Around The Globe – July 2018
LOVE BEYOND BORDERS
Just a few weeks ago, Olivia Story was a teenager looking to raise $350,000 for a bone marrow transplant to treat lymphoblastic lymphoma, rare cancer. She decided to start a bracelet fundraiser, with bracelets designed by Fort Wayne-based accessories brand Emily Kai. A week later, thanks to the power of the Internet, her $20-bracelets, along with her GoFundMe campaign, had raised more than enough for her transplant. Olivia was so awed by the response that she and Emily Bryan, owner of Emily Kai, plan to continue selling bracelets for other victims of childhood cancer. Bryan says that for every one of these bracelets sold, she would contribute one for pediatric cancer patients.
A STARRY DATE ON PROM NIGHT
The young patients at the Children’s Hospital of Orange Country were in for a surprise at the center’s prom night. Who should turn up as the star attraction than Latina singer Selena Gomez, looking all ready to party in a retro polka dot outfit, complete with a new bob and red lipstick? Gomez charmed the crowd, posing with the teen patients for selfies and making silly faces with them in the photo booth. Other celebrities who also attended the event, themed ‘Around The World in One Night,’ included the likes of Sarah Drew and James Pickens Jr.
NOT JUST ANOTHER CIGARETTE
India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched its national media campaign to encourage people to stop smoking. The public service announcement, called ‘What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do,’ was launched at the WHO office in Washington DC. The campaign ends with the national quitline number as well as a missed call number for those looking for helpful tips to quit smoking. The campaign will be broadcast across the country, in 17 languages, and will be supported by a robust social media campaign.
Hair is not just an embellishment for the beautiful, it is also a tool for positive change. As the Hair For Hope initiative shown. At a unique donation campaign organized by Hair For Hope India this June in Dimapur, Nagaland, 30 people donated part of their hair. This will be sent to processing centers in Bengaluru to be recreated into wigs for economically-challenged cancer survivors.
ANGEL OF HOPE
Zimbabwe is seeing an increased commitment to cancer care, thanks to First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa’s cancer screening awareness campaigns, run under her Angel of Hope Foundation. The number of people getting screened has increased three times from the start of the calendar year. Mnangagwa’s chief worry is that cancer was affecting able-bodied people and those of childbearing age, thus creating a negative impact on the future of the nation. She said the disease was not discriminatory as it could affect both men and women, but early detection could save lives. “We should have a healthy lifestyle that includes exercising and eating proper food. Mothers should prepare healthy foods for their families that include traditional food and fruits. Refined foods are not good for health,” she said.
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