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In the U.S. alone, someone is diagnosed with melanoma once every eight minutes. Someone dies from the fast-growing cancer every hour.

Mark Encin was one of them. After fighting cancer for two years, he lost his life to the disease. But his legacy lives on as his family, friends and supporters raise money for his cancer treatment center and a scholarship in honor of Mark.

In 2008, the Mark Encin Foundation promised to raise $50,000 for the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute in the next five years. Through hosting events such as Casino Night and an annual Golf Outing, along with using Reminderband wristbands, the foundation is on its way to achieving its goal.

The PSHCI offers a better option for those seeking cancer treatment in central Pennsylvania, and the Mark Encin Foundation scholarship will assist a graduating senior from Mark’s alma mater in their efforts to seek an undergraduate degree.

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Although Mark was diagnosed with melanoma in 1996, the physician did not advise followup and Mark did not pursue treatment until eight years later, when he discovered a lump in one of his lymph nodes. Most Americans do not realize the danger of melanoma — something the Mark Encin Foundation seeks to remedy. The Mark Encin wristbands or cancer bracelets both benefit the foundation and promote awareness of this fast-growing disease.

Here are some facts and warnings about melanoma, courtesy of the Mark Encin Foundation:

  • “Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that begins in melanocytes, the cells that make up the pigment melanin. The cancer usually starts as a mole (skin melanoma), but can also begin in other pigmented tissues, such as the eye or in the intestines.
  • Most Americans do not realize the severity and seriousness of melanoma.
  • One in 50 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing melanoma, and nearly 69,000 are expected to be diagnosed in the United States with the disease in 2009, resulting in an estimated 8,650 deaths.
  • Melanoma is the fastest growing type of cancer in the United States.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that the risk of developing invasive melanoma in the United States is 1 in 41 men and 1 in 61 women.
  • The incidence of people under 30 developing melanoma is increasing faster than any other demographic group, soaring by 50 percent in young women since 1980.
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25- to 29-years-old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15- to 29-years-old.
  • Although melanoma is most common in Caucasians, melanoma can strike men and women of all ages, all races and all skin types.”
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Two years ago, Hannah Mayer’s father was in a life-threatening bicycle accident. Now, for her mitzvah project, 12-year-old Hannah is using custom silicone wristbands to raise funds and awareness for Memorial Hospital’s Regional Trauma Center.

“To me, Memorial is a place where miracles are made… My Dad is an example of this. About two years ago, he was in a horrible bike accident that was very difficult to overcome. But he did so thanks to his hard work and dedication, along with the endless hard work of the Trauma Center team,” writes Hannah.

“In honor of the Trauma Center’s work for my father, and the many lives they have saved, my service project will benefit the Memorial Regional Hospital Trauma Center – raising money to provide awareness to traumatic accidents and educating people about ways to avoid traumatic situations.”

In addition to a school Trauma Awareness Day and participation in the Bayfront Challenge Triathlon (where she placed first in her age division), part of Hannah’s project included a fundraiser selling customized, high-quality silicone wristbands from Reminderband that read, “Trauma Awareness & Prevention.” In addition to earning money for the cause, these bands will also raise awareness about trauma awareness and prevention in the community. Additionally, these strong, comfortable bands will serve as long-lasting reminders to stay safe.

According to Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, Hannah raised about $5,000 for Memorial Regional Hospital.

“I’ve learned a lot of what being Jewish means to me and I also learned a lot more of what safety means to me.”

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After trick-or-treat chaos last year, one New York borough is requiring would-be trick-or-treaters to wear a wristband in order to get candy.

Last Halloween, North York Borough was flooded by children from nearby boroughs after many neighborhoods canceled trick-or-treat due to the bad weather of Hurricane Sandy. This year, local children will wear wristbands to designate that they live in North York and are free to trick-or-treat in their own neighborhood.

ABC 27 quoted Richard Shank, North York Vice President:

“There are some elderly people here that can’t afford a lot of candy, and they want to make sure they are giving it to the neighbors and the people in the borough rather than people from other municipalities. This is sort of our way to tell the people outside the community to stay in your community to do your trick-or-treating and let our kids do theirs in their community, and we’ll have enough candy to go around.”

Residents have mixed feelings about the wristbands, according to Fox.

“I don’t understand how you could deny a child candy, I don’t. To say you have a wristband, you don’t, you can’t have candy, is just rude,” said North York Borough resident Breanne Spangler.

It will be left to home owners’ discretion whether to give children without wristbands candy. Children get the requisite wristband by bringing proof of address to the North York borough office the week of Halloween.

Is requiring wristbands for trick-or-treating fair or cruel? How do you feel about wristbands being used this way? What kind of wristband would go best with your costume?

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S., but did you know that it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month? According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV):

“Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women’’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.

“These activities were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.”

It’s been 32 years since the first Day of Unity, but domestic violence is still an issue. This year, the White House released a statement declaring October 2013 Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Although we have made substantial progress in reducing domestic violence, one in four women and one in seven men in the United States still suffer serious physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner at least once during their lifetimes. Every day, three women lose their lives in this country as a result of domestic violence. Millions of Americans live in daily, silent fear within their own homes.”

Wristbands can be a great tool during Domestic Violence Awareness Month if you are hosting an event, building community awareness or just wish to create a personal reminder.

The NCADV has resources and ideas for taking action here, including:

– Ribbon campaign

– Library or utility company displays

– A chili cook-off

– Clothesline project display

The purple ribbon is the symbol of domestic violence awareness, and purple is the official color of NCADV.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S., and pink, the official color of the breast cancer ribbon, is everywhere. Whether you’re putting on an event, memorializing a friend or loved one, or just want to wear a reminder, breast cancer wristbands or custom breast cancer bracelets are a great way to show support for those in the battle against breast cancer.

Pink is the generally recognized color of breast cancer awareness, and while the official ribbon color is a soft, mid-tone pink, breast cancer awareness bracelets can utilize many shades of pink to evoke Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Reminderband, you can custom-design individual bands for personal reminders or order en masse for larger events. Here are some examples of breast cancer awareness wristbands:

Other examples might include names of lost loved ones or slogans such as “For the Cure.” The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.has ideas and recommendations for fundraising. However you choose to mark this month, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered from this disease.

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