Happy Tuesday everyone. Since I wasn’t here yesterday, you know what that means, don’t you. My hubby was off work! Yea! I was so excited to have him home. We started re-organizing my kitchen, which turned into rearranging my kitchen, which thus lead us to Home Depot. But that post is for another day. Today we are doing the Tuesday Ten.
Tuesday’s Top Ten-The Awareness Edition
March 3, 2009 By 8 Comments
Truthfully I really wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to write about until I saw this post. Which really got me to thinking. Do I have ten places online that I would send you to become more aware? Let’s find out together, shall we.
1. The Lupus Foundation of America. Did you know that there is no cure for Lupus and that today you can bring awareness to Lupus just by calling or emailing your congressional representative? Please click here for more details.
2. The National Fibromyalgia Assoication As a person who suffers with Fibromyalgia-this is something that is very near and dear to my heart. In May there is going to be an Awareness Walk to bring more awareness to Fibromyalgia, because did you know that there are some doctors out there that still don’t even recognize this as a disease. Hopefully sometime in April or May I will be having some special awareness going on here-with prizes!
3. The March of Dimes This organization is also very close to my heart as one of our best friends had Twin girls in 1999 that were 13 weeks early, and my step niece was born 11 weeks early, and then there is Maddie. This group raises monies to research the reasons behind premature labor and also researches how to help babies born prematurely. And did you know The March of Dimes uses 77 cents of every dollar you raise in March for Babies to support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. My sister & I have been fund raising for them for 4 years and we didn’t even know that.
4. The National Organ Donor Program another one very close to my heart as my mother in law passed away September 2008 while waiting for a new liver. Did you know that as of Feb 2009 there are over 25,000 people waiting for organs? Donating your organs is one of the simplest & easiest things that you do to save the life of another person. You have the power to make a difference.
5. The National Stroke Association Did you know that each year strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer? I didn’t know that until my mother, at age 53, suffered 4 strokes over the course of 2 months. Thankfully quick acting on our part and the parts of her doctors has helped her to lead a fairly normal life today, 3 years later. She still has short term memory issues and left side weakness, but I am thankful that I get more time with her, time that was almost cut too short.
6. The National Autism Assosication I have several friends that have children that suffer from different types of Autism. Education is the key when dealing with this devastating disease.
7. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One of my very best friend’s 9 year old daughter has had Juvenile Diabetes since she was 3 years old. She has had to wear a pump since she was 5 years old. And while this is all normal for Courtney, it shouldn’t have to be this way. There is no cure for Juvenile Diabetes at this time-but there should be!
8. The National Federation of the Blind My grandmother was blind, she wasn’t born that way-but her eyes failed her earlier in life than they should have. Sadly-I have her eyes, they have gotten progressively worse the older I get and they have gotten that way quickly. When Grandma Underwood went blind I know that NFB really helped her transition. I don’t really know if there is an easy way to not be able to see, but it seemed like it was smooth. My good friend also is blind. NFB has helped her out in many ways as well. The big key with them is education-so go and get educated!
9. The Seeing Eye speaking of my good friend, she was able to be able to get a bit more independent with the help of The Seeing Eye. It is one of the oldest seeing eye programs around. 12 times a year up to 24 students come to their facility in New Jersey to get paired up with a “set of eyes” Our students – people who are blind or visually impaired – come from all over the United States and Canada to spend up to a month training with a new Seeing Eye dog. They range in age from 16 to senior citizens, their home environments may be rural or urban, and they may be homemakers, volunteers, or judges. But they all have this in common: They are motivated by a sense of independence and armed with the knowledge that Seeing Eye dogs will provide an extra edge to attain success, however they may choose to define it.
And last, but certainly not least
10. The USO When my husband was in the Navy, the USO did many things for us. They helped him to contact me (for free) after the birth of Giggles, as he was in boot camp when she was born. We mostly went there for dinners and I even volunteered at the USO in Orlando. We did simple things to helping with emergency housing and sending parcels to those deployed. I really can’t say enough good things about the USO. Please check it out for yourself and see!
Please take a moment to visit each of these sites. See if any of them “speak” to you. And if you have any groups that you would like us to be aware of, please leave a link in the comments section so we can all check them out.
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