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One can only imagine the immense hurt the loss of a child brings. On February 25, 2008 the Rowan family lost their sweet daughter in a car accident. Like most who suffer such a loss they seek to remember her each day. They started a foundation in her honor to ensure no one ever forgets her and that we do all that we can to provide our teenagers with the knowledge and resources to make smart driving decisions.

Erika’s story as told by her mother is below. Please visit their site to learn more about teenage driving knowledge.

Nothing prepared our family for the life we would have to try and live without our child. On February 25, 2008 Erika Joy left the house to cruise main. I truly believed as a Mother that loved her child so much that there was no way anything could happen to her on a Monday between the hours of seven and nine. Erika left the house at seven, kissed me goodnight, told me she loved me, I told her I loved her most. I told Erika when she left to be sure and wear her seat belt and not to leave the city limits.

Sometime after Erika left our house she picked up some friends and let another girl drive her car. At 8:04 Erika died in a horrible one car accident. The vehicle rolled over and Erika did not have her seat belt on. There was no alcohol or drugs, just a bad decision by an inexperienced driver. The driver, Erika’s friend had only had her driver’s license for 60 days. She was driving in excess of 70mph on a gravel road. Erika was the only one that died. I do not want to focus on the bad that happened to Erika but believe we should focus on the good that this beautiful child brought to so many people’s lives. If she only knew how sad we all would be. If she had put her seat belt on and stayed in town I believe she would be alive.” -Jackie, Erika’s Mom

Fundraising wristbands are a great way for organizations and charities to promote advertising causes with a specific message, reaching thousands of people. While wristbands are extremely inexpensive to produce, most fundraising organizations can afford to sell them for a donation profit, helping raise funding for certain medical conditions and social awareness causes.

Additionally, many fundraising campaigns can be spur of the moment, especially when they are related to community tragedies or helping raise funds for someone suffering from a devastating medical condition. In cases such as these, Reminderband focuses on creating a high quality product that can be delivered in as few as six business days, depending upon shipping type, order type, color-filled debossing and order quantity.

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Whether to remember a friend, support your local high school dance, or promote the Fourth of July picnic, personalized wristbands will help you share and remember your community.

Silicone Bracelets are a great way to promote any goal your community may have as well as to band together in supporting a cause. Community wristbands are a great way to help raise money for the community as well. They can be personalized with the phrase or logo of any cause, team, person, or venue that may need your help.

Since we know just how important these causes are to you and your community we provide the absolute best in quality, the fastest shipping and incredible customer service support to guarantee your silicone wristbands get to you quickly and are fabulous!

“My son’s elementary school decided that wristbands with the school slogan would be a great spiritwear prize and fundraiser. An economical cost, speed of delivery and quality were all critical as time and money were tight, yet everyone wanted a fantastic result. Reminderband hit the mark on all points….we could not be more delighted, and so are the kids. Thank you!”

“I order bracelets to help keep the memory of my niece alive and it is so comforting to see so many people wearing her bracelet that I order from Reminderband. I have people come up to me all the time wanting to know where they can get one so I always carry them with me so that I can give them one. Thank you Reminderband for helping my cope with the loss.”

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On Friday April 26th at 9:40am a sweet little boy, Ryker Warner, earned his angel wings and went to his Heavenly Father.

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Ryker Warner was born on May 7th to Jason and Rachel Warner.  Diagnosed with Heterotaxy RAI (right atrial isomerism) with Asplenia and ventricular discordance at birth. It affects his heart and other organs. Ryker’s specific diagnosis is-
Heterotaxy RAI (right atrial isomerism) with Asplenia, Right Dominant AtrioVentrical Canal (AVC), Total Anomalous Pulmonary Vein Return (TAPVR), Double Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV), Left-Sided Pulmonary Vein Stinosis (PVS), & Ventricular Discordance.

At the second of many doctor appointments Jason and Rachel were given the option to terminate the pregnancy. Doctors said their baby would not have quality of life. They instantly declined the option and continued with the pregnancy knowing their lives would be changed forever.

Ryker spent most of his almost year of life in the hospital, going outside only three times. At just two weeks old Ryker underwent the first of many open heart surgeries. His family strived to make the best of this time and stay positive; Rachel’s blog filled with God and light.

Rachel often called Ryker her “miracle boy”. Here is an excerpt from one of her first blog posts, “He is such an AMAZING miracle boy & continues to inspire & teach everyone around him!”

The Warner’s will be celebrating Ryker’s life at the South Mountain Community Church (14216 Bangerter Pkwy Draper, UT 84020) Saturday May 4th at 11 AM. There will be a viewing at the same location Friday May 3rd from 6-9 PM.

They are also looking for a Videographer that would be willing to donate time for Ryker’s Celebration of Life on Saturday May 4th. They would also love to find someone willing to do a live streaming of the event for all of those unable to attend. Please contact Jen at 801-554-1170 with any suggestions.

You can read Ryker’s full story on their blog – http://miracleryker.blogspot.com/

Here is a video Rachel made of Ryker’s life.

Reminderband has found this story truly touching, we have created “Miracle Ryker” bands to commemorate his fight.

