September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Be aware – talk with your doctor about Prostate Cancer!

September is fast approaching.  Can you believe it?) and we’re getting ready around the office to help raise awareness of Prostate Cancer.

Prostate cancer is a cancer of the prostate, part of the male reproductive system. There is currently a lot of controversy about best practices in screening for this cancer due to the fact that it is usually slow-growing. HOWEVER, there is agreement that you should definitely discuss your risks for Prostate Cancer with your physician and discuss what screening is appropriate for your situation. The biggest threat from prostate cancer comes when you ignore the warning signs and don’t speak with your doctor.

Our prostate cancer awareness items are intended to help raise awareness of this disease and to support the families of those fighting it. In addition to our great prostate cancer magnets and ribbon pins, we have a new prostate cancer khaki cap – a great gift for the guy in your life!

Order now for Leukemia & Lymphoma Month

Where has the summer gone? It seems like just yesterday the kids were getting out of school and the weather was warming up – it’s hard to believe that September will be here in TWO SHORT WEEKS!

Awareness Depot has stocked up on our Leukemia & Lymphoma Awareness products – you still have time to order what you need for your September events and get it in time!

LymphomapinStill wondering what you should do? We recommend our Leukemia Ribbon pins, which are a great way to say thank-you to volunteers or to show your support every day. These are also available in lime green as Lymphoma Awareness Ribbon Pins.

Of course we have great Lymphoma Ribbon Magnets and Leukemia Ribbon Magnets, but what’s really exciting our our new Chrome Emblems. These chrome ribbon emblems look GREAT on your car – they’re a super classy way to show your support for one of these causes and they make great gifts, awards and auction items. Check them out: our Lymphoma Chrome Emblem and our Leukemia Chrome Emblem.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns or if you need help ordering for your event or fundraiser don’t hesitate to give us a call toll-free at 866-982-3524.

Love and support of a spouse or a family member is the most soothing gift, bringing peace and serenity to those critically ill.(copied from AOL 2/8/13)

We at www.AwarenessDepot.com agree that true love and compassion aren’t easy to ignore.

This week, a 24-year-old Redditor shared a letter received just after the death of his mother. The event, despite being difficult, brought an unexpected source of condolence — a personal note from a physician who had never contacted a patient’s family before.

“The letter was written for my father,” he told The Huffington Post on Friday. “He stayed by her side until the very end.”

According to the Redditor, his mother had breast cancer. A month ago, breathing difficulties landed her in the hospital, and 16 hours later, she passed away.

Surprisingly, the doctor who wrote the letter had never met or treated his mother until that day.

“If my mother were alive to see this, she would want readers to reflect on the power of showing compassion towards a total stranger,” he told HuffPost.

“The support I got from Reddit was amazing — doctors, nurses and other Redditors who have lost their mothers to cancer were all shocked and amazed that the doctor took the time to write such a heartfelt, meaningful letter,” he added.

This is the letterDear Mr. (removed),

I am the Emergency Medicine physician who treated your wife Mrs (removed) last Sunday in the Emergency Department at (hospital). I learned only yesterday about her passing away and wanted to write to you to express my sadness. In my twenty years as a doctor in the Emergency Room, I have never written to a patient or a family member, as our encounters are typically hurried and do not always allow for more personal interaction.

However, in your case, I felt a special connection to your wife (removed), who was so engaging and cheerful in spite of her illness and trouble breathing. I was also touched by the fact that you seemed to be a very loving couple. You were highly supportive of her, asking the right questions with calm, care and concern. From my experience as a physician, I find that the love and support of a spouse or a family member is the most soothing gift, bringing peace and serenity to those critically ill.

I am sorry for your loss and I hope you can find comfort in the memory of your wife’s great spirit and of your loving bond. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

(removed), MD

Happy New Year, 2013!

All of us at AwarenessDepot.com would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year! 2012 was a very eventful year and a successful one too. We now usher in 2013 and hope that it brings much more success, love, and happiness.

Start the New Year off right and head on over to AwarenessDepot.com and raise awareness for the cause that is most important to you, a relative, a friend, an organization, or event. Happy New Year!

Autism Back in Major Spotlight After Sandy Hook Tragedy

While most of the country is still trying to come to terms with the horrific tragedy that unfolded at the Sandy Hook Elementary School recently, others are trying to make sense of the decisions that Adam Lanza made that fateful morning. Trying to piece the puzzle together, many media outlets have pointed out Adam Lanza’s history with Asperger’s or better known as Autism. According to “Autism Speaks”, Asperger Syndrome is “an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors.”

Autism Spectrum is a label that has been given to Adam Lanza but no one has been able to link his Autism to the senseless acts of violence he committed. Yet that hasn’t stopped many from profiling those with Autism and Aspergers when things like this happen. Although it is true that many with Autism seem to lack personal empathy, empathy is also something that can certainly be taught and learned through years of good parenting and positive activities aimed to reinforce it.

