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CURED Foundation

CURED Foundation

In January 2003, our daughter, Jori, was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Disease.
It took a long time to make that diagnosis. Her red blood levels showed that she was malnourished. She had a lot of stomach aches and nausea. The doctors believed she had Celiac disease. She eventually had an endoscope and when they scoped her they found her stomach filled with inflammation, polyps and severe bleeding.

We had no idea where to turn to. So little was, and still is, known about the illness that we spent hundreds of hours researching where to go and what to do. We have found some solace through support groups and our journey has brought some wonderful people into our lives.

The one thing we could not grasp was that there is no cure for Eosinophilic disease. And there is little treatment. This has been the hardest part of all– feeling helpless and watching our daughter suffer.

>And so began our journey of starting a foundation. With energy and determination that we did not know we had, we elicited the help of family and friends. Within a year, CURED was founded. As it’s name suggests, Campaign Urging Research for Eosinophilic Disease we are committed to finding a CURE for Eosinophilic disease.

We are still amazed at the wonderful response we have gotten. We began CURED at our kitchen table in a northwest suburb of Chicago. We now operate fundraisers across the country. And we are still growing thanks to so many people who have shown how much they truly care.

Thank you for your support.

Ellyn & Fred Kodroff

The CURE Foundation

The CURE Foundation

The CURE Foundation is a vehicle powered by the energy of giving. It provides Canadians from all walks of life the opportunity to contribute to the fight against breast cancer through participation in its event, National Denim Day. They then become part of the community that makes a difference, and discover how enjoyable and fulfilling it is to be part of the solution.

Breast cancer does not discriminate.

 In order to reflect this truth, the Foundation wanted to reach out to the grass roots population of Canada and make them aware that they could also be important participants in the fight against breast cancer. National Denim Day was chosen as the CURE Foundation’s fundraising event because jeans are universal attire, worn by Canadians regardless of their social economic status.

The donations received from hundreds of thousands of Canadians are what fuel the Foundation and enable it to move forward and fulfill its mission - to provide the financial support necessary to create resourcesthat will improve the outcome for those affected by breast cancer.

MISSION

The CURE Foundation is a national foundation that provides funding for basic and clinical research for breast cancer. Our mission is to work in tandem with women and men, health professionals, other foundations and Canadian teaching hospitals to improve the outcome for those affected.

The CURE Foundation strives to raise breast cancer awareness among Canadians and help explore all possible avenues in the fight against breast cancer, to ensure no lives are lost due to a lack of funding.

HISTORY

In 1996, breast cancer caught Diane Proulx Guerrera completely by surprise. There was no pain, no symptoms and no illness. Following a biopsy, lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, Diane was declared cancer free.

Both Diane and her husband wanted to ensure that there would be funds available to continue the research and treatments that had saved her life. In this spirit, they founded the CURE Foundation for breast cancer in October of 1996.

In order to raise the necessary financial support to improve the outcome for those affected by breast cancer, the CURE Foundation initiated National Denim Day in 1997, an event accessible to Canadians from all walks of life. Businesses and organizations were encouraged to participate by allowing employees to wear denim and/or a ‘pink flower’ ribbon to work, in exchange for a suggested donation of $5.00 to the CURE Foundation.

Since its inception, CURE has helped raise close to 25 million dollars for breast cancer research, education and equipment. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have worn their jeans to their workplace, to help CURE find a way to eradicate this devastating disease.

The CURE Foundation for breast cancer would like to thank all those who participated in National Denim Day 2013. Their support will help ensure that not one life is lost to breast cancer due to a lack of funding.

We look forward to your continued support on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014, for the eighteenth edition of National Denim Day. Thank you for caring!

Thank you to the thousands of Canadians who have made it possible for the CURE Foundation to raise over 25 million dollars since its inception in 1996. Your generous support of National Denim Day has benefited thousands of people faced with the devastating effects of breast cancer.

Your on-going participation will enable the Foundation to continue its efforts to improve the outcome for those affected, through the purchase of equipment, and the funding of research, education and awareness across Canada.

The Oracle Institute

The Oracle Institute

The Oracle Institute is a 501(c)(3) educational charity.
We serve as an Advocate for Peace and a Vanguard for Conscious Evolution, by operating an award-winning publishing house, spirituality school, and peacebuilding practice.


The Oracle Institute was founded by Laura George and a group of like-minded souls after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the illegal and immoral invasion of Iraq by the United States.

Oracle asserts that the world is undergoing a major paradigm shift, with patriarchal religious, political, and economic systems crumbling before our eyes as they struggle to forestall the new Spiritual Paradigm. Oracle specifically rejects all “End Times” prophecies, believing instead that each of us has the ability and obligation to co-create with God and manifest a positive future based onTruth, Love, and Light.

