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We’ve added fundraising bracelets to our Idea Gallery over on the Reminderband web page!

This page serves as a sampler of fundraising bracelet ideas. Whether you are using wristbands for a fun run, a fundraising event, a prize, or just as a thank-you for contributors to your cause, silicone bracelets can be a great fundraising and awareness tool. We’ve drawn up some sample bands for causes such as heart disease, suicide prevention, texting and driving, cancer, and supporting sports and school clubs.

Use our gallery to get ideas, serve as a starting point, or further customize bands for your cause. (Or you can also always design your own.)

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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!

Giving Grub

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 http://www.givinggrub.org/ for more info on child hunger and how you can help!

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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 (http://www.ihaveaname.org/) to view photos and read stories from souls on the streets, and remember to practice compassion daily.

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Reminderband wristbands have been used for everything from family reunions to New Year’s resolutions to conventions, but one of the most frequent orders is for cancer bracelets. The silicone wristbands are inexpensive and long-lasting and work for both men and women, making them a popular choice for spreading awareness or personal use.

You can read more about cancer bracelets here, but here are some stories of folks and how they used cancer bracelets to help families, individuals, and communities, and advance the fight against cancers of all types:

  • Lung cancer survivor and advocate uses glow-in-the-dark, leopard-print cancer bracelets to educate her community about lung cancer and how it’s not just for smokers.
  • A football coach wears a cancer wristband for inspiration through chemo and practices.
  • How the city of Pittsburgh used cancer wristbands to benefit the leukemia and lymphoma society while supporting their mayor during his fight.
  • The vice president of the American Cancer Society Phoenix Metro Market on how wristbands help to raise awareness, funds, and support for cancer efforts.
  • How advocates are using cancer bracelets in the fight against brain cancer.
  • A family and a community in California uses cancer wristbands to raise funds for leukemia treatment.
  • High school students use memorial cancer bracelets to raise funds for a late student and teacher’s families.
  • Cancer wristbands were used to celebrate the end of chemotherapy for a patient in the Cayman Islands.
  • Cancer survivor Ben Teller uses Reminderband cancer bracelets to fundraise and build awareness for his organization, “Cuck Fancer.”
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Whether you’re looking to support a non-profit organization, school, church, sports team, club, charity, or cause, a wristband is a great way to support, advocate, and remember. High-quality, long-lasting silicone wristbands can be sold to raise money, but also continue to promote the cause long after the initial sale as they are worn by members of the community. Wristbands can be customized with any logo, art, or message and ordered in large or small batches. They can be chic, wearable almost constantly for men, women, and children.

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Here are some people who used Reminderband wristbands to support a charity or cause:

“This past year, I bought some bracelets that said ‘CECILIA’ to help raise money for a college friend of mine who realized she had a brain tumor on Christmas day and is now suffering from Stage 4 brain cancer. We hope to raise enough money for her to visit her relatives in Sweden. Later on in the year, a fellow 16-year-old coworker of mine was diagnosed with leukemia and died the next day after his first chemotherapy treatment. We ordered some ‘JOEY’ bracelets for him as well, and the money we raised has been donated to Children’s Hospital. It’s been so great to use these bracelets as an opportunity to impact the lives of those who get sick and those affected by them.”

Heather from Burlington, WI

“Many people on our committee were against a ‘silly little piece of plastic’… but now we’re three months out and most people are still wearing their ‘Recovery Unity Service’ and loving it. You were great to work with and very fast.”

Drew from Saint Louis, MO
“I ordered a bunch of wristbands to sell for a charity and they came out great. The quality of the wristbands is excellent, they are well priced, and they were shipped in a timely manner. I would definitely purchase more wristbands from reminderband.com if I needed more!”

Stephanie from Albany, NY

“I have used Reminderband a few times now over the past year, and I have been very happy with the quality of the bands and the people working for Reminderband. I had a large order and re-order last year when my school system sold bands for the Tsunami Relief efforts, and have also used them for my Girl Scout Troop. I would highly recommend Reminderband. You definitely get ‘more bang for your buck’ with this company.”

