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Internet Entrepreneurs Strive For Real Affordable HealthCare

Even with insurance, Steve Barnes’ medical bills now total in the 100,000s of dollars and growing. He is currently institutionalized because insurance will not cover life saving medication if he was home.

Repeatably Steve has had to make decisions that have hampered his recovery because of cost. Basic treatment has been denied because of his inability to pay upfront ($1600 per day).

Steve has already been through 6 brain surgeries with the promise of at least two more. He is struggling with debilitating pain, blood clots, and multiple infections.

A group of heart centered entrepreneurs want to ease the stress the growing medical bills are causing and have created an unbelievable gift pack for anyone willing to make a minimum donation to ease Steve’s financial burden.

By working together we can do what the Affordable Health Care Act has failed to accomplish. We can get Steve the care he needs

For a minimum of $20 each donator will receive…

*Program yourself for Success – audio download from Brad Yates
*Keith Matthew’s Self Mastery Success System
*Synchronicity Expert Nill White’s Decoding Life’s Secret Message Course
*Jodi Chapman’s Coming Back to Life e-course
*Jeff Gignac’s Goal Factory Formula Program
*MindPowerMp3.com’s BraveHeart Instant happiness System
*Dan Bainbridge’s Natural Hypnosis Stress Relief and Relaxation Mp3s
*Lily Jensen’s Manifest Your Dream’s Volume 1

Steve Barnes knows that he has been placed on this earth for a greater purpose. He is ready to stop being a victim of our current health care system. He is ready to do his part to make this world a better place to live.

To learn more and to collect your gift pack visit…
http://evolutionezine.net/support-steve-barnes

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Detroit Lions Running Back Jahvid Best Partners with The Northern California Breathmobile

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best recently partnered with the Northern California Breathmobile®, pledging support and helping to raise awareness for asthma management and treatment in Bay Area children. “My family and I are pleased to work with the Northern California Breathmobile, helping to improve asthma management in children and making it possible for them to lead productive lives,” said Best.

As a child, Best suffered from asthma and has overcome this chronic illness to excel as a football player in college at the University of California, Berkeley and now with the NFL Detroit Lions. Best recently created the Best Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to educate and increase awareness of key issues affecting children, particularly asthma. In October, Best will participate in a charity flag football game on behalf of the Northern California Breathmobile, which will appear on the hit Tyra Banks show, America’s Next Top Model.

“The assistance of the Best Foundation will make it possible for the Breathmobile to help more children with asthma management at schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, as well as in the Bay View/Hunter’s Point area of San Francisco,” said Dr. Washington Burns, Director of the Northern California Breathmobile.

Asthma is a major health concern in the United States. Over 25 million Americans (one in twelve) have asthma. Asthma disproportionately affects low-income populations and the disease can be fatal. Patients, both adults and children, become less productive in school and work when they are afflicted asthma. While there is no cure, patients can learn to manage the disease and as Best demonstrates, lead active, productive lives.

The Breathmobile program is an innovative step forward in reducing asthma disparities by teaching low-income populations to manage asthma. The Breathmobile is a 33-foot Winnebago van equipped to function as a mobile asthma clinic, with pulmonary function testing, skin testing, a health risk assessment system and electronic medical records. The Breathmobile makes regular visits to schools (each school is seen repeatedly, every 4-6 weeks) bringing asthma specialists to evaluate, treat and educate patients and parents about asthma management.

A primary contributing factor to asthma attacks is the environment, with air pollution playing a major role. Other elements include substandard housing, lack of access to healthcare, hereditary factors, and socio-economic status.

Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. is a nonprofit entity organized in 1995. The Center serves as a friendly, helping hand primarily for the community of West Oakland. For more information, visit http://www.prescottjoseph.org.

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Charity Fishing Tourney: A REEL Success

Puerto Vallarta was the destination for anglers and golfers who participated in this year’s BJ’s Restaurants Hook the Cure Tournament powered by IOTEC. The nearly sold-out tournament took place on November 6th and 7th and reeled in a whopping $345,000 NET for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The IGFA-qualifier brought two dozen boats and 40 teams. The competition started on Friday morning as anglers met early at the docks and eagerly awaited the strike of six marking the start of the catch and release competition coordinated by Kim and Ed Moore of Marina-based Charter Dreams.

