street Journal:
And finally the Nightly News with Brian Williams:
'Race for the Cure' brand battle courts controversy
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, one of the country's largest and best-funded breast cancer charities, is being questioned about its aggressive tactics when it comes to protecting its trademark. NBC's Anne Thompson reports.
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So I ask myself, why were they granted my trademark and why do I have to share it with them?
Please help pass the word, so the CF Foundation can finally get the money they deserve to help find a cure for the 30,000+ patients suffering from this deadly disease.
If you have further questions, you may contact
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation/Los Angeles
4929 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 702
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Director of Development: Chris Mendoza
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