The Rare B*tch Project

rarebitch

adjective / rare • bit-ch / latin

Main definitions of rare-bitch in English
1.    (a human, typically of the female gender) whom is generous and genuine. One who fights         for themselves and others
1.1   not found in large numbers and so have great value or worth
1.2  usually great or remarkable
sentence: did you see how awesomely selfless that woman is, now that is a rare-bitch.


Pronunciation: /rε:/ 

 

Origin: Late-Middle English (ain't gonna find many of'em) from Latin meaning 'rarus'.


If your first thought after seeing this post is, "isn't that a little insensitive toward women?" then you are likely not yet familiar with HealthBeMe, and/or you don't personally know any of the amazing women being honored. 

This project was inspired by two very important factors. First, we wanted to tell this awesome story with both a seasonal and pop culture relevance. One of the first ideas that was thrown out was the movie, The Blair Witch Project. Immediately, this had our creative juices flowing!  Second, we found a story about a woman named Kaleigh D'Anna who created a video called, 'Don't MS With This B*tch.' Since we work a lot with the Multiple Sclerosis Community, we found it pretty fitting to be able to honor Kaleigh with this special HealthBeMe project!

Kaleigh D'Anna, welcome to the club! The work you do to support the MS community means you are absolutely a rare b*tch in our book!

THE RARE BITCH PROJECT

The Rare Bitch Project is a fun way for us to be able to honor some truly inspiring women. We make it fun so people will watch it, but don't let the quirky concept fool you, we are 100% serious about how much we respect and admire these women. Each woman that we have honored here is incredibly selfless and persistent. They have each persevered through some extremely difficult circumstances and continue to do so every day yet, they each manage to find ways to give back, help others and to do good in the world. So yes, these women are indeed RARE! And sure, this post could have been called, Limited Edition Ladies or Seriously Scare Sisters but, those don't fit with our theme - and either way, the story would remain the same.

Don't miss The Rare B*tch Project Official Trailer at the end of the article. 

Introducing The Rare B*itches

Tina Turner

Tina Turner: Mother of 13-year-old son (Alj). While Alj was waiting on a heart transplant, Tina spent weekends cooking for other families at UNC Children's Hospital. Tina finds ways to constantly lift the spirits of others.  She advocates non-stop for organ donation, raises funds for families in need, and is even trying to buy a car for Alj's donor family. Tina, thank you for being a rare b*tch! 


Tina Oxendine: Wife, Friend, and Mother. Tina nominated her BFF Yolanda as a Hero with HealthBeMe. She spends many weekends raising money for charities, including the MS Society where she helps run the team No Limit Crew (MS Walks). Tina, thank you for being a rare b*tch! 

  Tina Oxendine (front) & Yolanda Whitted

Tina Oxendine (front) & Yolanda Whitted

Yolanda Whitted: Best friend of Tina Oxendine. Yolanda works as a social worker trying to help families in need each day. She also spends time raising money for the MS Society as the founder of No Limit Crew. Though she sometimes has to rely on others, she always put those around her first, and is as kind-hearted as they come. Yolanda, thank you for being such a special and lovely rare b*tch! 

Dana George: Dana has spent countless months raising money to be able to get HSCT treatment to stop the progression of MS.  All that hard work paid off because, in a few weeks, Dana will be leaving for Mexico to receive HSCT and begin a new chapter in her life! She now works with us to advocate and support others with MS. She will be a huge part in getting HSCT to become an approved treatment for many more people. Dana's fun loving spirit is contagious, bringing warmth to any room she enters. Dana, thank you for being such a free spirited and passionate rare b*tch! 

  Dana George

Dana George

  Sandi Dick

Sandi Dick

Sandi Dick: Sandi is a role model to young girls with Cystic Fibrosis. Sandi writes an awesome blog called, Behind The Smile Of A Cystic advocating for better healthcare, while educating and empowering individuals/families with CF. You will rarely catch Sandi without a giant smile and offering a kind word to anyone who needs it. Sandi, thank you for being such a heart warming, smiley, and inspirational rare b*tch! 

Tatiana Haas-Castro: Tatiana is also fighting for HSCT to become a viable treatment option for people with MS. Tatiana advocates, teaches and supports people across both the LGBT community and the Latina community. She wants to help build awareness in communities - sometimes left behind.  Despite all she's endured, Tatiana's persistent motto is "Life Is Good." She is an amazing single mother to her teenage daughter. Tatiana, thank you for being such an inclusive and lovingly supportive rare b*tch! 

  Tatiana Haas-Castro

Tatiana Haas-Castro

  Maggie Kane

Maggie Kane

Maggie thank you for being one of the rarest, rare b*tches we know!

Maggie Kane: She's certainly one of the best people out there. Maggie has dedicated her life to feeding and caring for the homeless and helpless. She has spent the past year getting A Place At The Table up and running. APATT is a 'pay what you can' restaurant concept that helps give everyone equal access to healthy food, regardless of their means. Maggie spends her Saturday mornings at a local homeless shelter, helping to give each person there some love and dignity. 

Randi Juarez: Randi has MS, but you probably wouldn't notice unless she told you. As living-proof of the effectiveness of HSCT, she is an advocate, teacher and ambassador of the MS Community. As if that weren't enough, she is also a Home Healthcare nurse! Randi doesn't stop with just health related good doing; she also fights for the wrongfully convicted. She does her best to get innocent people out of prison and back to being members of society. Randi, thank you for being a strong-willed, justice seeking, and loving rare b*tch! 

  Randi Juarez

Randi Juarez

These are some of the awe-inspiring people we've had the opportunity to work with. We support each other. Together, we know we can make some much-needed changes in healthcare and in the world. Today we honor each of you for the amazing women you are. We trust, love, and appreciate you. We feel confident, and unapologetically recognize you all as eight individually and collectively great, rare bitches.

If you are still skeptical of our motives or practices after reading this post, or confused as to why we are honoring these ladies... then you most certainly are not a Rare Bitch!  

The Rare Bitch Project (2016) - Official Trailer

The Rare Bitch Project (2016) - Official Trailer


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