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We're a few days behind, but thank you Danny. Thank you for all that you have done to make this world a better place. You will never be forgotten!

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Today we remember our founder, Danny Thomas. It has been 25 years since he passed away, but his enduring legacy of dedication, determination and compassion continues to live on at St. Jude.

Thousands of children around the world are alive today because Danny dared to dream of a world where “no child should die in the dawn of life.”

Thank you, Danny!
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World Cancer Day

All of us know someone who had died of cancer. All of us. It is the most evil, most destructive, "lives shattering" illness and it steals futures from us every single day. Today, we make the world stand up with one voice, and scream at the top of our lungs ... f*&k cancer!

World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.

There are multiple initiatives run on World Cancer Day to show support for those affected by cancer. One of these movements is #NoHairSelfie, a global movement to have "hairticipants" shave their heads either physically or virtually to show a symbol of courage for those undergoing cancer treatment. Images of participants are then shared over social media. Local events occur throughout the world - check with your local cancer charities for specific events in your area.

#worldcancerday   #cancerawareness   #cancer  
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What an absolutely amazing story. He's 12. Remember that - he's twelve. How much courage did we have at that age?

#couragehome   #courage   #LGBTQ  

h/t to +Jo Anne Thomas for catching my eye with this! Sean
In many ways, 12-year-old Braeden Lange comes across as a regular schoolkid, but when you learn more about his story, he’s anything but ordinary.
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The holiday season is quickly approaching and Make-A-Wish has just the right greeting cards for you to help grant wishes! Choose from various celebrations, designs, and the option to insert your own photo and greeting - http://a.wish.org/mawholidaycards
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How close are we to a world without AIDS?
Watch the +VICE on HBO Special: Countdown to Zero with (RED) co-founder Bono on ‪#‎WorldAIDSDay‬ December 1 at 9PM on HBO.
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Longtime followers will know that I have supported +St. Jude Children's Research Hospital from the very beginning here. Children's heath and welfare is a big reason I started this page.

This is awesome, and very cool of +Jeri Ryan to do this. Help them out!! Thanks, Jeri! xoxoxo

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Hey gang, it’s finally here! My first ever official charity tee. Proceeds from every shirt sold benefit the amazing work of St Jude Children’s Hospital. Available for 2 weeks only and then gone forever! You know you want one ;-) Get yours here: represent.com/jeri
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For 14 kids, this year’s Super Bowl was one to remember! Before taking their seats at the game, wish kids got a behind the scenes tour of Levi’s Stadium, took part in the NFL experience, and met NFL players. Thank you to the NFL and Chris Draft! #SB50  
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Where does your donation go? To supporting health workers around the world who are keeping babies healthy so they get the best start in life. Please give back now so we can help even more babies in the hardest to reach areas of the world: http://ow.ly/W2WRK
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Read this. Please. You might end up saving a life...
 
Project Semicolon: Choosing Not To End Your Sentence...

Early on in my G+ experience, I had some amazing conversations with a young man who had been contemplating killing himself. He lamented that no one was interacting with him here, or listening at all to anything he had said or was writing about. He was deep into the abyss and absolutely borderline suicidal. I wrote him and said I was listening. I would be there for him any time, 24/7. He could write or call, or text - whatever he needed. Whatever he needed, I would be there for him, as long as he continued to let me in to his world. Into his thoughts.I later found out that he had jumped out of that deep abyss and had made a pretty good recovery. He thanked me for being the one person to listen, and I thanked him for being a part of this beautiful world. I don't know where he's "at" today, but my sense is that he lived through that era, and is now thriving. I sure hope so.

I would and will do the same for anyone now. I have a family history of dark depression and it has run deep in some members. It has taken a hard toll on our entire family, and I myself was not immune to these overwhelming thoughts of despair in my early years. Heck, maybe even yesterday. But I love life, and always have. I love the feeling of "what's next" and of the adventures just around the corner. I am a survivor.

During this holiday season, so many people need our help. Sometimes, it's as easy as posting a comment on their post, or reaching out t them via text or a call, but in any case, this is a VERY tough time of year and I encourage everyone to help others where you can, and be open to people who are absolutely desperate. It might only take a few minutes of your time, but you could end up saving someone's life, just by listening, and opening yourself up to their world. Yeah, this season is particularly tough for many people every year, and I hope I can help make a difference to so many more people who are crying out for someone to listen. I WILL listen, and I WILL be there for you -- if you'll let me!


About Project Semicolon

Grammar pedants have long known that punctuation is everything. And even casual language buffs can tell you that commas save lives (surely you’ve seen the ‘Let’s eat Grandma’ vs. ‘Let’s eat, Grandma’ meme). But to thousands who may have never thought twice about a dangling modifier or a misplaced appositive, the semicolon has become their reason for enduring.

Thanks to Amy Bleuel, the often misunderstood symbol has morphed from a simple punctuation mark to a badge of pride for those who struggle with depression, suicide, addiction, anxiety, and self-injury.

Bleuel started the nonprofit movement Project Semicolon in April 2013 to honor her father, who took his own life, and to give voice to her own fight with mental illness. The idea was to encourage anyone haunted by these demons to draw a semicolon on their body, photograph it, and share it on a given day to encourage love and to inspire.

