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FSH Society

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy is generally categorized as a neuromuscular disease, like all muscular dystrophy types. Muscular dystrophies are denoted by defects in the physical, structural, and biochemical components of muscle, the death of muscle cells and tissue, as well as progressive skeletal muscle weakness.

FSHD gets its name because the advance loss of skeletal muscle is typically across the muscles in the upper arm, back, and face. Also, the legs, hips, and abdominal are affected in numerous patients.

Muscle weakness frequently sets in asymmetrically, disturbing only one leg or arm. Because of this, the symptoms are incorrectly attributed to a sports injury or strain. Symptoms may come early, years before a formal diagnosis. These could be:

  • Failure to whistle
  • Failure to use a straw
  • Eyes that don’t completely shut while sleeping
  • Trouble with such exercises as pull-ups and sit-ups
  • Shoulder blades that look like wings
  • Trouble raising arm over shoulder
  • Dropping feet
  • Feeble lower abdominal muscles
  • Weakening of chest muscles
  • Curved spine (lordosis)

An approximated over 860,000 people in the world suffer from a curved spine. FSHD strikes people of every ethnicities and races. About 10% of these individuals have symptoms before the age 10. The illness is inherited and can affect several family members across several generations. Around 30% of cases are in families with no prior history. The bottom line is no family or individual is immune.

As long as the FSH Society is around, no patient will have to deal with this illness alone. And with substantial donations from families, patients, sponsors, major donors, and friends, we’ll keep working to fast-track research leading to treatments.

The globe’s biggest grassroots network of people with FSH muscular dystrophy, their families, and research activists, the FSH Society was established in 1991 by two patients, Steve Jacobsen and Daniel Perez. The FSH Society aids individuals via outreach, education, and medical research. They also advocate for raised industry and government investment in FSHD.

My Stuff Bags Foundation

Over 250,000 neglected, abandoned, and abused children across America are taken out of dangerous home environments every year. They usually come to foster homes or crisis centers with not many personal items.

The My Stuff Bags Foundation gives children hope and comfort by offering them a My Stuff Bag full of things they require to aid them in settling into their new environment, like toys, clothes, security blankets, toiletries, and stuffed animals. My Stuff Bags has given bags to over 300,000 children in over 45 states since it was established in 1998. Their objective is to have a bag for any child taken out of her or his home.

Since the beginning, the My Stuff Bags Foundation has been concentrating on the needs of a typically forgotten group of American children which are those who must leave everything behind when they are saved from neglect or abuse and put into foster care. Or, those who must escape with their mothers to the security of a battered women’s shelter. Sadly, these children arrive at shelters with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and no hope for their future. Agencies that protect these scared children often lack the resources to offer anything outside of safe shelter and food. Also, the little belongings these children might collect along the way are usually carried around in trash bags, encouraging others to refer to them as “trash-bag kids.”

My Stuff Bags are cheerful blue duffels packed with new books, toys, school supplies, clothing, toiletries, and “security” blanket. Everything is theirs to keep.

Packed with items they greatly need as they adjust to their new surroundings, My Stuff Bags offers things to do and to hold on to during this difficult time. Moreover, since most things in the bags are given by thoughtful folks from across the US, and the bags are put together by faithful volunteers, they realize that lots of people do care about them.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Tobacco usage is the chief preventable cause of death in the US. Almost 20% of high school students smoke and over 1,500 more students are becoming daily smokers. The mission of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is to stop kids from smoking, assist smokers in quitting, and safeguard folks from inhaling secondhand smoke. Some precise initiatives they are working toward are lobbying for higher cigarette taxes and legislation to give the FDA authority over tobacco marketing and products.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a principal force in the war to decrease tobacco use and its deadly toll in the US and around the world. Their vision is a future free of the disease and death brought on by tobacco.

They work to save lives by supporting public policies that stop kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

In the US, they promote at the local, state, and national levels for the verified policies that diminishes tobacco use and save lives.

Internationally, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids helps governments and non-governmental groups in promoting and fulfilling these policies. They are an affiliate with the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, which centers on low-income and middle-income nations in which over 75% of tobacco-related deaths will happen in the near future.

While we have made real progress in America, tobacco still kills over 475,000 citizens each year. The worldwide death toll is over 5 million a year and steady rising. With everyone’s support, they can win the war against the world’s top cause of preventable death and reduces the number of lung cancer diagnoses.

Founded in 1996, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has no tobacco industry or government funding. They depend on contributions from philanthropic foundations, businesses, other non-profit organizations, and people like you.


Canines for Disabled Kids

Canines for Disabled Kids (CDK) is a fairly new charity (established in 1998). This group offers assistance dogs to children under age 12 who have physical disabilities, hearing disabilities, or autism. Since it started, CDK has sponsored more than 80 assistance dogs. Besides aiding with everyday tasks, these assistance animals give companionship to the little ones, assisting them in developing responsibility and confidence.

