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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
“There are more than 78,000 children in the care of child welfare organizations across Canada. More than 30,000 of these children have parents whose parental rights have been terminated by the courts. What this usually means is that these children have no permanent family and will live in foster care or small institutional placements until they are legally of age.”
This a quote taken from Canada’s Waiting Kids. I am a parent of one of these children and an opportunity to give came up this morning to support older children waiting to be adopted with Philanthoper.
There are 500,000 children in foster care in the United States. Watch the video to see the facts of a child in care.
For just $1.00 you can change the world.
Give 264: Day 264
I had something else planned for my give today and then I got the daily Philanthroper give and it all changed. Their message hit home and I wanted to make sure I made my $1.00 donation to help children that are waiting far to long for a “forever family”.
I am an adoptive parent. I was blessed to bring my son come home at 11 weeks old from his foster mothers house. His parents gave him up at birth just a few hours after he was born. They called Children and Family Development (our local child welfare program) and told them to bring the papers to sign off their parental rights as they were leaving the hospital. This wasn’t a private or international adoption. My son could have been a child that never had the opportunity to have a forever family. He only spent a short time in foster care (11 weeks) with a wonderful foster mother that cared for him with all her love but it could have been very different. He could have been in foster care for most of his childhood. The challenges he could have faced would be a very long list. So many children in Canada and the US are in the “system” and all they really need is a family that is theirs forever.
“If we have a car accident…a surgery…who do we call?” asks Blechner. “We call our family.”
This quote was taken from Executive Director Maris Blechner who runs Family Focus Adoption Service in the US. I still call my parents for advice and help even at the age of 43. Today’s Philanthroper daily $1.00 give is to support this agency that is trying to get the often forgotten older kids a family. $1.00 could change the world one child at a time. It only lasts for one day so donate today.
Do you have an adoption story you would like to share with 365give? We would love to hear it. Leave a comment and share your story with us.
Time Commitment: 30 seconds
Today is Father’s Day and in honour of my husband and my own Father I wanted to share with you my Top 6 reasons to “give” to your Dad on Father’s Day.
I have also included one simple way to give a gift that your Dad will never forget.
Day 263: Give 263
I will never forget the first few weeks after my husband and I adopted our beautiful little boy. I thought I loved my husband with all my heart until I saw him with our son. I fell in love with him all over again. I knew he would be a great Dad because he had the biggest heart of any man I knew. These Top 6 Reason to “Give” to the Father in your life have been inspired by my husband and how he surprises me everyday with his big heart and love for our son.
1) A Dad’s Love
No matter what time you come home at night, no matter if you made it into med school or not, no matter if you got the executive job: Dad’s will always love you unconditionally.
2) Dad’s Are Heroes:
Dad’s are always a rock in the family. They listen, they give sound advice and for many they are the unsung heroes that every day just keep on giving to their families.
3) Dad as Your Life Teacher:
Your Dad will teach you how to play ball, cut the grass, fish and even have a tea party. He will teach you how to change a light bulb, change the tire on your bike, dance freely to your own beat and feed you an endless amount of “useful” facts about the world. You will learn new lessons from Dad that Mom will never be able to teach you.
4) Dad’s that Give
So many Dad’s volunteer their time as a soccer coach, a chaperone on a class trip, donate money to school projects, through their work – the list goes on. You will learn to give by following your Dad’s lead.
5) Dad’s Provide:
So many Dad’s work so hard so Mom’s can stay home and manage the family. It’s a hard job raising children but carrying the financial load on your shoulders is a huge responsibility that many Dad’s loose sleep over again and again. Every Dad wants to give their children the world.
6) Dad’s Play
There is no bigger child than a Dad. He will get on the ground and wrestle, kick a ball, swing a bat, skate around a rink and ski down a hill if it means just some hard core play time with their child.
To give back this Father’s Day I am giving a special give to my own Father. It was inspired by The Note Project. They believe that a simple note can change a persons life and your own. Not only am I sending my Dad a note on Father’s Day but I am posting it right here so everyone will know what a brilliant Dad I have been blessed with in my life.
Happy Father’s Day. There is no longer anything I can buy for you on Father’s Day that you don’t already have or I haven’t at sometime made or got for you over the years. I have bought you ties, made you mugs, created art and even bought you a pint. This Father’s Day I wanted you to know the impact you have had on my life and I wanted to share with everyone so they too will will know what a great Dad you truly are. It wasn’t until I became a parent myself that I finally realized how hard you worked and how much you love.
Dad you have given me so many wonderful gifts in my lifetime I will carry with me forever. You taught me how to be smart – not only in school but in life. You taught me to do what I love in my life. You taught me to work hard and to believed in it with all I am. You taught me to respect others and myself. You taught me how to paint a fence, hammer a nail, cut the grass, shovel the snow, take the garbage out and fix my own bike. You never treat me any differently because I was a “girl.” You taught me to be self sufficient and strong so I am always able to take care of myself. You taught me to be kind and gracious to others no matter how they treat you. You taught me to give – even if it is the shirt off my back or the last dollar in my pocket – you taught me to give with my heart everyday. That’s what you have done for your life time. You gave every day without thinking about it.
Most of all your taught me what unconditional love truly means. No matter what my choices in my life have been you have been my rock. You never judged me, you gave me guidance when I asked for it and you are always there at the end of the day. You still are. You have taught me how to love my own child. That is the single greatest gift a parent can pass on to their child.
Dad, the words I love you will never be enough to truly tell you how I feel. Thank you will never be enough to say what is in my heart. You are my hero for all you have done in your life and for all you are. Happy Father’s Day.
Much Love & Adoration
Time Commitment: Do what ever it takes to make sure your Dad know’s how you feel