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#Maddie Donation Bucket Stolen From Irie Hawai i Pahoa

Maddie Donation Bucket Stolen From Irie Hawai i Pahoa

Irie Hawai’i Pahoa surveillance still shot.

A collection jar raising money for an eight-year-old Pahoa Elementary School student was stolen from Irie Hawai’i’s Pahoa location Monday.

The jar, which was estimated to have over $200 in funds to assist in Madisyn Tamaki s medical expenses for a heart transplant, was taken just after 12:30 p.m. off the check-out counter at the store.

Store video surveillance caught the man, who appears to be in his mid-50’s wearing a dark and white bandana and a red polo shirt with dark pants. The man was also seen with a woman in a white top and red lava-lava.

Officials from the store said that the two arrived in a Gold Nissan Altima.

Jose Miranda, the Pahoa location manager, said Tuesday that all Irie Hawai’i locations are assisting the family by raising money for Tamaki’s operation costs through donations and a store promotion, noting that every bit counts. The store also assisted in sponsoring the Heart to Heart for Maddie benefit held earlier in the month.

“They finally found a heart donor, now they are just trying to get the money to go through with the surgery,” Miranda said Tuesday.


According to Miranda, the store has been collecting donations since January, when they were first approached to help the family with the benefit.

“When I got the letter for the benefit, the top half had a picture and stated who she was and what she was going through. I taped the top half to a bucket and people started donating. When I called them and told them I did that, they started putting buckets in stores throughout the East side,” Miranda explained.

Irie Hawai’i continues to accept donations at all of their locations, in addition to their promotion offering discounts for donations.

Anyone who has information about the identity of the either individuals should call the Hawai’i Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.


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#Magazine Harvest – Recycle Magazines for Literacy

Home Magazine Harvest Recycle Magazines for Literacy

Magazine Harvest  recycles your clean, gently read magazines to new readers – feeding kids and families hungry to read.  Bundles of recycled magazines prepared by local volunteers and teams are posted to our online MagPower Marketplace for selection by literacy programs.

Recycling magazines to new readers addresses both environmental and literacy needs. A magazine harvest works like a holiday food drive, but feeds hungry readers. Magazines can be collected at home, school, work, or play. Surplus magazines that would otherwise be discarded and destroyed  can be rescued from throughout the magazine supply chain   consumers, publishers, distributors, wholesalers, and  retail newsstands   and distributed to after-school programs, food pantries, homeless and domestic violence shelters, mentoring and job training programs, and other community literacy efforts.

  1. Literacy Programs register and post literacy needs creating a wishlist of magazines
  2. Consumers and Businesses fund  new and send recycled magazines  for literacy
  3. Literacy Programs order new magazines and recycled magazines for delivery
  4. Magazines get to new readers via literacy programs.

Thank you for helping us to change the world one magazine at a time.  Please share this with others and contact us. if you have questions.

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how to donate a kidney

#Living Kidney Donation

Comprehensive Transplant Center

The best option for a patient waiting for a kidney transplant is to receive one from a living donor. At Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, we perform approximately 100 living donor transplants each year.

Why Donate?

Patients with end-stage kidney disease have three options for treatment: dialysis, a kidney transplant from a deceased donor or a kidney transplant from a living donor.

Dialysis is only a temporary solution. Treatment schedules are time-consuming, as frequent as three times each week for four hours each session. While a patient can remain on dialysis for many years, it is not a cure for kidney disease. In fact, ten percent of patients on dialysis die each year while awaiting a kidney transplant. For some groups, such as elderly patients and patients with diabetes, there is an even greater risk.

The best option for a patient waiting for a kidney is to receive one from a living donor:

  • Wait times for patients with living kidney donors are reduced from years to months, potentially avoiding dialysis.
  • Transplant recipients have better outcomes with kidneys from living donors.
  • Kidneys transplanted from living donors may last nearly twice as long as kidneys from deceased donors.

About half of the transplants performed at Ohio State are performed with kidneys from living donors. Often living donors are family members, but a growing number are friends or co-workers. There are also people who choose to donate a kidney without having a specific recipient in mind. These extraordinary people are called non-directed or altruistic donors.