The objective of CDK is to endorse the conception of child-canine service teams to inspire social awareness and independence. They achieve this by:

  • Encouraging guidance, referrals and advocacy which helps families in deciding if a service dog is the right tool for their child and then seeking the right service dog training program to fulfil their child’s specific needs
  • Providing scholarships for the families of children with disabilities to help with the cost of training a service pet
  • Presenting educational programs to civic groups, schools, businesses, and other community organizations, intended to deliver information which makes those communities more accessible and friendly to child-canine teams.

Canines for Disabled Kids (CDK) started in 1998 as an offshoot of the NEADS Dog for Deaf and Disabled American’s training program. Not many assistance dog programs are eager to offer trained assistance dogs for little children. CDK recognized a need and did something to filled it. It was conceivable to train animals to aid children with hearing impairments, disabled children, and autistic children in the classrooms.

In an effort to enrich the courage, independence and education of children with disabilities across the nation, they began to sponsor dogs that would work with the child and the parents. Soon, hundreds of applications were arriving to the program. Since 1998, CDK has sponsored more than 150 assistance pets, dogs that can aid children with different disabilities, and some with the parents as helpers.

PAWS Chicago

Every year, PAWS Chicago saves more than 4,500 homeless dogs and cats. After the rescue, the 1st stop is at PAWS Chicago’s Medical Center, the place where all animals get personalized medical care, vaccinations, and spray/neuter from qualified veterinarians. While numerous are in good health and all set for adoption, most of them, approximately roughly 2,500 animals yearly, need more medical treatment.

PAWS Chicago is typically the last hope for these cats and dogs, in particular those bearing injuries and illnesses that other rescues aren’t able to treat.

PAWS Chicago is the only shelter that has the medical resources and medical crew to offer extensive, and usually crucial, medical care for injured, sick animals. There are plans to develop the present medical center so that they can increase the number of dogs and cats being treated at PAWS.

The expansion of the medical center will renovate a little over 15,000 square feet of current uncompleted and undefined space into an innovative medical facility. This new medical center will enable PAWS Chicago to take in and treat more animals. The extension will also double their:

  • Surgery room capacity
  • Isolation space
  • Suite space for homeless dogs and cats
  • Quarantine area
  • Volunteer center
  • Play area
  • Foster care program

Paula and Alexis Fasseas (PAWS founders) “a-ha” moment came when the couple saved a stray dog in 1996 in Crete. The dog was killed once tourist season was over. The couple was appalled Greece treats its homeless dogs with so inhumane. They were driven to help homeless animals back home.

In 1998, PAWS Chicago began with an adoption affair, Angels with Tails. The message that homeless animals necessitated to be saved was taken to the public. The affair was held on the streets and in the store in the high-end North Michigan Avenue area. Local businesses passionately agreed to display the dogs and cats in their storefront windows.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade: The Walk to End Breast Cancer

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade strives to advance breast cancer outcomes and lessen inequalities in survival rates across the US in each community. Their strategic grant creates a universal and place-based approach in much-needed communities around the nation. There is also their devotion to promoting to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from low-income neighborhoods. They have a deep commitment to financing the research on the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade centers on care and pursues to helping everyone who has been or will be affected by breast cancer, aiding those who are at a high risk for being diagnosed with the disease, but also advancing research in finding better treatments and finally finding a cure.

Since its establishment, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has aided over 10 million educational encounters via their outreach program, which promotes community-based organizations around the nation to give culturally competent outreach and education, uniting underserved communities to early detection programs.

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade upholds patient navigator programs at Safety Net Hospitals to aid patients in understanding and overcoming the difficult medical maze that comes after getting a breast cancer diagnosis and the complexities in getting access to top-quality and timely breast cancer treatment. Today, Avon Access to Care Programs have bestowed over 750 grants that total over $230 million to over 200 hospitals across the nation. The aim of these programs is to assist women and men who might go through the cracks of the healthcare system gain access to superior breast cancer services and the most advanced medical treatment.

Funding goes towards the seven Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Centers of Excellence, all situated at major academic medical centers. These grants let these centers create new programs to reach and treat underserved individuals in their communities.

Puppies Behind Bars

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) teaches prison inmates to train explosive detection canines for law enforcement and service animals for war veterans who are wounded.

Puppies are given to the prisoners when they are 8 and they live with them for around two years. As the puppies grow into well-behaved and well-loved dogs, the prisoners understand what it requires to add to society rather than take away from it. PBB programs give the healing and love of dogs to many people each year. The animals give pride and hope to the prisoners and security and independence to those they assist.

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) was founded in July 1997, when the founder learned of a guide dog/prison program that was in Gainesville, Florida operated by veterinarian Dr. Lane. He began the first prison/guide dog program in the nation and it was thought of as a magnificent idea.

The 1st PBB was at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, the only maximum-security prison for women in NY and classes began the first week in October.  Two puppies were let in and 7 weeks later on January 1998, there were 5 Labrador retriever puppies living in the prison with their trainers, nurtured and loved by 10 female inmates.

