Lifestyle // December 1, 2014

For many people, the holidays inspire a spirit of giving. From Thanksgiving through to the New Year we’re encouraged to spread some holiday cheer and generosity by donating unused toys to children or giving canned goods to help feed those those less fortunate than ourselves. This surge in holiday magic, philanthropy and giving back is great, but the reality of the situation is that people are in need year round.

Organizations like Bert’s Big Adventure (BBA), try to fill that gap. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, BBA works in tandem with Atlanta’s “The Bert Show” radio show to provide magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day trips to Walt Disney World for children between the ages of 5-12 with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. That may seem like enough charitable giving for one organization, but that’s not where the magic ends. 

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BBA provides support for the families with initiatives throughout the year. Along with the annual trip to Disney World, BBA provides programs such as the Reunion Adventures, which brings together families who have participated with BBA over the years to create a sense of community and family. The Fairy Godparent volunteer program sends volunteers to visit children in the hospital daily and provides quality time with the kids -- freeing up time for mom, dad or other relatives to run errands or take a much needed break.


Molly Darby is the Executive Director for Bert’s Big Adventure and after interviewing her, I could tell that her involvement with BBA runs deeper than it just being her job. Molly is passionate about charitable giving and is excited to have a platform suchas BBA to put help put forth her efforts. 

Jasmin Martin: What made you want to want to work with Bert’s Big Adventure?

Molly Darby: I can only explain it as an addiction… and I mean that with the most positive connotation. Some people are addicted to running or smoking or chocolate or shopping….I’m addicted to Bert’s Big Adventure. Once you see or interact with any of the Bert’s Big Adventure kiddos, you’re addicted to that experience and you just want more. My first interaction was when I was doing the public relations for the organization and I attended the send-off party. A kid I’d never met walked right up to me and gave me a hug and said ‘thank you’....and I knew that morning that I wanted to be a bigger part of it and not just a person working in the peripheral vision. I wanted to do whatever I could to make myself an integral part of the team so that I could have these inspiring experiences more often!

JM: Describe your day-to-day responsibilities as the executive director for Bert’s Big Adventure?

MD: I have the best job in the world as the Executive Director of Bert’s Big Adventure! Basically, that means that my job is to make sure our team is doing everything we can to make sure that each Bert’s Big Adventure child gets spoiled with magical moments– whether it is during our annual trip to Walt Disney World, during one of our family reunion events or during a Fairy Godparent visit. I’ve been with Bert’s Big Adventure serving in different roles since 2007, and I’ve enjoyed being part of its growth.

Molly Darby and Kaylee Holcomb

 JM: We’re sure going to Disney World with VIP status is memorable enough, but has there been any success stories or reunions with kids that you just can’t forget?

MD: One year I was partnered up in Disney with one particular girl named Gracie. Gracie had been fighting a battle against a cancerous brain tumor and had lost all of her previously long, blond hair. We decided to surprise her and take her to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique- a magical beauty salon where little girls can get princess makeovers. At the boutique, they put fake hair pieces in her hair, put on nail polish and makeup...and when they turned her around so that she could see herself in the mirror, you could just see on her face how beautiful she felt that moment. Of course, I thought she was just as beautiful before the makeover, but she FELT beautiful...and every girl knows how good that can feel. We all cried, of course! I’ll just never forget her face and how special that moment in time was to me. It’s times like that that I say to myself, “this is why we do it...for these moments.”

JM: What’s the best part of your job?

MD: I think the best part of my job is always hearing from the families after the trip. Most of them tend to say that before the trip, they felt alone or unheard or ignored. But when they return, they typically feel like they are part of something ...like they’re part of a community of other families that finally understand their struggles. 

Plus, the hugs. When you get a hug from one of those kiddos, it just melts your heart. When the Bert’s Big Adventure kiddos are with me, they get whatever they want...I’m such a sucker.

JM: What has been the biggest risk you’ve taken professionally and how has it paid off?

MD: I’m not really a huge risk taker...I take calculated risks though! Probably the best thing I ever did was to start taking things off of my boss’s plate without asking and just doing it. I figured if I wanted that job later (which I got this year!) I had to learn how to do it sometime! So I would start researching sponsorships, or benefits packages, or insurance policies, or budgets and I would brainstorm new marketing materials, new events, etc...all in hopes that my boss would realize I could do it on my own. It paid off :)

JM: What’s one piece of advice you would give to young women aspiring to work in the non-profit sector?