Kate from Norfolk, MA

“We were arranging a charity function and wanted to sell wristbands. We found Reminderband on the Internet and we were thrilled with the service and the product. The order arrived early and the bands were perfect. We’ve heard many horror stories about other companies where the bands look cheap and shoddy and/or arrive weeks late. Reminderband was terrific, professional and a pleasure to work with.”

Lizzie from Outside New York City, NY

“I ordered Reminderband’s awareness wristbands to support a message being delivered at a conference for 300 people. Other vendors had eight-week lead times which was impossible. You provided our bands in less than a week and at a lower cost. WOW!”

“I am a student in middle school and me and a few friends came up with the idea because we needed to raise money for our school to send a kid are are age who has Down Syndrome to Disney World. I wouldn’t even think of using anyone else!”

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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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Charities, nonprofits, school groups, clubs … all face the same problem: raising money. Fundraising can be difficult at the best of times, even more so in an economic downturn or during the busy fall season. Volunteers and leadership should not despair, however — wristbands offer a unique solution.

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Custom silicone wristbands inscribed with art, slogans or or logos serve a dual purpose: 1) they are in themselves a desirable good, and 2) they further promote awareness for the cause. They serve as both awareness-raising and a tangible item.

Wristbands can be used in several ways for fundraising events. Giving out wristbands can incentivize volunteer service and donations, and the more people who wear them, the more your cause will be known.

If you’re running an event like a race or pancake breakfast, wristbands can be used to identify staff or participants.

Wristband also make great sale items in and of themselves. Selling wristbands for $3-5 provides an easy way for people to give and a great profit margin for money to go towards the cause. Wristbands can also be included as part of a larger package or reward for donation.

A simple way to raise awareness is to get politicians, community leaders, celebrities, etc to wear the bands as well.

Here are some recommendations from those who have used Reminderband wristbands to fundraise in the past:

“I’ve placed orders that aren’t very big, to raise money for our church and the convenience of being able to do that has made it possible to let our small youth group feel like they are involved and can contribute”

“I have worked with Reminderband numerous times to help schools in our area raise money for needed programs, the product they sell are second to none, and the customer care we received in designing the unique bands for the schools were outstanding, when we need something special & classy our first call is to Reminderband.”

Its a pleasure doing business with you guys. The reminder bracelets were for a charity, we were very impressed with the way the service was quick and the product was great.. couldnt ask for a better company.. I will for sure ONLY use your services for bracelets. thanks very much guys for your hard work. Leila from Toronto”

Leila from Toronto, ON

“I ordered 200 reminderbands to raise money for a local boy with a rare form of tissue cancer. The bands sold out within hours. I ordered another 300 bracelets. We were able to raise over $1,000 in a matter of days. I placed my first order via phone. What a pleasant group of people. I placed my second order online. Super easy process. Great product”

Gwynetta from Robstown, TX

“They were perfect! Perfect way to help me in my fundraising efforts. I would recommend them to anyone!”

Cara from Staten Island, NY
Jun 16, 2010
 

“I ordered from ReminderBand to have a small fundraiser and raise awareness for the rare disease my Dad has been diagnosed with. Ordering was quick and easy, very straightforward. I even got my order earlier than I expected. Great service! ”

Steph from Rochester, NY
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In the U.S. alone, someone is diagnosed with melanoma once every eight minutes. Someone dies from the fast-growing cancer every hour.

Mark Encin was one of them. After fighting cancer for two years, he lost his life to the disease. But his legacy lives on as his family, friends and supporters raise money for his cancer treatment center and a scholarship in honor of Mark.

In 2008, the Mark Encin Foundation promised to raise $50,000 for the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute in the next five years. Through hosting events such as Casino Night and an annual Golf Outing, along with using Reminderband wristbands, the foundation is on its way to achieving its goal.

The PSHCI offers a better option for those seeking cancer treatment in central Pennsylvania, and the Mark Encin Foundation scholarship will assist a graduating senior from Mark’s alma mater in their efforts to seek an undergraduate degree.

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Although Mark was diagnosed with melanoma in 1996, the physician did not advise followup and Mark did not pursue treatment until eight years later, when he discovered a lump in one of his lymph nodes. Most Americans do not realize the danger of melanoma — something the Mark Encin Foundation seeks to remedy. The Mark Encin wristbands or cancer bracelets both benefit the foundation and promote awareness of this fast-growing disease.

