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Watch this video and you will know why I am taking the time to spread the word about Alternating Hemiphegia of Childhood Foundation. (AHCF Kids). I was asked by a Father to support this organization in hopes it will help his son.
Give 265: Day 265
You must be wondering what Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC) is. It is a condition I have never seen or heard of before I watched the video.
AHC is a rare neurological disorder in which repeated, transient attacks of hemiplegia occur, usually affecting one side of the body or the other, It ranges from simple numbness in an extremity to full loss of feeling and movement. The attacks may last for minutes, hours or even days. Triggers for AHC episodes may include environmental conditions, water exposure, physical activities, lights, foods and food dye, emotional response & medications.
How do you possible keep your child away from all of those triggers that could put his/her body into a state of paralysis. There is no cure but there is a group of parents trying to provide support and help find a cure to this rare condition.
AHCF Mission Statement: Our mission is to find the cause(s) of AHC, develop effective treatments and ultimately find a cure, while providing support to the families and children with AHC by funding research to accomplish these goals. Secondarily, we strive to promote proper diagnosis, educate health care professionals, the public and related organizations, encourage the worldwide exchange of information and advance the development of an international database of all AHC patients.
So why would I help an organization I knew nothing about until recently and have no personal affiliation with? My child doesn’t have this condition, why go out of my way to show support?
The answer is simple: I’m a parent and another parent asked me to help. I have realized over the past 253 days of giving there are organizations,. diseases, causes and not for profits I never knew existed all over the world and I can help many of them. I can find a way to give back every day to each of them and so can you.
What if you were able to help get these parents a donation of $250,000 from the Vivint Gives Back Project with just a click and a vote. Will you help another parent that needs our support? Follow this link and give today. One click, one vote shows you support and gives.
Time Commitment: 1 minute
“Me to We is a philosophy, a manual, a manifesto and a movement. It’s about finding meaning in our lives and our world by reaching out to others–thinking we instead of me.”
This is the Me to We philosophy taken directly from their site. Their philosophy “finding meaning in our lives and or world by reaching out to others” is just one of the many reasons I started 365give. Me to We has been recognizing this attribute in people for years. Today they gave me the opportunity to give back to 6 people that all deserve a helping hand to the causes they support.
Day 243: Give 243
If you aren’t familiar with Me to We take a few minutes to look at their site. Marc and Craig Kielburger are changing the world. It all started when Craig was just 12 years old. Now each year the Me to We organization partners with Canadian Living Magazine to hold the annual Me to We Awards, recognizing people all over the country that are true heroes by embracing the Me to We philosophy.
They have 6 categories with a winner in each category. Just click the Take Auction button to vote
- Youth In Action (12 & under)
- Youth In Action (12 – 17)
- Social Action
- In the Community
- Free The Children Youth
All you do is vote for one nominee in each of the 6 categories. I won’t tell you my choices as each candidate is worthy of reading and a vote. Me to We is recognizing the Every Day Heroes in our country. These are the people that are driven by commitment and passion for their cause. They are each winners. One person in each category will be awarded $5000.00 that will be donated to their favourite charity. A winning give all the way around.
Take the time and vote today. Take a few minutes to honour the nominees just by reading their stories. Just maybe one story will inspire you to be an “Every Day Hero” too.
Do you know an Every Day Hero? Tell 365give about your favourite hero by leaving a comment or short story. Every day Heroes deserves to be recognized. Shine a light on your hero today!
Time Commitment: 10 minutes
This weekend COBS Bread (Vancouver locations only) is having an in store event called “The Scone Campaign” to raise funds and awareness for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. It’s an easy give that will taste so good. Go to any COBS Bread location in Vancouver (find one here!) on Saturday, May 28 or Sunday, May 29 and buy a scone. With every scone purchase 50₵ will be donated to Big Brother Big Sisters.
Here is how you enter the contest.
- Take a picture and send it to 365give via email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tweet @365give or @COBSBread while you are at the bakery enjoying your scone and let us know your favourite flavour!
- Facebook 365give or COBS your favourite flavour and how many you bought
- Make a comment right here on the site and share how good it felt to give and enjoy your scone
- You can even make a video and shoot it over. I will feature it on my You Tube channel.
- Heck send me a scone!
One luck winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate from COBS Bread which we will announce on Monday, May 30, 2011!