Weekend festivities included a pre-tournament Mexican fiesta and fireworks show at Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa; Friday night concert by RCA Recording Artist Chris Young who celebrated his #1 song on the country charts; golf at Vista Vallarta’s challenging Nicklaus course; a lively dockside weigh-in party with food and beverage provided by Andale Restaurant and an awards gala and auction, sponsored by American Airlines and hosted by Los Angeles radio personality Shawn Parr. For those that just wanted to relax, Villa Premiere’s world-class spa was just a few steps away. Puerto Vallarta rental agency, PVRPV, provided volunteers for the festivities.

As excited spectators and sponsors filled the Marina, most boats made it in by five in anticipation of the results. The team of Tom Paige and Jon Louis were rewarded with a 2010 IGFA Offshore World Championship entry in Cabo San Lucas as OVERALL CHAMPIONS with five dorado and seven released sailfish. Lucille Zabel and Lydia Francis captured the coveted MOST RELEASED BILLFISH award while Craig Porpoat and David Bales garnered the BIGGEST DORADO AWARD and Anchorage’s Kris Kile took home the CHAIRMAN’S AWARD. Awards were donated by Gray’s Taxidermy of Puerto Vallarta.

According to Bob Huston and Jeff Jennison, 2009 event chairmen, $1.3 million NET was generated for cystic fibrosis patient care, research and education since the tournaments inception just four years ago. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 40,000 people in the United States and Mexico. A defect in the CF gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that leads to chronic, life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955, few children lived to even attend elementary school. Today because of research and care supported by the CF Foundation with money raised through donations from families, corporations and foundations the median predicted age for people with CF is nearly 37 years.

In addition to BJ’s Restaurants and IOTEC, significant financial support was provided by Norm Wilson and Sons, O’Connell Family Foundation, Toshiba, Watson Land Company, Ron and Ann Hallagan, Toshiba, Millie and Severson, William Close Family and Lee & Associates.

Plans are underway for the Fifth Annual Hook the Cure slated for early-November 2010. Information about the ultimate fishing, golf and spa adventure benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is available by contacting Gary Green, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Director of Corporate Development, at (714) 494-4623 in the US or 322 150-7214 in Puerto Vallarta. A new Hook the Cure website will be unveiled shortly at www.hookthecure.com and will feature an interactive photo gallery thanks to Nuevo Vallarta resident and award-winning photographer Jay Ailworth.

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The Great Homecoming and Bill Partridge Retirement Celebration will be held November 13th at the Azleway Boys’ Ranch Training Center

A Great Homecoming and Retirement Celebration is scheduled for November 13, 2009 at the Azleway Boys’ Ranch Training Center, 158992 County Road 26, Tyler Texas. Founder and CEO of Azleway, Inc., Billy M. Partridge, will be retiring after 30 years of service and dedication to the needy children of East Texas. Bill started Azleway with only seven children. Today, Azleway serves more than 1,000 abandoned and abused children a year from over ninety Texas counties.

Everyone is welcome to share in the love that this great man has brought to Azleway. Former children of Azleway, current and former employees, current and past board members, donors, sponsors, friends, family and acquaintances are all invited for an evening of refreshments, appetizers and memories. Presentations will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Donations are currently being accepted to build the Bill and Dana Partridge Boys’ Cottage at Azleway Boys’ Ranch. $160,000 is needed to complete the cottage that will house ten boys in need of the love, care and attention that they so dearly need in their lives.

About Azleway
The mission of Azleway is to provide a home, school and treatment opportunities with intervention and prevention strategies to children and their families from a faith based perspective in order to increase their abilities to succeed in life.

For more information about Azleway or to donate to the Bill and Dana Partridge Boys’ Cottage Fund contact Aleta Lewis at (903) 566-8444 ext. 212 or see our website at www.azleway.org.

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Gala Bingo Is Launching A Fundraising Everest Game To Support Its Team Of Intrepid Employees Who Are Gearing Up To Trek To Everest Base Camp For Charity In October

It is hoped the extreme challenge, which will see a 24-strong team of employees trek 75 miles and ascending 2700 metres up the world’s highest mountain, will raise £100k for Gala Coral’s group-wide charity Sue Ryder Care.