Here are some facts and warnings about melanoma, courtesy of the Mark Encin Foundation:

  • “Melanoma is a form of skin cancer that begins in melanocytes, the cells that make up the pigment melanin. The cancer usually starts as a mole (skin melanoma), but can also begin in other pigmented tissues, such as the eye or in the intestines.
  • Most Americans do not realize the severity and seriousness of melanoma.
  • One in 50 Americans has a lifetime risk of developing melanoma, and nearly 69,000 are expected to be diagnosed in the United States with the disease in 2009, resulting in an estimated 8,650 deaths.
  • Melanoma is the fastest growing type of cancer in the United States.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates that the risk of developing invasive melanoma in the United States is 1 in 41 men and 1 in 61 women.
  • The incidence of people under 30 developing melanoma is increasing faster than any other demographic group, soaring by 50 percent in young women since 1980.
  • Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25- to 29-years-old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15- to 29-years-old.
  • Although melanoma is most common in Caucasians, melanoma can strike men and women of all ages, all races and all skin types.”
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The stories that we hear at the Reminderband offices never cease to amaze us. There are stories of courage, strength and loss. The story we would like to share this week encompasses all of these. Kayla Runte was born October 1st 2004. From birth her complications could have tarnished her bright spirit but with love from her family and friends she was able to live a life centered on happiness and growth. Below is her story, as told by her mother.

“Kayla had complications at birth, 08/01/04 and was diagnosed with Hypotonia.  At 4 months of age, Kayla was then diagnosed with Failure to Thrive and many tests were done to determine if she had some type of genetic disorder.  At 6 months, doctors diagnosed her with Cerebral Palsy.  We found Penfield Children’s Center, which is a birth to three program where children with special needs can go to receive much needed services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.  Kayla was placed with three wonderful therapists (PT, OT and Speech) who would work with her until she turned three and transitioned to the public school to receive the same services.  At age 1 she started having seizures (myoclonic, tonic and petit mal were among the varieties) and was put on several medications to control them.  The seizures were never 100% controlled.  We would see an increase in seizures when she was not feeling well, but we just learned that she could still manage to live with them day to day.  
Kayla had her good days and bad days, her hospital stays and her clinic visits.  As her Mom, I learned quickly who I could talk about her long list of medical needs with.  Often times it was hard to keep up with all of her needs let alone try to explain what she was going through day to day.  Many schedules were made to give an ever increasing list of medications to her throughout the day.  My husband and I would be up in the middle of the night with her.  She wasn’t your typical child who would “start sleeping through the night” at a certain age.  
After 5 years we just could not maintain Kayla’s day to day needs with her night needs and found ourselves very tired and drained. Getting to appointments was getting harder and harder to do on my own.  Often times I would have to pull over to the side of the highway to suction Kayla as she was choking on her saliva.  Her muscles were just not strong enough to get an effective swallow and I needed a nurse to travel to appointments.  In Spring of 2009 Kayla qualified for nursing coverage at night and to assist with doctors visits which was a blessing.  We started to get our sleep again which helped us to focus on our other child, Brook, and her ever growing interests. She was born in October of 2000 and 8 at the time.
I could go on and on about the struggles that Kayla and our family had, but the main focus that I want to share is that as Kayla grew older and got into school we tried to focus on the quality of her life and how she could communicate without ever speaking a word.  We enrolled her in a study at the Waisman Center in Madison, Wisconsin which focused on communication of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy.  We learned a lot from the group there and shared the results and suggestions with the therapists at school.  Kayla had learned to make decisions with a “yes” or “no” response by just looking with her eyes either to her left for yes or to her right for no.  She also had learned to control her environment with an simple cause/effect switch placed carefully near her temple which she would push with her head to turn on music (she LOVED music) or some other toy.  She also used a switch that was placed on her tray that she could also push with her hand to manipulate a toy, but that was a lot more work for her.
Kayla had play dates with other children where we would bake cupcakes and decorate them or do some activity. We tried very hard to fully include Kayla just like at school so we would hook up Kayla’s head switch and she would push the button to turn on the blender to mix the cupcake batter. A friend in her class, Alexis, had even picked Kayla to join her and her mom to go to The American Girl store to celebrate her birthday.  A trip like that was unheard of since we tried to stay close to home, but with careful planning it proved to be a wonderful time!  We even put pictures of selections on Kayla’s iPad so that she could pick an outfit for her doll and then Alex could look around the store to find it. We would show Kayla the pictures and she would look to her left for “yes” or to her right for “no”.  We would also give her options to push a button which would have a pre-recorded message and she would work very hard to left her arm to push the button.  It was a beautiful day!
There are many of those moments of friendship that touched my heart to share!  Her friends love her and even though Kayla was in a wheelchair and didn’t speak a word they could communicate with her just by looking at her facial expressions or by her yes/no response.  Kayla was in Girl Scouts.  She was a daisy for two years.  Last year in April Kayla had hip surgery and the entire school rallied around to support her by wearing butterfly hair clips and Kayla’s Krew tattoos.  The tattoos were purchased for our annual participation in Joe’s Run, Walk and Roll for UCP in southeastern Wisconsin.  We had started participating when Kayla was 1 year old and have many pictures of Kayla’s Krew as it grew in size each year.  Our 7th year was our biggest year; we had a goal of having 70 people sign up, instead we had 78 people join our team!  This was similar to the amount of people who came to our home the night of Kayla’s passing.
On the day of her passing, Kayla had teachers, her principal, her therapists, friends, family all come to see her.  Our home was filled with people, but it also felt like it was just Kayla and our family.  One of us was always at Kayla’s side holding her hand, rubbing her feet or simply talking to her. Kayla was a social little girl and loved music so to have everyone there to see her and to have the neighbor boy, Sam, there to play his violin for her was simply beautiful!”
Kayla leaves a memory and a beautiful legacy in the hearts of everyone who has heard her story. To this day Kayla’s family continues to honor her life they have continued to participate in Joe’s Run, Walk and Roll for UCP.  The walk just completed it’s 8th year, the first year without Kayla. Kayla’s grandmother, Darlene, still makes butterfly hair clips to sell and now here at Reminderband we make orange butterfly bracelets to honor Kayla’s life. The Runte family is also striving to build a playground where children and adults with all abilites can come together to play. It will be a fully wheelchair accessible playground to include all children and all abilities.
To read more about Kayla’s story and the fundraising efforts her family plans to participate in (including wristbands) head over to www.kaylaskrew.org.
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When you think of a 7-year-old child, you think of a playful little individual with nothing more on their mind than where their next source of entertainment will come from. They appear almost unaware of the problems around them, but not Keats. Keats has his heart set on helping others in any way possible.