At Puppies Behind Bars, they feel that dogs can alter lives for the good. These dogs can transform the lives of prison inmates who erected walls around their emotions so they can survive in prison.  These dogs can enrich the lives of law enforcement agents who are examining for hidden explosives and realize that the noses on their canine companions are the truest ways to discovering something, and they can enhance the lives of wounded war veterans for whom, in most cases, war has begun to feel normal while being home has felt really scary.

Treehouse Humane Society

The aim of Treehouse Humane Society is to rehabilitate and rescue injured, sick, abandoned and abused stray cats. Located in Chicago, IL, this no-kill organization accepts in-need felines from all over the city and suburbs.

Tree House is a humane society that upholds the inherent value of all animals and tries to school the public about responsible and proper animal care with an emphasis on the placement of stray cats with distinctive emotional and physical needs. They are devoted to have all treatable and healthy animals in a home.

Since being established, Tree House has fabricated progressive and unique approaches to animal welfare that not only enriches the lives of companion animals in every community, but also give a bigger awareness of animal welfare problems to the general public.

Admission/Adoption: Tree House’s main mission focuses around the rescue of neglected and sick cats. Since 1970, Tree House has helped more than 20,000 cats.

Spay/Neuter Program: Tree House has neutered over 25,000 animals through public spay/neuter services and their community Cats/T-N-R (trap-neuter-return) program.

They are always seeking support for their ongoing efforts to recover abused, injured, neglected and sick stray cats. Your donation lets them keep on rescuing all the defenseless animals in need and give crucial medical treatment, comfort, and care as well as continue their rehab efforts to aid these deserving furry little ones find permanent owners and residences.

Your support also allows them to aid hundreds of other animals via their services like Pet Food Pantry, TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) Education Outreach, Animal Assisted Therapy, Grief Counseling, and Animal Behavior Counseling programs.

Tree House has been given a rating by Charity Navigator of being a four-star charity, which means most of their funding is utilized for their services and programs instead of fundraising and administrative costs. Tree House also possesses a BBB favorable rating. Every dollar counts!

Hosana/Faith Comes by Hearing

Faith Comes by Hearing is a global business that make audio Bibles. It is managed by a NPO and has audio Bibles accessible worldwide in over 850 languages, generally the New Testament. The group has a four-star Charity Navigator Rating and is a part of the Forum of Bible Agencies International. The president is organizer Gerald (Jerry) Jackson.

The ministry, which started under the name “Hosanna”, was created in 1972 by Jerry and his wife Annette as a library that loaned tapes with Christian themes and concepts offered by various instructors. The notion for making audio Bibles came from a missionary visit of theirs to a Hopi Indian reservation, where they saw that Bibles translated into the Hopi language weren’t being used because of enduring illiteracy. It came into the international marketplace in 1986, when the ministry started working with many Haitian missionaries to tape a Creole translation of the Bible. From 1986 on, the ministry used donations and revenues to tape translations of the Bible into various different languages. In 1991, its 1st international recording office was established in Ghana. The recordings utilize theatrical effects, like music and sound effects. The organization partnered with numerous Bible distributors and translators.

Faith Comes by Hearing has Bible recordings in over 1,000 languages voiced by over five billion people. Over 400 million folks in practically every country have been touched via their vast range of programs and their audio Bibles.

Deaf Bible Society is a group that promote sign language Bible translations and to involve Deaf people organizations with the gospel. The Bible should be limitless and accessible just like God and His Word. Whether it’s free Bible apps to Audio Bible proclaimers and podcasts, our objective is to offer people around the world free access to God’s Word via audio Bibles in any translated language.

Walking for AIDS

Over 30,000 people in the US are infected with AIDS every year and the majority of them are Black women. Black women account for over 75% of new HIV cases.

With these devastating statistics, what is the answer? Some businesses are stepping up with charity contributions backing the cause and assisting in various ways.

Roche Children’s Walk

Roche, a pharmaceutical business that created Invirase and Viracept (HIV protease inhibitors) hasn’t put in for any medical patents in Africa and under developed nations. What this connotates is that these countries (devastated by HIV/AIDS) can fabricate and sell inexpensive, generic versions of the drugs without watching people die by the thousands.

Roche is committed to bringing awareness of AIDS to those around the world. The entire company is working sincerely to address the issue through its Global Employee AIDS Walk in conjunction with World AIDS Day.

The employees at Roche have been participating in the company’s AIDS walk for over two years. Throughout the years, over 15,000 employees from over 40 countries walked to raise money for AIDS. The company matched all the pledges that were obtained by employees.

A part of the funds is given to local AIDS charities, such as the NJ AIDS Partnership. The majority of the money goes to children in Africa that are orphans due to the AIDS crisis. The funds are used to purchase clean water, shelter, food, books, sewing machines, clothing, and bedding. And as you might have considered, the funds are also used to manufacture AIDS/HIV medicine.

If you don’t know or you are unsure of how HIV is spread, here’s the facts. HIV is spread by having sex with an individual who is already invested with the virus. Additionally, HIV can be contracted by sharing needles with someone who has the HIV virus. A person can also contract AIDS via tainted blood and a baby can get HIV if his/her mother has the virus.