The Everest trek is just one of a number of ongoing initiatives by Gala Coral Group, that aims to raise £1million by 2010 for the charity, which provides expert and compassionate care to people living with conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke and Huntington’s Disease.

The game started on 27 August and runs for eight weeks, with 10% of ticket sales from the new Everest online bingo game going towards the fundraising total. The game takes place weekly on a Thursday evening at 19.25 (GMT).

Paul Woodward, chief executive at Sue Ryder Care, said: “We’re delighted that a group of employees have volunteered to trek to Everest Base Camp to help raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Care. We hope as many people as possible support their fundraising effort through the dedicated bingo game. By supporting Sue Ryder Care, people across the country help us make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people we care for each year.”

The adventurous trek, which can cause mountain altitude sickness, DVTs and dehydration, will commence at Lukla on October 16 and finish at Everest Base Camp on November 3.

About Gala Bingo
Gala Bingo is part of Gala Coral Group’s Remote Gambling division. This division is responsible for the development, management and operation of the Group’s E-Commerce activities in the UK and worldwide through Coral.co.uk, Eurobet.com, galabingo.com and Galacasino .co.uk.

About Sue Ryder Care
Sue Ryder Care is a leading healthcare charity providing specialist palliative, neurological and community based services.

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npower Sponsored Basketball Team, Worcester Wolves, Will Be Making Their Opponents Green With Envy As They Revamp Their Warm-Up Strip And Shoot For Macmillan In A Charity Fundraiser Match

The team has joined with club sponsors npower in becoming a lean, green, fighting machine, raising awareness and vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support when they meet the Sheffield Sharks at their last home game of the season on 19th April. The game tips at 4pm at the Wolves’ home venue at the University of Worcester.

Fans will be invited to join in the fun, with giant Macmillan foam hands and Macmillan merchandise on sale, a blind auction and a shoot-out for a pound per play at half-time, with proceeds going to the cancer charity.

In addition to the fundraising activity, npower has pledged to donate £50 for every three pointer scored during the match by the Worcester Wolves.

Worcester Wolves’ head coach, Skouson Harker, said: “We are delighted to be able to back such a worthwhile cause. The team is busy gearing up to go out on court in green, and hard at work to make sure we get the most out of npower’s three-pointer pledge.”

Spokesperson for Macmillan, Emily Leggett, said: “This charity match is an ideal way to get our messages out to the community about the range of services we offer to help people affected by cancer. With as little as a pound, we can make sure our information reaches one more person, and that could make all the difference.”

As club sponsor and partner to Macmillan, npower has previously worked with the Wolves in a range of fundraising initiatives, including coffee mornings and sporting events.

Carol Hart, community involvement manager at npower, said: “We will be rooting for the Wolves on Sunday as they raise money for Macmillan, and hopefully win the match, by racking up those three-pointers.”

1. Macmillan Cancer Research has been npower’s charity partner since 2004, with a partnership valued at £2.6 million.

2. Worcester Wolves club sponsor npower is the supplier of green energy to Wembley Stadium and the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. npower also sponsors the Test Match Series in England, Women’s Test Series, the Twenty20 Cup and the Village Cup.

About npower:
npower, sponsors of the 2009 npower Ashes Series, is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK.

RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

The npower Active programme, which is run in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Silver Big Tick’ by Business in the Community.

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LV= Insurance And Investment Group Employees Donating Used Mobile Phones To Aid The Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity

LV= insurance and investment group employees have successfully broken a Guinness World Record by collecting 952 used mobile phones in just one week and then donating them all to aid the Great Ormond Street children’s charity.

The mobile phones were collected by 3,800 LV= employees across 28 LV= sites around the UK, and will be recycled or refurbished for re-use. All the money raised by recycling the mobile phones will go to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital ‘Kiss It Better’ Appeal. This national charity raises money to help children with cancer.

LV= also announced a further boost for the appeal as it stated that LV= will be matching pound for pound all of the money raised by the recycling or reuse of these the mobile phones.

The certificate confirming the achievements was gratefully received by LV= Group Chief Executive Mike Rogers on behalf of all the employees, and was presented by the Guinness World Records’ Adjudicator Frank Chambers.

