Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Give Hope

Georgia is feeling great and looking forward to some holiday school performances and to Ivy's debut as a mouse in The Nutcracker! She also hit another milestone this week - she got contacts! She's taken to them like a natural and hasn't had a bit of trouble. It's something she's been thinking about for over a year, but she's promised me she won't completely forgo her stylish spectacles - "the look" Mommy has become quite attached to over the past six years! : ) Pictures to follow!

And so, another post, another gift idea:

Give Hope

This year, you have been so supportive of our fundraising efforts. The dollars you have donated will go towards patient services, research, and the quest for the ultimate gift - a CURE! We happily encourage you to continue this mission of hope by making a donation or purchasing items offered by the organizations listed in the sidebar or the cause of your choice. These groups really depend on us to help fund their life-saving work, and there are many ways you can support them and find a wonderful gift for someone on your list as well.

For example, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign has a long list of retail partners donating a portion of sales to fight childhood cancer. You can find everything from gift cards to clothing and candy - all of which benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. LIVESTRONG has holiday cards available on Shutterfly, and several organizations have online gift shops with calendars, t-shirts, and other items that enable you to "give back" and promote the cause at the same time.

Our CureSearch donation page will be up until December 11th and our St. Baldrick's page (the Let's Conquer button in the sidebar) until the 31st. And our dear Dianna, who just ran the White Rock Marathon this weekend (her 10th event this year!), is still fundraising for Team in Training, in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, so you can click on her picture in the sidebar if you'd like to donate. Finally, we can't stress enough the importance of local patient services, so please consider supporting the groups in your communities that are making this journey more bearable for patients and their families.

Thank you to all of these organizations - and thank YOU for supporting them and US this year. A great woman said this recently, and I think it's very fitting for this post, for this day:

I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. - Elizabeth Edwards

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