Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
"Back in the 80's, it was 'how tan and how blonde can you be?!' " said Andrea Licata Bernath.
It was that quest that landed Bernath on the other side of our cameras more than two decades later -- but let's start at the beginning.
Bernath was just 29-years-old when she was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma 12 years ago.
"Really when I was first diagnosed I didn't have a fear. You know, I thought I go to the dermatoligst and they could cut it out and I could be on my way," said Bernath.
But that just wasn't the case.
Bernath was diagnosed on a Thursday. On the next Monday she had her first surgery. In four and half hours doctors removed 16 percent of the muscle in her back, 42 lymph nodes, and 5 other sites they were concerned about. And she has the scars to prove it.
But she's not alone.
Nearly 77,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year in the US. And this cancer will kill more than 9,000 people.
"Even though I got, I had melanoma, I still wanted to be tan. So I started going to tanning facilities and trying other self tanner. And everything I tried turned me some shade of orange."
So, Andrea quit her job in sales and marketing for a Fortune 500 company and developed her own product for sunless tanning, Kahuna Bay Spray Tan.
The business started as a retail location but other spas and salons wanted the product. It didn't take long for Andrea and her business partner Chris to get out of the retail side and go strictly into distribution.
Now they are one of the industry leaders. Their sunless tanning products are used by celebrities, pageants, and network news agencies - and carried in more than 12,000 salons and spas around the world.
"We've had people from as far away as Japan come here to this tiny little facility."
Right now they currently employ 11 people in the Toledo area -- including several at the Kahuna Bay Spray Tan retail store, which opened this week in Sylvania. It's an exciting time -- but for Andrea it is also deeply personal.
"We get contacted by people who have been diagnosed with melanoma daily. And it's getting younger and younger. If these kids can be aware. If they can go sunless. Wear their sunscreen. We will do what we can to make them beautiful."
A Note From Emilie:
Andrea shared with me this YouTube clip called "Dear 16 Year Old Me." It is truly exceptional and no matter how old you are, I recommend taking the 5 minutes to watch it.