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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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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
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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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In case you missed it, here are some causes we’ve featured on Reminderband social media the past few weeks. 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!

New Hope Academy

New Hope Academy is a school that promotes individual learning differences by offering small class sizes and hands-on learning for “success personalized.”

“Students who learn differently face obstacles others never have to face… Our typical student has an uncommon educational need, and our staff has the knowledge and tools necessary to help students overcome their learning obstacles. Each day, we provide a unique education experience to incomparable students with brilliant and creative minds.”

New Hope Academy gives Reminderband marbleized, debossed wristbands in their school colors to people who donate to their foundation, or in goodie bags for their fundraising events. For more information on this unique school, visit http://www.newhope4kids.com/

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Power of One

Dr. Stephen Sroka is a motivational speaker who presents to schools, communities and professional conferences around the world, often after a crisis. He integrates research with reality-based strategies for dealing with the issues that face youth today including sex, drugs, violence, bullying, suicide and academic achievement as well as mental health and school safety.

“The idea is that everyone has the Power of One to help make a difference to help keep our children and youth safe and healthy so they can learn more and live better,” says Sroka.

Sroka himself came from a broken family and grew up on welfare. He is ADHD and dyslexic, and in high school was involved in a fight and both hips were crushed. He found the power of education and was a teacher for 30 years.

His message: 1. Learn all you can, knowledge is power. 2. Help other people, it is the best way to help yourself. 3. Tell the people you love, you love them today. There are no guarantees for tomorrow.

Sroka distributes Reminderbands with “Power of One” wherever he speaks.

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Matthew’s Miracles

At birth, Matthew was diagnosed with kidney failure and is currently on dialysis after months in the NICU. His family is selling Reminderband wristbands to raise money for an eventual kidney transplant.

They will also participate in the The Ronald McDonald House Walk For Kids and the National Kidney Foundation 5K to raise further awareness for children with kidney disease. You can follow his story over athttps://www.facebook.com/MatthewsMiracles

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Suicide Awareness & Prevention

In December, Elizabeth lost her older brother to suicide. She had bands made to honor his memory and show support for suicide awareness.

Thank you Elizabeth for spreading awareness and bringing to light an issue that is rarely talked about. For more resources and information on suicide prevention, visit https://www.afsp.org/

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We love hearing about how your causes and how you use Reminderband wristbands. In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of the featured causes of the last month:

For Halloween, Reminderband featured a ghostly cause! Doylestown Cemetery in Doylestown, PA had a special Halloween night graveyard ghost tour! Proceeds from the Historic Doylestown Cemetery Walking Tours are used to clean and repair tombstones and memorial art in this 160+ years old Victorian cemetery that have been neglected, weather-worn, or damaged. Reminderband wristbands were given out at the Halloween ‘Ghostly Nights’ Tour as a spooky souvenir.

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Reminderband was excited to contribute to care packages for women in the Cache Valley, UT community diagnosed with breast cancer through the Logan Regional Hospital mammography department. Malouf organized the project and we were honored to be a part of this great project and wonderful cause. Included as part of the care packages were cancer bracelets.
Photo: Wow! Our mammography department received a donation of 100 comfort packages today that will go toward women in our community who are diagnosed with breast cancer! These packages include all sorts of soft, cozy items. A big thank you goes out to Malouf for their organization and donations along with other community organizations that donated to the packages including Aggie Ice Cream, Temptation Cupcake, The Spirit Sleeve, All About Socks Utah, Origami Owl Living Lockets, and Reminderband.
We also love Team Riley. 11-year-old Riley was diagnosed with stage 4 clinical group 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma this summer. Friends, family, and strangers around the world are using his Facebook page to send messages of support. Many are also sporting #teamriley cancer bracelets. Drop a photo or encouraging message by his page for him and his family.

Remarkably Rare Designs was also featured this month on our Facebook page. After Emmery was diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects her liver, heart, kindeys and more, her parents began a line of apparel to help encourage those affected by rare disorders called Remarkably Rare. Instead of a traditional walk or rally, they had a virtual walk for the Alagille Alliance by selling Reminderband wristbands across the globe here and encouraging supporters to post photos on social media using the hashtags #algs #alagilleawareness #teamemmery #forabetterlife 

 

If you’d like to share how you use Reminderband for your cause, share your story with us here.

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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.

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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.

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