Category: Awareness

Light It Up Blue – Autism Speaks

Light It Up BlueEvery April 2nd, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue!  (See last year’s post here.)  In honor of those living with autism, families, friends, historic landmarks, and many organizations around the world Light It Up Blue.  You too can take part by changing out your porch lights with a blue one.  If you aren’t able to Light It Up Blue, you can still help support Autism Speaks by creating awareness on your blog, Facebook, and Twitter, just check out their Tools & Resources page.  You can also make a donation to Autism Speaks here or purchase a really awesome Sevenly shirt here!


Fall FEED-Raiser

As you may or may not know… I have been named a FEED Ambassador as a part of FEED Projects.  As a FEED Ambassador, it is my duty to create fundraisers or events that aim to support our local food pantries, create hunger awareness or raise money for The FEED Foundation.

I decided to support The FEED Foundation for my first event!  I joined forces with Jersey’s Pub and Grub Downtown to offer 5 drinks and a $5 donation to The FEED Foundation.  How great, right!?  I’ll be there with my FEED 10 shirt on and FEED 1 bag in tow.  Not only are they super fashionable, but both of these products support school meals for hungry children around the world.  Why school meals?  Because studies show that when children can rely on a nutritious meal, they are more likely to be sent to school rather than working to earn money for their families.

Join me at Jerseys Downtown from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m on Saturday, November 3rd to support The FEED Foundation and party for a cause!

I walk to #ENDALZ

Why do you participate in walks, runs, and other fundraisers for your favorite organizations?  Do you participate because you have personally been affected by a disease or illness?  To honor and remember those who have been lost?  To fight back?  Or is it because your participation now means that future generations may not be affected by the diseases and illnesses that we face today?  This is why I Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and on September 22, Team CharitableConnections will walk to end Alzheimer’s, so future generations can have more hope to fight this disease.   I am thankful that none of my immediate family has currently been affected by Alzheimer’s, however, I still hurt for those who have.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior” (link).

For me, memories are so important.  Possessions can often be replaced, but your memories will be with you forever.  I love listening to my grandma’s stories of when she was growing up, where she lived, and the places she has visited.  I may not have the pictures from her journeys, but her memories are what lasts and will stay with my sister and I forever.  I think that’s why she has kept a journal for as long as I can remember, and continues to journal daily.

{Emma Furhmann}

{Emma Fuhrmann}

Here are some Alzheimer’s and Dementia Basics:

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.
  • It is not a normal part of aging.
  • Alzheimer’s worsens over time.
  • There is currently no cure, treatments for symptoms are available and research is being done to find ways to treat, delay and prevent symptoms.

Research is being done, but this is also where you and I come in.  By joining my team or making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, you can help others keep their memories longer.  On September 21, you can also be a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s day of action by wearing PURPLE and help turn Facebook and Twitter purple by using the hash tag #ENDALZ and changing your profile picture to the END ALZ logo below.


Education is also very important to ensure that more is understood in preventing and recognizing symptoms of Alzheimer’s to aid in early detection.  Please follow the link to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Go Purple on September 21, to help create awareness about memory loss.

If you are not able to make the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Cedar Rapids on September 22 with CharitableConnections, but want to help, definitely check out our new shirts!  100% of the proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s Association and charity:water.

Kids Against Hunger

What did you have for breakfast this morning?  While some choose not to have breakfast each morning, children around the world do not have that choice and often resort to eating mud or nothing at all.  This is where Kids Against Hunger steps in.  With the help of companies like Quaker Oats, Pillsbury, General Mills, Cargill, and ADM, Kids Against Hunger provides six nutritionally complete meals to children locally and internationally all for only 25 cents a serving.

Every hour, 12 children per minute die of starvation or malnutrition related diseases. Kids Against Hunger packages a unique formula of ingredients formulated by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates and vitamins that are needed by an undernourished child’s body and mind (source).

On July 14th, Kids Against Hunger of Cedar Rapids is hosting their 2nd Annual 5K/10K and 1K Family Fun Run at Greene Square Park.  The KAHCR run is powered by Chiropractic Heath Care Associates and CrossFIT Cedar Rapids.  100% of the proceeds will go towards Kids Against Hunger of Cedar Rapids to package food for the hungry.  Last year, 27,000 meals were packaged on race day.

In addition to the race, runners have the opportunity to have a food packaging experience after the race.  The more runners, funding and volunteers they have, the more children they will be able to feed all over the world.  Some of the countries they have sent packaged food to include: Afghanistan, Chile, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Kenya, India, Russia, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the United States.  This is just a few of the 40 countries where they have sent food thus far.


If you are looking for a summer race, or interested in getting more involved with Kids Against Hunger, please register for this race.  It’s a great way to introduce your children to a cause they are able to participate in at school, with their club team or other organizations.  Not to mention it’s fun for all ages, and it’s a great way to get out and exercise as a family.  In addition to the race, your school, organization, etc. can plan an event.  They bring the ingredients, you just have to provide the funding and volunteers to assemble food packages.

Visit Kids Against Hunger of Cedar Rapids’ official website to register for the Fun Run on July 14th or to schedule an event.  You can also follow Kids Against Hunger of Cedar Rapids on Facebook or Twitter to keep up-to-date on events happening all over Eastern Iowa.