MD: Be a soldier! Do whatever you need to do to get the results you need, whether it’s part of your job description or not. Whether that means making sure there is hot coffee or pulling a budget together ...just do whatever you can to keep everyone moving toward the goal. You’re much more valuable when you wear many hats!

Live where you would vacation...there are nonprofits everywhere that need your help! Volunteer as much as you can, that will at least get your foot in the door! 

JM: What can we look forward to from Bert’s Big Adventure in the future? Any big collaborations or projects you can tell us about?

MD: Well, I suppose you’d be one of the first to know that Bert’s Big Adventure is the official beneficiary for the 50th Annual Atlanta Steeplechase on April 18th, 2015. I’m personally excited because we’ve been going for years as spectators and I know how much fun this event will be.

We are also getting ready to launch a vehicle donation program that will be announced in December! 

JM: Your work is so inspiring and you’re helping to change lives. What inspires you?

MD: The Bert’s Big Adventure families inspire me everyday! I can barely keep up with my two dogs and laundry, and then I look at these families and see the hardships that they face every single day...it inspires me to be better, to do more, to be more positive, to try harder, to not take shortcuts, to be a better listener, to ask more questions, to always be kind and to appreciate my health!

To learn more about Bert’s Big Adventure visit BertsBigAdventure.org or follow them on Twitter

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30 Days of Made // April 27, 2014

This article was part of our series "30 Days of Made: Giving Back." In an effort to create social change, each day we will highlight one charity or non-profit organization, and provide information on how you can support them by giving back. Click here to read more!

“Women are not vulnerable; we are put into vulnerable situations…. If we want to achieve economic development, we need to invest in grassroots women's leadership. To strengthen our community and have access, control, and ownership of land and other important resources."

Marling Haydee Rodriguez, President of Las Brumas Union of Women Farmer Cooperatives, Jinotega, Nicaragua

The Huairou Commission is a global movement of women, working together to empower and make their voices heard. We are a coalition of grassroots women’s groups, community-based and non-governmental organizations in more than 50 countries that believes better policies result when women expand their participation and leadership in the issues that affect their daily lives.

Female leaders in the Huairou Commission are on the front lines of activism around the most pressing development issues in their communities, including land and housing rights, natural disasters, resilience building, food security, climate change, HIV/AIDS, safe public spaces, sustainable organization, transparent and accountable governance, economic empowerment and gender equality. One leader, Theresa Makwara, of Zimbabwe’s Parents of Handicapped Children Association, describes the impact this organization makes, "Huairou is playing a pivotal role by enhancing the lives of women and their visibility at global level. This has also made us see the potential of our leadership with [its] great support."

  

Recognize, Prioritize, Formalize Grassroots Caregivers from Huairou Commission on Vimeo.


Through building strategic partnerships and linking members with each other, the Huairou Commission supports grassroots women’s groups to influence local, national and global policy priorities on behalf of their communities.

We build deep relationships among members, creating a culture of shared values and mutual respect across nationalities, ethnicities, races, classes and religions. The Huairou Commission holds consultative status with the UN and actively participates in UN conferences and deliberations.

Click below to get involved!


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Thursday, 24 April 2014 18:48

30 Days of Made I Day 24: Charity Water

30 Days of Made // April 24, 2014

This article was part of our series "30 Days of Made: Giving Back." In an effort to create social change, each day we will highlight one charity or non-profit organization, and provide information on how you can support them by giving back. Click here to read more!

You are a young woman in Tanzania. You have three children you have to support with the money you make from selling vegetables from your small garden. Every day you walk at least three hours to get water for your family. You carry the water in a yellow jug, that weighs 40 pounds when full. When you can’t make the long, arduous journey for water, you have to send one of your young children, which means that they miss school and could potentially be harmed along the way. All of this for a jug of water which most likely is contaminated. It’s dark, murky and smelly but this is what you must use to water plants bathe, cook, and drink.


  

Although this may not be your reality, nearly 800 million people who don’t have access to clean water face this plight daily. According to the World Health Organization, children in developing countries under the age of 14 suffer the most from unsafe water and lack of hygiene. This amounts to 20% of total deaths in that age group -- 20%!! For us here in the States, where you can just twist a knob or turn on a faucet to get clean water, this may be hard to imagine. But one New York City native, Scott Harrison, saw that this issue needed urgent attention during his time as a photojournalist in Liberia.

