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Local entrepreneur focuses on both business and public health


Local entrepreneur focuses on both business and public health

 by Joycelyne Fadojutimi/ipmag

A Circle of Go Red for Women Trina Griffith of Griffith Real Estate Company with her guests Kim Cline, Tucker Dudley, Hayley Hamberlin and Crystal Thompson at the recent Go-Red for Women Luncheon

Daren and Trina Griffith became college sweethearts almost 40 years ago as students at Stephen F. Austin University. These two former Lumberjacks are still deeply in love, and have been blessed with sons Darnen, 27, and Dax, 16. Two years ago they welcomed their first grandchild. For them family is paramount as they keep moving forward as friends, partners and a team.

These two native East Texans have called Longview home since 1986. Trina commenced her real estate career in 1994 after four years as programs and staff director for the Longview Chamber of Commerce. This followed her five-year stint in banking. Through it all, for her there was real estate

“I have been in real estate going on 25 years in 2019,” she says. “I love it and have earned my broker’s license, and greatly have enjoyed owning my own real estate company, Trina Griffith and Company, with a wonderful team of agents whom I am so blessed to call ‘friends and family’.”

Still, work is not her sole passion. Her family has a tradition of community involvement. Early in Trina’s career her caring labors drew attention as the Longview News Journal made her the topic of a Making a Difference segment. She figures making her city of residence a better place for all its people will be as big a blessing for her as to them. She learned this golden rule from her parents.

“They taught me things I value so much today…love, friendship, values and, number one, love for God,” she says. “We were always very involved in church, community events and school. I was involved in academics, sports, fundraising, cheerleading, etc.”

Trina loves both people and the homes they need to live comfortable fulfilled lives. Making it possible for them to achieve the American dream of home ownership delights her now as much as it did 25 years ago. She savors the entertaining nature of a vocation in which no two days are alike. They all bring new and satisfying challenges and learning experiences. The work she does with worthy causes is even more of a blessing for those around her and beyond.

She has helped the Go Red committee with marketing, and toiled with numerous friends, co-workers and other realtors as she chaired the Circle of Red. For her, it is more than her love for others, it is personal. Heart disease killed her mother and a 56-year-old cousin. Early diagnosis and treatment of a serious heart problem saved Trina’s aunt from an early death.

“I am passionate about standardized testing being implemented for women to find heart disease just as we are tested with mammograms for breast cancer,” she says. “Hopefully we will all beat these statistics and find the cures.”

When not working to help others achieve their real estate dreams, and when not working to fight cardiovascular illness, Trina and Daren worship Our Lord at Grace Creek Church. She has yet other avenues for her selfless, even spiritual, endeavors.

She lost her father and grandfather to Alzheimer’s Disease. It is now afflicting her mother-in-law. Trina contributes faithfully to Alzheimer’s research.

“I pray for you all in this capacity to help find the answers, the cures and to save lives,” she says.

With her around, lives are not only saved, but enriched.





Breast Cancer Awareness: All this pink is making me blue


Pink! It’s the color of Breast Cancer Awareness, and we’re seeing it everywhere this month. The first lady wore solidarity pink the night of the second presidential debate, and so did the Gov. Romney’s wife, Ann, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Even the president- feeling very much in the pink after his debate comeback- has been sporting a pink rubber bracelet.

Pink ribbons, pink t-shirts, pink shoelaces, all in the name of breast cancer awareness and the multibillion dollar business it has become. And then there’s every Sunday in October, when we watch tons of NFL players crush each other in their pinkified jerseys, with the matching pink shoes, reminding women to go get those mammograms.

Personally, I don’t need to see pink to fire up my passion for ending this terrifying epidemic. My grandmother had breast cancer, my mother had it, and in the last few years, both my sister and my niece were diagnosed. Breast cancer doesn’t just run in my family, it gallops. And yet, or maybe because I’m at such high risk, I find myself looking at this outpouring of pink… and feeling blue.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is beginning to feel like a celebration when in fact there’s very little about to cheer about. We’re not even close to a cure. In the U.S., the chance of a woman developing breast cancer in her lifetime has increased from about one in 11 in 1975 to one in eight today.

About 40,000 women and 450 men die from breast cancer each year – down very slightly from 20 years ago. Gazillions spent on raising awareness has given breast cancer a higher profile, but the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) has the courage to remind us we’ve made almost no progress in understanding how to prevent the disease from developing or how to stop it from spreading, which accounts for 90 percent of breast cancer deaths. The standard treatments- chiefly surgery, chemo, radiation and hormonal therapy- just aren’t doing the job.

And what about all that pink gear that the NFL sells online to raise money for breast cancer? Only 5 percent of it goes to the American Cancer Society (ACS) for breast cancer research, according to a recent report in Business Insider. It’s an OK chunk of change- the NFL has given the ACS a total of $3 million over the last four seasons- but when you consider the NFL made $9.5 billion last year alone, it’s hardly a game-changer.

And that’s what the breast cancer awareness initiative needs, a shift away from cheery pink commercialism to a hard look at the primary causes and the prevention of breast cancer. One piece of that is what cancer researchers call TLC- Transformative Lifestyle Change. Eat real food- not processed!- and stay away from sugar. Exercise more. Maintain a healthy weight. Manage your stress. Limit your alcohol. Reduce your exposure to toxic additives in your environment, in your food, in your cosmetics, in your cleaning fluids.

I’m not blaming the victims. And I certainly believe in showing love, compassion and support for breast cancer families. But I know there’s so much more to be done to promote cancer-fighting healthier lifestyles. Selling women sugary, fattening, pink-ribboned cupcakes is sending the exact wrong message.

And pink-pushing annual mammograms isn’t the answer, either. Mammograms are still hailed as the first line of defense against breast cancer, but as the NBCC warns us, mammography is not prevention, and over time, the ionizing radiation can cause breast cancer. That’s why a couple of years ago the U.S. Preventative Task Force stopped recommending mammograms for women under 50, and now advises women over 50 to limit them to every other year. Mammograms produce too many false positives and too many false negatives, and result in too much surgery, chemo and radiation being given to women for suspicious masses that may or may not prove to be dangerous.

It’s not a pretty picture. But there is another imaging technique that offers women a brighter future when it comes to detecting a possible breast cancer. It’s an FDA-approved screening technology, which way too few people are aware of. It’s called thermography, and yes, it does have some pink in it.

Marilynn Preston — fitness expert, well being coach, and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues — is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. She has a website, marilynnpreston.com and welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to MyEnergyExpress@aol.com.

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