Thursday, December 16, 2010
Season of Giving: Little Red Door Cancer Agency
In the month of December, I'm going to feature various groups that help those in need (that means I'm posting twice a day!!). I'm not always doing fundraising for them- just bringing attention to groups that I think do important work or may need help. Perhaps you will feel the urge to connect to that group or find something similar in your area that you can volunteer your time and talents. Perhaps you will want to make a donation. Perhaps you will just feel warm and fuzzy knowing that good is being done in the world. See all posts for the Season of Giving ***** Little Red Door Cancer Agency I have never had cancer. To my knowledge, my immediate and close family hasn't had cancer. I've had a great uncle with a brain tumor, a former boss with breast cancer, a mom I met on the internet, my best friend's mom, and many more. Some are survivors and some are not. I've been close to cancer but I haven't been hit hard by cancer. I've witnessed the destruction and pain and damage. Which is why I am so glad there are agencies like the Little Red Door out there. From the website: Fighting cancer is tough enough, but it's even harder when you don't have medical insurance or the resources to afford proper care. Little Red Door Cancer Agency strives to make the most of life and the least of cancer, by reducing the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of cancer for the medically underserved residents of Central Indiana. Reducing Financial Burdens •Free nutritional supplements •Free medical supplies •Free wigs and turbans •Free breast prosthesis/bras •Free transportation to and from chemotherapy and radiation treatments along with follow up appointments •Free screenings to detect breast, prostate, and cervical cancer •Free breast clinical breast exams (CBE's), mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies to further detect the possibiliy of a malignancy after a cancer screening has been performed •Free ostomy supplies •Free incontinence supplies •Free lymphedema supplies Little Red Door is supported by The United Way and by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and by private donations, grants, fundraisers, and bequests. If you are local to Indy, I'd like to encourage you to support Little Red Door through a fundraiser going on right now: Looking for a way to support Little Red Door? Well do we have an opportunity for you! Now through January 15, Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Company will be selling "little red doors" for $1.00 with all benefits going to the agency (doors will be placed in the store for this time period). Even better, Marcie Hubbard herself has agreed to match all proceeds dollar for dollar. Please tell your friends, family, and co-workers to visit Hubbard & Cravens locations at 4930 N. Pennsylvania St. in Indy, 6229 Carrollton Ave in Broadripple, or IU Hospital at 550 North University Blvd in Indy to participate in this limited time program! And if you need some inspiration on why agencies like Little Red Door are important, read the testimonials on their website. The help they provide doesn't just help save lives- they help change and empower lives. One of the really awesome programs that Little Red Door offers is Camp Little Red Door. It's a summer camp located south of Indy and is designed for kids age 8-18 who are living with cancer. The camp offers a chance to receive support and encouragement through the battle, to openly discuss what it's like, and also to let loose and have fun with people who understand what you are going through. I think that has to be a truly amazing experience. If you click on the link above, there is a list of items they would love to have donated. If you are in the Indy or central Indiana area, I encourage you to consider supporting the Little Red Door Cancer agency. If you aren't local, I encourage you to seek out a similar agency. If you contact your local United Way or Komen Foundation, you might be able to get help in connecting to a small agency that provides assistance to those who are underserved in your own community. Perhaps you can make a financial donation, do a product drive in your office or church, or just help spread the word about the good work being done. Special thanks to M.R. for suggesting Little Red Door as a candidate for being featured in my Season of Giving series!