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Ways To Give Back on #GivingTuesday


Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back to make a positive impact in our communities and our world.

Since 2014, we have been supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in hope of a cure for our daughter Harper who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in February 2014.

Millions of people with T1D—and the families who love them—are hoping for a cure. Advances funded by JDRF, such as the artificial pancreas system and encapsulated cell replacement therapy, are bringing us closer to the day when we can defeat this terrible disease. You can learn more about advances being made in the quest for a cure for type 1 diabetes at JDRF.org.

This holiday season, as you embrace the season of gift giving, consider giving to your favorite charity. The smallest gift can make the biggest impact for someone suffering from a disease or illness or someone without a home or food.

It can be a challenge deciding which causes and charitable organizations to support. There are so many that are worthy of our time and contributions. Sifting through them can be overwhelming. In addition to JDRF, here are a few charities that I support on #GivingTuesday and throughout the year.

Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. Planned Parenthood employees trusted of expert health care providers who are dedicated to providing the best medical care and services to patients. Our current administration threatens to eliminate Planned Parenthood, thereby putting millions at risk of not receiving necessary medical care and education. Donate here.


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude is ranked as the #1 leading provider of healthcare services for pediatric cancer. It works strictly on donations and never sends a bill to its patients. In addition to providing treatment, St. Jude Children's Hospital is a leading researcher in finding a cure for pediatric cancers. Donate here.

Stand Up To Cancer
SU2C is a is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C’s unique funding model, developed with the help of prominent cancer researchers, encourages collaboration and innovation through new types of scientific grants. SU2C boasts a long list of celebrity endorsers who have joined the fight to raise money to fund research for a faster cure. Donate here.

Best Friends Animal Society
For over 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been running the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters. While the creation of Best Friends Sanctuary grew out of a desire to address the senseless killing of animals in shelters, the group was ultimately motivated by a desire to live a life of kindness, compassion, integrity, and a connection to something greater than themselves. One look at the web site, and you can't help but to make a donation. Donate here.

If you don't have a favorite charity, my friend Sarah has a few suggestions for worthy causes that are so deserving of your donations. Whatever you choose to give and to whichever charity you choose to give, your donation is guaranteed to make a difference.

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