Earth Day 2012

It’s Earth Day 2012! What do YOU pledge to do in order to save our planet, on Earth Day and every day?

The EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, is a government effort to see a positive change in the way we treat our environment. Karyn Parsons speaks out for them in this PSA:

(Source: USEPAgov YouTube Channel)

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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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Holly Robinson Peete: HollyRod Foundation

CBS’ The Talk Co-Host Holly Robinson Peete is inspiring others to become more aware of both Autism and Parkinson’s Disease. Both have touched her life in that she lost her father, Matthew Robinson, widely known as Gordon on the early years of Sesame Street, to Parkinson’s and her son, with husband Rodney Peete, Rodney Jr., was diagnosed with Autism at a young age. In 1997 Holly and Rodney Sr. founded the HollyRod Foundation, which is “dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with Autism and Parkinson’s disease. Efforts of the HollyRod Foundation are providing a better quality of life for individuals and their families.”

(Source: http://www.hollyrod.org/about/)

This weekend in Beverly Hills, California, the Peete family will be holding its annual fundraising event for the Foundation. On Saturday, July 23rd, 2011, Holly and Rodney will welcome guests to a private estate where the event, DesignCare, is being held. It will be the 13th year the event has taken place.

Here’s a Public Service Announcement about autism Holly did over last year’s holiday season:

(Source: HollyRod Foundation’s YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/HollyRodFoundation#p/a/u/1/ywGPC7C-nPQ)

There is so much to learn about Autism and Parkinson’s Disease. Holly’s website is a great portal of information, and a great place to begin, especially if you are unfamiliar with the disorder and disease: http://www.hollyrod.org

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