Mike Rogers, LV= Group Chief Executive, said: “This initiative has really captured the imagination of our employees. The spirit they have shown in rummaging around at home for all their old mobiles, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, has been outstanding. One person alone brought in 15 old mobiles. Of course it’s great to be a Guinness World Record holder, but it is far more rewarding to know that the efforts of our employees will significantly help Great Ormond Street’s ‘Kiss It Better’ Appeal and make a difference to those children who need it most.”

 

About LV=
LV= is a trademark of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) and LV= is a trading style of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies. The new LV= brand identity was launched in March 2007. LV= insurance and investment group employs around 3,400 people, serves around 3.5 million customers and members, and manages around £7 billion on their behalf. We are also the UK’s largest friendly society (Association of Friendly Societies Key Statistics 2008, Total Net Assets) and a leading mutual financial services provider. Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and entered on the Financial Services Authority Register No. 110035. LVFS is a member of the ABI, AMI, AFS and ILAG. Registered address: County Gates, Bournemouth BH1 2NF.

Upcoming Forum To Highlight Parkinson’s Advocacy

The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) will host its annual Research & Public Policy Forum on March 15-17 in Washington, D.C. It’s a chance for one of PAN’s state coordinators to continue an advocacy she bolstered with her wildly successful book.

Kay Mixson Jenkins is the south Georgia state coordinator for PAN and the founder of Parkinson’s in the Park. She is also a published author whose book, Who Is Pee Dee? Explaining Parkinson’s Disease to a Child, was recently purchased for overseas distribution. 

The book follows a boy named Colt and his toy panda bear, Pee Dee, as they seek to understand the chronic illness and its effects on Colt’s mother. The book has drawn praise from Parkinson’s advocates and patients alike.

“I’ve heard from people all over the country who have told me that prior to reading the book, their children never asked them about their Parkinson’s,” says Ms. Jenkins. “I had one gentleman call me from Illinois to tell me that his godson had bought him a stuffed bear to comfort him during a hospital visit.”

Ms. Jenkins says the forum is a good way for Parkinson’s patients to lobby their representatives, a battle she says sometimes feels hopeless. 

“We’ve struggled for years to convince our legislators to dedicate more money to research,” says Ms. Jenkins, “They’ve watched us just deteriorate each year and you can’t move them.”

Ms. Jenkins will not be attending the PAN forum in Washington, D.C. because her husband is battling cancer. It will be the first time she has missed the event since 2002. Ms. Jenkins was diagnosed with PD at the age of thirty-four and has been an advocate for research and patient support since then. Her book, which was published by the pharmaceutical company UCB, has gained a following among families touched by the disease.

Who Is Pee Dee? includes resources for Parkinson’s patients and valuable lessons for their children, including:

• An easy-to-understand explanation of the disease 
• Examples of how loved ones might be affected by the disease 
• Encouragement and reinforcement that the children have done nothing wrong 
• Fun ways in which children can help their loved ones feel better

“There will be five advocates from Georgia going to the forum,” says Ms. Jenkins.“We’re going to keep trying to change the legislators’ minds.” 

Kay Mixson Jenkins is the Georgia state co-coordinator for the Parkinson’s Action Network, leads the Effingham County Parkinson’s support group and was selected as a Parkinson’s patient advocate for UCB, Inc. 

For more information, contact the author directly via kmj@ParkinsonsInThePark.org.

(Who Is Pee Dee? Explaining Parkinson’s Disease to a Child by Kay Mixson Jenkins; illustrated by Richard Morgan; ISBN: 978-0-9819129-0-5; $12.95; 33 pages; 8” x 8”; hardcover; UCB, Inc.)

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Thomas Sanderson has revealed the details of its charity work undertaken in 2008 and unveiled some of its planned activities for 2009

Thomas Sanderson has revealed the extent of its charitable contributions made in 2008, with the company rasing a total £10,000 for worthy causes last year, and has pledged to continue it activities throughout 2009.

Charities including Children with Leukaemia, The British Heart Foundation, Make a Wish Foundation and Sports Relief were among the charities that benefitted from the fundraising efforts of Thomas Sanderson in 2008 and the company is looking forward to providing more charity support throughout 2009.

Overall the company helped raise £10,000 through a variety of pursuits to be shared between several different charities. Among the fundrasing activities were a Christmas dress up day and raffle in aid of the Salvation Army and Samaritans, Jeans for Genes days, a wear something pink day in support of the nationwide breast cancer awareness campaign, as well as a Power FM sponsored football tournament to help disadvantaged local children.

