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THE INSPIRING, COURAGEOUS JULIA YAW

PHOTOS BY NATALIE SINISGALLI

Julia Yaw is the regional director for the Northeast Kidney Foundation of Rochester and surrounding regions. She is an avid advocate for sibling rights in the foster care and adoption community, organ donation and transplant patient advocate. She enjoys public and motivational speaking, and focuses on several humanitarian efforts.Continue reading

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MEET THE INCREDIBLE WESLEY FAMILY

PHOTOS BY MICHAEL CRISAFULLI

February 24, 2018 was a quiet, cold, winter morning. Denise lay on Tim’s chest to hear his breathing, to not miss a moment with him. She fought exhaustion through the night but eventually the lack of sleep won at she dozed off at 5:45am. Something jolted her from sleep just 45 minutes later and her Husband, Tim, was gone.Continue reading

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An Unbreakable Will: Dr. Gabriela Carranza’s Long Road to Rochester

3217. Three thousand, two hundred and seventeen miles. This is the lengthy distance in miles over land from Guatemala City, Guatemala to Rochester, New York. It is also symbolic of the long road that Dr. Gabriela Carranza has had to travel to get to this point in her career as a highly specialized dentist.Continue reading

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WHO IS JUSTINA PRINCE?

WHO IS JUSTINA PRINCE? This month she is the subject of Rochester Woman Online’s cover story, and also the celebrated and much-anticipated featured, couture designer with her jaw-dropping Bird and Fish collection that was highlighted during our Fashion Show Under the Stars runway event at the Strasenburgh Planetarium that partially benefitted Worth More Nation, an empowerment organization for children in foster care. Continue reading

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BUILDING LIFE AFTER VIOLENCE: EMILY MARIE PANGBURN

PHOTOS BY: CHARLENE MANN FORD

What became Emily’s story s not something anyone would like to experience in their lifetime. Emily is a 25-year-old, mother and entrepreneur who lives in Rochester, NY. She is a beautiful woman, who is a make-up artist (Make-Up Artistry and Beauty by Emily Marie). On September 15, 2018, her otherwise normal life became a movie we watch and hope never happens to us. Her life changed forever that day. Continue reading

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YOLANDA SMILEZ THROUGH IT ALL

PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER “GOODKNEWS” CARDWELL

Rochester Woman Online introduced you to new writer, Yolanda Smilez in January with the Launch of “Something for the Sistas”. Yolanda hopes through reading her column, you too, can find your smile as she has after facing so many trials and tribulations in life. Yolanda is a local comedian, the co-founder of Ms. Kurvie Pageant system, CEO of the Roc Awards, CEO of Smilez Entertainment and an up-and-coming author.Continue reading

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THE PERFECT VENUE: VENTOSA VINEYARDS ON SENECA LAKE

“Our mission is excellence,” says Lenny Cecere, proprietor of Ventosa Vineyards— and he means it. Lenny has put the winery on the map, one happy wine-drinker at a time. “Ventosa” translates to windy in Italian, a perfect name for the setting with its breezes off of Seneca Lake which moderates the temperature of the vineyard. Mediterranean roots of the winery date back to Lenny’s grandfather who came to Geneva, New York, from Italy. Beer, wine and spirits were hard to come by when Prohibition and the Great Depression brought about hard times.Continue reading

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