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Old 08-09-2007, 07:37 PM   #1
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Which charity for the DS raffle?

Tell us who you want to be the recipient of the DS charity raffle!

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas and opened in 1962. It is supported primarily by funds from volunteer contributions raised by ALSAC. The national fund-raising organization established by Danny Thomas for the purpose of funding St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude also receives assistance from federal grants (mainly through the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute), insurance and investments. St. Jude, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world's premier research centers. The institutions mission is to find cures for children with catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Research efforts are directed at understanding the molecular, genetic and chemical bases of catastrophic diseases in children, identifying cures for such diseases and promoting their prevention. Research is focused specifically on cancers, acquired and inherited immunodeficiencies and genetic disorders. The current basic and clinical research at St. Jude includes work in gene therapy, bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy, the biochemistry of normal and cancerous cells, radiation treatment, blood diseases, resistance to therapy, viruses, hereditary diseases, influenza, pediatric AIDS and psychological effects of catastrophic illnesses.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded on a promise made between two sisters; Susan G. Komen and Nancy Brinker. Suzy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978, when it was rarely discussed in public and little was known about the disease. Before she died at the age of 36, Suzy asked her sister to do everything possible to bring an end to breast cancer. Nancy kept her promise by establishing the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1982 in Suzy's memory. Over twenty years later, the Komen Foundation is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs. Working through a network of U.S. and international Affiliates and Komen Race for the Cure events, the Komen Foundation is fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research grants, supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world, and delivering the life-saving message of early detection to hundreds of thousands of women and men. Today, we celebrate the power of a promise and how a single person's vision can make a difference in the lives of millions.

La Leche League International, Inc
Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Miracle Flights For Kids
Our mission is to improve access to health care by providing free air transportation to hospitals across America for low income families; to promote awareness of our services throught targeted outreach programs; to enlist the help of community-minded people through strategic calls to action; to promote the spirit of volunteerism.

Make A Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 77 chapters in the U.S. and its territories and 27 international affiliates on five continents. Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 110,000 wishes worldwide. A 7-year-old boy named Chris Greicius, who dreamed of becoming a police officer for a day, inspired the creation of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Officers of the Arizona highway patrol made his wish come true on April 29, 1980. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is funded primarily through corporate and private donations. Requests for wishes come from parents or guardians, medical professionals, and children themselves. The fulfillment of a wish creates a magical moment for children, families, and everyone involved in a wish. It is the organization?s vision that people everywhere will share the power of a wish.

March of Dimes
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation has a 68 year track record of providing cutting edge research and innovative programs that save babies from birth defects, prematurity, low birth weight and infant mortality.

Child Quest International, Inc
Started by a group of volunteers in 1990, Child Quest focuses on two vital aspects of child safety ? prevention and recovery. Child Quest believes education is an essential element in keeping our youth safe. Providing awareness and safety education to children, teens, pre-teens, and parents is the foundation for our goal to stop child victimization. Beyond that, we are here to assist law enforcement and searching families in location and recovery efforts in the horrific event that a child does go missing.

Love Our Children USA
Love Our Children USA is the leading national nonprofit that honors, respects and protects children. Its mission is to break the cycle of violence against children. Love Our Children USA has become the go-to prevention organization for all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S. It works to eliminate behaviors that keep children from reaching their potential. It redefines parenting by promoting prevention strategies and positive changes in parenting and family attitudes and behaviors through public education. Love Our Children USA works to empower and support children, teens, parents and families through information, resources, advocacy, and online youth mentoring. Its goal is to keep children safe and strengthen families -- it's message is positive ... one of prevention and hope.

Autism Coalition for Research and Education, Inc.
What: The Coalition is a non-profit tax exempt association of nationally recognized autism organizations and support groups that endeavor to collaborate on fundraising projects that will finance crucial autism research and educational services. The Autism Coalition will act as an organizational hub, efficiently leveraging the combined resources of its members and accelerating the fundraising process for essential biomedical and applied research. Who: The Autism Society of America, the ASA foundation, Cure Autism Now, the National Alliance for Autism Research, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation and other established non-profit organizations are the founding members of this consortium. These established groups represent the backbone and guiding lights for biomedical research, political activism and act as public awareness engines for the autism community and the public at large. Why: By communicating with one voice, the goals and needs of the autism community, our maximum fundraising potential will be achieved. By cross-referencing and aggregating the community's resources this consortium can attain exponentially superior financial results and a higher level of public awareness. Our objective is to achieve the visibility and financial success commensurate with causes that may be better known but are certainly not more deserving than autism. The Autism Coalition believes the children, adults and their families, who are saddled with this misunderstood disorder, deserve a concerted and effective effort that will speed the research process and make the possibility of a cure in their lifetime a reality. How: We endeavor to weave a fully encompassing network, both inside and out of the autism community and leveraging that network to produce unprecedented results. Utilizing nationally coordinated fundraising initiatives with appeals to both corporate and public America through extensive use of all available mediums.

(sorry, had the wrong name up for the last option!)
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