The charities that received donations from Thomas Sanderson during 2008 were chosen by members of staff and others connncted to the business, while requests for donations from the charities themselves are also considered. The requests were then brought up during monthly charity meetings, where the supporting material of each charity was read, with requests for support being granted to the most popular organisations, as voted by the members of the company.

The Thomas Sanderson charity team is now looking forward to the new year and will be continuing to donate to worthy causes throughout 2009, with plans currently afoot for Thomas Sanderson to assemble a team to participate in the Three Peaks challenge, which involves climbing the three highest mountains in the UK in 24 hours, in July in support of breast cancer.

About Thomas Sanderson:
Since 1991, Thomas Sanderson has grown from a family run business to an international company offering products and services throughout the UK and Ireland. The company is Europe’s largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory blinds in addition to supplying window blinds, window shutters and patio awnings.

Thomas Sanderson has remained true to its roots, offering a local service and continuing to make its relationship with each and every customer its main priority. The company takes pride in ensuring the standards of service on offer match the high standards of its products.

Established as the market leader for over 17 years, Thomas Sanderson now offers businesses the opportunity to be associated with a national company, backed by local service. Thomas Sanderson has developed ‘refer and reward’ partnerships with over 1300 home improvement specialists, allowing them to offer their customers a complete range of products that add the finishing touches to any home improvement project, and with minimum fuss.

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Classic Checks helps support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the release of the new Ribbon of Hope Bears. Each bear is wearing a white t-shirt that features the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon

Classic Checks is known for check designs that support charitable organizations and meaningful causes. Whether consumers support Defenders of Wildlife or The Lupus Foundation of America, Classic Checks provides beautiful personal checks to support wonderful foundations. The Ribbon of Hope Bears will be an outstanding addition to the existing product line and a cheerful way to help prevent breast cancer.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to save lives through increased awareness of breastcancer and its signs and effects. By providing mammograms to those in need and spreading educational tools, The NBCF has made many patients become survivors. Through relationships with medical and research organizations as well as with individuals and communities, NBCF has raised money to help find treatments and research a cure for breast cancer. The NBCF provides the strength and will to win the tragic battle with breast cancer.

Classic Checks has proudly support The National Breast Cancer Foundation since 2004, offering the Ribbon of Hope personal checks and accessories. The new Ribbon of Hope Bears are an excellent addition to the current product line, offering customers another way to support such an important mission. The bears stand approximately eleven inches tall and come dressed in a white T-shirt featuring the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.

About Classic Checks:
Since 1995, Classic Checks has been helping consumers support charitable causes. By offering beautiful check designs, Classic Checks helps consumers spread the word about their favorite organizations. Visit Classic Checks’ website to see which foundation you can support.

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As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is sponsoring walks all over the United States. To help raise money for research and awareness, Custom Direct is joining in this walk and accepting donations for The American Cancer Society.

As a company that is very involved in the community, Custom Direct is extremely happy to have its employees, under team leader, Jackie Urlahs, participating in this event. With approximately twenty employees along with friends and relatives participating, Custom Direct has already raised over $2000 andthe number keeps rising. To show its true appreciation for the cause and goodwill of its employees, Custom Direct has donated $500 to The American Cancer Society through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that will take place on October 26, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a cause solely based on donations. Founded by four women, two of whom are breast cancer survivors, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raised over $50 million in 2007 alone to be used for breast cancer research, increasing education and awareness, ensuring that women have access to mammograms and continual care, providing free programs, and bettering the quality of life of those battling breast cancer. Additionally, almost 500,000 people from over 130 communities across the country participated in the walk last year. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a wonderful way to provide hope and heighten awareness about this tragic disease.

With a momentum building in donations and the enthusiasm for the walk growing, Jackie Urlahs had this to say about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, “I’m really excited to see the response in participation from our associates, and I’m very proud of the amount we’ve raised in such a short time. I’m hopeful that we will continue to participate in this walk on an annual basis and raise the bar each year.”

About Custom Direct:
Offering an array of products, Custom Direct is an environmentally friendly company that has been operating since 1992. Initially only producing checks, Custom Direct has grown to produce other stationary products, custom designed and printed products, and anti-fraud services.