This movie, featuring Laura George and recorded in August 2010 at Swannanoa Palace in the Shenandoah Mountains, provides a history of The Oracle Institute. It also presents numerous examples of how Synchronicity abounds in the world and, to a large degree, resulted in the founding of the Oracle Institute.

Children's Charity supporting terminally ill children | Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

Every year hundreds of families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness turn to Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity for support. 

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity Vision

One day all terminally ill children and their families will have access to a Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity Family Support Worker.

Our Values

  • We listen
  • We work in an inclusive way
  • We do the right thing

Philosophy of care

In order to ensure that Rainbow Trust provides the highest standard of family care, we adhere to our philosophy of care which guides our practice. The following statement describes the philosophy that underpins this commitment and describes the components of our family-led service:

Commitment and support

We are committed to providing a family centred service which is flexible, responding to the changing needs of families. Should a family become bereaved we will continue to support them for as long as they need us.

Working in partnership

We work in partnership with families to empower them to retain control in times of uncertainty, while acknowledging their right to privacy and choice. In order to provide a seamless service we work in partnership with other agencies.

Respect

Children and their families are respected and valued as individuals. We are committed to the promotion of equality for all. We respect and value different cultural, spiritual and religious beliefs and acknowledge the diversity of all people.

Rainbow Trust’s Family Support Workers join the family in their own home and are there to provide practical support. We are contactable 24 hours a day for families in crisis from diagnosis, through treatment and even after bereavement.

Rainbow relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and through the generosity of our supporters we are able to help around 1,000 families a year.

Plant-for-the-Planet | Stop talking. Start planting.

Plant-for-the-Planet

We children are global citizens and world politicians……. Or: thinking and acting as global citizens.

Every tree that we plant with our own hands and every euro that we turn into a tree in a southern country is a real and important contribution towards combating the climate crisis.This is why we are working hard to ensure that trees stop being cleared, and start being planted instead.

But we are not naïve !

Of course we don’t believe that we can save the entire world just by planting trees. If we want to have a more positive future ahead of us, we will need to do a lot more.

The last time we Climate Justice Ambassadors got together for a meeting, one of the kids told us about an interesting science report he had seen. In the report it was explained that if you let a monkey choose between having one banana now, or six bananas later, the monkey will always choose to have one banana straight away.

For us children, the future means another 70, 80, or even 90 years. But for many adults the future may stretch only as far as 20 or 30 years. We kids have noticed some striking similarities between the story about the monkeys, and the behaviour of many adults. Basically, if we humans only think and act for the short-term (like the monkeys), then everybody would be making the choice to live more comfortably today, at the expense of future generations. If adults continue to act even a little bit like the monkeys do, then our future will be looking pretty bleak.

Even though we children generally hate having to follow rules, nobody would disagree that we need them. Without rules we would surely never do our homework and would probably spend most of our time playing video games. Adults are arguably just bigger kids. Considering this, as Ambassadors for Climate Justice, we are convinced that we need global laws and regulations (or rules) to help us all to do the right thing for the future.

In our book “Tree by Tree” there is a chapter entitled “What Everyone Can Do”. Here you can learn how to make a positive difference with small actions. For example, driving your car less, flying less, always cooking with a lid and lower heat, replacing traditional light bulbs with energy efficient ones, eating less meat, changing electricity providers, etc… These are all voluntary measures that everyone can easily take. But how many people would have actually started doing these things? Five, six, seven per cent? For sure more than 90 per cent of people haven’t even started to make a change yet. And sadly many people probably still live under the motto: “Whatever I do now isn’t going to change anything.”

Here we can look at the example of the car. Back when most of us kids were born, German car manufacturers made a promise to stop producing cars that would emit more than 120 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Today however it is clear that they broke this promise as there are more fuel-guzzling SUVs crowding our streets than ever before. At the last UNEP Children and Youth Conference we talked with many of the other kids and found out that in Germany the tax on an SUV is much lower than it is for example in France, Britain or Norway. In Germany many off-road vehicles are taxed as if they were business cars. This means that those who drive bigger cars, receive even bigger benefits from the state. We only need to take a look at our streets to see the results of these rules – or rather the result of the absence of rules. Here in Germany, a significant number of people drive off-road vehicles and in other countries, that have smarter taxes, the number is much smaller.

We can also look at the example of air traffic. Just like cars, the regulation of air traffic fails to take CO2 emissions into account. The aviation fuel for international flights is tax-free around the world. In 2005 the finance ministers from the EU were going to introduce a Europe-wide tax on aviation fuel, but the tourism industry was against it. Great – so now everyone can fly around the world at cheap prices. Never mind that this will undoubtedly prove expensive for us children in the future. It is not only people who are flying all over the world – people also take advantage of the possibility to transport unnecessary goods around the globe because it is so cheap. Much too cheap! Nobody desperately needs to be able to eat strawberries in winter!

