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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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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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More than 40 million Americans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, affecting family and loved ones as well. Wristbands are a great way to show support for military members both at home or abroad and remember one another in times of separation.

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One idea that is popular with military members and loved ones is camo silicone bracelets. Reminderband offers three types of camo: including traditional camo, desert camo and pink camo.

Another idea is that of heart-shaped wristbands. The wristbands fit on the wrist but form a heart shape instead of the traditional circle.

Military wristbands can be worn here or there and can go with military members abroad. The lightweight wristbands can also be shipped abroad very inexpensively.

Wristbands can be made and ordered in bulk for widespread shows of support (such as veterans assemblies or groups) or custom order just a single band for a spouse or family member.

Ideas for messages include “Support the Troops,” “I Remember You,” military slogans, the name of the branch or division of service, or even names.

Here are some Reminderband wristband testimonials from military members and families with how they used wristbands to honor veterans and our armed forces:

“I had a great experience ordering my items with Shawn. We were doing a Vet’s Day tribute for my son’s school. I am currently on active duty in NC. He was SO helpful and the company is supportive of the military. We got them early and he added a few features too. Thank you so much for your support.”

Tracy from Spring Lake, NC

“Reminderband is a pleasure to deal with. Fast and friendly service and the product is receiving rave reviews. Family and friends are wearing [wristbands] to honor our son who is serving in a war zone on the other side of the world. The bands serve as a wonderful reminder to keep him in our daily thoughts and prayers.”

Terri from Temple, TX

“We ordered reminder bands to be given away at a golf outing honoring my brother in law who was killed last year as an Army Colonel, serving in Afghanistan. The reminder bands were a big hit and an easy way to honor him. Thanks.”

Donna from Montville, NJ
 

“We received our bands in less time than expected and they where amazing. These where for my son who is deployed to Afghanistan. Thank you!”

David from Ocala, FL
 

“I have always had a great experience with the customer service at Reminderbands. The quality is good and the customer service reps have passion about what your Reminderband is for. My son is deployed in the war in Afghanistan. I have enough to worry about. It helps to have no worries about ordering. This brings him closer to the family and friends.”

Kaye from Lewisville, TX
 

“For my husband’s deployment, I ordered bands for my children with a special message from their Dad. My order arrived quickly and my kids love their bands.Great quality and sizes. ”

Jennifer from Leonardtown, MD
 

“Awesome service. The order arrived within days which was perfect. One of our employees was being deployed to Afghanistan. We ordered bracelets to wear while he is gone. They are red/white/blue. They came out great and we got them before he left. Great service.”

Rexie LeStrange from Manteca, CA

For more ideas and examples of military wristbands and “Support Our Troops” wristbands, check out the Reminderband web site.

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Back to school is here! Young children have mixed emotions on starting this new adventure, we have found some amazing tips from About.com on how to help your kids cope with back to school!

Downplay the milestone. Ratcheting up expectations and highlighting the first day of kindergarten as a really big deal with a capital “D” is likely to backfire if all the fuss makes your child more nervous than he already is.

Instead, try to compare kindergarten to something he is already familiar with, such as preschool or even a kids’ music class he may have enjoyed. Explain that kindergarten will be a place where he will make friends and have fun, just like he may have done with groups of kids before. And as tempting as it might be to record your child’s first day at kindergarten, do leave the video camera at home.

Connect school to home. Some schools arrange for teachers to meet with students before school starts. Talk to your child’s school about arranging a visit before the first day of kindergarten. Some teachers also ask parents to send in a family photo to be posted in the classroom to help kids feel more connected to their home life while at school. Similarly, having a copy of the daily activities schedule and talking to your child about his day at school can help bring school into the home.

Read a book together about starting school. Reading about other children who might have fears and anxiety about starting school may be comforting to kids who are experiencing the same feelings. Elizabeth Kennedy, About.com’s Guide to Children’s Books, has compiled an excellent list of books about starting school.

Try to minimize your own anxiety. Just as it’s perfectly normal for your child to feel some anxiety on the first days of kindergarten, it’s absolutely normal for you to feel anxious when you see your child upset. And it’s also understandable that you may experience some frustration when you see other children playing happily and your child is still clinging to your legs for dear life.

But here is the most important thing for you to remember: Your child will adjust to his new classroom eventually. It may take some kids a bit longer than others, but the fact is that it will happen, especially if you respond with understanding and patience and keep your eyes on the prize: a happy child who loves going to school and seeing his friends (it will happen!).

Don’t stay too long. Reassure your child that you will be back and say a quick goodbye. Lingering will only make it more difficult for your child to see you go, and she will cry harder the next time because she will see that it’s an effective way to get you to stay. As wrenching as it may be for you to walk away while your child is crying, chances are that she will be playing happily soon after you are out of sight. But don’t sneak out as this may undermine your child’s trust and could worsen separation anxiety.

