Solange Knowles: DKMS Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei gGmbH (German Bone Marrow Donor Center)

While you know her for her passion for music, Solange Knowles is also very passionate about life. As a big supporter of DKMS Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei gGmbH (German Bone Marrow Donor Center), she is a proponent of helping to save the lives that have been stricken with leukemia.

The DKMS mission is simple and can be accomplished. With awareness and action, more lives will be saved. Their mission “is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors for leukemia patients. DKMS is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world.”

Solange’s PSA appears on the DKMS website, along with her Q&A about getting involved:

All that’s really needed from a potential donor is a swab of the inside of their cheek! It’s that simple! If you are actually selected to donate your bone marrow, should you become a match for someone in need, the process becomes more involved and you need to read about it carefully. While it is a short outpatient surgery, the end result is offering another human being the gift of life!

To read more about becoming a bone marrow donor, you can go to the DKMS website:

www.dkmsamericas.org

You can REGISTER HERE to become a potential donor.

In 2008, a family friend, Emru Townsend, passed away. His family has a Facebook page  active in his memory and in an effort to reach more people, who can ultimately help others. The page reads, “Now you can help Emru, his friends, family and allies heal someone. Click the Info tab to see the common misperceptions about bone marrow donation. If there is something new you learned, pass it on.”

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Bright Idea: Turning to Dr. Karl Kabasele (CBC News Medical Specialist) for all of your health news, facts and updates

From the recent North American heat wave to the experimental treatments for Multiple Sclerosis, Dr. Karl Kabasele, MD, MPH , Medical Specialist to Canada’s National CBC News Network is the one to turn to when you are seeking accurate, unbiased and straightforward health answers. Dr. Karl, as he’s known to fans and viewers, has been the go-to expert in health and public health issues since he worked for the City of Toronto and informed the public about the misconceptions and facts about the West Nile Virus and SARS when the two epidemics were at their peaks.

As a recognizable face and trustworthy character, Dr. Karl also blogs about the various health topics he discusses on-air, and then some. You can find his website/blog here:

http://www.drkarlkabasele.com

You can also follow him on twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/drkarlkabasele

Here’s a clip of Dr. Karl in action on CBC News, discussing the recent heat wave and what the public can do to stay cool and in good health:

Copyright (c) CBC 2011

(Source: Newslook.com)

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony: The Maribel Foundation

Do you know Maribel? Well, you surely know her brother. Maribel was the name of Marc Anthony’s sister, who had a brain tumor and passed away when they were children. Jennifer Lopez and her sister, Lynda, founded The Maribel Foundation and named it after her. The foundation is “dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children. [Their] organization advocates and invests in policies and programs that make a positive, measurable impact on communities.”

One of the main goals of the foundation is to insure the availability of healthcare to underserved women and children, no matter their location or circumstance. One way they intend to tackle this issue is to use Telemedicine.

“Telemedicine is a remarkable new healthcare delivery system that uses telecommunications technology to conduct medical diagnoses, consultations, treatments, transfers of data, education of physicians, and dissemination of public health alerts and/or emergency updates.

Simply stated, this technology allows patients located all over the world to receive access to care by the physicians at one of America’s top pediatric hospitals, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Patients living in under-served and under-privileged areas, two groups that are especially vulnerable to inadequate healthcare, can greatly benefit from telemedicine.

Some of the potential benefits of telemedicine are as follows:

Access: Telemedicine can allow children with serious childhood diseases in other areas of the world to be examined, diagnosed, and/or treated by the top pediatric oncologists, hematologists, and pediatricians at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Doctors can virtually give patient care to children in different parts of the world.
Quality: Telemedicine permits consultations to take place among the referring physician, the consulting physician, the patient, and the patient’s family through interactive video and medical equipment and instruments, with the added benefit of having critical patient information available on-line. Additionally, the physicians or other personnel at remote or under-served locations can be educated before or during the consultations with specialty physicians and other experts, increasing their ability to treat other similar cases in the future.
Cost: The travel cost of the patients for specialty care, the travel cost of the health care professionals for continuing education or consultation, the personnel / equipment cost for not having to keep specialty care facility in rural or under-served hospitals, and other costs can be either eliminated or reduced. ”

(Source: http://jenniferlopez-foundation.org/goals_telemedicine.aspx)

This PSA gives an idea of what their initiatives and visions are for the organization:

(Source: original video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f92FI7QOz7o)

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Ben Affleck: Eastern Congo Initiative

We all know what an arguably amazing job Ben Affleck did in “The Town”, the film he both directed and starred in last year. We’ve recently heard he’s rolling his sleeves up to dive into another film project (called “Tell No One”) as Director. We also know he is half of a Hollywood couple (with A-Lister Jennifer Garner) with serious star power. But, behind the flashing lightbulbs of the red carpet madness and the intrusive images of the paparazzi lies a deeper side of Ben Affleck’s attachment to the human experience that starkly contrasts the superficiality that can come with fame. It’s no secret that countries in Africa have faced colonialism, war, pain, poverty, rape, and often times, neglect. The general health of the continent is unstable.

Ben Affleck’s attention to charity hits close to home for me. He is the founder of an organization called the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI).

(http://www.easterncongo.org)

The ECI was born in 2010 and is the “first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo.”

(Source: original video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwJ7snTLoqU&feature=channel_video_title)

Their initiatives include the following (from website):

  • Increase the quantity and quality of public and private funding that supports the communities and citizens of eastern Congo, providing local organizations and leaders with the necessary resources to heal and sustain their communities
  • Raise public awareness about the tremendous need in the region through highly targeted media and advocacy activities
  • Drive policy change that increases United States government engagement in Congo

Ben Affleck and the ECI work with Congolese organizations with the mission to make positive changes in the areas of support for victims of rape and sexual violence, support for vulnerable children involved in war-related activities, community, health care and economic opportunity.

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