From the Tutu Project website:
"The mission of The Tutu Project is to raise funds to cover the cost of self-publishing Ballerina. It’s also the story of doing good while doing well; Ballerina is a book all about a man, his pink tutu and raising funds for women with breast cancer. The Tutu Project began in 2003 as a lark. I mean, really, think of it. Me
photographing myself in a pink tutu, how crazy is that? But nine years ago my wife, Linda, and I moved to the East Coast and, as odd as it may sound it, the self-portraits proved to be a perfect way of expressing myself. Why? Because even though the move was exciting, exhilarating, and inspiring, it was 180 degrees from what I knew. So I took the old, mixed it in with the new, and kept the tutu handy. Six months after the move, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She beat it, only to have it recur in 2006. During these past nine years, I’ve been in
awe of her power, her beauty, and her spirit. Oddly enough, her cancer has taught us that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing—no, the only thing—we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others. read more here...
This guy is a gem :)
Bald and Beautiful Dolls
From the Bald and Beautiful website:
The Beautiful and Bald Movement has been the main force in convincing
two major toy companies to produce bald dolls in support of children living with hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, trichotillomania and other auto-immune diseases. We started the Facebook page Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let's see if we can get it made. This gained support extremely fast, as we spread across social media and by early January had hit the media in TV, print and online across the world. We and our supporters stayed steady and firm in our expression that a bald fashion doll would make a possitive difference in the lives of millions of children.
Go here now people! http://www.facebook.com/BeautifulandBaldBarbie
Lauren's Hope Medical ID bracelets
Who Is Lauren?
From the Lauren's Hope website:
Lauren Philips is an active 21 year old. She also has diabetes. Unfortunately, like many diabetes patients her age, she refused to wear a potentially life-saving medical ID bracelet. Why? Because "it's ugly and it draws attention to my illness." Lauren's mom realized the potential danger Lauren could be in with out her medical alert tag. So, she asked us to design Lauren a new stylish medical alert bracelet she would feel comfortable wearing. The rest is history!"
go here http://www.laurenshope.com/ see the very cool bracelets!
Why Me & Sherry's House
From the Why Me website:
The Why Me organization was conceived and created by 13-year-old Sherry Shepherd
during her four year battle with cancer. She was the very first patient at the
University of Massachusetts Medical Center when they first opened their
pediatric oncology department. Sherry found many wonderful ways to lift the spirits of her fellow cancer patients as a means to ease their suffering. During her struggle with cancer, she became an inspiration to all who knew her, especially the other children being treated for cancer that she met. In the last months of her life, Sherry became determined to do something that would have a lasting value in the community to help children with cancer. With the help of her dad, she founded the non-profit organization WHY ME, which stands for Worcester Help for Youth, Memories Everlasting. go here now to learn more: http://www.whyme.org/
TOMS ONE FOR ONE SHOES
From the TOMS website: One for One Movement
In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.
Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:
•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted
diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a
required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to
school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential. Go here http://www.toms.com/ for more info and buy a pair! SO COOL!
Soap 2 Save
This great cause is a local one!
I have already purchased my soap from Soap2Save. For every bar of soap you buy, one bar is donated to a child in need.
Soap 2 Save is a soap company with a mission to save lives. They sell all
natural soap and for every bar you buy they donate a bar to a child in need. Soap2Save was founded in 2012, in Hingham, Massachusetts by Zack