Alexis Teixeira was diagnosed with Lupus at age 14 and has fought for many years through testing and treatments to get proper help. When she was eventually married, she was currently receiving exams but developed preeclampsia after becoming pregnant with their daughter Gianna. Lupus played a part in her high-risk pregnancy and Gianna was born prematurely.
Thankfully, Gianna is doing quite well and is almost four-years-old. Alexis’ husband Luis saw the need for a great deal of awareness that Lupus just wasn’t getting; so he took matters into his own hands. Since his epiphany, Luis has used his rally driving career as a way to promote better awareness for Lupus. His race team Wicked Nasty Motorsports took to representing Lupus awareness (purple) in their team colors. This has allowed the whole family to share the message of awareness and the struggles of Lupus with many, many others.
“So often we overlook the loved ones of those suffering from Lupus who are living through the difficult experiences with them.”
Alexis says her husband’s efforts to raise awareness is a good example for the community, and that everyone can help.
Part of their campaign to raise awareness includes handing out Reminderband wristbands at the racing events, which have been designed with the Wicked Nasty Motorsports logo along with “Lupus Awareness”.
If you would like to learn more about Lupus, head over to lupus.org.
We wish Alexis and her family all the best and we thank them for sharing their story with us!
In case you missed it (ICYMI), here are the causes we’ve featured over on the Reminderband Facebook page during the holiday season. These causes use Reminderband wristbands in unique ways to further their worthwhile organizations and individual efforts. We loved these inspirational stories of people working to improve their communities and the world around them. Check them out to get ideas for your own fundraising efforts and to contribute to worthwhile causes!
In 5th grade, Georgia student Devon Hirsch noticed that many of his friends were eating free or reduced-fee breakfast and lunch. He did some research and found that 16 million children in America don’t have adequate access to food, and only 14% of eligible kids are in the summer meals programs. He decided to join the fight to get more hungry kids fed.
Now 11, Devon uses Reminderbands to raise money for Share Our Strength‘s “No Kid Hungry” campaign. He sells wristbands for $3 each and gives the proceeds to #NoKidHungry. He calls his effort Giving Grub. Check out their Facebook page or https://www.givinggrub.org/ for more info on child hunger and how you can help!
Irish Language Learners
Today’s featured cause is Irish Language Learners, a community of learners and speakers of this rare language! “Irish is under-promoted and under-utilized, but for those who are studying, it connects them to a fascinating past and friendship and camaraderie in the present,” says community founder Seán Lenaghan.
Reminderband wristbands are used to offer a friendly Irish greeting and spark curiosity and interest in this once-dying language.
I Have A Name
The I Have a Name Project aims to bring compassion, dignity, and understanding to an often invisible world — that of the homeless. Photographer Jon Linton meets, photographs, and records the stories of the less fortunate. He aims to create a book and exhibit, proceeds of which will benefit shelters that provide services to those in need. They also give “I Have a Name – Practice Compassion” Reminderbands to those who donate to create awareness and serve as a reminder to be compassionate.
Check out their Facebook page or website (https://www.ihaveaname.org/) to view photos and read stories from souls on the streets, and remember to practice compassion daily.
A baller is someone who’s got “game,” on or off the court. “Baller bands” began production by Nike after the Livestrong craze hit. The original versions featured the Nike logo, phrases such as “Just Do It,” and big names such as LeBron James or Michael Jordan.
Nike’s baller bands are no longer in production. You can bid for limited edition baller bands on sites such as eBay, or if you’re looking to create your own team wristbands or fitness motivation, try our sports wristbands or custom band builder.
Today’s featured cause is The Pinky Promise Project! Two teenage girls are making a difference by promoting respect for women in a fun way.
Here’s how it works: they visit public places with a bag full of flowers and hand them to young men and ask them to pinky-promise to respect, appreciate, and value all the women in their lives. They then give them a colored flower that they are to give to any girl they see (and a Reminderband wristband to help them remember their promise!). Each flower’s color represents a type of respect that will be explained to the boy when he receives it. Attached is a note with a powerful quote and information about the project as well as clues about what the color represents.
“The idea behind it is that with the pinky promise, boys become more aware of what it means to respect women and the girl receiving the flower is reminded that she deserves the utmost respect and should never get anything less.”
We love this mission and its creative, positive use of Reminderband wristbands. You can follow the Pinky Promise Project on Instagram here or on Facebook.
Team Cyndi is an organization supporting Cyndi Ricketts in her fight against Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a form of cancer that is more difficult to treat. Ricketts was diagnosed in June, and Reminderband cancer bracelets are being worn by her friends and family to show her support for her as she begins treatment.
Unexpected Resolution Men’s A Cappella is an a cappella group from Ball State University. They focus on being “relaxed and casual while bringing their best on stage and adding something unexpected to each song to make it their own, be it a barbershop-style end to a Top 40 hit, a vocal breakdown of a jazz standard, or mashing up multiple genres into one song.” They use Reminderband wristbands as a reminder of their commitment to the group and to bring their best to every rehearsal and performance.
