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Local Authors Michael Manuel and Larry Timbs, Jr. Book Signing

We are excited to announce that during the 2014 Customer Appreciation and Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 8 there will be a book signing for Fish Springs Beneath the Surface.  This is a great opprotunity to meet the local authors Michael Manuel and Larry Timbs, Jr.  They will be at Food City #631, 920 Broad Street,  Elizabethton TN from 12 Noon-3. Larry Timbs, Jr. will also be appearing at Food City #641, 4307 North Roan Street, Johnson City TN from 4-7. 

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer. Your participation in this event helps us provide significant funds and brings awareness about breast cancer to our local community. Whether you walk, run, volunteer or donate, your support is helping us save lives and provide priceless support to those in need.


75% of every dollar raised by the Tri-Cities Affiliate of Susan G. Komen® stays in East Tennessee, SW Virginia and Western North Carolina to fund vital education, screening, treatment and support services.


25% is contributed to National Komen for the Cure® Award and Research Grant Program so that we can have a world without breast cancer in the future.


The Susan G. Komen Tri-Cities affiliate is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in 23 counties and 2 cities (Bristol & Norton) service area in Southwestern Virginia, Northeastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina.  Nine of the 23 counties we serve are located in Southwest Virginia, 6 in Northeastern Tennessee and 6 in Western North Carolina, thus making us a  truly regional organization.

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Pathway to Peace Conference and Workshop

Pathway to Peace Conference and Workshop, Local Martial Arts Event, to Benefit Veteran Organizations

Abingdon, Va. (October 15, 2014) – The Healing Warrior Initiative presents the 2014 Pathway to Peace Conference and Workshop (formerly the Wounded Warrior Expo) on Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 in Abingdon, Virginia. The event is open to the public and serves a dual purpose: to benefit veterans through an annual charitable fund drive and offer participants, of all ages and levels of experience, exposure to world class martial arts and self-defense instruction.

“In Iraq in 2004 where my primary duty was as a flight surgeon, dealing with a lot of trauma, I realized how well matched classical martial arts were in helping a warrior maintain function and fitness. That's how it started as a concept,” said event founder Colonel Dane Harden. “The actual event itself was modeled after my induction into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Anaheim California in 2009. That event was so well done that I thought we could do the same and benefit wounded warriors.”

The veteran organizations that have been selected to equally benefit from this year's event are: The Wounded Warrior Project, The Army National Guard Family Fund, The Abingdon Veterans Memorial Park, and the Healing Warrior Initiative.

The conference will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Higher Education Center, where participants will be exposed to world class instruction by instructors such as, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Shihan Dana Abbott (World Champion Sword Master), and many more.  Participants through martial arts will: establish tactics for personal safety; learn ways to release the powerful hold of past trauma; manage stress and improve focus naturally; strengthen your body from the inside-out and build awareness about the Healing Warrior Initiative.

Following the conference at 6 p.m. there will be a Benefit Dinner, with martial arts demonstrations and music by local band 49 Winchester at the Higher Education Center's Grand Hall. Tickets for the Benefit Dinner may be purchased in addition to or separate from the conference event.  

The series will come to a close with the Sunday Field Survival Skills Workshop, which begins at 8 a.m. at the Harry L. Coomes Center in Abingdon, VA.  This limited capacity event will teach attendees common sense outdoor and urban survival skills.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets to any of the three events may be purchased online at

About Healing Warrior Initiative
The Healing Warrior Initiative's purpose is to positively influence the values and quality of life for our participants by creating awareness?of this drug-free alternative method for reducing the effects of stress and trauma. Through this introduction, we hope make a positive difference in the lives of everyone involved in our training events.

About the Pathway to Peace Conference and Workshop
Our mission is to offer an event whose purpose is to benefit veterans through our annual charitable fund drive and offer all participants exposure to world class martial arts and self-defense instruction.

If you would like more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Dane Harden at (276) 356-3196 or e-mail him at 

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