Harrison wanted to provide clean water to the one in eight human beings on the planet without access to it but he wanted to do it in a bold new way. So he built his non-profit, Charity: Water, based on the 100% model  – 100% of donations made to the organization go directly to building fresh water wells, and conducting sanitation training in countries around the world. Salaries and overhead for the company are paid for by funding and other methods, which means that every dollar donated counts. Charity: Water prides itself on the return of their donor’s investment saying, “Every $1 invested in improved water supply and sanitation can yield from $4 to $12 for the local economy, depending on the type of project.” They also tailor their approach for creating the water supplies to each village or community. Wells can be drilled, dug by hand or gravity fed.  Additionally, they build rainwater catchments on rooftops, hand-washing stations and latrines for growing communities.


   

What I love about Charity: Water is that they get long-term results.  Since they were founded in 2006, they’ve funded 11,712 clean water projects in 22 countries which will provide over three million people clean drinking water. Pretty impressive, right? They also use merchandising and clever marketing like The Birthday Project (people can pledge to dedicate their birthday to the org and fundraise on their special day) to get celebs and social networks involved.  I tried the Birthday Project myself a few years back and it was a great way to make the day about something more than just opening birthday gifts.

But another great reason to support Charity: Water (as if you needed more) is that while clean water access affects everyone, it is unmistakably a women’s issue. Usually in rural areas it is the women and young girls who are tasked with getting water each day. With closer supplies of clean water, women will have more time and opportunities to do other things with their lives. Charity: Water forms clean water committees in each village or community to ensure sustainability of the water project, and many times for the women who join, it is their first leadership role.

Support Charity Water!

Visit Charity Water’s site to dedicate your birthday, check out their wells around the world with GPS on their Google map and read the stories of people who have clean water for the first time in their lives. You can also use the buttons below to give back and join in!

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30 Days of Made // April 21, 2014

This article was part of our series "30 Days of Made: Giving Back." In an effort to create social change, each day we will highlight one charity or non-profit organization, and provide information on how you can support them by giving back. Click here to read more!

Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin! There are so many reasons why I love Best Friends Animal Society and their mission to ensure that there are no more Homeless Pets.

Animal advocacy and promoting pet adoption is something that I have been involved with since I was in high school. After several years of volunteering for animal shelters and rescue groups, I began to hear more and more about Best Friends and all the strides they were making in the animal rescue and advocacy community.

Best Friends Animal Society was founded in 1984 by a group of people who began rescuing so-called “unadoptable” animals from shelters to help combat the large number of animals being euthanized in shelters each year – 17 million, to be exact. Best Friends is now the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Currently, over 9,000 dogs and cats are killed in shelters EVERY SINGLE DAY – isn’t that number sad and astounding? However, through their efforts and partnerships with rescue groups and shelters around the country, they have helped to reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to around 4 million.

Best Friends is hard at work on so many wonderful initiatives that continue to help bring down these euthanasia numbers. Nationally, they have initiatives that focus primarily on the animals that are most likely to enter the shelter system – pit-bull-terrier-type dogs, cats and castoffs from puppy mills. They also have local programs in Los Angeles, New York and Utah (which happens to be Best Friends’ home state) to help provide on-the-ground support for their efforts.  In addition to their national and local programs, they also stage super adoptions in cities across the country and offer spay/neuter programs – both of these particular initiatives are key components in reducing the amount of animals in our shelters.

These are all of Best Friends’ major initiatives and goals, but I really don’t feel like I’ve done them justice. What I’ve mentioned here only scratches the surface! There are so many wonderful things they are doing and there are countless ways in which you, yes, YOU, can get involved. For starters, if you are an Angeleno, there is a Super Adoption taking place at the La Brea Tar Pits May 3-4 from 10am-5pm. You can volunteer, donate, adopt, or simply come out to show your support. I volunteer at this event, so I hope to see you there! For more information, visit: http://nkla.org/Events

If you love cats and dogs this is the org for you!

When you are thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, please consider adopting from your local animal shelter or rescue group. There are many wonderful animals, in all shapes, sizes, colors, ages and breeds that are looking for their loving, forever home! And you can signup to volunteer or donate using the buttons below! Follow @BestFriends on Twitter!