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Relay for Life are events sponsored by the American Cancer Society. These events are held in more than 20 countries and attract more than four million participants. Designed to help raise cancer awareness and funds for cancer support and research, these successful events are held in spring and summer months, when the weather is nice for outdoor events.

Many cancer supporters wear rubber wristbands, which are utilized as awareness bracelets or cancer bracelets. Reminderband is able to personalize any style of wristband, which is perfect for cancer supporters and cancer survivors.

What is Relay for Life? First, the event opens at a track area with an opening ceremony. The event begins by cancer survivors’ walking the all-important “survivor lap,” helping signify their defeat of this deadly disease. The third lap is given to the caregivers who have helped support and provide cancer patients with valuable care. The fourth lap is open to all relay teams and the fifth lap includes lit candles that celebrate the life of loved ones that passed on or are currently fighting this difficult disease. The sixth portion includes activities, entertainment and family games. The seventh, and final event, includes a “Fight Back Ceremony,” which essentially closes the event. The relay teams take a final lap, an action to spread awareness is pledged and the message of cancer prevention and treatment is shared.

Relay for Life is active in more than 5,200 communities, and includes a wide variety of supporters, participants and volunteers who are dedicated to helping fight the battle against cancer. Every year this event helps raise more than $400 million dollars towards research, information for cancer patients and specific caregiver information. Getting involved is simple:

  • Locate a local Relay for Life event.
  • Sign up for the event and
    • Fundraise;
    • Donate time to walk, as a survivor, team captain, team member or caregiver; or
  • Volunteer and
    • Help assist with local events by coordinating, setting up, assisting during survivor dinner plans, cleaning up, distributing information, etc.; or
  • Donate
    • Make an individual, team or event donation or gift.

The Relay for Life website offers excellent ideas for fundraising ideas, including items that the American Cancer Society can and cannot sell. Memories, donation cards, homemade crafts and team name projects are excellent ways to help raise valuable funds and donations for cancer awareness groups.

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A number of celebrities, including movie stars and musicians, help use their platform of popularity to increase awareness about causes that are near and dear to their hearts. Years ago Princess Diana came to the aid of thousands, supporting charity relief work and AIDS awareness. Even though Princess Diana is gone, her memory and dedication to charity continues to persevere. Today, some of the most popular celebrity figures to support charitable causes include:

  • John Legend – Mr. Legend is a devout supporter of LIFEbeat, Global Fund, Second Harvest, Peace One Day, Malaria No More and Live Earth.
  • George Clooney – A devout supporter of the United Way, Mr. Clooney is also on the board of trustees and supports other groups such as Ante up for Africa, CARE and Rock for Darfur.
  • Sir Elton John – A longtime friend to Princess Diana’s, the Elton Johns AIDS Foundation has helped raise more than $150 million in more than 55 countries. Mr. John also supports Move for AIDS, MusiCares, War Child and Kids.
  • Ellen DeGeneres – While funny on television, she’s serious about her charity support off screen. She devoutly supports human and animal rights, and is an activist against suffrage movements.
  • Brad Pitt – Mr. Pitt’s lengthy list of charities includes fostering, adoption, organ donation, human rights, weapons reduction and many more. He also donated to the Hurricane Katrina devastation relief funds and the rebuilding of New Orleans, Cure Autism Now, ONE Campaign, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Canada and the Mineseeker Foundation.
  • Bono – Not just the lead singer of the cult-classic group U2, this music legend supports Live 8, Mencap, DATA, Zero Hunger and Witness.
  • Former President Bill Clinton – Former President Clinton founded The Clinton Foundation Climate Change Initiative, the Clinton Global Initiative and the William J. Clinton Foundation, which has a special focus on cancer and HIV/AIDS.
  • President Barrack Obama – President Obama has helped donate money towards a cure for neurofibromatosis, supports CARE and KIDS.
  • Annie Lennox – Once simply a pop diva, this British musical talent is a force to be reckoned with. She raises money for Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Foundation and the British Red Cross. She is also the recipient of the British Services to Humanity Award, bestowed upon her in 2008.
  • Angelina Jolie – As a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nation’s Refugee Agency, Ms. Jolie donates time and assistance to humanitarian crises around the world, including Doctors without Borders and Global Action for Children.

In working to support fundraisers and charities, many support groups have turned to utilizing awareness bracelets, which are simply rubber bracelets (wristbands) that serve as promotional bands. Reminderband offers a wide selection of sizes, colors and designs, perfect for helping spread the word about organizations, causes and fundraising events.

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Campaigning has become an American hallmark – an act which is defined by all the basic principles Americans are proud of and the ability to determine what kind of society we want to live in. Americans have always used creative symbols and slogans in campaigns – these are proven ways of catching attention and reinforcing cause. Silicone wristbands have become a popular, trendy way of doing just that – creating awareness and unifying people over a common goal.

