Fundraisers I Approve
Love to back worthy causes and place my name/brand behind them. I’ve chosen a few that mean something to me personally, the Alport’s Syndrome Foundation and ShelterBoxUSA.
The Alport Syndrome Foundation (ASF) is a volunteer-led organization started by families affected by this genetic disease. ASF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Foundation that gives a voice to all those affected by Alport Syndrome and champions research to find effective treatment options and a cure.
For more information visit the Alport Syndrome Foundation’s website.
What is Alport Syndrome?
Alport Syndrome is an inherited disease of the kidney that can also affect the inner ear and eye. It is estimated to affect 1 in 5,000 people.
Patients of all ages can exhibit symptoms of the disease; however, the majority of those affected by Alport Syndrome are boys who require dialysis or a kidney transplant by their early 20s. The disease is devastating to families because it often affects multiple family members, generation after generation. There is currently no treatment that has been proven to prevent the development of kidney failure in people with Alport Syndrome.
You can make a difference in the lives of patients and families dealing with this disease by making a donation today or getting involved in a fundraiser – See more at: https://alportsyndrome.org/donate/fundraising-events/
Read my Alport’s Syndrome Biography, Silver Linings on Dark Clouds (My Life with Alport’s Syndrome), all proceeds will be donated to the Alports Syndrome Foundation https://brickoneil.com/silver-linings-on-dark-clouds/
THE PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION
Firmly committed to curing prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research globally.
Since 1993, our unique strategies for identifying and investing in the most promising research programs have generated life-saving results. We channel resources to the world’s top scientific minds—cutting red tape and encouraging collaboration to speed breakthroughs.
As a champion for increased government and private support, PCF has helped build a global research enterprise of nearly $10 billion. Through the generous contributions of our donors, we have funded more than 2,000 programs at more than 200 research centers in 18 countries. http://www.pcf.org
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 7 men. But who is most at risk of getting prostate cancer and why?
There are several major factors that influence risk, and some of them unfortunately cannot be changed.
Age: The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although only 1 in 10,000 men under age 40 will be diagnosed, the rate shoots up to 1 in 38 for ages 40 to 59, and 1 in 14 for ages 60 to 69.
In fact, more than 65% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65. The average age at diagnosis of prostate cancer in the United States is 69 years. After that age, the chance of developing prostate cancer becomes more common than any other cancer in men or women.
Race: African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with Caucasian men and are nearly 2.5 times as likely to die from the disease. Conversely, Asian men who live in Asia have the lowest risk.
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provides the basics that people need to get back on their feet after a natural or manmade disaster. The main thing that differentiates shelterboxusa between other national fundraisers is 100% of your donations go to the products and where you want your donation to go; not where the organization decides where it’s most needed.
This is taken directly from their website, having said it better than I could. 100% of your donations go to the box/country you desire, you can even track your box to the destination of your choice!
We respond instantly following natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most.
Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.We are now firmly established at the forefront of disaster relief and our work constantly earns the respect of outside agencies. http://www.shelterboxusa.org/
The ShelterBox solution in disaster response is as simple as it is effective. We deliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
Each green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vitalitems.
In addition to ShelterBox kits, we also provide disaster-specific equipment. Learn more about the ShelterBox Solution. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.
The donation amount to sponsor each box is $1,000, which includes delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor, you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the web site.
Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and a global network of volunteers.
Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing emergency shelter for people who need it most following more than 180 disasters in over 85 countries.
Click to learn more about Testicular Cancer and to Donate!
the leading cancer in men 15-35, can strike at any age, yet it’s hardly talked about. When detected early, it has a survival rate of over 95%. We encourage monthly testicular self-exams for men, knowing this is the most effective method of early detection.
Your donations are greatly appreciated and help fund our education program, distribution of educational materials throughout the country along with providing support andfinancial assistance to families in immediate need.
In October 2007, Jordan Jones was diagnosed with stage 4 (medical reference 3c) of an aggressive form of testicular cancer at the early age of 13. During his treatment it became apparent to his family that there was a lack of education and support for this disease. This lack of information and support lead Jordan’s mother to found Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.