                                             


Kea Meyers Duggan is a 16-year marketing veteran who has worked in a variety of industries, servicing high-profile global companies, and has also owned her own company. However, her true love is non-profit animal causes. Over the last 18 years, Kea has volunteered, in a wide range of capacities, with several animal shelters and rescue groups. Additionally, she recently served as the event chair for the Guide Dogs for the Blind's Orange County Friends Committee (OCFC) biennial luncheon. As event chair, she spearheaded the planning and execution of the most successful fundraising event in the OCFC's history.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:19

30 Days Of Made | Day 18: Playworks

30 Days of Made // April 18, 2014

This article was part of our series "30 Days of Made: Giving Back." In an effort to create social change, each day we will highlight one charity or non-profit organization, and provide information on how you can support them by giving back. Click here to read more!

When California public schools started cutting recess and physical education programs from their itineraries due to budget cuts, they couldn’t staff recess and/or no longer had time for it. I knew that I had to figure out a way to help local youth receive the physical activity they need to grow into mentally and physically fit young adults. Then, somebody introduced me to Playworks and I discovered that I wasn’t the only one who was thinking about bringing recess back.

Playworks started at an Oakland, California, elementary school that didn’t have the resources to provide organized activities at recess. At that particular school, even children who would not be considered “behaviorally problematic” were getting into trouble. After all, recess in elementary schools is the period when children develop their conflict resolutions skills. Without professional guidance, children were unable to relieve their frustration in a productive fashion, which wasn’t just a problem at this school. Jill Vialet, Playworks’ CEO and Founder, was then inspired to bring professionally trained activity leaders into the picture. Their programs now exist in 20 states across the United States.

Play Works from Playworks on Vimeo.

According to Playworks, they are “the only nonprofit organization in the country providing trained, full-time coaches focused on recess to hundreds of low-income schools in major urban areas.”

Playworks coaches facilitate play with various games and activities to provide children with some rules, which promotes inclusivity and fun. They “believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Playworks creates a place for every kid on the playground -- a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game.” This drastically reduces problems from bullying and disciplinary issues in the schoolyard.

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30 Days of Made // April 17, 2014

This article was part of our series "30 Days of Made: Giving Back." In an effort to create social change, each day we will highlight one charity or non-profit organization, and provide information on how you can support them by giving back. Click here to read more!

It’s been exactly one year this weekend that my son, Ty, finally learned about Down syndrome and I think it is a precious story to share, so here we go:

“Mommy, Mylie has Down syndrome?” Ty asks me as I am having a conversation with a representative from SELPA at the Valentine’s Day party last year. I did not know he was behind me listening, as we were at a huge party for people with special needs and their families. It was a fabulous party with hundreds of people and Ty had been running around with friends, dancing, playing at all the wonderful, creative booths and I had not thought about where he was. Not that talking about Down syndrome was a secret or anything, but Tyler and I had decided early on that we would approach the subject with Ty when it happened naturally. We were not going to label Mylie nor try to explain to her then 4 year old brother what it all meant. We felt strongly that we wanted Ty to grow up loving Mylie for the unique, beautiful little sister that she is.

So, as he was pulling on my blouse with wide eyes wanting to know what that word meant and why his sister had it, I figured well… this was as natural and as good of a time as any.

“She does, sweetie.” I respond.

“Well… what is it?” he asks, and by now he is looking worried.

“Nothing really, Ty. It just means she has an extra chromosome, that’s all.” I say nonchalantly.

“Uhm.. well… does she need one of mine?” he continues.

Knowing my son and knowing he is worried about this I say, “you don’t need to worry, Ty. Down syndrome is nothing to worry about. She is fine. She doesn’t need anything nor does she have to give away anything. She is created perfectly!”

And he knew I meant it. His face lit up, he got distracted by something or someone and ran off. I just sat back and realized this moment was one I would always remember because I was witnessing the love and devotion that my son has for his sister. In a heartbeat he was willing to give up a chromosome, not even knowing what that meant or how it would take place. I have to admit, this will be one of the greatest memories of my lifetime – seeing that kind of love in my children.

We have had great talks about Down syndrome since that day. We have explained in a little more detail what it means to have DS and the special needs Mylie has. He is 8 now and is able to wrap his mind and heart around the concept. He has grown up around people with special needs for half his life now and it is all normal to him. For the Alpha play last October, Ty clapped and whistled loudly. He was so proud of the Alpha actors and all their achievements. He knows in his heart of hearts that all people are created equal; all are created perfectly and uniquely.

… and this, my friends, is something to celebrate.