“A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you, and the sentence is your life,” explains Project Semicolon’s website.

Since its inception, Project Semicolon has transformed from a once-off social media initiative into a full-fledged movement and awareness campaign for mental health and suicide prevention. And just as a once-fleeting call-to-action has given way to this more permanent form of activism, people have exchanged the Sharpies that Bleuel initially suggested for permanent ink.

Semicolon tattoos are cropping up everywhere: on wrists, behind ears, above ankle bones, and more. And with them, an outpouring of heartfelt stories, grassroots tattoo-a-thons, and even a fully devoted charity organization called The Semicolon Tattoo Project (TSTP) have followed.

“In a society that often tries to hide mental health issues, we want to push back and show that the more we talk about it, the more people get help,” says TSTP.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s 2014 Behavioral Health Barometer, over 13 million Americans struggled with a serious mental illness, 9.3 million seriously thought about committing suicide, and 17.3 million were dependent on alcohol in 2013.

Even more alarming, though, is the fact that nearly thirty-two percent of people diagnosed with a serious mental illness did not receive treatment in that same year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, many don’t seek proper diagnosis and help because of the stigma attached to this kind of illness.

And that’s exactly what the semicolon tattoo is working to change.

Just as the mark is a sign for readers to pause before continuing on with a sentence, participants have embraced the symbol as a reminder that their story isn’t over yet—and that they should tell it.

Look at the TSTP Facebook page and you’ll find countless people sharing tales of survival and struggle. These brave, honest accounts have started to bring a community together and endow members with the kind of pride that is capable of breaking down stigma.

What’s more, the tattoo has encouraged people to demand recognition for and discussion about illnesses that often skate by under the radar because they are invisible.

Ink has always been a conversation starter, and the semicolon emblem is no different. It’s an opportunity for survivors, those who battle every day, and even supporters to talk to those unacquainted with mental health issues. And as TSTP points out, “The more we talk about it, the more people get the help they need when they need it.”

So, in an age when many of us spend more time tweeting than talking, let alone doing, the semicolon tattoo might just be the most beautiful thing we’ve learned about in a long time (and, yes, we would believe this even if we weren’t such devout grammarians).

#suicide   #suicideprevention   #semicolon   #tattoo   #helpingothers #semicolontattoo   #celebratinglife  

via/ http://www.grammarly.com/blog/2015/why-a-semicolon-tattoo-is-the-most-beautiful-tattoo/
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‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ is finally here and we want to raise $50K TODAY! Make a donation & we'll update you throughout the day on our goal: http://bit.ly/1XE82cQ
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This is the time of year when you can really make a difference - for people, and for great charities and causes. I love reading the stories on +Secret Santa and helping out people who can really use  a helping hand.

Be generous this year, and, as always, help whenever, and wherever, you can!

#secretsanta   #helpingothers  

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Secret Santa starts today!
Add and browse wishlists here: http://goo.gl/EfOCct

Today is Thanksgiving. That means it's the start of the season the spread joy, love, and tell the people who've impacted you that you appreciate them. This year for Secret Santa, we've streamlined our process (and website) to make it easier than ever before.

Here's how it works:
- Go to GPlusSanta.com here: http://goo.gl/EfOCct
- Sign in with Google on the sign up page.
- Add your wishlist with an explanation of why Secret Santa is important to you.
- Search, browse, and gift your friends or a stranger!

Create your Amazon wishlist here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist

find your Amazon wishlist link here:
https://goo.gl/ieCby7

Make sure you add a shipping address! Instructions in this video: http://goo.gl/vCzvWR
or this slide show:
https://goo.gl/KBIW7r

New this year – How-to video on managing your wishlists: http://goo.gl/lUCzLd

If you need any help, remember to + mention Secret Santa or one of our elves:

Kyla Myers - https://goo.gl/eQOZIM
LaDonna Pride - https://goo.gl/adf3Lo
Lori Friedrich - https://goo.gl/PMmkVz

Happy Secret Santa 2015! #GplusSanta #SecretSanta
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Be engaged, help however you can. but for Pete's sake, enough with the trending "prayers." Do something real and tangible for these families who have lost these loved ones...!
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Most of us never knew anyone else on Google+ when we all started. And look at us now. Simple things can make a world of difference when you open yourself up to the possibilities of helping others.

THIS page is all about sharing everyone else's pages, talking about their causes, helping their fundraisers, Kickstarter, and indiegogo campaigns, promoting worldwide charities and global initiatives, and most of all, helping others.

Our Mission: HELPING OTHERS is my broad initiative, and while I know we'll start out small, I have grand visions for producing actual, measurable results with this page. Big or small, national or global - I'm convinced that our community can affect change, and that doing good matters. For all of us. We will continue to find and support all groups and causes that need a little extra push for awareness, or that need help in getting the word out to the stream. As always, our goal is to help others by spreading the word, one post at a time!

If you want to be a part of this page, I'm open to ideas, suggestions, and anyone willing to work hard doing good.

If you have a cause that needs to be promoted, let us know! That's what HELPING OTHERS is all about!



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