Identify his anxiety. What exactly is he afraid of? Talk to your child and find out what he is worried about. Is he concerned that you won’t return? Is he afraid that someone will be mean to him? Or that he won’t know where the bathroom is or that he won’t know what he’s supposed to do? Once you establish what his specific fears are you will be better able to address his concerns and work with your child and his teacher to find ways to handle them.

Have faith in the teachers. Your child will hardly be the only one in the classroom who experiences separation anxiety, nor will he be the first one the teachers have had to comfort after mom, dad, or a caregiver are gone. Experienced teachers will be ready with morning routines, songs, games, and other fun activities to get your child into the swing of things while she adjusts to her new surroundings.

Send along a favorite comfort object. If your child has a favorite lovey, ask your child’s teacher if you can send it along. Most schools have a policy of allowing kids to bring such objects to school but restrict them to cubbies or backpacks and only let kids take them out during rest time. In many cases, just having a favorite comfort object nearby can give kids a sense of security.

Don’t put a time limit on how long it should take. For some kids, first day kindergarten anxiety may not last beyond a few days if they happen at all. For others, tears and school fears may go on for weeks. Just as each child has his own individual set of experiences and personality and anxiety that may be influencing his feelings about starting school, the time it takes to adjust to school will vary from one child to another.

Before you know it, your reluctant kindergartener will look forward to seeing his friends at school and participating in the activities and games in class. Whether your child’s kindergarten anxiety lasts a few days or a few months, it will be a phase she will go through as she grows into a confident grade-schooler.

We have found that something to remind them of family can be a great place to start! At Reminderband we can make custom “family” bracelets with your last name, family quote or crest. Check out our site http://www.reminderband.com/ for easy customization or call our customer service team at 1-800-922-5401!

 
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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.

As the summer approaches, Bonnie Charnock doesn’t like how people obsess over bathing suit season. The talk about losing weight, restricting foods, being ashamed to wear a two-piece is too much to handle, she said. As a recovering anorexic and binge eater, she knows the dangers of obsessing about one’s body.

“I had terrible body image distortion,” Charnock said. “I’m one of those people who would get dressed four times to go out, because nothing looked good.”

Charnock, 52, said she has battled anorexia nervosa as long as she can remember, though as a young girl she wasn’t aware that it was a disease. Through most of her adult life, she tried to hide the fact that like millions of Americans, she was battling food, battling depression and battling herself.

“Most don’t realize what a living hell the life of someone with an eating disorder can be,” she said. “For me to sit down and talk about this now with someone (is remarkable). I would have been absolutely incapable of this two years ago.”

In 2005, Charnock was admitted for the third, and she hopes final, time to the Renfrew Center of Philadelphia, an eating disorder treatment center. Nearly 5 feet 11 inches tall, she then weighed about 115 pounds.

During her six-week stay, Charnock said she saw men and women struggle with their disease, often alone, no friends or families coming to visit.

“If you don’t have a good support system, your chances of getting better are decreased,” she said.

She also saw a young woman wearing a T-shirt that said, “no binge, no purge” —-a message meant to promote recovery.

“I thought to myself, I would never wear those,” she said.

She realized in that moment that, unlike breast cancer or heart disease, no silicone wristband or lapel ribbon supports eating disorder recovery.

An idea began to form, and by 2006, Charnock had set in motion a network to raise awareness, but also to support those recovering from an eating disorder. Part of the goal is educating people, even those who don’t have the disease, she said, in hopes of eliminating the stigma that keeps sufferers silent.

With the help of friends, Charnock founded the Women In Recovery from Eating Disorders Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit otherwise known as the WIRED foundation. Her friends, Julie Kennedy, Judi Robinson and Franca Spurrier, now serve on the foundation’s board.

The women recently launched the WIRED Foundation’s website. Charnock hopes people will visit www.wiredfoundation.org, to learn more about eating disorder recovery, as well as to purchase apparel and jewelry that carries the foundation’s logo. Her dream is for the families of people with eating disorders to wear WIRED bracelets as a token of support for recovery, she said.

“People say breast cancer is a family disease,” Charnock said. “I always thought to myself, ‘Then eating disorders must be an orphan’s disease, because no one wants to talk about it.'”

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders estimates that eight million Americans, or 3 percent of the population, suffer from an eating disorder. The organization notes that a study by Harvard University Medical School suggests nearly a quarter of adults with eating disorders are men.

Charnock said larger goals include lobbying for change within the insurance industry to better fund treatment for eating disorders.

She also hopes WIRED can educate people to recognize the warning signs sooner. She used to wear baggy clothes to hide her body, she said, or would try to stand behind furniture. She’d wake up at 2 a.m. to try on clothing, and wouldn’t eat in front of people, only to sneak food and binge eat alone.

A combination of creativity, research, and confidence propelled Meghan Stafford to the top of the Student of the Year class. The University of Minnesota senior presented an idea to the judges that focused on the creation of the Motorola Mob Squad.

