Heart and Sol Wellness Festival emphasizes health and wellness for the heart, mind and soul. This lively festival teaches the importance of mental health awareness and inspires healthy lifestyle choices. This event is hoping to raise awareness of the neurological disease called Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Through education and fun we wish to enrich the quality of life for our diverse community.
Yolanda Collazos Kizer has achieved success as a small businesswoman, community leader and family member. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Yolanda adopted Phoenix as her home after attending Arizona State University. She has a BA in Sociology and Education from Arizona State University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She successfully built her family-run business in retail and expanded her retail business ventures into Phoenix, Miami, and Los Angeles airports.
Yolanda has received countless numbers of awards for her community service and for being role model among women and small business owners. After a five year struggle for a diagnosis, in January of 2012, Yolanda was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) which is a neurological disease that affects language and behavior. Although the life expectancy is typically 2-7 years after diagnosis, Yolanda has found that exercise and good health has been extremely beneficial in managing this disease.
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), affects personality, behavior, language, and movement. Little is known about this disease and there is currently no cure or treatments. Almost all cases of FTD are found to have an abnormal accumulation of protein within the brain cells and atrophy of several different areas of the brain particularly in the frontal or temporal lobes, the parts of the brain that control decision-making, personality, social behavior and language. The symptoms of FTD are devastating to the individuals and their families. FTD gradually robs the individuals of basic abilities—thinking, talking, walking, and socializing. FTD often strikes people in the prime of their life.
The Heart and Sol Wellness Festival has a non-profit account set up through our fiscal agent, Chicanos Por La Causa, CPLC. Donations will first go towards covering the festival costs, and any profits will go to the Kizer FTD Awareness Foundation This foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to Frontotemporal Dementia (Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) spreading awareness, educating the community on FTD and enriching the quality of life for patients and their caregivers.
Checks can be made payable to the CPLC. All donations are tax deductible.