 

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H.Samuel launches new campaign to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

H.Samuel, the UK’s favourite High Street Jeweller, is launching a range of gifts and jewellery during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, the UK’s leading breast cancer charity.

The selection of hand picked gifts with an element of pink includes watches, collectibles and jewellery andeach product will carry a 10% donation to Breakthrough. In addition, all proceeds f r o m H.Samuel in-store collection boxes, pink ribbon pins and phone charms will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, to help the charity continue its vital breast cancer research, campaigning and education work.

Breast cancer is the number one health concern for women in the UK. Over 1000 women die of breast cancer in the UK every month and 1 in 9 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. But the good news is that more women than ever in the UK are surviving breast cancer thanks to better awareness, better screening and better treatments and Breast Cancer Awareness Month represents a key time of year, when the focus on breast cancer is at its highest.

To help Breakthrough achieve its vision of a future free f r o m the fear of breast cancer, it needs to raise at least £25million each year to fund its vital research, campaigning and education work, including the work that takes place at its dedicated breast cancer research centre in London and at the three new research units it’s opening in Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

Jeff Jones, H Samuel Brand Manager said: “H Samuel jewellery is about real people and their stories and Breakthrough is a natural charity for the brand to support. We hope our eye-catching items will help raise awareness of breast cancer as well as raise vital funds for this worthy cause that affects the lives of so many people in the UK”

The Pink Range at H.Samuel is a diverse collection, including the Swarovski crystal With You Kris Bear, Pink Casio Digital Watch, Citizen Stone-Set Bracelet Watch and a 9ct White Gold Cubic Zirconia Ring.

About H. Samuel H. Samuel has over 350 stores and a trading website at www.hsamuel.co.uk. with a wide range of branded watches, jewellery, collectibles and gifts for all occasions, offering something for every taste and style. H. Samuel is part of the Signet Group, the world’s largest speciality retail jeweller.

About Breakthrough Breast Cancer: Breakthrough Breast Cancer is the UK’s leading charity committed to fighting breast cancer through research, campaigning and education.

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After only 3 months since the loss of their son, the Tiegers have raised over $10k for stillbirth awareness and research

Imagine you or someone in your family went to the hospital expecting to deliver a baby, just to find out that the baby was dead.

Stillbirth devastates 83 families everyday in this country. Nearly 1 in 100 births will result in stillbirth. There are more stillbirths every year than all causes of infant death combined – including SIDS. It is for thesereasons and many more that Jeff and Lori Tieger of Staten Island, NY created Daniel’s STAR (The Daniel Ian Tieger Fund for STillbirth Awareness and Research). The organization is named for their son Daniel Ian Tieger, who was born still on February 8, 2007 just 7 days shy of his due date.

Daniel’s STAR raises money for the MISS Foundation, a national volunteer based non-profit organization committed to providing crisis support and long term aid to families after the death of a child from any cause. All of the money raised will fund MISS programs for research and public education of stillbirth. MISS boasts a 7% administrative cost so 93 cents of every dollar will actually go to its intended location.

Daniel’s STAR is hosting their first annual Shining STAR Golf Classic Monday July 30, 2007 at LaTourette Golf Course in Staten Island, NY. Registration is now open and spots are filling fast. For only $150, players will enjoy lunch before tee off, various challenges throughout the event, and a BBQ Awards Dinner to present prizes to the challenge winners. In addition to the golf classic, Daniel’s STAR will be host the first annual Memorial Walk in the Park tentatively scheduled for early October. “We just want to spread the word and give this issue the long overdue attention it deserves”, said Lori Tieger.

In the 3 months since they lost their son, the Tiegers have been responsible for raising over $10,000 for stillbirth research and awareness. “Just as any parent would do anything within their power for their child, this is all we could do for ours”, Jeff Tieger said. In addition to fund raising, the Tiegers have been back and forth to Albany meeting with legislators and lobbying for the MISSing Angels Bill. This bill provides a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth. Currently New York and most other states do not provide any recognition of the existence of stillborn babies, or the birth process that they and their mothers endured. Along with the other parents at the meetings, the Tiegers were responsible for the first movement of the bill since it was introduced into the New York State Government in 2003.

For more information about Daniel’s STAR, their community events, or the MISSing Angels Bill, contact Daniel’s STAR.

 

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