The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause — social, political, cultural, or other — you passionately believe in? Tell us how you got involved — or why you don’t get involved.
I am a very strong advocate for raising awareness. If there’s a way I can help, I’m all for it. More often than not, I send emails to my entire family, letting them know of specific foundation. My family is good like that. We all donate. And some even forward the email to friends, helping to raise awareness. I wanted to do a BBQ over the summer to raise awareness for Scleroderma, but the summer flew by, Now I’ve got 2 weeks left to get my son back into a routine of going to bed early and waking up early, and I have to go out and get all of his school supplies as well as a new wardrobe as he grew at least 3 inches over the summer.
Last school year, my son painted his fingernails pink in October, to support breast cancer awareness month. It was HORRIBLE!! He got bullied and pushed around, and came home in tears (I was waiting for that, but he insisted). I calmed him down and went to get the nail polish remover. When I came out with it, he said, “I’m not taking it off!” I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock. He was wearing it to raise awareness AND to honor his 2nd cousin who has won the battle of breast cancer. Well, at the end of the day, one of his teachers had heard of the incident, and returned to school the next day with HIS nails painted pink. The story made the evening news. My son didn’t get any recognition, but that’s not was he was after. He had a message to send and he did it. Now, because of him, how many more people know it’s breast cancer awareness month simply because they heard his story on the news? Well, my guess is thousands of people watch the news, so his message was spread far greater than he initially intended. I can’t wait to see what this October brings!
I am leading by example, and obviously doing something right. I love my son. But I also love helping those in need. A girl I went to school with has a daughter who was diagnosed with cancer. We were friends again on Facebook, but since I deleted my account, there was no way for me to get in touch with her to see if there was anything I could do. So, when I heard there were #Team Kamren bracelets for sale, all proceeds go toward cancer research and Kamren’s treatment, I bought a bracelet 2 adult bracelets, 2 kid bracelets, and then a bracelet for each child in her class at school. When I can, I give. It’s the BEST feeling in the world!!
So, I am on a mission to raise awareness for Scleroderma. Any advice from any of you already active in the “Raising Awareness” scene? I’m a newbie and wouldn’t even know how to get started. Thanks in advance!!
~Kate…an advocate for raising awareness, Kate.