In a time like this, its understandable how many people are trying to find answers but to put a spotlight on Autism and try to use that as an excuse for that kind of violence can be borderline ridiculous. To many in the Autism community, this can be quite insulting because this can easily lead to unnecessary profiling. Now is a good opportunity for society to look even closer at Autism and learn even more about it and how certain behaviors are linked to it. Those trying to make a case out of Adam’s Autism are either looking to make a name for themselves or just don’t know any better.

At the end of the day, parents take on the biggest responsibility when it comes to children, teens, and even grown adults with Autism. Therefore, if there is ANY blame for what happened, it should be shifted to everything happening in and around Adam’s life instead of his Aspergers.

All of us Awareness Depot and AutismThings.com would like to express our deepest condolences to the families affected by this tragedy. If there is a time where change is needed in this country, it is definitely now. Autism doesn’t kill, guns were made to and that’s where society needs to focus their efforts in making a positive change.

World AIDs Day, December 1st

Every year, World AIDs Day is held every December 1st in order to raise worldwide awareness for this deadly epidemic. World AIDs Day is an opportunity for people to unite globally and fight against HIV, support those who live with it, and remember those lost in the battle. It’s an important reminder that AIDs has not gone away and that it is still a serious issue in today’s society. So what should one do on World AIDs Day? Simply learning and educating yourself on the disease and putting that knowledge to action in order to help raise awareness for those who don’t really know any better. Just having knowledge of AIDs is enough to keep you a healthier individual.

We at Awareness Depot want to show our support for AIDs by offering a special sale on all AIDs awareness items. We carry everything from the signature red ribbon pins to red silicone bracelets. Stop by our online store today and input the coupon code WORLDAIDSDAY2012 during your checkout to receive a 10% discount of your purchase. Visit us today and take advantage of our discount and help raise awareness for AIDs.

 

Great gifts for Dads!

We have a lot of great gifts for moms, but we also have a selection of great gifts for dads. Father’s day is coming up on June 17th – help the dad in your life show his awareness and support for the cause he’s passionate about with one of these great gifts:

Awareness Baseball Caps

These make great gifts for Dads of any age, or for grads or moms as well! These comfortable, awesome hats are available in a variety of awareness ribbon styles – including those most dear to the man in your life. We’ve got Prostate Cancer Awareness Caps, Colon Cancer Baseball Caps and – because real men wear pin – Breast Cancer Awareness caps. That’s just a small selection – make sure to check them all out, and if your favorite cause is missing, let us know and we can help you get one.

Cancer Stinks/ Cancer Sucks Can Coolies

Dad loves a cold beverage, especially after working hard in the yard or a long day at work. With our ‘cool’ Coolies, his cold beverage can linger in his hand without loosing it’s cool. Hahaha. I’m pun-ey.

Find It – Fight It – Cure It! Lanyard for Keys or ID Badge

These lanyards are perfect for Dad’s work badge, the See-Do keys or (what we use them for) keeping the keys to the truck bed/ Snug-Top cover easy to find. They’re also a GREAT way to show your support for whatever awareness cause is close to your heart. These are AwarenessDepot.com’s exclusive item, but we’ve got them in every color from pink to lime and back again.

Celebrating Teachers!

The end of the school year is almost here and AwarenessDepot is excited to offer a whole new selection of great gift ideas for the teacher, aide, mentor or therapist in your life! As parents and teachers ourselves, we know how important a great teacher can be in a child’s life and development. We also know how hard teachers work and how little support they sometimes get.

In addition to our popular “I teach children with Autism” t-shirt (seen here) we’ve built out a whole Teacher section on our website. If there’s something you’re looking for but don’t see here yet, don’t be afraid to ask!

Wear Blue for Autism On April 1 & 2!

AutismSpeaks.org, one of the Autism Organizations that we donate to, is doing a huge promotion this April 1&2 to help raise awareness of the growing problem of Autism in our world.

To celebrate this day, prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City The Miami Tower,  the Port of Miami in Miami-Dade County and the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , — will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate the fourth World Autism Awareness Day .

Their aim is to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autism awareness in our communities.

Take a moment to View the Light It Up Blue Video, it show us how impactful this campaign is, it really brings the world together on this issue.

YOU CAN HELP!

Get your friends, family, employees and neighbors to wear an Autism Bracelet in April and help raise awareness! We’ve got a great price on these awesome bracelets. Click here to shop now!

Fundraising Specialist to Help You Succeed!

Are you planning a fundraiser, large or small, for your favorite cause? Whether you’re helping to raise Autism Awareness this April or you’ve just started training for a Team in Training marathon this fall, we can help you make your fundraising goals!

Our wide selection of products and our low prices are just the beginning! If you’re working on putting together your fundraiser, give Lorraine, our fundraising specialist, a call! She can help you pick out products that will best help your specific fundraising format.

If you’re ordering bracelets for your Avon Walk Team to all wear together or looking for a ribbon pin or charm to re-sell and raise money from, Lorraine will help you choose the best product to suit your goals. She can also help with figuring out order estimates (hard for a first-timer!) and getting your order to you in time for your event (whoops! Did you procrastinate? We can help!). Call her today!