A Little Help For My Friends

And by friends, I’m referring to the Friends of the Lansing Community Library (FotLCL for short), a nonprofit organization that is member supported and advocates, fundraises and provides critical support for my local library, the Lansing Community Library (LCL for short).  Their mission, which you can choose to accept as well, is to support LCL in providing free and equal access to information for all citizens through donations of time, talent and resources.

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Jeans Day Charity: Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas

hthlogoThis Friday my employer is sponsoring a fundraiser jeans day in support of Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas.  I plan to participate by donating more than the requested minimum of five dollars ($5.00).

This charity provides rent free hosing on a short-term basis in the Wyandotte and Johnson County areas of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.  This housing is combined with financial education and provides a structured program design to assist homeless individuals and families in transitioning to self-sufficiency.

For more detailed information about the Hillcrest Transitional Housing organization, please follow this link.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

— Chinese Proverb

Jeans Day Friday Charity: Purple Peace Foundation

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

Today, my emplo0yer offered us the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser jeans day to benefit epilepsy awareness and fund much needed research.  And this is not the first time my employer supported epilepsy awareness.  The organization to receive our donations collected today is the Purple Peace Foundation.  The mission of the Foundation is to raise awareness about epilepsy and provide support to those living with or affected by epilepsy. Their goal is to raise funds to provide tools which may improve the quality of life for someone living with epilepsy, to support epilepsy research, and to increase awareness and education about epilepsy.


About 50,000 people die in the US each year from Epilepsy (prolonged seizures, SUDEP & seizure-related causes)

Just as a sense of scale . . .

   39,520 die from breast cancer

   15,000 die from prescription overdose

   12,000 die from skin cancer

   10,228 die in drunk driving accidents

Help spread the facts and raise epilepsy awareness!

[Sources: cdc.gov.cureepilepsy.org; breastcancer.org; madd.org; cancer.org]

Epilepsy is among the least understood of major chronic medical conditions.

  • Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages.  This is more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and Parkinson’s disease combined.
  • Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day in the United States.
  • 1 in 3 adults know someone with epilepsy.
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorder are the same thing.
  • There are between 20 and 30 different kinds of seizures.
  • In our metropolitan area, up to 250,000 members may have recurrent seizures at some time during their lives.
  • 1 in 10 people will have a single seizure.
  • The biggest challenge for people with epilepsy is not the disorder itself but the myths, misconceptions and stigma that surround it!

 Please join me in spreading awareness about epilepsy this month.

Walking to Mend Broken Hearts

You can Become a Lifesaver Today!

I am participating in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, and have set a personal goal to raise funds that are needed for critical cardiovascular disease research and education.  I joined a team sponsored by my employer and will walk with them on Saturday, May 19, 2012, starting at nine o’clock in the morning.  I just wish Apollo could join my walk in memory of Roxy.  Instead, I’ll be walking in memory of my grandmother, Doris (Hodge) Andrea, who passed away (congestive heart failure) two years ago this June, on her birthday.   She would have turned ninety this year.

With the click of a mouse you can make a secure, tax-deductible online donation. You will not only be supporting me, you will be funding the fight against the No. 1 killer of Americans. Click here to be taken to my personal donation page.

Did you know that heart disease claims the lives of more people than the next 3 leading causes of death combined? Here is how your online donation will help:

  • $25 gives 50 people educational materials that teach them how to personally reduce their risk of heart diseases and stroke
  • $50 delivers the message of healthy nutrition to elementary school students through lesson plans and activity guides
  • $100 allows one hospital to teach its patients, caregivers, and health professionals about the risks of stroke – the nation’s No. 4 killer

Chances are you or someone you know has a connection to heart disease or stroke – forward this blog post to your friends and family.

Thank you, in advance, for your support!

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support American Heart Association-KS Greater Kansas City

Drink Only Water for Lent

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I don’t often get to listen to the KLOVE morning show these days.  My vanpool riders chat quite a bit, and with yesterday being a federal holiday, there was much to catch up on.  But after I dropped off the last two riders at Crown Center, I turned up the radio just in time to catch the DJs talking about giving up every kind of beverage except water for Lent and taking the money they will save on not purchasing lattes and mochas and sodas and donating it to the Forty Days of Water mission initiative.

40 days to bring clean water to Uganda! Give up that coffee, coke, juice, etc. & only drink water for 40 days. The money saved will go towards clean water wells in Uganda!

KLOVE Morning Show Facebook Status Update 2/21/12

For the details on how to participate in the Forty Days of Water, follow this link.

I haven’t decided if I will participate or not because basically I wouldn’t be giving up anything.  Probably eighty to ninety percent of what I drink every day is water.  If not water, then brewed tea or iced tea that I don’t pay for because I make it myself.  If I could convince Terry to give up Pepsi for Lent, now that would be an accomplishment.

Friday Jeans Day Charity: ALS Association

ALS Association LogoOnce or twice a month, my employer allows employees to wear jeans on a Friday, with the caveat (or a strongly made recommendation) that a minimum donation of $5 is made to a local charity, selected by committee and announced a few days in advance.  A couple of weeks ago, we supported the America Red Cross in response to the Joplin tornado disaster.

Today’s charity is the ALS Association.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also commonly known as ‘Lou Gherig’s Disease.’

Facts You Should Know About ALS

Join me in supporting the ALS Association’s mission to find a cure for Lou Gheri’s Disease and improve the quality of life for all ALS patients.