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Imagine waking up one day and having to hurry and grab a few items that are expensive or close to you and driving off leaving everything behind. This is what many had to do when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. For Craig Karger, a sophomore at Tulane University, he left with just his lap top and iPod as he drove off to the Houston airport to fly to Miami to meet his parents.

Like many others Karger had to find a new place to go to college so he enrolled in Miami but wanted to be able to go back to Tulane as soon as possible. He wanted to make a difference even if it was just him raising money for his school.

“Craig was so upset and he wanted to do something to help his university so we told him we would do whatever it took for him if he wanted to raise money or help in some way,” said Craig’s mom Lori Karger.

With his parents help he started a Web site for Tulane University called
and created the Save Nola wristbands with the university president’s permission to use the Tulane wave. Craig wanted to sell the wristbands to raise awareness and money for the university he loved.

“Craig was on an online forum for Tulane when he asked President Cowen of the university if he could use the wave on the wristbands and he was granted permission,” said Lori.

After generating buzz about the wristbands and getting media coverage the Save Tulane project has raised $8,000 all of the proceeds from the wristbands go to the Commission to Bring Back New Orleans. Craig gave all the members of the commission a bracelet.

The entire Tulane basketball team is wearing the wristbands along with former Vice Presidential Nominee John Edwards.

“It’s really taken off and it’s been great to see my son put so much effort into such a great cause, all on his own,” said Lori.

“We have had a great experience working with Reminderband and appreciate all the help we have received,” said Lori.

For more information on how you can order the ROLL WAVE and Save NOLA wristbands visit

Shape Up RI

Shape Up Rhode Island is a new non-profit venture aimed at improving the health of Rhode Islanders and fighting obesity by promoting physical activity and healthy eating.

Each spring, hundreds of groups of Rhode Islanders will form teams and compete over a 4 month period to see which team can lose the most weight (as a percentage of total team weight) or log the most miles of physical activity (per person on the team). Participants will get Shape Up RI silicone wristbands and weekly updates with healthy eating and living tips from top health experts. At the end of the 4 month program, winning teams will be honored at a high-profile awards ceremony.

As a result of sedentary lifestyles and poor eating habits, 56% of Rhode Islanders are overweight or obese. Obesity leads to health problems including high blood pressure and diabetes. The cost of health care resulting from obesity in Rhode Island alone is $305 million each year.

Shape Up Rhode Island is an annual effort to combat the growing obesity epidemic. This same program in other states has yielded drastic results. Last year in Iowa a similar program led to a total loss of 45 tons of fat and 3.5 million miles of physical activity logged by program participants! We aspire to achieve such stunning results here in Rhode Island.

Learn more at their temporary website:

Michelle Tjelmeland of Springfield, Illinois is profoundly deaf, but you’d never know it by looking at the 32-year-old Web designer and mother of two daughters. With the exception of a headset-like device behind her left ear, Tjelmeland exhibits no signs of her disability. The device, which transmits to an actual computer chip in her brain called a cochlear implant, miraculously restored her hearing. If you ask her about the device, she’ll proudly pull it off and tell you all about cochlear implants – in fact, she wants to tell the whole world.

To create awareness about this life-changing technology, Tjelmeland wears a vibrant green, black and white wristband with the phrase “From Silence to Sound” on it. Produced by the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation, a non-profit foundation that Tjelmeland started in 2005, these CIAF awareness wristbands serve as a reminder that hearing is a gift. Thanks to the miracle of cochlear implants, more children and adults are experiencing life in a new way. CIAF strives to create awareness about the use of cochlear implants as an aid in hearing loss; raise grant money for families affected by hearing loss; and eventually lobby the legislature to change laws regarding insurance coverage for cochlear implants.

The awareness bracelets were inspired by Tjelmeland’s daughter, Ellie, who was born profoundly deaf and who also received a cochlear implant as a toddler. Among Ellie’s prized possessions are her 63 colorful wristbands, which she wears all the way up to her 7-year-old elbows.

Case sponsorships will allow CIAF to distribute wristbands to medical centers around the country to cochlear implant patients and their families

Additional wristbands are being sold to the public in sets of 10, 100 or 1,000 at a cost of $3 per wristband. The wristbands are available in children and adult sizes. All proceeds from wristband sales will support awareness activities and family grants.

To order CIAF wristbands, or to learn more about CIAF, visit

Wall Street and St. Jude Children Research Hospital had their 16th annual “Taste of New York” on Nov. 15 where six hundred Wall Street top executives participated in a silent auction in support of the brain tumor research program. One of the many party favors was wristbands of course, which donned “Wall Street Loves the St. Jude Kids.”

“The wristbands are a popular item these days and our committee thought this would be an idea that everyone would love and it would also spread the word about St. Jude,” said Beth Desai, Associate Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Over the past 16 years the “Taste of New York” night has raised close to 23 million for and this year raised more than $1.5 million for children suffering from cancer and other catastrophic illnesses.

“This year the money went to furthering research in a brain tumor program we have at St. Jude’s,” Desai said.

More than 600 top executives from 80 firms joined together to make this year’s event a tremendous success.

“The wristbands were great, they looked good and were a perfect party favor for the event,” said Desai.

In a thank you letter to Wall Street, St. Jude patient Katelyn Atwell, a patient of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, put it best when she said, “I know y’all are big on futures, well I can’t think of a better place to secure the future of kids.”

For more information on St. Jude Children’s Research and upcoming events visit or for your custom made wristbands or cancer bracelets for a fundraising event visit

Bright Beginnings is a Charter School in Arizona that has each family volunteer 20 hours each year to the school. This is a huge contribution to the school’s success and excellence on standardized tests.

