Little Big Hero is a foundation in memory of 3-year-old Liam who died of leukemia 7 months ago. The foundation supports patients of local children hospitals. For example, members of the foundation will send clowns to visit patients. Additionally, they will provide music therapy. Cancer research is another objective of the foundation.
Liam touched many hearts. Using Reminderbands is a way for family and others to remember Liam. This is a way to show support and to help other children in need.
The Continual Love Project is a Non-Profit Organization, which is all about ensuring and promoting love as well as providing guidance to ones who are in need. They help adults, parents, students, and children alike. They are within the inner city of Cincinnati to maintain a positive outlet for the youth and adults.
The CL Project recently purchased Marquee Rectangle wristbands with motivational phrases to give away to whoever needs encouragement–from being in hospitals for treatments to being in a household with little to no income or even to being homeless.
Meet Ava-Lynn. Ava was diagnosed with congenital CMV (Cytomegalovirus) in utero and has endured many complications from this infection since birth. Her parents say: “It has been a roller coaster ride since she arrived, but she is rocking it.”
They created a Facebook page to raise awareness for CMV, share their story and find different avenues to give Ava the best options for success.
Ava’s parents are starting a fundraising campaign called ‘Ava’s Walk Into the Future” for Ava to undergo a procedure to help with her spastic cerebral palsy. The expectation that surgery will be successful is high, but the procedure is expensive.
By sharing Ava’s story, her parents hope to prevent #cmvinfection, raise #cmvawareness and #walkintothefuturewithava.
They are giving Reminderband wristbands to everyone who is supporting fundraising efforts for their daughter.
Colt Catalina was just 2 years old when he tragically drowned on March 21, 2010. The Colt Catalina Foundation raises awareness for Drowning Prevention & Child Safety. Their mission is to provide infant swim lesson scholarships to families in financial need.
The Foundation uses Reminderband wristbands to help raise awareness for Drowning Prevention and to honor the memory of Colt Catalina.
A mother and son, both battling cancer, recently used Reminderband keychains to boost morale and show appreciation for their support team.
Kristen Worthington and her 14-year-old son, Nikko, were both diagnosed with cancer in 2017, just four months apart. Kristen has stage 2a Breast Cancer and Nikko has stage 4, level 4 high-risk Rhabdomyosarcoma – a rare and extremely aggressive childhood cancer.
Kristen and Nikko do their best to help each other stay positive and strong and find beauty in the people around them who are helping them on their journey.
They are using keychains they created through Reminderband as small tokens of appreciation to all those supporting them and to help them during their battles.
Many of the nurses caring for Kristen and Nikko wear the keychains on their ID badges or have them hanging at their desks.
In Kristen’s words: “Nikko and I are continuing to work on healing… in many ways. We are trying to get stronger and are spending time finding a new ‘normal.’
“A difficult diagnosis of any kind, not just cancer, damages your soul as well as your body. Hearing all the difficult statistics, side effects and prognosis, knowing what tasks you have to go through daily or watching your loved one suffer… hoping for a reprieve of some kind —even a small one. The trauma you experience tears holes in your heart and soul.
“One of the ways we healed is by looking to the kindness that surrounded us: the compassion of the nurses and doctors and staff at the hospital, the compassion of family and friends, the compassion of complete strangers.
“Now that we have completed treatment, we are still working on helping our bodies heal. We are also still trying to help the deep wounds in our souls to heal.
“For two weeks in July, thanks to some very kind people, we were able to go a long way to healing our souls. At Nikko’s request, we [our family] took a road trip around six western states. And it was magical and healing and beautiful in so many ways; from seeing fireworks over San Francisco Bay on the 4th, to Monterey, LA, Disneyland, and Vegas. So many new experiences, smiles, hugs, walks down memory lane, laughter, happy tears, and more hugs.
“We are beyond thankful, not only for the opportunity but also for our improved health that allowed us to go and be free from care for a couple weeks. We will treasure the memories for a lifetime.” 💗💗💗💗💗💗
Canines-n-Kids used Reminderband wristbands as a giveaway to participants at their “Paws for a Cure Summit” last summer in Washington, DC, and at their first annual “Two by Four Race Against Childhood & Canine Cancer” in October of 2017, in Brambleton, VA.
Man’s Best Friend Is A Kid’s Best Friend in Cancer Most people don’t realize that both children and dogs develop several cancers in common including bone cancer, brain cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia.
Canines-N-Kids Foundation states: “16,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year. With only three new kids’ cancer drugs in 20 years, there is little money behind new drugs; only 4% of NIH’s budget goes to pediatric oncology. Some 4,000,000 dogs in the US are diagnosed with cancer. 50% of all dogs over the age of ten die from their disease and treatment options are limited for man’s best friend.” Through treating cancer in dogs, we can better learn how to help children with those same cancers. A cure for one aids in curing the other.
Learn more about a kids’ best friend in cancer and about efforts to raise awareness and funds at www.caninesnkids.org.
At the start of 2018, six-year-old Nixon Whatcott was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. He had been complaining that his leg hurt for a couple of weeks. Doctors performed an x-ray where they found tumors in his femur. Further tests at Primary Children’s Hospital in Utah showed the tumors were malignant and had spread to his lungs. Osteosarcoma is a very rare and aggressive cancer. Nixon started aggressive chemotherapy that lasted 10 weeks, at which point they did additional tests and scans to evaluate what the next step would be in his treatment.