The kinds of causes that wristbands can be used for are endless. Your cause can be something limited to a specific community of people or it can be a major issue, extending to national or even international boundaries. The cause may be something people have been championing for a long time in different ways, or it may be a brand new concern. Either way, custom wristbands can serve as powerful symbols of your cause or movement and simultaneously be used to raise funds for the cause. Here are just a few examples of causes wristbands can be used for:

  • Animal Rights – Large animal rights organizations may use wristbands that raise awareness about the inhumane treatment of animals; or an organization may rally around a local incident or specific situation such as an institutions’ choice to carry out inhumane experiments on animal.
  • Environmental Concerns – The environment is something that almost everyone cares about. Organizations or groups can use silicone bands to protest looming environmental threats, such as the drilling of a rare wildlife refuge, or they can be successfully used as a way to galvanize community action to revitalize a dilapidated neighborhood.
  • Women’s Rights – Women’s rights issues run the gamut from the stance against domestic violence or rape to the controversial pro-choice movement. Women’s rights may also address issues like maternity leave laws or equal pay.
  • Human Rights – Some human rights causes address issues such as the use of overseas sweatshops, religious freedom, the treatment of prisoners, or human trafficking.
  • Political Issues – Political causes are typically controversial and usually have strong adherents on either side of the cause. Political causes span a wide range of concerns that are also personal: health, family life, civil liberties, economic freedom, etc. Personalized silicone bracelets are a powerful way to show your solidarity with a political stance.
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We want to thank all our followers for the success of our new “Fifty Causes” Campaign! So far we have featured GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) and Soles4Souls who seeks to provide shoes for every person in the world! Both causes were amazing and we are so excited for what is to come!

This coming Monday we will feature The Sheepfold. The Sheepfold is a refuge for domestically abused mothers and their children; not only are they a safe haven but they help these families become independent separate from their abusers. The Sheepfold “Fifty Causes” campaign will launch October 8th on causes.reminderband.com; don’t miss your chance to donate! Below is a video about domestic abuse brought to you by The Sheepfold.

On October 15th we will switch directions and feature The Adventure Project. An organization on a mission to create 10 million jobs in the next ten years.  Founded in 2010 by Becky Straw & Jody Landers, who met while traveling through Liberia, West Africa. They have joined forces to raise awareness and funds to support the world’s most-effective social ventures. Find their campaign starting October 15th on causes.reminderband.com. Below is a video describing how they plan give a stove to families in need this holiday season and through our campaign you can help!

We are also ecstatic to announce that on October 22nd we will be featuring the GimmeMo’ Foundation. Founded in 2009 by Disney Channel star Monique Coleman. Coleman was a Highschool Musical star but she knew there was more to come in her life. Below is the story of her mission to create something more.

 

We have created our Fifty Causes campaign to provide an easier way to give. See you soon!

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We have been honored to work with She’s the First, an amazing charity that believes “the best way to fight poverty and extremism is to educate and empower women and girls.” She’s the First launched in November 2009, on the belief that money could affordably be raised for girls’ education through the creativity of young people. Through various channels they have managed to create a movement to accomplish their goals. From selling prom dresses to cupcakes to wristbands; the creativity of She’s the First has never ceased to amaze us here at Reminderband.

On 10.11.12 the first-ever International Day of the Girl will commence. On the coat tails of various movements to empower women and girls across the globe, these including importantly She’s the First and their commitment to women everywhere. She’s the First will be holding a Leadership Summit on October 11th to honor the Day of the Girl as well as bring together their chapter leaders to celebrate the nearly $30,000 dollars raised thus far to support girl’s education in developing countries.

The movement they are supporting is unexplainably important. Four out of five girls don’t graduate high school in many countries, because 40 million of those girls are not able to even attend school. She’s the First has empowered amazing young women to support this cause. One of which is Lindsay Brown, president of their University of Notre Dame chapter. You can find her as the cover girl of Seventeen’s October 2012 issue as the winner of their “Pretty Amazing” reader contest. More than 13 million girls around the world will read her story about sponsoring girls in Nepal; resulting in action.

At Reminderband we strive to support the most amazing causes across the nation. She’s the First has continually struck us as one of these perfect organizations with only the best intentions at heart.

If you are a company or individual that feels in some way you can contribute to the She’s the First Leadership Summit on October 11th contact Tammy Tibbetts, President of She’s the First at 609-439-8896.

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Yesterday we launched our new cause driven project titled “Fifty Causes” and this week GEMS will be featured on the site! We are so excited for this partnership and we hope that you will join the movement too! Check out this video and learn why GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) is worthy of our first cause spot! To help support GEMS head over to the site: causes.reminderband.com and be sure to buy a wristband to support the cause.

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For over seven years Reminderband has been focused on the touching messages and heart felt stories of our customers. We have sought to share them with the world in a way that creates awareness and encourages action.

This Tuesday we will launch our “Band Together” project. We have gathered many amazing charities, organizations and causes. Each Monday they will share their stories with you.

You will then have the opportunity to purchase a custom created wristband in support of the featured cause. Your contribution could save a child from sex trafficking, send a pair of shoes to someone in need or help end bullying.

The first cause we will sponsor is GEMS, Girls Education and Mentoring Services. Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change. Check out their site gems-girls.org for more information and watch for their launch on causes.reminderband.com on Tuesday, September 11th.

Stay tuned each week for a new cause; a new way to change the world.

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