Friday, May 18, 2012

Awareness=HOPE

Awareness=HOPE



In addition to making accessories, I also make products to help promote awareness of various disabilities/diseases/illnesses. As an RA and Lupus warrior, I know all too well how little is known about these issues-yet so many are affected by them. Below are some of the awareness items I sell in my Etsy shop. I donate 25% of the proceeds to charity.
(DYK=Did you know)


Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness

DYK:

1. RA is NOT an "old person" disease!! Over 300,000 children in the USA alone have been diagnosed with Juvenile RA. *I was diagnosed at age 15, but started showing symptoms at age 6.
2. RA isn't just about achy joints. It is an autoimmune disease...meaning the immune system sees your joints/cartilage/tendons/synovial tissue as invaders(like germs) and attacks them. This causes fatigue, pain, weakness, and damage(just to name a few).
For more info go here.
***Also, if you have RA I highly recommend following "RA Guy". Great information and support!
Find him here.



Lupus Awareness

DYK:

1. Lupus is another autoimmune disease. It can cause damage to ANY part of the body (skin, heart, kidneys, lungs, eyes)
2. Lupus effects more than 5 million people world wide.
For more info go here.


March of Dimes/March for Babies

DYK:

1. Over half a million babies are born prematurely each year.
2. Money raised by MOD  supports programs in the community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.
For more info go here.


Breast Cancer Awareness

DYK:

1. There will be 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer (includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors).2. There will be 63,300 new cases of in situ breast cancer (includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), of those, about 85 percent were DCIS). DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and LCIS is a risk factor that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer. Learn more about DCIS and breast cancer risk. Learn more about LCIS and breast cancer risk.3. There will be 39,510 breast cancer deaths.


This info and more can be found here.



Autism Awareness

DYK:

1. Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
2. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
3. Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases


This info and more can be found here.





  
Please pass this information along to help bring awareness to these important causes. If there is a cause you would like me to feature on my blog or in my Etsy shop, let me know by commenting below or you can email me at ShelbysEnchantedBowtique@gmail.com.

Here are a few more Etsy shops helping to raise awareness:
Knot Creations
Metal Stamped Memories
Livvy Lou's Boutique
All Ribboned Out
Sweet Designs By Maryum
Chronic Badass


Thanks for reading!!