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50 for 50 Day Fourteen: Livestrong

May 31, 2011

Thanks for stopping by my 50th Birthday Celebration, Day Fourteen.

Here’s what is going on: because I have everything I need, I am asking people to get involved with charities, if they are so inspired, in honor of my birthday. And in honor of caring humanity and all that good stuff.

I will feature a different charity each day for 50 days leading up to my birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. You don’t have to donate or act every day, of course, or at all. But I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. Thank you, my dear friends.

I know that the founder of Livestrong, cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong has recently been in the news because of the never-ending doping allegations that follow pro cycling around like a bad smell.

What ISN’T controversial, though is the good this organization has done. Over 70 million of those yellow rubber LIVESTRONG bracelets have been sold at $1 each, raising money that went for cancer research and to help those with cancer.

From their website: We empower the cancer community to address the unmet needs of cancer survivors. To do so, we encourage collaboration, knowledge-sharing and partnership.

Then, we develop evidence-based solutions to address both the common and unique problems survivors are facing around the world.

Just check out the website for the many programs and resources they offer. No matter what you think about Lance and his cycling career, this is an organization that does a lot of good.

Previously featured organizations:
United Through Reading
Operation Shower
The Liz Logelin Foundation
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Kids Vs Global Warming
Help a Mother Out
Direct Relief International
Accelerated Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Women for Women
Epic Change
Amnesty International

  1. May 31, 2011 20:44

    Did I mention Heifer International? They rock.

    I’m also a big fan of local food banks. With need up so high lately, a local food bank is suggesting just having a food drive any time you have a party. We had 7 girl scouts over for a pool party last weekend, and got 41 lbs. of food. Not a LOT, but I suspect that 41 lbs of food will help some people. The local food bank says that they’re seeing more clients come in who used to be donors. Hard times.

    • June 1, 2011 08:37

      I will keep those in mind. I got granted a goat to give last year and it was great fun.

      Hooray for your food bank party. What a great idea.

  2. May 31, 2011 20:58

    I’m so behind on reading, but I’ve been saving up these posts in my reader because I love this idea so much and I am so interested to see all the wonderful organizations you highlight.

    • June 1, 2011 08:37

      Thank you! The lack of response has been depressing but it helps to hear this.

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