The Alpha Resource Center has been in the forefront of services and supports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Santa Barbara County since 1953. Founded in the early 1950s by three moms who had children with Down syndrome, Alpha was established to provide an education for children ineligible for public schools, provide a center for parent-to-parent support, education and resource sharing, and as a catalyst to transform the community to welcome and value the participation of all people. Today, Alpha continues this tradition and provides life-span supports for over 2200 families, family and sibling workshops, offers a teen recreation program and assists adults in gaining greater independence in employment, community living, fitness, recreation, the fine and performing arts, personal development and community access.

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If you'd like to show your love for the Alpha Resource Center, use the buttons below to donate or volunteer! Or follow them on Twitter at @AlphaResoucesSB!

                                              


Mia is a young mother who blogs for the Alpha Resource Center. You can read her original post called "Mommy, Mylie Has Down Syndrome" here

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30 Days of Made // April 15, 2014

This article was part of our series "30 Days of Made: Giving Back." In an effort to create social change, each day we will highlight one charity or non-profit organization, and provide information on how you can support them by giving back. Click here to read more!

So what happens to foster kids when they “place out” of the foster care system?  

On their 18th birthday they are told that they have to move out of their house. They don’t own anything except the clothes they wear. They don’t have a mom or dad. They have no bank account, no drivers license, no food, and no plan for what they should do next.

This is the story that is lived out by hundreds of kids every year in the US and the data surrounding their outcomes are staggering.

  • 70% of all California State Prison inmates are former foster youth
  • Over 1/3 of California foster youth become homeless within 18 months of emancipation
  • One in four become incarcerated within two years of emancipation
  • 51% are unemployed within 2-4 years of emancipation
  • 40% are on public assistance within 2-4 years of emancipation
  • 50% of all female foster youth will become pregnant by age 19

(Statistics courtesy of unitedfriends.org)

There are many organizations whose goal is to provide kids with fun activities that keep them out of trouble, but few actually change the course of foster kids’ lives in sustainable ways. Until now.


Project WE is different. It’s an organization dedicated to changing the lives of young people through participation in the arts, entertainment, and fashion. But Project WE is not just driven to create fun events that temporarily distract kids from the real challenges they face. It is driven to give these young adults the tools to develop their character and professional skills to thrive in the world of business and industry.

Project We Groups :"Operation Head 2 Toe" Documentary from Project We Group on Vimeo.

The group was founded by Jeff Penix, a 20-year sports, fashion, and entertainment industry veteran. And to help him train and develop the kids for a career in these competitive industries, he brought in his friends and colleagues from companies like Zappos, And 1, and Nordstrom. Their workshops and internships cover everything from product design to business strategy. But self-reinvention and personal branding is the underlying focus of the program - a critical and often missing component in the lives of foster children who want a real career in our changing economy.

Love Project We Group? Give Back!

The group is gearing up for some new initiatives that will be launched this year.  For more information visit ProjectWEGroup.com and follow them on twitter at @projectwegroup. You can also use the button below to donate.


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30 Days of Made // April 10, 2014

This article was part of our series "30 Days of Made: Giving Back." In an effort to create social change, each day we will highlight one charity or non-profit organization, and provide information on how you can support them by giving back. Click here to read more!

Project for a Village, Inc. began with one mission—to improve the lives of people in rural villages in developing countries. The initiative began in Nepal, a country in dire need of help.  Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world. With one third of the country living below the poverty line, the Project for a Village team realized that what we were able to do in Nepal would go very far.




Project for a Village was officially founded in Spring 2013, however the work in Nepal began three years earlier. Founders Rene and Kathy Perez-Silva, a doctor-nurse/husband-wife team, first visited Nepal in 2011 for a one-time medical-based charity trip. When they returned home, the Perez-Silva’s knew they couldn’t leave it all behind—the country, the culture, the people.  After several trips back to Nepal, Project for a Village was born with the primary goal of providing better access to health care and education.



During their second trip to Nepal, the Perez-Silva’s visited a home in the hills where a young mother had just delivered a daughter.  Dr. Perez-Silva was called there to examine the infant who had a mass on her spine.  After examination, he diagnosed her with spina bifida, a developmental disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube.  It is a terrible disorder, but one that is often preventable with folic acid supplements or prenatal vitamins—something that is hard to come by in Nepal, especially in these rural areas.  Babies born with spina bifida have a difficult life ahead of them.  They will have severe physical disabilities.  But in countries like Nepal, where the care for these afflicted children is lacking, their quality of life is bleaker.