As a way to thank the parents of these children Bright Beginnings bought wristbands for their parents.

“It is our plan that the families will be given the wristbands in November, the month in which so many of us give thanks to the things that we are grateful for,” said Janet Smith, Parent Appreciation Committee member. “We are very excited about this and are very grateful to Reminderband as well.”

For more information on Bright Beginnings School visit their Web site.

To order custom wristbands for your school visit

Reminderband partnered up with the local newspaper, the Herald Journal, Saturday for a fun day at the mall trick-or-treating. Reminderband donated glow in the dark wristbands for kids to have for a safe night of trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

“We had awesome turnout of over 700 kids and they loved the glow in the dark wristbands,” said event coordinator Angie Duncombe.

The wristbands were given to trick-or-treaters to wear on Halloween night and glow in the dark so they can be seen from further away.

For your glow in the dark custom wristbands visit

In Ohio one of the biggest college rivalries is between Mt. Union University and Ohio Northern Univeristy. Wristbands were ordered by Ohio Northern that said “Beat Mt. Union” and that’s exactly what Ohio Northern did, beat their rival 21-14.

“The wristbands played a major role in our win,” said Dean Taul, Head Coach of Ohio Northern University. “They were used as an internal motivation within the team.”

The wristbands were used as a means of bringing unity among the team.

To order your team’s uniting wristbands visit

Mark Cabot ordered wristbands for his family’s non-profit organization “Educate These Children” to raise money to help send children to Malawi Africa for school. Cabot didn’t realize when he filled out our survey about our grand opening day sale, he was entered into our ipod shuffle raffle and yesterday he was our winner!

“We chose Reminderband because the Web site was easy to use and the prices were great,” said Cabot.

Reminderband would like to congratulate Mark on winning our raffle and thank him for the time he took to fill out our survey.

Last week Reminderband launched their new innovative Web site and ran a promotional one day sale. For more one day sales and other Reminderband news go to the mailing Web site and sign up to our mailing list.

“In just under 2 years we have raised about $25,000 and the wristbands are a great way to get out our organization’s name and make people aware of the situation in so many countries,” said Cabot.

To learn more about Cabot and his family’s organization visit the Web site

Branden Miller will be 1 year old on Halloween and while for most 1 year olds this is their first of many Halloweens for trick-or-treating this could be one of the few Branden ever gets to celebrate. As an infant he was diagnosed with Krabbe disease, a type of Leukodystrophy, a degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system.

Branden’s family wanted to do something to aid in the research of this fatal disease to help their son in any way possible. One fundraising idea was to sell wristbands that say “Branden’s Hope” on one side and the other side read “Leukodystrophy”.

“These wristbands helped give us peace of mind,” said Ryan Miller, Branden’s father. “Selling these wristbands to help raise money and donate to research lets us know that we are doing something for our son when we feel like there isn’t much else we can do.”

Branden’s family set up a booth in the local mall in Winnipeg Canada and sold the wristbands. They made $1,000 in two days to add to their endowment fund for research for Leukodystrophy.

“Our goal is to set up an endowment fund to go to furthering research for Leukodystrophy so that there can eventually be a cure,” said Miller.

In two months the Miller family has raised close to $7,000 for the endowment research fund from auctions, family fundraisers and selling wristbands.

“Thank you Reminderband for everything you’ve done for our cause, without your help a cure for the disease is out of reach,” Miller said.

To order Branden’s Hope wristbands to help the Leukodystrophy endowment research email Ryan Miller at To order your custom wristbands for a fundraising opportunity visit

Reminderband is a proud in-kind donor of the organization Boundless Playgrounds whose mission is to create extraordinary playgrounds where all children with and without disabilities can develop essential skills for life as they learn together through play.

Boundless Playgrounds created the “PLAY2LIVE” wristband for their spirit band campaign. With the help of supporters and friends they’ve raised over $4,000 with the spirit band campaign.

“Reminderband is a proud supporter of Boundless Playgrounds and their goals and mission to make playgrounds available for every child,” said Jeff Morgan, Vice President of Sales for Reminderband.

The vision of Boundless Playgrounds is a society where everyone everywhere is welcomed and empowered to contribute because children of all abilities grow up playing and learning together on Boundless Playgrounds.

“Thank you so much for supporting the Boundless Playgrounds through the PLAY2LIVE spirit bands,” said Dina, representative of Boundless Playgrounds. “We truly appreciate your support and thanks for making a difference in children’s lives.”

The following is a message from Daniel, age 14, president of Boundless Playgrounds’ Junior Advisory Board.

The Junior Advisory Board cares about Boundless Playgrounds’ mission that “Every child! Every ability! Everywhere!” deserves places where they can play and learn together, whether they have disabilities or not. Playing matters for children of all abilities-and grownups too! Boundless Playgrounds reminds us all to celebrate life while we support a good cause. In winter 2004, we created a great way for young people to get the word out about Boundless Playgrounds and raise money for the cause at the same time by starting the “PLAY2LIVE” spirit band campaign.

I would like to thank all of our Boundless Playgrounds friends and supporters for your commitment to making a difference. With your help, we’ve raised over $4,000 so far with the spirit band campaign.

Recently, I had the chance to meet a celebrity who was willing to show his support by wearing a spirit band. I gave Billy Crystal and his wife Janice PLAY2LIVE spirit bands and they both wear the bands and are very nice.

To order your PLAY2LIVE wristbands and support the organization visit their Web site at

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