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Joseph Melville is 3 years old and was diagnosed on Nov. 17, 2005 with Neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that affects kids. For Melville, the tumor is in his stomach. Captain Paul Melville of the Southgate Volunteer Fire Department is Joseph’s dad and his family and friends are having a benefit for him called “Fill the Boot for JOE”.

“A committee of family, friends and firefighters meet on a Sunday nights to discuss a benefit for Joe and the Fill The Boot For JOE was one of the ideas we came up with to name the benefit,” said Joe’s cousin Courtney Kremer.

As for party favors, Courtney came up with the idea to order cancer bracelet wristbands for the benefit.
“I thought that they would be something different and I knew they are very popular especially with Joe’s brother Jacob’s school mates and other people of the community,” said Kremer.

On March 18, 2006 at the Southgate Civic Center from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. friends and family will be hosting this benefit.

“My aunt Lisa started a letter asking for help to donate blood and several fire departments and family and friends have donated and continue to donate so Joe can get the transfusions he needs,” Kremer said.

Joe’s aunt Lisa is asking for people to donate an item to be used in a raffle, silent auction or live auction to raise money for Joe to get better.

 

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, is wearing her heart on her sleeve.

Actually, on her wrists.

The lawmaker sports five rubber bracelets — three on one wrist and two on the other — similar to the ubiquitous yellow liveSTRONG wristbands from the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Two of Jackson Lee’s bracelets are blue and orange. They are from a group of women who started a group to protect Title IX, the law that promotes equal opportunities for girls and boys in educational and athletic activities.

Another bracelet is green and represents other groups that support Title IX. The fourth is red and symbolizes diabetes awareness. The fifth is also green and signifies support for an end to the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan, which Jackson Lee has visited.

Why so many wristbands?

“It reminds me of the causes I care about,” she said.

Reminderband announces its donations to local Hurricane Katrina victims. Reminderband wanted to donate to local victims of the disaster and so donations were sent to St. Stanislaus College, the Transitional Recovery Action Center for Katrina (T.R.A.C.K.) created by the Acadiana Outreach Center and the Salvation Army.

Reminderband donated approximately $20,800 to each of these organizations in an effort to help out those organizations that are locally helping rebuild what was so devastatingly lost.

“We are so thankful for Reminderband’s support and generous donation of $20,814! This past year was a very traumatic one, but we believe that this year is the year of new beginnings,” said Director of Acadiana Outreach Center Valerie Keller.

The TRACK program is committed to helping those in need in the Lafayette community as well as continuing their efforts assisting hurricane evacuees.

“Through your donation, we are able to offer hope to those who need it most, helping them create a new chapter in their lives during 2006,” said Keller.

The St. Stanislaus College located in Bay St. Louis Mississippi was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina ruining their library and dormitories. St. Stanislaus is the oldest continually operated school on the Mississippi Gulf coast and the largest Catholic Boarding School in the United States. It was persisted through the Civil War, the Depression and battering hurricanes and devastating fires since 1854 according to the school’s history.

“We are most appreciative of Reminderband’s generosity, the support plays an important role in the rebuilding of St. Stanislaus and the Bay St. Louis community,” said Director of Development Michael Reso.

The Salvation Army has been meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of over 500,000 disaster survivors. The Salvation Army has served over 5 million meals in response to Katrina and Rita and is providing direct aid to survivors in more than 30 states across the country according to a letter sent to Reminderband.

“Thank you for your gift donation designated to help victims of the Katrina and Rita Hurricanes in the gulf area of the United States,” said Lt. Colonel Raymond Peacock.

Reminderband is committed to helping foundations for disaster relief as well as other organizations such as cancer research.

For more information on the KARE campaign and ways to help Katrina Relief efforts visit http://www.kare.org.

Imagine waking up one day and having to hurry and grab a few items that are expensive or close to you and driving off leaving everything behind. This is what many had to do when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. For Craig Karger, a sophomore at Tulane University, he left with just his lap top and iPod as he drove off to the Houston airport to fly to Miami to meet his parents.

Like many others Karger had to find a new place to go to college so he enrolled in Miami but wanted to be able to go back to Tulane as soon as possible. He wanted to make a difference even if it was just him raising money for his school.

“Craig was so upset and he wanted to do something to help his university so we told him we would do whatever it took for him if he wanted to raise money or help in some way,” said Craig’s mom Lori Karger.

With his parents help he started a Web site for Tulane University called savetulane.com
and created the Save Nola wristbands with the university president’s permission to use the Tulane wave. Craig wanted to sell the wristbands to raise awareness and money for the university he loved.

“Craig was on an online forum for Tulane when he asked President Cowen of the university if he could use the wave on the wristbands and he was granted permission,” said Lori.

After generating buzz about the wristbands and getting media coverage the Save Tulane project has raised $8,000 all of the proceeds from the wristbands go to the Commission to Bring Back New Orleans. Craig gave all the members of the commission a bracelet.

The entire Tulane basketball team is wearing the wristbands along with former Vice Presidential Nominee John Edwards.

“It’s really taken off and it’s been great to see my son put so much effort into such a great cause, all on his own,” said Lori.

“We have had a great experience working with Reminderband and appreciate all the help we have received,” said Lori.

For more information on how you can order the ROLL WAVE and Save NOLA wristbands visit http://www.savetulane.com.

Shape Up RI

Shape Up Rhode Island is a new non-profit venture aimed at improving the health of Rhode Islanders and fighting obesity by promoting physical activity and healthy eating.

Each spring, hundreds of groups of Rhode Islanders will form teams and compete over a 4 month period to see which team can lose the most weight (as a percentage of total team weight) or log the most miles of physical activity (per person on the team). Participants will get Shape Up RI silicone wristbands and weekly updates with healthy eating and living tips from top health experts. At the end of the 4 month program, winning teams will be honored at a high-profile awards ceremony.

As a result of sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits, 56% of Rhode Islanders are overweight or obese. Obesity leads to health problems including high blood pressure and diabetes. The cost of health care resulting from obesity in Rhode Island alone is $305 million each year.

Shape Up Rhode Island is an annual effort to combat the growing obesity epidemic. This same program in other states has yielded drastic results. Last year in Iowa a similar program led to a total loss of 45 tons of fat and 3.5 million miles of physical activity logged by program participants! We aspire to achieve such stunning results here in Rhode Island.

Learn more at their temporary website: www.shapeupri.org

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