Reading for Recovery
Reading 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 https://www.readingforrecovery.com.
Grace for Good
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.
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!
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!