A 2nd Act: The Pinky Swear

Bringing health to more Arizona women A favorite game in our household is Memory. After laying out cards facedown, you flip them over two                    at a time to make a match. The player with the most matching pairs at the end wins. Of course, you have to […]

A 2nd Act: Abilities, Not Disabilities

Pursuing a life of good works from a wheelchair is an inspiring second act. Creating a second second act from a wheelchair is above and beyond. But then, Jamie Heckerman is an above-and-beyond kind of woman. She was born with spina bifida, a rare birth defect affecting the development of the spine. Her first surgery […]

A 2nd Act: Food Is Love

Barro’s Pizza gives back, one slice at a time “We’re Italian, and food is love!” Gina Barro said enthusiastically. From its roots in Italy with Grandmother Angelina to the 40 locations spread across Arizona today, award-winning Barro’s Pizza carries on that tradition. But love from the Barro family goes far deeper than a thick and […]

A 2nd Act: A Clown’s Legacy

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona supports children’s journeys to wellness. The May 9, 1971, Arizona Republic classified read, “One bedroom, furnished, air-conditioned, pool, carpet. 501 E. Roanoke Avenue.” The small complex in central Phoenix featured apartments and single rooms. Offering both air-conditioning and a pool practically made it a palace. Fifty […]

A 2nd Act Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, A 2nd Act has issued two annual grants to nonprofits led by a cancer survivor. Pink Sister Yard Sale, founded by Crystal Reidy, supports women with any type of stage 4 cancer by providing financial, social and emotional support. The organization hosts […]

A 2nd Act: Putting Down Roots

Pro athlete teaches others to weed it and reap Becoming a professional athlete requires many skills, beyond the obvious physical abilities. Dedication, drive, endurance and courage are also crucial to an athlete’s success. Those same skills help nonprofits bloom. Bridget Pettis understands this, right down to the souls of her — now — very muddy […]

A 2nd Act: How Tiny Became Mighty Big

The March of Dimes helped a small baby help others Mitzie and Jeremy Warner had gone through four failed in-vitro fertilizations. Then it happened: The fifth time was a charm. Parenthood would be theirs some time around the baby’s July 22, 2016, due date. But in mid-April, Mitzie began experiencing what was ultimately diagnosed as […]

A 2nd Act: Ensuring the Beat Goes On

One million hearts and counting By Judy Pearson It wasn’t supposed to happen. Sharon Bates was never supposed to receive that phone call. Her son, Anthony, was a healthy 20 year old living his dream. In 1999, he had been recruited to play football for Kansas State University. On a sunny July day a year […]

A 2nd Act: Young Advocacy and Support

Two women … two stories … big outcome By Judy Pearson A 1980s television ad depicted a young woman so giddy about her shampoo, she told two friends about it. And they told two friends … and so on, and so on. With each statement, the television screen divided in an example of mathematical magic. […]

‘S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Tell A Real Story’ Event Promotes Healing Through Helping

They conquered cancer, and soon, they’ll combat stage fright when they share the struggles, emotions and success stories they’ve experienced in front of a live audience as they embark upon their second acts. A 2nd Act’s S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Tell A Real Story event is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Scottsdale Center […]