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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Welcome to the 26th edition of the Jane Network News.  This issue features the HEART!  March & Mardi Gras are not far off!  Join us at Kiki’s Bistro for two days of festivities on March 4th & 5th. Wear a costume or mask and receive 10% off.  Take care of yourselves and have a heart every day of the year! 



One of the first and only songs I learned to play on the piano was HEART & SOUL.  Created in 1938 by Composer Hoagy Carmichael and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, the song was performed by most every crooner and big band in that era.  It is one of the most endearing songs that is known mostly for its melody and not the lyrics.  Most of us remember the movie “BIG” which was released in 1988 and Tom Hanks brought back the song to a new generation.  He also brought back a love of pianos, big and small. 

Heart strings and piano notes are still inspiring and can lift one’s spirit and warm the heart and soul!

Click here to hear Youtube video of Heart & Soul


The heart is the most vital organ in our bodies.  The symbolism it holds can define us and determine the way we live, the way we act, the way we care for ourselves and the way we care for others.  Little babies are called heart breakers, they make us smile and love them for being so small they have the biggest hearts.  Babies are the best examples of heart as they show us unconditional love.  As we get older we realize that many aspects of life are issues of the heart and everything we do is guided by the heart.   It is easy to forget how to have a heart and to remember how to take heart in these situations. 

February is known as Heart Awareness Month and with Valentine’s Day in the middle of the month – the heart it celebrated all month long.  I have been fortunate in my business and personal life to know several authorities on issues of the heart.  When I started The Eventors in 1976, one of the first experts I met was Dr. Noel D. Nequin, from Swedish Covenant Hospital.  Noels’ mission was to rehabilitate heart patients through running and exercise.  To his credit and over 40 years later his work is continuing at the Galter Life Center in Swedish Covenant Hospital.  The Cardiac Rehab program restores one’s wellbeing after certain heart disease treatments like angioplasty and open-heart surgery.  The world-renowned   program uses a team approach with nurses, exercise physiologists and doctors who develop a personalized plan for each patient. 

Chicago’s 49th Mayor, the late and great Michael A. Bilandic was a participant in the program.  He was appointed Mayor on December 20, 1976 after Mayor Richard J. Daley suffered a heart attack.  Noel Nequin was a great friend and medical advisor to Mike Bilandic and at running rehab legend Nequin’s urging, Mayor Bilandic was instrumental in saving the running path along Chicago’s lakefront.   

Dr. Noel Nequin was awarded the AACPR L. Kent Smith Excellence In Clinical Practice Award  from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Swedish Covenant Hospital Cardiac Rehab Galter Life Center

I have the pleasure of knowing and being a patient of Dr. Annabelle Volgman, MD and her colleague Lynne Braun PhD, ANP from the Rush Department of Cardiology.  In 2001, the American Heart Association started a campaign to increase awareness about heart disease in women.   In 2003, the Rush Heart Center for Women opened its doors to prevent and treat heart disease in women.  Annabelle and Lynne were involved with the inception of the awareness campaign.  To show her support for the Go Red for Women Campaign, Annabelle wears red every day to remind people that the number one cause of death among women is still heart disease.  Heart disease still claims the lives of 1 in 3 women.  But because women often have different risk factors and symptoms than men, many women aren’t aware they’re at risk.    

Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of American women and men, but there has been tremendous progress over the last decade. In 2013, because of these efforts, there are now fewer women dying of heart disease than men. Rush Heart Center for Women has taken care of thousands of women by treating and preventing heart disease. Women have noted that stress, anxiety about their disease and concern about how they will be able to care for themselves and for their loved ones is their top priority. To accommodate these concerns, RHCW services include a nutritionist, an integrative cardiologist, a cardio-oncologist, a genetic counselor and a cognitive neurologist to provide innovative care and offer prevention strategies to increase the quality of life of the women who receive care at the RHCW. Our mission is to help women and their families live healthier lives through prevention and treatment of heart disease and strokes.

Visit for more information.


The Eventors were hired to produce “Keep the Beat 5k” for Heart Health Research in May 2003.  Sponsored by the Guidant Corporation to benefit Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Division of Cardiology the 5K Run & Walk included a Health Awareness Fair to present information about heart disease.  DO YOU KNOW YOUR NUMBERS? Was the campaign to educate the public and the participants about risk factors that included:  Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Ejection Fractions. 


Life happens sometimes and most recently one of my dear friends and colleagues passed away suddenly.  At the young age of 53 and with an anticipated birthday on March 4, Ron Salazar was an exceptional human being.  Ron was the biggest ambassador of the City of Chicago and serving in the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events was his most joyous passion.  Ron and I were friends for as many years and someone that had such vivre for life and everything in it.  He was an architect who came to the City of Chicago to organize cultural events.  I was introduced to him by the grand dame of special events, Rose Farina (coincidentally this is Rose’s birthday – February 25).  Rose was dancing into “retirement” and although no one could fill her shoes, Ron was given that task.  He cared for Rose as he did his mother and treated everyone with the highest regard as he promoted cross cultures and people of every nation, fabric, breed and creed.  Born in the Phillipines, Ron’s personal quest was to unite all nations and have people learn and appreciate the different cultures, talents and diversity that made up Chicago, the entire country and the world.

Diana Eshaya
Diana Eshaya Graduated from Columbia in 2007 with a BA in Integrated Marketing.  She took my course, Special Events in Promotions in 2006 and coordinated fundraisers for both cancer support organizations; Immerman Angels & Faye's Light. Diana like many students struggled with the career she wanted to move into with her degree. Working with these two organizations, she knew than that no matter where her career led her she wanted to work within an industry of healthcare so that she can continue to help others. She is still actively supporting organizations that touch close to home such as Parkinson's Foundation and her church. She has been working in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Sales industry the past 10 years and currently working for Flourish Health Solutions which focuses on wound care. She is has been married for 8 years and has two children Anthony, 6 and Emma, 3.

Diana's passion for helping others has inspired her son, Anthony. His school recently partnered with the American Heart Association. Anthony's personal goal was $100. When he made his goal he told his mom that he didn't want to stop and he wanted to continue to raise money for those babies born with broken hearts like his cousin who was born with Congenital Heart Disease 3 years ago. He has raised $635 and plans to support both walks this year! He is now working on a new fundraiser, Pennies for Patients with his school and hopes to raise awareness and funds to support the Leukemia/Lymphoma Cancer Society. Donate by clicking here.


Contact Diana via LinkedIn here


Join us!
Monday, March 25 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm 
Monthly Social Media Social Hour and Jane Network Night at Kiki’s Bistro 

Kiki's Bistro 
900 N. Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60610
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Looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Jane E. Canepa
President, The Eventors, Inc. 
312.217.JANE (5263)
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