Ohio State s average waiting time for a living donor kidney transplant:

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#Macmillan Cancer accused of – hijacking – the ice bucket challenge – Home News – UK – The Independent

Macmillan Cancer Support has come under fire for using the #IceBucketChallenge to help raise funds for its own charity.

The organic and unplanned campaign has swept across the internet in the last few weeks, tasking its participants with enduring a bucket of freezing water poured on their heads.

One of the earlier people to do it, a golfer named Chris Kennedy. was the first to bring the ALS Association into the mix as his wife’s cousin suffers from it.

This simple dare led to thousands of subsequent people also using the ALS term (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or motor neurone disease, as commonly known in the UK) and has raised $62.5million (£37.7million) for the US association, as well as £250,000 for its UK equivalent, the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

It has also led to eminent public figures carrying out the challenge and nominating others, including Bill Gates, David Beckham, Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah Winfrey.

However, though some people used the challenge to promote or donate to their own favoured charities, one particular organisation has been accused of “hijacking” it for its own means

Video: Celebrities take on the ice bucket challenge  

As the challenge’s popularity skyrocketed, Macmillan asked people to do the Ice Bucket Challenge before filming it, posting it online and then donating £3 to its cause “by sending ICE to 70550”. (The Motor Neurone Disease Association can also be donated to by texting ICED55 £5 – or any amount – to 70070).

; Will Gavin (@WillGav) August 19, 2014

Even though I appreciate macmillan cancer trust and what it does for people. I still don’t think it’s okay to jump on the bandwagon.

; Bethan Mary Leadley (@musicalbethan) August 23, 2014

It has reportedly received donations over £250,000 – enough to fund six Macmillan nurses – as a result of the challenge. according to Civil Society .

A number of people, including current Macmillan supporters, have criticised the charity for jumping on the bandwagon and “taking away the awareness” of ALS.

“Really unimpressed that you hijacked the ice bucket challenge from mnda [Motor Neurone Disease Association] in the UK. They need awareness far more than you,” one said on Twitter.

There have also been calls for Macmillan to “let someone else have their day” and to “get [their] own fundraising ideas”.

One Facebook user told the charity. “I’m really dissapointed [sic] in your charity, I pay a monthly donation to what is I believe a good cause, helping people suffering with cancer, but im seriously considering withdrawing my donation and changing it to MND/AlS because of your taking away their awareness.”

While another wrote: “Why couldn’t you just let ALS have their chance to raise funds? Why did you have to steal the idea from a charity which doesn’t have the profile that you have? Why not let the little guys have a chance? Why not think of your own idea?”

A spokesperson from the MNDA has also reportedly condemned the move.

“Of course we’re both trying to fund cures for diseases, but we’re much smaller. We’d rather a big charity didn’t come swooping in and take our funding away. We don’t have the resources that they do,” an insider said, according to The Times .

Others have leapt to the defence of Macmillan, arguing that many people are doing it for different types of charities not just ALS, with one person saying: “It’s NOT a competition between 2 charities, donate to both or the one that your heart and head says”.

Macmillan posted an explainer on its website on Thursday, detailing and defending to some extent its decision to utilise the challenge for itself.

Head of Digital, Amanda Neylon, said that it was trying to be more responsive to social trends after failing to exploit #NoMakeupSelfie earlier this year, which ended up raising £8million for Cancer Research within six days.

“We’re trying to be bolder, we’re listening to what’s going on all over the world, and we’re responding more quickly than we have in the past. We’re trying new things so that we can keep moving forward as an organisation,” she added in the blog post .

Ms Neylon said the team were delighted people were fundraising and that they had noticed as far back as July that people were doing the #IceBucketChallenge for Macmillan as well as other charities. But seeing as nobody owns the campaign, they were able to use it themselves.

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hair donation for cancer

#Locks for Love: Brother’s cancer battle inspires hair donation 25 years later

Mark Davitt/Special to the Record-Herald

Aaron Smith, right, originally grew his hair to be more like his stepfather, Brian. His mother, Deobrah, suggested he donate his hair to Locks of Love in memory of his brother, Jeremy.

