We look back on 2018, a midterm year for a country that’s just living on a prayer

By : Jeremy Williams and Ryan Williams-Jent
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It’s been two years since we, as a country, entered into the reality that is the Trump Administration. The country feels more divided than ever and the phrases “fake news” and “it’s all a witch hunt” are commonplace.

The violence that seems to define who Americans are these days is also there, particularly in Florida, where there has been no justice for the five transgender women of color who were murdered and yet another mass shooting—this time at a high school in Parkland, Fla.—pulled the focus of the world to our state.

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Breast cancer survivor confronted during Bucs game for using female restroom

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Orlando resident Toni Gott, a breast cancer survivor who has undergone a double mastectomy, prematurely left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns game honoring cancer survivors at Raymond James stadium Oct. 21 following a confrontation with a Tampa Sports Authority employee concerning her use of a female restroom.

The game followed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation’s sixth annual Treasure Chests 5K and Fun Run, benefitting breast cancer research and patient services across Tampa Bay. Throughout the game, the Buccaneers honored cancer survivors and featured other league-wide programming.

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Libby’s Legacy kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a treasure hunt

By : Melanie Ararat
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ORLANDO | October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation is starting it off with its first-ever Treasure Your Chest Scavenger Hunt at the Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando on Oct. 6.

“Libby’s Legacy has been known for doing unique, fun, interactive events,” says Tracy Maynard-Harris, executive director of Libby’s Legacy and wife of founder Robin Maynard-Harris. “So we came up with the idea of a scavenger hunt. It’s a team-focused foot race type event.”

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08.09.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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“Guys in Orlando suck!” “The gay community in Orlando is so transient.” I heard these phrases way too often in the early 2000s, but I never bought into that way of thinking.

I moved to Central Florida in 1986. This was back in the days when the 408 was just two lanes each way, The Winter Park Village was an enclosed Mall and Ronnie’s was serving the Mogambo Extravaganza (a sixth grade ice cream lover’s dream dessert). I didn’t know it at the time, but I was on track to meet some amazing people with incredible stories to tell, and who would disprove the notion that Orlando was not a strong LGBTQ community.

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PHOTOS: Church bells fill downtown Orlando as Pulse shooting hits 2-year mark

By : Layla Ferris
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ORLANDO | The First United Methodist Church in downtown Orlando tolled its bells 49 times at noon June 12 to honor those who died in the Pulse nightclub shooting two years ago.

“It’s such a beautiful thing to know that your loved ones will never be forgotten,” Robin Maynard-Harris says to nearly 100 people who gathered at the church.

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A decade after Caylee Anthony went missing, former Orange County CSI Robin Maynard-Harris recalls the events

By : Jeremy Williams
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So much has been written about Casey Anthony, her daughter Caylee’s disappearance and the subsequent discovery of Caylee’s body.

The media circus surrounded Central Florida in the years between Casey Anthony being arrested for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter in Oct. 2008 and her shocking acquittal for murder in July 2011. Many involved in the investigation and the case have spoken out to news network talk show hosts, written books and gone on press tours explaining what happened. One person who kept silent was Orange County Sheriff’s crime scene investigator, Robin Maynard-Harris.

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5.17.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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It’s easy to forget. I forget things all the time. In fact, I forget things so easily that I am pretty sure our sales director Danny Garcia uses it against me. He’ll say I approved something in a conversation we never had knowing that I will assume we had the conversation and I don’t remember it. It works for us.

I also get so caught up in day to day “adulting” that I forget what it’s like to be alone in a new city, to start a new relationship, to be a kid or to plan for college. All of which I have been reminded of this past month, and I love it.

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Research shows lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people at higher risk of breast cancer

By : Jeremy Williams
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(ABOVE: Libby’s Legacy founder Robin Maynard-Harris (L) and Mission Manager (and breast cancer survivor) Sandy Campbell show off the new brochure for breast cancer information. Photo by Jeremy Williams.)

ORLANDO | Another Breast Cancer Awareness Month passed with the end of October. The events have been packed up and the pink shirts have been stowed away in the drawer for next year, but for those who have gone through living with the disease can tell you cancer doesn’t go away once the pink ribbons are put away.

“Breast cancer does not end in October,” says Robin Maynard-Harris, founder of Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation. “You can be diagnosed any time of the year.”

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Libby’s Legacy to celebrate a decade of Scooters 4 Hooters

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation celebrates 10 years of its breast cancer fundraising event, Scooters 4 Hooters, at Wall Street Plaza in downtown Orlando Oct. 21.

Libby’s Legacy was founded in 2007 by Robin Maynard-Harris in honor of her mother, Libby Maynard, who passed away due to Stage IV Breast Cancer. That same year Maynard-Harris launched what would become the organizations signature event, Scooters 4 Hooters.

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Parliament House helps support Libby’s Legacy with Pink benefit

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Parliament House makes “Pink the New Black” as they present Pink, a Benefit for Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, on Oct. 7.

“It’s going to be all pink,” says Parliament House’s Marla Harris. ” Everyone is going to be wearing pink and Parliament House will be decorated all in pink, and then we will have our signature pink drinks.”

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Wedding Bells: Robin and Tracy Maynard-Harris

By : Samantha Rosenthal
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Photo by Yvette Waters Photography.

“She shows immense love and kindness, whether it’s directed at me or directed at our friends and family or complete strangers,” Robin says. “I always tell her she’s the most beautiful person I’ve ever met, and then I say the outside ain’t so bad either.”

Tracy, who is a senior sales manager of jewelry distribution, and Robin, who is the founder and executive director of Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, started dating almost four years ago but originally met 13 years ago.

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