Should wristbands with a message be banned from the sporting arena?
A member of the national English cricket team was banned from wearing rubber wristbands in support of Palestine during international cricket matches by the referee.
“Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’ wristbands in the remainder of the third Test against India in Southampton by David Boon, the former Australia batsman who is the International Cricket Council’s match referee,” reports the Guardian.
The International Cricket Council released the following statement:
“The ICC equipment and clothing regulations do not permit the display of messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes during an international match. Moeen Ali was told by the match referee that while he is free to express his views on such causes away from the cricket field, he is not permitted to wear the wristbands on the field of play and warned not to wear the bands again during an international match.”
Do you think the ban was fair? Did the referee make the right call? Are there places where it is inappropriate to wear political wristbands or silicone bracelets supporting a cause?
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments estimates the number of homeless adults in D.C. at more than 12,000, half of which are part of families. Every weekend, volunteers gather in Allan Millington’s apartment and take to the streets to make a difference.
“Wealth disparity is spreading in the nation,” says Allan. “It’s especially [visible] in the nation’s capital.”
Allan, an army veteran himself, says many of the homeless and hungry are veterans. He and his friends began Universal Kitchen to provide dinner to veterans, the homeless, and low-income people in the Washington, D.C. area. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, volunteers assemble sack dinners at Allan’s apartment and then go out into the community to hand out food and hygiene items.
(Photos from Universal Kitchen’s Instagram.)
Volunteers and supporters of Universal Kitchen sport army-green #ProjectHunger #UniversalKitchen wristbands to increase awareness and support in the fight against homelessness and hunger.
For more info visit @universalkitchen on Instagram or see their WalMart wishlist. If you’d like to share how you use Reminderbands, let us know about your cause here.
Since we started asking for Reminderband Causes, we’ve received some great stories and inspiring causes from Reminderband users! In case you missed it, here are the causes we’ve shared on social thus far:
Open Your Eyes Foundation
In memory of David Bingenheimer (10/13/2013 – 5/29/2014), parents Chelsea and Daniel Bingenheimer established this organization to help bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, as well as to help other families that have been devastated by the loss of a loved one due to distracted driving.They use bands to fundraise and remind drivers to stay focused. Check them out on Facebook or on their web site.
Friends of the Peabody Dog Park
The Friends of the Peabody Dog Park are using Reminderbands to raise funds and support for an off-leash dog park in their city. They hosted an event June 28 with live local music, agility and obedience demonstrations, contests, prizes, and a variety of vendors selling doggie treats and services.
Miss Utah & Children’s Miracle Network
Cache Valley’s Karlie Major, recently crowned Miss Utah 2014, is using our bands to fundraise for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The bands say “Miss Utah 2014” and “Team Karlie.” All proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network, which in Utah will benefit Primary Children’s Hospital. She will be selling them again in Logan on July 12.
If you’d like to share how you use Reminderband for your cause, share your story with us here.
Reminderband users are amazing. They use wristbands to rally, to mourn, to communicate, to build, to raise awareness, to fundraise, to promote, to love, to change the world. We here at Reminderband are continually impressed and inspired by the diverse, creative, fun, and beautiful bands you produce: day after day, year after year.
Which is why we’d like to start sharing your stories. Every week, we’re sharing a new cause on our blog and social media channels to get the word out and get attention for your efforts. We hope that our sharing will lead to increased awareness and your stories will inspire others further, whether to donate to your cause, get inspired by wristband design, or simply feel better about the world and the good people in it.
We’ve added this sharing option to checkout on our website and are loving the stories we’ve received thus far, but you don’t have to put in a new order to share your cause with us. Email us at social@reminderband [dot] com or fill out this form to let us know how and why you use Reminderband wristbands to #bandtogether, whether it’s past, present, or future.
Send us a photo, send us a cause, send us your story. We’re excited to hear from you and share your experience.
Ronnie Long has been in prison for more than 30 years and maintains he is innocent of the crime he was imprisoned for. DNA evidence could free him, but the court denied his lawyers’ request for DNA testing.
“Ronnie Wallace Long was not given a fair trial… He has been incarcerated for 36 years for a crime he did not commit. He will die in prison if justice is not served,” reads the organization’s website.
Dramatic, dual-layer black-and-white silicone wristbands are being used by the organization to build awareness.
When you are trying to establish awareness for a cause, it is essential to provide a way for people to know and remember what you are fighting for. Silicone awareness bracelets can do just that — subtle, yet visible, and able to be worn almost anywhere. If funds are needed, wristbands can also make a good way to fundraise. By providing a bracelet that people can wear, with a phrase or logo specific to what you are trying to provide awareness about, wristbands go a long way towards advocacy.