Aaron Smith, right, originally grew his hair to be more like his stepfather, Brian. His mother, Deobrah, suggested he donate his hair to Locks of Love in memory of his brother, Jeremy. less

Aaron Smith knows the story of his brother’s too-short life.

He knows that Jeremy held him when he was a baby. And he knows there’s a tree on the east side of Emerson that grows in his brother’s honor.

Everything else he knows about his brother is passed on from his mom, Deborah, and step-father, Brian.

But he’s heard the stories. He knows that when Jeremy was seven, he left Emerson Elementary in Indianola to fight lymph-node cancer that gave him a tumor the size of man’s fist near his heart, and eventually morphed into leukemia.

He knows that he himself was born on the last day of August, 1989, in the midst of his brother’s battle. Deborah and Brian have told him about the first few weeks of his life, spent at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, where his mother was trying to nurse him while taking care of the older boy, then 9.

And his mom has told him how much she cried when her parents came and whisked him away to care for him for six months, while his mother supported Jeremy during his battle.

“I had Jeremy up there and Aaron down there and I was breastfeeding and trying to take care of both of them” Deborah said. “And my mother finally came and said you can’t do both. I said, ‘I know, but I don’t know what to do.”

She said at one point Aaron was sitting in a baby carrier next to a puddle of chemotherapy leaking from Jeremy’s IV, which contains cancer-causing agents, and she realized he couldn’t stay.

She had to decide which son to take care of.

Deborah’s parents decided for her. One day they showed up and took the baby away.

“My mom had Aaron until he was six months old,” Deborah said. “So I had this baby and then I didn’t have this baby. I just cried and cried. It was awful.”

Aaron also knows that By Christmas of ‘89, Jeremy had a bone marrow transplant, which required him to get other people’s blood pumped into his body daily.

Deborah overheard nurses saying that they were short on blood because students who usually donated were gone for winter break. The nurses had to decide who to give what blood to. Most of the blood was infected with a virus, a common cold that almost everyone carries.

Jeremy already had had that specific type of cold virus. Nurses told Deborah Jeremy’s failing immune system could fight it.

The infected blood ultimately killed Jeremy, who died at home March 23, 1990.

Now Aaron, who is graduating from Central College in Pella in less than two weeks, is donating the long hair he’s been growing since seventh grade – or for more than a decade – to Locks of Love.

He knows he wants to make a difference for someone. It could be through the gift of his hair.

When he decided to grow his hair, Deborah told him what Jeremy went through when he had none.

As the story goes, a bald Jeremy was on a pass from Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines after receivng some of his first chemotherapy treatments and a pair of couples wandering Southridge Mall were talking loudly enough about the boy for everyone to overhear.

“Why would anyone go out with somebody who looks like that,” Deborah remembers the couples saying, referring to Jeremy’s skinny, bald frame. “Couldn’t you put a hat on his head, or do something?”

Jeremy started crying and the trip to the mall was over.

After that, Deborah said Jeremy wore hats regularly even though he thought they were hot and itchy.

Aaron said he decided to grow his hair, partly to be more like his stepfather, Brian, who wears a ponytail. But when Deborah suggested that Aaron donate his hair to Locks of Love, Aaron agreed. Maybe wigs are cooler, or look better than a hat, Aaron thought.

Aaron recently graduated with a degree in elementary education with endorsements in science and social studies.

But, he hasn’t found a job, which means he needs to look more professional. So he decided to cut his hair.

His desire to teach, he said, stems from his love of kids.

“I know every teacher will say that if you’re in the profession you love kids,” Aaron said. “But for me, I wanted to be able to make a difference, to actually change somebody’s life.”

Perhaps his hair also will change somebody’s life, he hopes.

Or, at least, it will give them a choice.

Deborah said that if someone has a problem with a bald person, “they either need to get a backbone or a kinder heart.”

Aaron agreed with the sentiment.

“If you have to make that choice it’s literally up to you,” Aaron said. “I know it’s a bad comparison, but with me and my long hair, I chose this style. You can choose any style you want. Wigs, hats, scarves or whatever makes you feel comfortable in your own skin.”

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