Now coming to the subject of food, the same principle is true for meat consumption. In the past our grandparents would only eat meat once or twice a week. Now meat is so cheap that many people, especially those in well-off countries, eat it several times a day. If we were to institute a global rule, that the price of every product should reflect the amount of CO2 that was emitted during the production process, then meat would be far more expensive and people would go back to eating less of it (and living healthier lives).

As Climate Justice Ambassadors we agree that we must work together to plant as many trees around the world as possible in order to help keep the climate stable. However we also know that we need to focus our energy on campaigning so that effective laws and regulations will be instituted around the globe. This will ensure that everyone will finally realize just who critical the climate crisis is, and they will be forced to join the rest of us and take positive action for the future.

We must learn from recent history!

As Climate Justice Ambassadors we always keep up with what is happening in the world – it’s not just adults who read newspapers or follow the news. Because of this we kids have noticed that our government would much rather give money to banks and car companies than to normal individuals who undoubtedly have a more urgent need for it. It has been a well-known fact for years that 30,000 people starve to death around the world every day. A large proportion of these 30,000 starving people are children. These people are starving unnecessarily in a rich world.

At the G8 Summit in Great Britain in 2005, the leaders of the eight richest countries on earth came together and solemnly promised to double the amount of aid money given to Africa by 2010. That would mean a total of $30 billion US dollars. However the amount of aid given to Africa today, remains $20 billion short of this mark. Like so often happens, the government leaders did not keep their promise. It is interesting (or rather disappointing) to note that $20 billion is also approximately the same amount of money that Wall Street bankers paid themselves in bonuses at the end of 2009. 2009 also happened to be the year following the financial crisis, when the governments had bailed these bankers out using tax payer money.

We children ask ourselves, why don’t adults do anything against these injustices – they read the newspapers too, right?! Instead of providing help and aid to the people in poor countries, we are leaving them to suffer the worst of global warming’s consequences, which we in the rich countries essentially created.

We children are not climate researchers. We don’t really understand the global financial system or the global economy. We children also don’t know if it will be the climate scientists who will be proven right or the climate sceptics.
Nobody knows for sure if the world’s sea levels will rise by 0.2 or 2.0 meters by the end of the century. But there are three things that we children know for sure:

  • many of us will live through till the end of this century.
  • with every ton of carbon that we take out of the ground in the form of petroleum, coal, and crude oil and then release into the atmosphere as CO2, we are making the greenhouse effect even stronger.
  • we already have the technology we need so that we can leave petroleum, coal, and crude oil in the ground (Uranium too, of course, because we children don’t want nuclear waste either).

At present we burn as much mineral oil, natural gas and coal every day as the sun is able to absorb and store the negative effects of, in one million days. And we have already been releasing harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere for decades. It is no wonder that the effects of global warming continue to intensify. More and more often we are seeing stories about extreme weather conditions around the world – flooding in some regions, droughts in others. It is often the people in the poor parts of the world, who live closest to nature, who are suffering the most from the consequences of the climate crisis. This is despite the sad fact that they have contributed the least to its cause.

Why don’t we assume that the climate scientists are right (or that it is perhaps even worse than they have realized) and change our behaviour accordingly? If we take action and in 40 years from now we learn that global warming wasn’t as bad as predicted, then we can be happy and secure in the knowledge that we did something positive for our planet. If we don’t take any action, in 40 years we may just be suffering from some catastrophic consequences, which could have been avoided if we had listened to the scientists.

What gives us courage?

History has shown us that countless individuals, groups, communities and even whole nations have had to fight for their rights. Women like Wangari Maathai had to fight a hard battle for their rights and their future in Africa. Martin Luther King fought for his rights and the rights of his people in the USA and Nelson Mandela is also a classic example in South Africa. What about us kids? Slowly it is clear that we have kids have no other choice but to fight for our own rights and future too.

In 2007 we were just a handful of kids. Today in 2011, there are thousands of us and although some might still not notice us, in a few years when our numbers have grown even more, they won’t be able to ignore us any longer …

During the UNEP Children and Youth Conference in South Korea in August 2009, 800 children from almost 100 countries around the world adopted a joint statement – for the Climate Summit in Copenhagen. Although this didn’t end up stopping the summit from being a failure, it is noteworthy that we kids successfully formulated a joint statement.

The German Advisory Council on Global Change has developed an innovative approach to tackling the problem of climate change. A key component is an agreement between the community of states regarding a cap, in the form of a global budget, for the total amount of carbon dioxide that may be emitted from fossil-fuel sources until the year 2050, in order to avoid dangerous climate change.The global CO2 budget is subdivided into national CO2 budgets among all countries on an equal per-capita basis.