Playing on a theme of superheroes, the squad would be made up of Motorola’s most senior executives, including CEO Ed Zander; Daniel Moloney, president of Motorola Connected Home Solutions; and Padmasree Warrior, the company’s chief technology officer. Various squad members would tour the country for an innovation road show, and Stafford’s plan included detailed explanations of where the team would travel and why, in order to maximize high-profile technology events throughout the year. Her plan also included a blogging initiative, a Second Life presence, and viral video extensions, to reach more of the target demographic of “prosumers,” technologically savvy early adopters. She also suggested the creation of a Motorola-inspired “bat signal” that would light up the sky in cities visited by the Mod Squad.

Stafford pitched this idea to Jason Pontin, editor of MIT’s Technology Review. He praised her knowledge of the publication, understanding of the technology, and confident, lucid pitching style.

When asked what one big idea she would suggest for the launch of a new Motorola Bluetooth headset, Stafford connected blue to the blues, and turned the debut into an opportunity to bring some attention to the ongoing recovery of New Orleans. Motorola would hold the “Unforgettable Blues Blast” featuring blues artists, as well as big names from a range of musical genres. Musicians would be seen by all, but would be performing inside a specially constructed, enclosed box. The only way to hear the music would be to listen at booths through the Bluetooth headsets, or to purchase a headset from one of the vendors in the area.

The launch would also have a cause component as profits from the concert would benefit the region’s ongoing recovery. A special blue “Never Forget” rubber bracelet would debut at the event and be sold as long as the effort was ongoing.

Stafford’s presentations and ideas were inventive and well-informed, built on a solid foundation of research. “Meghan shined in all activities. Her thinking was strategic and creative,” said one judge. “Her presentation was confident, passionate, and sound. She was quick on her feet and took everything to the next level. A real up-and-comer.”

Tyrus Thomas has taken criticism from the media, been insulted on national television by Charles Barkley, and watched his playing time rise and fall frequently during his rookie season. But whenever Thomas hits times of trouble with the Bulls, all he has to do is look at his left wrist to put the NBA world into perspective.

Thomas wears a rubber bracelet honoring longtime friend Ryan “The Franchise” Francis, who was shot and killed in Baton Rouge, La., while riding in the passenger seat of a car on May 14, 2006.

Sometimes before games, Thomas writes Francis’ name on his shoes, along with the No. 12 his friend wore as a freshman point guard at USC.

“He definitely keeps me focused and keeps me going at the task at hand,” Thomas said. “I write it on my shoes sometimes. But just being on my wrist, I mean, you’ve got to see your wrist all the time. I haven’t taken (the bracelet) off since I got it.”

The Bulls’ Tyrus Thomas wears a bracelet to honor friend Ryan Francis, who was shot and killed in May 2006. (Associated Press)

Thomas guessed that he first met Francis when they were 7 or 8 years old.

“We played almost every day, like pickup, rec ball or biddy ball,” Thomas recalled. “When we got to high school, we went to rival schools.

“He was just a good kid. You ask anybody, they’d say the same. He was the best. A good person. You loved to be around him.”

When asked about Francis, Thomas’ face doesn’t turn sad. Instead, he smiled while recounting memories of his lost friend.

“He was just like one of them guys; you could never be mad at him,” Thomas said. “Even if you were mad at him, you couldn’t be mad at him. He would do something stupid and you’d try. But he was always laughing, always smiling, always clowning around.

“Just one of those guys if you were having a bad day and you were around him, you’d forget about whatever happened. He was just one of those special people.”

Francis wasn’t a bad basketball player, either. He led his high school to an undefeated season and Louisiana state championship as a senior, and then started at point guard during his first year at USC.

“He was more excited for me when I put my name in the (NBA) draft than I was, I think,” Thomas said.

Ken and his wife Carolyn found out Ken had bladder cancer in 1993. For Ken and Carolyn and their four children, this was a very difficult time. Ken started going to the doctor’s at least once a year for the doctor to scrape the tumors out of his bladder. After each procedure he would have to wait three months and then go back for a check-up and on April 15, 2005 he found out the cancer had spread.

“At the time we found out the cancer had spread it was time for chemo and by this time Ken and I were divorced,” said Carolyn. “Ken was undergoing some difficult interferon treatments during 2000-2003 and his attitude changed toward the family, we were divorced on paper but not in our hearts.”

For Father’s day of this year Carolyn wanted to do something very special for Ken and that is when she found Reminderband. She ordered 20 wristbands with Ken’s favorite saying from Star Trek “Make It So”.

“Ken loved the wristbands and was so thrilled and touched when he received them for Father’s Day,” said Carolyn.

Ken and Carolyn remarried on October 29, 2005 at 10 a.m. and Ken passed away that evening at 6:50 p.m.

“I held Ken’s hand and told him that it was time to go home and he didn’t have anything to worry about here,” said Carolyn.

Carolyn said she is going to wear her wristband until the day she goes home to be with Ken. She hasn’t taken her wristband off since the day she got them for Ken and will wear it forever as a constant reminder of a best friend.

To order your own personal reminder for a special cause or person in your life visit http://www.reminderband.com.

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 http://www.reminderband.com.

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