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:

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.”



Bright Idea: Spreading the word on something you hear about that can help others

If anyone knows me, or is a friend on Facebook or finds me on Twitter, they know that I love reading, information and passing it along. I love to share breaking news (politics, economics, entertainment, etc) and I have always been this way. I suppose that is a huge part of why my love for words and information turned my hobbies and passions into my career choice of journalism! (More on that on my website.)

On the news today, I caught a portion of a story about a new study regarding car seats. The report mentioned findings linking toxins to the materials with which baby and children’s car seats are made. I got online and researched the study more and found that according to the non-profit Ecology Center at, “while some seats were found to be virtually free of the most dangerous chemicals, over half (60%) contained at least one of the chemicals tested for.”

These toxic chemicals are said to be linked to allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer. On top of that, they remind us that babies are the most vulnerable to exposure as they are still in a state of development and sensitivity.

They have posted several images and charts in order to help parents and caregivers understand which car seats are best for their children. For example:


To find out more about this study, and to find out more about toxic substances in other everyday products, you can visit their website:


James Blake: Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund

He may have lost to Juan Martin Del Potro in the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles yesterday, but to Celebrity Optimist, tennis pro James Blake is a perpetual winner.

In memory of his father and mentor, Thomas Blake Sr., James founded the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund. The Fund’s mission is to “[support] early detection research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering–the nation’s preeminent cancer center.”


Not only does the fund offer the opportunity for the population to donate to the cause of helping to fight cancer, it offers a program called “J-Block” where James’ fans have the opportunity to purchase merchandise, which in turn contributes to the fund as well. The fans get to both celebrate their favorite tennis player and help in the ongoing battle against cancer.

Now to that we say, match point!


UPDATE (1/21/2012): Please also refer to The James Blake Foundation, also dedicated to cancer research and finding a cure.


Simone Smith: Simone I. Smith Jewelry/ “A Sweet Touch of Hope” (American Cancer Society)

Sometimes the act of giving comes in the form of creativity. LL Cool J has been blazing trails in entertainment since he emerged on the burgeoning hip-hop scene in the 80s and beyond. He has since been a fixture in all facets of the entertainment world. It’s been a journey, but he’s maintained his top position in the game. All the while, his wife, Simone, has been by his side. In 2004, she was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, called Stage III Chondrosarcoma. After her lengthy fight and triumph, she not only fulfilled her dream of creating a jewelry line, Simone I. Smith, but she also fulfilled her philanthropic goals by teaming up with the American Cancer Society in order to donate a portion of the proceeds (10%) from select pieces to help with the fight against cancer.

“Her treatment required an invasive surgery that altered the appearance of her lollipop tattoo. “It literally looks like someone took a bite out of it,” says Simone. Inspired by her experience, the lollipop now represents Simone’s journey to getting well and staying well, and has sparked a desire to help other cancer survivors.”


And so, “A Sweet Touch of Hope” was born.

You can find her website here: