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St Jude Children’s Research Hospital – October Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for October 2019 is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

History

Danny Thomas

As a young man, Danny Thomas had a simple goal: to entertain people and be successful enough at it to provide for his wife and family. But work wasn’t easy to come by. Unsure of his life’s direction, a young Danny Thomas sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. If the saint would point to the path he should take, Danny vowed to build a shrine in his name. Success followed Danny’s plea and soon after, the legendary entertainer set about fulfilling his vow to St. Jude. The result was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Danny began raising money for his vision in the early 1950s. He set out across the U.S. to speak about his dream to build St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to any group that would listen asking for support.

“No child should die in the dawn of life”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors on February 4, 1962, based on Danny’s dream that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” Since then, we’ve made incredible strides in childhood cancer research. We’ve helped improve the survival rate of childhood cancer from 20% to 80%. And ALL, the disease with a virtual death sentence in 1962, now has a survival rate of 94 percent.

Today St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the world leader in developing new, improved treatments for children with cancer. Whenever a breakthrough happens during their clinical trials and research they share them so that doctors and scientists can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.

The fundamentals of St. Jude remain the same today as when they opened their doors families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

As of today the treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

To learn more or to get involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, please visit their website.

In conclusion for the entire month of October 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition to this contribution, our new website now offers the ability to increase your donation on the checkout page.

Melanoma Know More – August 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for August 2019 is Melanoma Know More

In August of 2010, the world lost a wonderful young man named, Andy Caress, to Melanoma. During his fight, Andy fought to spread awareness and educate people on the dangers of melanoma. After his passing, his loved ones continued this fight by forming The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation.

If you’ve been customers with us for some time now you probably recognize that name. The Caress Family is local to Cincinnati and are family friends with our CEO, Dan Regenold’s family. We’ve written about them before, every year in fact since we started this blog, however this is the first time that we have referred to the charity as Melanoma Know More.

Here’s why, in January, the foundation joined forces with Melanoma Know More. The union resulted in a single nonprofit organization in Cincinnati focused on melanoma awareness, outreach and research. As a result, their total combined resources make a stronger and more effective organization. Most importantly, they continue to move towards one common goal: wipe melanoma off the face of the planet.

Melanoma Know More History

Health Screenings Melanoma Know More

Dr. Philip Leming along with families of his patients and other melanoma advocates formed Melanoma Know More (MKM) in 2007. MKM has developed successful program initiatives, brought awareness to this relatively unknown disease, and continues to raise thousands of dollars every year to continue the fight against melanoma.

Fundraising Event Charity

MKM has a variety of program initiatives such as Skin Cancer Screenings and School and Youth Education. They also started the Greater Cincinnati Melanoma Warrior Support Network. Throughout the year they also host fundraising events, for instance their event Music for Melanoma is happening in Cincinnati on August 9th. 

Music for Melanoma Charity

To learn more or to get involved with Melanoma Know More, please visit their website.

In conclusion for the entire month of August 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to MELANOMA KNOW MORE. In addition to this contribution, our new website now offers the ability to increase your donation on the checkout page.

Princeton Closet – July 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for July 2019 is Princeton Closet

Princeton Closet Building

The Princeton Closet was started by Susan Wyder, a former teacher, in 2010. What started in an actual closet has since expanded to two rooms at the Princeton Administration Center. The closet features basic items such as clothing and shoes all the way to food and school supplies.

Princeton Closet Room1

Families identified through referrals by Princeton counselors and principles can pick up a box of food once a month. They also don’t have to live in Princeton City School District to be eligible to receive supplies.

Princeton Closet Room4

If there’s a need she doesn’t ask who or where, “We Always Help”.  If they closet doesn’t have a particular size that is needed, Susan herself will go out and purchase the item.

There is always a need for donations to help this organization make today’s students successful!  If you are interested in getting involved please Contact Susan Wyder by Email.

And remember that for the month of July 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to The Princeton Closet. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

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American Heart Association – June 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for June 2019 is American Heart Association

On June 10, 1924 a handful of pioneering physicians and social workers met in Chicago to form the American Heart Association. They believed from the start that scientific research could lead the way to better treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure. In 1948 the association reorganized, transforming from a professional scientific society to a nationwide voluntary health organization, and became The American Heart Association that we have today.

Every 43 seconds someone dies from heart disease, stroke or another cardiovascular disease. Heart Disease is the number one killer worldwide and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish the quality of life. American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

33 million volunteers and supports as well as more than 3400 employees unite through a shared focus on cardiovascular health. Their 2020 goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans as well as reduce the deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%. If you are interested in getting involved please visit their website.

