Tuesday, June 15, 2010

vote for FORCE

Hi everyone, I have survived my wild bike ride over the weekend and will post about it soon. Just waiting a bit for the official photos to be published and hear how much we raised so I can include them in the details.  Below is a post by Teri Smieja from her blog Teri's Blip in the Universe. Please take a moment to read through it and vote for force as your favorite charity. FORCE has been an important part of my journey with brca and is an excellent resource for mutants like myself and also plays a role in awareness, legislation and the like.

By Teri:
If you had a chance to easily help Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) win $250,000, would you do it?
If like me, your answer is yes, then here is your chance. It won’t cost you a dime. All it takes is being a member of Facebook, and a vote for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered as your favorite charity.
A campaign on Facebook called Chase Community Giving is going to be giving away a total of $5 million dollars to be split between 200 charities. The charity with the most votes will receive $250K, 4 runner-ups will receive $100K, and 195 charities will receive $20K.
FORCE is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of and improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. They provide lifesaving information on the latest medical treatment and risk management, resources, and awareness.
Voting on Facebook starts on June 15, 2010 and the lucky 200 winning charities will be announced on July 13, 2010
What would FORCE do with the money if they won?
For starters:
$1,000 delivers the latest in BRCA research and information to 500 families.
$500 gives 60,000 visitors access to their website for one month.
$300 provides a scholarship to FORCE’s annual conference to one person that could not otherwise attend.
$200 provides life-saving information to 100 people through their newsletter.
$100 provides phone-based support and resources via the Helpline for one month.
$50 provides a package of informational brochures to doctor’s offices and hospitals.
Just think – if $2250 can do all of that – how much good could be done even if we only place among the bottom 195, and win the lowest amount of $20,000! That’s a whole lot of help, to a whole lot of people!
You may be asking yourself, “Why is this important?” For me, it’s obvious. As someone who has a BRCA genetic mutation, having an organization like FORCE on my side is invaluable. Without information and knowledge of what these genetic mutations mean, people can and DO die from hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
Spreading information saves lives, and provides much needed peace of mind, education, and emotional support for those of us afflicted with this mutation.
If you are on Facebook then it’s very simple to vote. The first thing you do is go here:
http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving
The next step is to join the movement by scrolling down just a little bit on the page and clicking the ‘Like’ button.
Next step: Click the big green ‘Search’ button and copy this text: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered and paste it in the box that says ‘Charity Name.’
Click the big blue ‘Search’ button to the right of that.
After you click that, you’ll see Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered in blue lettering. Click it.
Scroll down and check the box that says: “Please display my name and profile picture below so this charity knows it can contact me to get more involved.”
Click ‘submit’. A ‘Request for Permission’ box will pop up. Click ‘Allow’.
Vote – and share (and share and share and share again) with your friends, and ask them to share with their friends, and so on. This is the key to getting the word out there, especially as we are only allowed one vote per person per charity.
* Reminder: While voting doesn’t begin until June 15th, you can go to the Chase Community Givingpage on Facebook and ‘like’ them at any time- just to give yourself a head-start.*

Special Note to Bloggers:
Would you dedicate one of your blog entries between the time-frame of June 15 through July 10 to this cause? As a blogger, you already have a voice, this is a great time for you to use it. It would mean so much, to thousands of people who are at high risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. And hey, if you also ask your readers to dedicate just one blog entry to this cause, then that’s even more people we could reach.
Special Note to Facebook Users:
Would you be kind and dedicate a few of your status updates between the time frame of June 15 through July 12 to this cause? It doesn’t take much, just a few minutes of time, to help a very worthwhile cause. If you could ask your friends to vote for us too, then that would be awesome, and a great way of helping to spread the word about a very easy way to help a terrific charity win a whole lot of money.
Special Note to those who use Twitter:
Would you be a doll and tweet about this between the dates of June 15 through July 12, to help spread the word? I know you are limited to a certain number of characters in Twitter, so the shortlink to get to FORCE on the Chase Community Giving page on Facebook is: http://bit.ly/b2vDpb. Asking others to retweet it would be wonderful too. To make it really easy for you, all you have to do is copy and paste this in your Twitter What’s Happening update box: I just supported Force Facing Our Risk Of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) on Chase Community Giving! #chasegiving http://bit.ly/b2vDpb.
The more people that help pitch in to vote and spread the word, the better the chance that we have making it in the top 200 – and that is our goal!
Thank you so much for your time and your assistance!
If you have any questions about this, or have an idea of how to help me spread the word, please contact me either via this blog, or email. Thank you!

FORCE’s MISSION
To this end, FORCE has eight mission objectives:
• To provide women with resources to determine whether they are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer due to genetic predisposition, family history, or other factors.
• To provide information about options for managing and living with these risk factors.
• To provide support for women as they pursue these options.
• To provide support for families facing these risks.
• To raise awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
• To represent the concerns and interests of our high-risk constituency to the cancer advocacy community, the scientific and medical community, the legislative community, and the general public.
• To promote research specific to hereditary cancer.
• To reduce disparities among under-served populations by promoting access to information, resources and clinical trials specific to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for blogging about this - you are awesome! :)

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