Nixon’s father, Nick Whatcott, said: “Nixon is a fighter, he is strong, and if anyone can beat this it will be him! This boy is fighting for his life. [Our] family is overwhelmed by the love and outreach we have received and continue to receive! [We] have an army of support here and an army of angels above! Nick’s Facebook page is available to give family and friends updates as he takes on this beast and punches it in the face!”
“Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer and the average age of diagnosis is 6. Cancer affects all ethnic, gender, and socio-economic groups and more than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year.” (https://curesearch.org/Incidence-Rates-Over-Time)
Wheel to Surf provides an opportunity to enjoy a day surfing for people with any type of disability (physical, cognitive, emotional).
Wheel to Surf started as a way for Brock Johnson, founder and Coastal Adaptive Sports Para-Olympic Club President, to get back into the water. After a diving accident in May of 2011 left him a quadriplegic, Brock was more distressed about not being able to surf than he was about losing the ability to walk.
After being home for a few months, Brock attended an event by Life Rolls On and Ocean Cure (in Wilmington, NC) and immediately asked CAS to please consider hosting one of these events back in Myrtle Beach.
Fast forward one year…local Cherry Grove residents Luke Sharp and Brandon Bellegarde, along with their wives, volunteered at the first WtS Event held by CAS. Luke and Brandon are both crazy about surfing, and as luck would have it, they were assigned to help Brock surf that day. As they say, the rest is history.
Immediately after their day volunteering, the men, along with their wives, Erin and Cara, knew they wanted to do something to help Brock and others get back in the water regularly instead of just at these special events. They contacted Brock about starting the Adaptive Surf Project and the two groups have been working in tandem to provide the ‘muscle and surf knowledge’ needed to get the surfers in the water and onto some awesome waves for the last 5 years!!!
“In our 6th year of Wheel to Surf, we not only have four major events planned, from North Myrtle to Folly Beach in Charleston but also traveled to Colombia to start an ASP Chapter. Thanks to the donation of a beach wheelchair and adaptive surfboard, the group has committed to holding monthly Wheel to Surf events. ASP also holds a ‘mini’ WtS each month from June to November in Cherry Grove to ensure folks experience the stoke monthly.”
“ASP also raises funds to build custom adaptive surfboards for participants and travels with our surfers to compete in local, regional, and national competitions.”
Please see a few of the news features about the most recent Wheel to Surf as well as Brock’s individual Facebook posts about some of the competitions ASP has helped him (and other surfers) to enter.
“We use the Reminderband wristbands as business cards.”
Brock, founder of Wheel to Surf, had been wanting to purchase bands.
“But as a non-profit, we never seemed to have enough extra money to buy them to just ‘give away’.”
Enter Stephanie Parsons, Brock’s sister-in-law, who decided to fund the first 100 Reminderband wristbands for Wheel to Surf.
“We are now on order #3 and getting 300 this time!!! Not only does Brock love using the silicone bands to spread the stoke, but it also allows us to always have a ‘card’ with us to share.”
“We originally were selling the wristbands to try to make enough to purchase more. But after being asked repeatedly for our contact info and not having anything with us while out surfing, we decided to make the investment and use them as our business cards. Board members, surfers, and volunteers put a wristband on each day and hope by the end of the day we have not only given it away but maybe one or two more. I’ve been known to take them off everyone in the group so we have enough to share :-)”
If you are someone who wears a medical identification bracelet or necklace, you are probably well-acquainted with engraved metal bracelets and dog tags. You’re most likely also aware of the hefty price tag that goes along with them.
What you may not be aware of is our nifty medic alert options that are very customizable, and much more affordable than the alternative. Here are just 4 ideas for some solutions that work great for kids or adults:
1. The Classic
Since 2004, we’ve been cranked out millions of these custom silicone wristbands for just about any occasion you can imagine. One of the leading reasons folks personalize a Classic band at Reminderband is to wear as a comfortable, affordable, and much more personally stylish medical identification wristband. Since there is no minimum order requirement, it’s perfect for those who just need to order one or two. As always, choose from our selection of colors, fonts, and free stock clip art to make a wristband that speaks to you.
2. Dog Tags
If you’re one who prefers to sport something around your neck or on a keychain, we have the Dog Tag options, which are made of the same 100% silicone material. These come in two flavors: one with a molded-in medical caduceus on one half and one without. Both are customizable just like our wristbands. You’ll have to be the judge as to which design you like better.
3. Marquee Wristbands
If you want to retain the recognizable shape of the metal bracelets, try our Marquee wristbands. We offer them in a rectangle and oval shape, with the option to personalize to your liking. The thinner back half of the wristbands are great for additional information like phone numbers or medical instruction.
4. Contour Wristbands
Thick and Classy. The Contour band is an upgraded spin off our Classic wristband. Featuring rounded edges, this looks and feels more like a bangle or bracelet and is a nice choice for those who want something extra fashionable as well as practical. Splash some color onto your design with tons of gorgeous shades and accent colors for the text from which to choose.
So, which is your favorite style? We recognize how important medical identifiers are for a lot of folks, so we take our quality and designs very seriously. Be sure to check out our full lineup on Reminderband.com to find out how awesome our design experience is. Most styles have no minimum order requirement, and many of our add-ons are free. Don’t forget, we’re offering discounted wristbands if it’s your first order, so now is a great time to give it a try!
This post was originally published on 8/11/17 and was updated on 3/16/18.