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#EthansNotAlone Against Mental Illness

Posted on 7/30/2015 by Michael Powell

Ethan, 13, is struggling with mental illness. He has bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and autism. According to his family, Ethan’s one of the most severe mental illness cases his doctors have ever seen. One doctor even noted that “of all the difficult cases, Ethan is not only in the 1%, but in the 1% of that... Read more

Coping with Terminal Cancer

Posted on 5/26/2015 by Michael Powell

On February 21st, 2014, Tracy DeBarmore Dorame learned she has terminal cancer: grade 4 glioblastoma. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, glioblastoma “is a devastating brain cancer that typically results in death in the first 15 months after diagnosis.” 16 months after this tragic diagnosis, Tracy’s still fighting. Even though she’s outlived her initial prognosis, she... Read more

New Way To Supercharge Your GiveForward Fundraisers: T-Shirts!

Posted on 5/7/2015 by Caiti

Everybody loves T-shirts. So use them to supercharge your fundraiser! Put the name of your fundraiser front and center on the T-shirt color of your choice, and then sell them to supporters and donors. Here is an example of how your team can use a t-shirt fundraiser to support your campaign.   When we first saw the Fear... Read more

Take the Lyme Disease Challenge with us!

Posted on 5/6/2015 by Michael Powell

The Lyme Disease Challenge is a worldwide effort to bring awareness and funding to those affected by Lyme Disease. Like last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge, the Lyme Disease Challenge involves performing a quasi-uncomfortable action and daring others to follow suit—or pay up. How do you participate in the Lyme Disease Challenge? According to, there... Read more

Do You Treat a Cancer Survivor Differently?

Posted on 4/9/2015 by Michael Powell

People react strongly when friends experience major life events. You see this phenomenon whenever someone posts an engagement ring photo on Facebook. Regardless of its carats or cut, a diamond unleashes a flood of Likes, Congrats, and Sooooo Happy for Yous! But how do you react to a cancer survivor? Obviously, engagements and cancer diagnoses... Read more

Autism Awareness Month

Posted on 4/3/2015 by Michael Powell

Autism Awareness Month is in full effect at GiveForward. Yesterday, our team was decked out in blue to recognize World Autism Awareness Day. You probably saw Niagara Falls and the Empire State Building turned blue, too. But what does all this bluish awareness really do for autism? Autism Awareness Month provides a voice for kids... Read more

April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Let’s not avoid it.

Posted on 3/31/2015 by Kelli

Let’s join together this April to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and take action to prevent it, both at home and in the community. Alcohol Awareness Month is held every April to help increase public awareness and understanding, reduce stigma and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Increase public awareness and understanding:... Read more

How Amelia Coffaro Treats Cancer with Yoga

Posted on 3/26/2015 by Michael Powell

Amelia Coffaro is a treasured friend of GiveForward. In 2013, she and her creative community raised $65K for her breast cancer treatments by selling beautiful, unique photography prints. During her fundraiser, she even stopped by our office to say “hi” and meet our staff. Amelia captivated us with her grace, kindness, and intelligence. Today, Amelia is... Read more

How to Write Off Your Tax Deductible Medical Expenses

Posted on 3/24/2015 by Erica Alhorn

Tax season tends to bring out the panic in all of us, whether you’re a CPA who ends up sleeping only 2 hours per night because you’re busy finding ways to inject caffeine into your bloodstream, or you’re just a regular ole’ citizen who just wants to make sure the forms get filed in time... Read more

West Syndrome is no match for Project Marcelo

Posted on 3/12/2015 by Michael Powell

In 2011, doctors diagnosed Marcelo Mugica with West syndrome. West syndrome, or infantile spasms, is a type of epilepsy most common in babies between 3 and 12 months old. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, West syndrome typically causes brief seizures that occur in rapid succession. After his diagnosis, Marcelo’s aunt created a GiveForward Page that... Read more

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