Keats has a great love for climbing. Ever since he was little he loved to climb whatever could be climbed on. Now he has decided to combine his love for climbing with his desire to help others. In December of 2007 he is going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Africa. He will be climbing to raise money for 3 different charities.

The money is raised by selling silicone wristbands with the phrase “climb a volcano” on them. The bracelets are $10 a piece and all proceeds will go towards helping these charities. Wristbands can be purchased or donations made online at Keats site.

Kassidy Foster was a 12-year-old sixth grader just like any other.  She was a level 7 gymnast at Virginia Techniques Gymnastics and a member of Faith Fellowship Church. Her favorite color was pink and her favorite flowers were roses.  All fairly typical for a 12-year-old American girl.

To the regret of many on Thursday, March 29, 2007, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – the most common type of bone cancer.  The doctors have found cancerous cells on her right femur near the knee and close to hip hip.  They also found cancerous cells in her chest between my heart and lungs.  All not so typical for such a young and spirited girl.

On April 4 she started chemotherapy. The doctors expected her to need chemotherapy for about 40 weeks and surgery to replace her femur with a rod.  Unfortunately these efforts were in vain.  Kassidy passed away on July 16, 2007 after a long and grueling fight against her cancer.

Though Kassidy’s body has gone, her spirit of selflessness and dedication lives on.  To remember Kassidy and her short legacy family members had small cancer bracelet wrist bands made in her honor. The wristbands help their wearers to remember Kassidy and and try to incorporate in their lives many of the wonderful traits she possessed.

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