And remember that for the month of June 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to The American Heart Association. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

Visionaries + Voices – April 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order places on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for April 2019 is Visionaries + Voices

Established in 2003, Visionaries + Voices is a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities. V+V artists actively contribute to the greater arts community through creative, educational, and strategic partnerships with local and regional artists, schools, and business leaders. Collectively we’re growing a more inclusive arts community in Greater Cincinnati.

Every year Visionaries + Voices put on a fundraising Art Auction Benefit called Double Vision. This year is the 10th annual Double Vision benefit. We are proud to welcome Visionaries + Voices Double Vision X as our April Charity of the Month for both our retail store as well as our website.

If you would like to get involved, you can contact the organization through their website here.

And remember that for the month of April 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to Visionaries + Voices. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

Pockets Full of Sunshine – March 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order places on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for March 2019 is Pockets Full of Sunshine.

Pockets Full of Sunshine’s mission is to provide “socially inclusive employment opportunities for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities”.  Special needs individuals are some of the kindest and most joyful people to know. This organization gets their name from describing special needs adults as “rays of sunshine”.

Pockets Full of Sunshine believes that the general public’s discomfort with adults with disabilities comes from the lack of their inclusion in the community. They state on their website “Most individuals with disabilities are truly exceptional people with unique gifts and talents, who each have something to offer their community, be it performing a vocational service, or just offering a friendly smile.” This is why they seek provide opportunities for employment, increased independence, and personal growth for adults with disabilities.

Pockets Full of Sunshine was founded by a Special Education teacher named Dayna and a Speech Language Pathologist named Laurin working together at a school. After bonding as colleagues, they wondered what happened to their special students as they grew older and aged out of the school system. Dayna’s brother sparked an idea by giving her by-product from a mechanical splined shaft and asking if her students could use it for anything. The item looked “exactly like a small yellow sunshine and Dayna was instantly inspired”. This sparked the idea for Pockets Full of Sunshine.

“She arranged for the “sunshines” to be recycled and re-purposed by a local group of special needs adults. They are currently being made into greeting cards, gift tags, magnets and stationary or sold by the “pocket-full” to be used in any crafty way you can dream up! Proceeds from the sale of these products will be put towards opening an eco-friendly, community craft center in Beaufort County which will be fully staffed by intellectually and physically disabled adults.” – http://www.pocketsfullofsun.org/our-story

If you would like to get involved, you can contact the organization through their website here.

And remember that for the month of March 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to Pockets Full of Sunshine. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

National Fragile X Foundation – February 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order places on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. For February 2019, the charity is the National Fragile X Foundation.

Fragile X Syndrome is “a genetic condition that causes intellectual disability, behavioral and learning challenges, and various physical characteristics.” There are several types of Fragile X conditions that range in severity and symptoms. These conditions are the most common known genetic cause of intellectual disabilities.

The National Fragile X Foundation focuses on promoting awareness and research for treatments for this condition. They have programs to encourage advocacy for this disorder, including their Sibling & Self-Advocate Program. This program allows children with Fragile X Syndrome and their siblings to connect with others and build relationships. For adults and parents affected by Fragile X, they offer a large community support network with numerous ways to get involved.

The National Fragile X Foundation runs Fragile X clinics throughout the USA. These clinics offer comprehensive evaluations and recommended treatments. They also offer, or can refer you to, genetic counseling, behavior therapy, speech therapy, and more. These clinics work with other institutions to improve research and understandings of Fragile X Syndrome. The treatment guidelines for Fragile X disorders can be found on their website here.

If you’d like to help the National Fragile X Foundation, you can do so by placing an order on frameusa.com during February. You can also become a leadership partner or sign up to give them a monthly donation on their website her

Military Spouse Retreat Charity

October Charity of the Month – Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

Every month, Frame USA chooses a different local or national charity to support. Community involvement and helping those in need is super important to us. We contribute to charities by donating money, time, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com, we donate $0.75 to the charity of the month.

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

October 2018’s Charity of the Month is the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF). This foundation focuses on helping marriages and families of military staff, veterans, and first responders stay together. They offer a variety of resources and programs to strengthen family units and marriages, with the goal of helping future generations. CKFF was founded by Taya Kyle in honor of her late husband, Chris Kyle.

