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Long before Breast Cancer hit close to my home, I decided that I would give my full support to the pink ribbon cause. I participated in fundraising for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure recruiting family, friends, co-workers, and complete strangers to pitch in and help. This experience was not only a valuable lesson for my children in terms of what it means to be charitable, but later when they’re grandmother was battling the disease, they could see how they’re efforts could affect someone they loved first hand. Before choosing to support a particular cause, I had always been charitable in small ways and taught my son and daughter how important it was to be of service and to give. My only wish is that I had found a cause to support much earlier in life. In an effort to capitalize on time and youthful energy, this Fall I’m going to support my children in doing their own research to find a cause they choose to support in their own way. Though the pink ribbon may be one of the most widely recognized symbols, there are many other charities and community service programs in need of your assistance. In addition to charities that provide funding to find cures for disease and illness, you can also consider areas such as poverty & homelessness, military & injured veterans, environmental protection, animals & wildlife, and the list goes on and on. After you’ve done your due diligence to ensure that yours is a legitimate charity or cause, get involved as a family and make a difference in the world.

Words By: Sid Powell

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