In case you missed it, here are some neat causes we’ve featured on our social media pages lately. We admire these strong individuals and communities working with issues such as loss, disease, and depression.

ChangeWorks

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In January of 2014, a 12-year-old young man named Christopher was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare bile duct cancer. Four of his friends coordinated a fundraising effort to raise money to help the family with Christopher’s treatment costs, called the ChangeWorks Foundation. The four girls set a goal of raising $750 and ordered bracelets with their new organization’s name in Christopher’s favorite color (green). Word quickly spread through the community and they were soon inundated with requests for green bands and donation boxes.

Unfortunately Christopher lost his battle with cholangiocarcinoma only 74 days after he was diagnosed with the condition. Because of the awareness efforts and wristband campaign, over $15,000 was raised and given to the family, and ChangeWorks! fundraisers spread across the entire community.

After Christopher passed away, 15 youth bonded together to create a 501(c)(3) foundation to organize other youth and community members in his memory, to help other families experiencing the financial and emotional burden of diagnosis and treatment, and to help institutions find cures for childhood cancer.

You can read their story and find out more at www.changeworksfoundation.org

Kevin Shipley

Sixteen-year-old Kevin lives with a particularly aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy called Deuchenn’s. Incredibly painful and debilitating, no facility near home can provide the necessary care and both parents are needed 24/7. Despite the difficulties, Kevin remains positive and his family of seven has strengthened. His story has been featured on the news twice: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=578130
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=592905

Family and friends have formed a group in solidarity and use Reminderbands to raise funds to support the family. https://www.facebook.com/groups/410062732500186/

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#Belove

Saddened by youth suicide rates, Jeremy embarked on an effort to spread love on his college campus. He asked students at the College of New Jersey to write something they loved about themselves on a piece of paper and hold it up in front of the camera. The resulting video was set to music and is a beacon of positivity: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa8M9tCD7U0&feature=youtu.be

Jeremy also uses Reminderbands marked ‪#‎belove‬ to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. You can follow his campaign to show love to everyone, especially those who may not feel included, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wltcnj/timeline?ref=page_internal

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