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We’ve featured some amazing individuals on our social media pages lately. Did you miss it? Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more brave, creative fundraisers who work for worthy causes.

Reading for Recovery

unnamed-5Reading helped Teresa when she struggled with depression, anxiety, and self-harm, so for her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she created a Reading for Recovery Little Free Library with some of the books that helped her the most.

“I wanted to do something that raised awareness on these issues especially among teens,” says Teresa. She now has several libraries at counseling centers, as well as a traveling library exhibit. Some of the included titles are “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” “The Fault In Our Stars,” and “How to Save A Life.”

Teresa hands out bookmarks and Reminderband bracelets to promote her libraries but also to increase awareness of anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicide prevention among teens. You can learn more about her efforts, see how you can help, and offer reading recommendations at http://www.readingforrecovery.com.

Grace for Good

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At age 5, Grace was diagnosed with medulloblastoma. Seven years later, “defying gravity,” she is cancer-free.

Now in middle school, Grace and her family and friends continue to advocate and fundraise for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. (Her mom even shaves her head every year for the 46 Mommas campaign!) Childhood cancers only receive 4% of U.S. federal funding for cancer research. The Grace For Good Hero Fund supports research of brain tumors and the many challenges facing survivors post-treatment.

Grace sells “Defying Gravity” wristbands from Reminderband locally to raise money for her cause. To learn more about childhood cancer and Grace’s story, check out her page on St. Baldrics web site.

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People all over the world are sharing photos to show support for five-year-old cancer fighter Noah. Using the hashtag ‪#‎orangeforTeamNoah‬ and #NoOneFightsAlone and sporting bright orange wristbands, family, friends, and strangers take photos at landmarks from Russia to Indonesia to show Noah that he is not alone.

Childhood cancer is difficult, painful, and at times lonely. We love this creative way to connect through social media. Check out TEAM NOAH or Instagram for more pictures and consider adding your own! 

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One innovative story comes from personal trainer Thomas at ZyckFit. His passion is helping individuals lead healthier, happier lives, and he gives his custom wristbands to friends, family, and clients.

This summer he is running an eight-week boot camp for kids in his hometown of Jupiter, FL, which is now underway. Best of luck, Thomas!

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We hear a lot of stories at Reminderband of cancer survivors spreading awareness and fundraising for cancer, whether for individual treatment costs or for research. We also hear about a lot of events such as races, benefit dinners, and walkathons to raise money to fight cancer.

In terms of research grants, some cancer gets more funding than others. According to numbers from the American Cancer Society, the breakdown of cancer grants is as follows:

Cancer Grants 2015

According to numbers from the American Cancer Society, the breakdown of cancer deaths is as follows:

Cancer Deaths 2015

Lung cancer is definitely underrepresented in funding when compared with percentage of cancer deaths — only a small sliver of the whole of cancer funding goes toward lung cancer specifically, while it makes up nearly a quarter of all cancer deaths in the U.S. Pancreatic, kidney, and liver cancers are underrepresented as well.

Individuals tend to fight for a cause that has affected them or loved ones personally, and any awareness or fundraising against cancer is good. Cancer research can overlap too — a development in fighting brain cancer may also help in treating breast cancer, for example. But keep the above data in mind when seeking a new cause or considering need, because some cancers are getting more funding than others.

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In case you missed it, there have been some neat stories in the news lately about community, connection, and support.

After Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was diagnosed with cancer, athletes and politicians alike are showing support for him with lime-green #HoganStrong cancer bracelets. Hogan was diagnosed last month with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and is currently pursuing treatment. If you want to join the likes of Adam Jones, Chris Christie, and others, you can buy one at hoganstrong.com — proceeds go towards cancer research. The rest of the story is in the Baltimore Sun.

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Robert Suhay just broke the world distance sailing record in his 14-foot sailboat — carrying with him all the while a memorial bracelet for teen Tyler Patnaude, who died in a car crash last year. Suhay says he felt Patnaude’s presence with him on the journey. His wife blogs about the experience here.

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Did you know that we’re on Pinterest? We’re sharing and swapping ideas, quotes, artwork, and causes worth knowing about.

Pinterest FundraisingOne of the primary uses of Reminderband wristbands is for fundraising, and we’re also using Pinterest to collect ideas to help people and groups big and small to raise money. Found so far:

Got tips or ideas for us to add? Join the fundraising conversation.

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