Single Jingles advocates for men to conduct self-examinations once a month to discover signs of testicular cancer and prevent long-term harm, through materials including shower cards, educational brochures, and on the organization's website. Testicular self-exam shower cards hang in the shower and remind men to perform the simple procedure once a month. Single Jingles would like to distribute 1,600 educational shower cards to central Texas health centers, but the organization requires additional funding to accomplish this goal.
The staff at Florida Complete Wellness harnesses the FDA-approved Zerona cold-laser technology, designed to reduce corporeal circumferences by an average of 3.5 inches. During each session, clients relax beneath a beam-slinging apparatus for 40 minutes as it glides low-light lasers over their waistlines, backs, hips, and thighs, emulsifying adipose tissue so that fat can sneak its way out of the body. The disintegrated lipid depots can then be absorbed by the body’s obsessively tidy lymphatic system and expelled through the body’s natural detoxification process and complex system of water slides. The noninvasive treatment does not require any recovery time.
Running in heels is usually a hassle, but at the annual Stiletto Stampede, it’s a sport. There, women sprint 100 yards in their favorite stilettos, or even, as one past participant did, in chunky platforms with breast cancer awareness’s pink ribbon drawn on the heel. The event benefits breast cancer research and awareness. The Survivor Stampede, for example, is for breast cancer survivors, while the Boot Scoot is for racers in cowboy boots, rather than boots that have recently become self-aware.
In one year, Without Regrets Foundation co-founders Tara Ballard and Ché Heinroth knew three adults who passed away and left behind young children. One of these parents, Scott, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2010 and died the following April. He wanted to take his son to Yankee Stadium before passing away, but was unable to make his dream come true. Because of this story and many others like it, Ballard and Heinroth decided to do all they could to give families an opportunity to create memories from one last experience.
Before starting Without Regrets, both cofounders worked with a variety of family charities including March of Dimes and The Leukemia Society. They meet with families who have at least one parent facing a terminal illness and help them pick a good experience for them to share with their children. With approval from the parent's physician, the group then funds the event or trip, leaving the kids with lifelong memories to cherish.
While standing on the balcony of a hotel in London, Lady Bird Johnson and Ann Butler, the wife of Austin’s mayor, admired the green trail that follows the Thames. The scene inspired them to hatch a plan to beautify their own waterways. Over the next three decades, in partnership with local garden clubs, they planted trees and flowers along the polluted shores of Lady Bird Lake, undoing centuries of damage from the flooding of the Colorado River. Now the trail receives 1.5 million visitors each year and creates an oasis among Austin's skyscrapers and streets. The Trail Foundation implements improvements to the trail’s infrastructure and environment while honoring the vision of its founders. The foundation has built tree groves, landscape lighting, and a bathroom that reduces overall maintenance costs and blends into the natural environment without the use of an invisibility cloak.
A program of nonprofit A Nurtured World, 1house at a time renovates homes to improve energy and water efficiency, helping to alleviate the strain of high utility bills for some of Austin's financially struggling households. By installing energy-efficient appliances and plumbing, setting up solar electricity-generating systems, utilizing renewable-energy technologies, and educating homeowners and volunteers, 1house at a time strives to reduce carbon footprints while also trying to help families save 20%–70% on their utility bills.
Originally a home-based childcare center for medically fragile infants and toddlers, Sammy’s House expanded to become a more comprehensive, centrally located center after realizing the need for this type of care in central Texas. Today, the foundation of the operations consists of a child-development program, a respite-care program, and a therapeutic-equipment loaning program. Each day, groups of families and professionals work together to design and lead day programs that combine therapy, education, and care for children with special needs, along with afterschool and weekend programs for the children and their siblings. Day programs maintain low child-to-staff ratios, ensuring that each child receives special care and attention while following a play-based curriculum.
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