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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

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“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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Today’s featured cause is The Pinky Promise Project! Two teenage girls are making a difference by promoting respect for women in a fun way.

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Here’s how it works: they visit public places with a bag full of flowers and hand them to young men and ask them to pinky-promise to respect, appreciate, and value all the women in their lives. They then give them a colored flower that they are to give to any girl they see (and a Reminderband wristband to help them remember their promise!). Each flower’s color represents a type of respect that will be explained to the boy when he receives it. Attached is a note with a powerful quote and information about the project as well as clues about what the color represents.

“The idea behind it is that with the pinky promise, boys become more aware of what it means to respect women and the girl receiving the flower is reminded that she deserves the utmost respect and should never get anything less.”

We love this mission and its creative, positive use of Reminderband wristbands. You can follow the Pinky Promise Project on Instagram here or on Facebook.


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Team Cyndi
Team Cyndi is an organization supporting Cyndi Ricketts in her fight against Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a form of cancer that is more difficult to treat. Ricketts was diagnosed in June, and Reminderband cancer bracelets are being worn by her friends and family to show her support for her as she begins treatment.
First Dam Pancake Run
The First Dam Pancake Run was on Saturday, August 8, in Logan, Utah, and benefited ASSERT Autism Program! Participants ran a race and received free pancakes and Reminderband autism wristbands while supporting autism education, research, and training.

Unexpected Resolution A Cappella

Unexpected Resolution Men’s A Cappella is an a cappella group from Ball State University. They focus on being “relaxed and casual while bringing their best on stage and adding something unexpected to each song to make it their own, be it a barbershop-style end to a Top 40 hit, a vocal breakdown of a jazz standard, or mashing up multiple genres into one song.” They use Reminderband wristbands as a reminder of their commitment to the group and to bring their best to every rehearsal and performance. 

Evan’s Radiant Warrior Spirit

Evan is a nine-month old with Pulmonary Vein Stenosis, a rare and serious heart condition, and he has already had three open-heart surgeries. Evan’s Radiant Warrior Spirit is a blog and foundation set up to benefit Evan and his family. Evan’s family and friends use Reminderband awareness bracelets and other “Radiant Warrior Keepsakes” to raise money to cover medical expenses. Follow his story at http://radiantwarriorspirit.wordpress.com/

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

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The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments estimates the number of homeless adults in D.C. at more than 12,000, half of which are part of families. Every weekend, volunteers gather in Allan Millington’s apartment and take to the streets to make a difference.

“Wealth disparity is spreading in the nation,” says Allan. “It’s especially [visible] in the nation’s capital.”

Allan, an army veteran himself, says many of the homeless and hungry are veterans. He and his friends began Universal Kitchen to provide dinner to veterans, the homeless, and low-income people in the Washington, D.C. area. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, volunteers assemble sack dinners at Allan’s apartment and then go out into the community to hand out food and hygiene items.

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(Photos from Universal Kitchen’s Instagram.) 

Volunteers and supporters of Universal Kitchen sport army-green #ProjectHunger #UniversalKitchen wristbands to increase awareness and support in the fight against homelessness and hunger.

For more info visit @universalkitchen on Instagram or see their WalMart wishlist. If you’d like to share how you use Reminderbands, let us know about your cause here.

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Once a year, Bob Rettger rides 220 miles over the course of three days in memory of his best friend, Rob.

“He volunteered two days a week at the food bank, and so I do this ride to keep his efforts and his memory alive at the food bank where he did so much for so many people,” says Rettger.

After Rob died of a rare form of cancer three years ago, Rettger began asking for donations before riding his bike from the Chicago area to Central Wisconsin. The donations go to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, where Rob volunteered.

In two years of riding, Rettger says he’s raised enough for 40,000 community meals.

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“It’s three days of serenity that I get to spend with my friend,” says Rettger. “I’ve always met amazing people along the way who want to hear the story. Everybody I encounter I give them a wristband.”

Rettger says he sees the purpose of the wristbands as to share his friend’s legacy.

“They are small tokens that keep spreading Rob’s memory.”

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For information on how to volunteer or donate to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, visit solvehungertoday.org. If you’d like to share how you use Reminderbands, let us know about your cause here.
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Since we started asking for Reminderband Causes, we’ve received some great stories and inspiring causes from Reminderband users! In case you missed it, here are the causes we’ve shared on social thus far:

Open Your Eyes Foundation

In memory of David Bingenheimer (10/13/2013 – 5/29/2014), parents Chelsea and Daniel Bingenheimer established this organization to help bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, as well as to help other families that have been devastated by the loss of a loved one due to distracted driving.They use bands to fundraise and remind drivers to stay focused. Check them out on Facebook or on their web site.

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Friends of the Peabody Dog Park

The Friends of the Peabody Dog Park are using Reminderbands to raise funds and support for an off-leash dog park in their city. They hosted an event June 28 with live local music, agility and obedience demonstrations, contests, prizes, and a variety of vendors selling doggie treats and services.

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Miss Utah & Children’s Miracle Network

Cache Valley’s Karlie Major, recently crowned Miss Utah 2014, is using our bands to fundraise for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The bands say “Miss Utah 2014” and “Team Karlie.” All proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network, which in Utah will benefit Primary Children’s Hospital. She will be selling them again in Logan on July 12.

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

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