Nepal faces a severe lack of maternal and infant care available to women outside of the larger cities. This has become Project for a Village's focus.  According to the CIA’s “The World Factbook,” Nepal ranks 53rd in Infant Mortality, and 61st in Maternal Mortality, with 4% of children dying before the age of five.  Most causes of death for both mother and child are related to infection, something that is easily preventable with proper and inexpensive care.


This organization is already creating change in Nepal. In the past year, Project for a Village has donated an ambulance so that a women in labor no longer have to make the four-hour walk down a hill to deliver their babies.  We have placed two young women in school to train to be midwives so that when a mother delivers her baby, she does so in a clean and safe environment.  And most recently, we distributed vitamins to the pregnant women in the village so that their children can hopefully have a healthy and happy childhood.




Just last month, Project for a Village sponsored a general health camp in the village of Rupakot, the small town in North-Central Nepal that the Perez-Silva’s family have been visiting since 2011.  967 villagers were seen by Dr. Perez-Silva and his team of 12 Nepali doctors who volunteered their services for the two-day camp.  For many of the patients, this was their first ever visit to a doctor.  Patients of all ages were seen, from babies to a 91-year old, and the range of diagnoses was vast.  In several cases, life-saving interventions were made.


Project for a Village is working to improve the lives of villagers throughout Nepal.  Soon however, we envision expanding our project to villages in need in other countries.

If you are down for Project for a Village's cause use the buttons below to show your support! Or tweet at them at @ProjForAVillage

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30 Days of Made // April 8, 2014

This article was part of our series "30 Days of Made: Giving Back." In an effort to create social change, each day we will highlight one charity or non-profit organization, and provide information on how you can support them by giving back. Click here to read more!

It’s hard to imagine the devastation one feels upon receiving a diagnosis as serious as cancer. Along with the physical pain and suffering, one’s mental, financial, and emotional well-being are all thrown into jeopardy. I know several people who have been affected by breast cancer; my great grandmother, whom I am named after, died from breast cancer when my grandfather was only 18. Families are often left in piles of debt and painful anxiety, after they discover one of their own has received such a diagnosis. Many are unaware of organizations like the Busted Foundation, which “aid[s] those in medically related hardships through financial or educational assistance.” Because of my family history, I know first hand how devastatingly heartbreaking cancer can be, which is why this foundation is so special to me. I am immensely grateful to organizations like the Busted Foundation, who dedicate their lives to helping thousands of women who are affected by breast cancer every day. As they continue to move further through California and onto other states, I’d like to contribute to their growth by spreading the word about the work they do and why they do it.

The Busted Foundation began shortly after the success of Bowling for Boobies, which started in 2004. Terri Lyman, Stefanie LaHart and Edith Speed created the event as a support to Edith while she herself was battling the disease.  Edith underwent a double mastectomy only to be faced with the financial difficulties of paying for treatment, all the while dealing with the debilitating effects of chemotherapy. Edith survived cancer and continues to work with this organization, which was able to raise $70,000 for victims of breast cancer just last year, with bowling events in Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia.


 

While 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, the disease will affect even more women emotionally and financially. The Busted Foundation has positively impacted millions of lives with their mission to educate the public on breast cancer and raise money for victims of the disease.  Along with Bowling for Boobies, the Busted Foundation has helped raise money through events like Beauty for Boobies, Batting for Boobies, and Boobies and Beer. Along with raising money for victims, these fun, community events help spark happiness in the lives of people who are dealing with the devastation of breast cancer-- which is truly invaluable. As we continue our 30 Days of Made campaign, we give thanks to the Busted Foundation for inspiring women to fight breast cancer and giving them the means to do so.


Show Your Support!

If you love the mission of the Busted Foundation show your support by using the buttons below to giving back or volunteer! You can also tweet at them at @BustedFD!



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Monday, 07 April 2014 19:24

Letter From The Made Woman Mag Staff

30 Days of Made Recap

Letter from our Co-Founder and Business Operations Manager, Lindsey Day -- April 7, 2014

As Made Women, giving back is an important part of our lives. But figuring out where exactly to place our energy can be tricky. We hope you've been following along since our 30 Days of Made: Giving Back initiative launched last Tuesday, where we've decided to take it one day at a time.

From health education to empowerment and supporting our youth; the Made Woman team is giving the inside scoop on the organizations they care about most. Get caught up below and learn how you can get involved in a new organization this spring!

Today's organization is called Doing WIT (Whatever It Takes). Read about their mission to support ambitious and entrepreneurial students in taking their passions and skills to the next level -- while benefiting their community, school or the world at large.

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