“Chris and Taya knew first-hand the challenges military and first responder families encounter from their lives of service. Prior to Chris’ untimely passing in February 2013, he was developing his vision for CKFF programs to support active duty military, veterans and first responder marriages and families. Today, Taya and the CKFF team are fulfilling Chris’ vision through the development and delivery of life-changing, impactful programs and services to service couples across the U.S.” –www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org

Some of the programs that the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation currently offers are:

Date Night Out – a program for military couples to spend time together and also with other service couples. It’s important to share common experiences and have fun spending quality time together.

Revitalization Retreats – Married service couples can apply or be nominated for a special retreat. The retreat provides accommodation for transportation, meals, activities, entertainment, and child care.

Empowered Spouses Retreat – a weekend retreat in a remote place where spouses can get together and meet people with similar experiences. They also offer professional guidance and a variety of fun activities.

Mastering Your Marriage – This is a Capstone program that combines a retreat and online curriculum to teach service couples new skills to support their marriage.

Military Spouse Retreat Charity

Remember that for all of October 2018, each order on frameusa.com contributes a $0.75 donation to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. We also allow you to make an additional donation if you choose at checkout!

 

Charity Foundation for Parkinson's

The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s – Charity of the Month

Frame USA’s September charity of the month is the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.

Every month, Frame USA sponsors a different charity organization. It’s important to us to give back to our community and help those in need. For every order placed on Frameusa.com, we donate $0.75 to the charity of the month. We also help gather donations of money, time, and resources.

Charity Foundation for Parkinson's
The charity we’re donating to for September 2018 is the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s. This foundation focuses on supporting people living with Parkinson’s disease to live well.

“While it’s critical to find a cure for Parkinson’s, we feel strongly that people with Parkinson’s also need information in order to take action and live well today.”www.davisphinneyfoundation.org 

Davis Phinney was an Olympic cyclist who celebrated more victories than any other cyclist in American history. Between the 1970’s and 1993, Davis achieved 328 cycling awards. However, Davis was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease in 2000 after years of unexplained illness.

Davis was relieved to finally have a name for what was causing these symptoms.  He had been feeling fatigue, muscle cramping, and weakness for years. He founded the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s after realizing there are ways to improve his symptoms and quality of life. His foundation helps fund new research to demonstrate the effectiveness of techniques like exercise and speech in improving Parkinson’s symptoms.

“Today, Davis lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and fellow Olympian, Connie Carpenter-Phinney, and their children Taylor and Kelsey. Davis continues to celebrate the daily victories in his life and inspires others with his message of optimism and encouragement to help people with Parkinson’s live well today.” – www.davisphinneyfoundation.org 

The foundation offers resources including informative books written by disorder specialists, ambassadors who inform their communities, and a library of educational videos.

How to Get Involved

If you would like to get involved, they are accepting volunteers. You can add a donation to your order on Frameusa.com along with the $0.75 we automatically donate.

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Charity

Charity of the Month August 2018: Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

Charity means a lot to us at Frame USA.

Every month, Frame USA selects a different local or national charity to donate to. It’s our goal to make a difference in the community by providing resources and donating money and time to a variety of charity foundations.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Charity

This month we have a returning local charity – The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation. This foundation works to help prevent melanoma through education, awareness, and supporting research to find a cure. They named their foundation after Andy Caress, a young man from Cincinnati who lost his battle to melanoma at age 24 in August 2010.

On their website, The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation says this about Andy and his battle:

“In October, 2008, Andy became concerned about a mole on the back of his neck and went to a dermatologist. The biopsy indicated that the mole was melanoma, a disease that Andy and his family knew next to nothing about. Then Andy started on a 22 month journey to try to beat back “the Beast”, as he called it. He started with surgeries to remove the mole and the lymph nodes in his neck in Cincinnati, then continued his treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. There he worked with an incredible medical team, headed by world renowned melanoma specialist, Dr. Patrick Hwu. Andy and his close friend started a web page, andycaress.org, where Andy chronicled his journey, and friends could send him messages. To date, there have been over 36,000 visitors to that site!

Andy bravely endured more surgeries on his neck, the insertion of a rod to strengthen his femur, countless rounds of radiation, and weeks upon weeks of debilitating bio-chemo therapy. He remained positive and confident that he would win his fight. He became friends with other young adults who were also battling melanoma, and referred to them and himself as ‘Melanoma Warriors.'”

To continue the work that Andy began, ACMF has based their mission around his goals. They list their goals as the following:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

Along with taking donations through Frame USA’s Charity of the Month and other private donations, ACMF is always in need of volunteers for events. If you are interested in getting involved, visit their website here for more information.

August Charity of the Month