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    • Awareness Ribbon Colors and Meanings

      Awareness Ribbons




      It's the beginning of the year and we will be highlighting different causes each month. To kick things off, here is a  list of some of the common Awareness ribbon colors and causes.  This list is not necessarily all-inclusive, so please feel free to let us know if you would like another awareness ribbon or awareness cause added to our Awareness Ribbon Colors reference guide.


      Black Ribbon: Melanoma, Mourning POW-MIA, Suicide, Anti-Gang

      Black and Clear Ribbon: Street Racing Awareness

      Blue and Yellow Ribbon: Down's Syndrome Awareness

      Brown Ribbon: Colorectal Cancer Awareness

      Dark or Royal Blue Ribbon: Colon Cancer, Anti-Tobacco, Arthritis Awareness, Child Abuse Prevention, Crime Victim Rights, Domestic Violence, Drunk Driving, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Police Officers Lost in the Line of Duty, Reye's Syndrome, Huntington's Disease

      Gold Ribbon: Childhood Cancer Awareness

      Grey Ribbon: Diabetes Awareness, Asthma, Brain Cancer Awareness

      Green Ribbon: Kidney Cancer Awareness, Organ Donation, Bipolar Disorder, Cerebral Palsy Awareness, Glaucoma Awareness

      Lavender Ribbon: Epilepsy, Hysterectomy, Rett Syndrome, Testicular Cancer

      Light Blue Ribbon: Prostate Cancer, Thyroid Disease, Men's Health, Addison's Disease, Grave's Disease

      Multi-color (puzzle piece design): Autism Awareness

      Orange Ribbon: Leukemia, Lupus, Motorcyclist Safety, Multiple Sclerosis

      Pink Ribbon: Breast Cancer Awareness

      Pink and Blue Ribbon: Miscarriage, ARDS, Male Breast Cancer, SIDS Awareness

      Purple Ribbon: Thyroid Cancer, ADD, ADHD, Alzheimer's Disease, Animal Abuse, Cancer Survivor, Children with Disabilities, Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Domestic Violence, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Macular Degeneration, Pancreatic Cancer

      Red Ribbon: DUI Awareness, Heart Disease, HIV/AIDS, MADD, DARE, Substance Abuse

      Silver Ribbon: Abuse of the Elderly, Children with Disabilities, Diseases or Disorders of the Brain, Parkinson's Disease

      Teal Ribbon: Ovarian Cancer, Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome, Sexual Violence, Spaying and Neutering Pets, Substance Abuse, Tourette Syndrome, PTSD, Cervical Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Gynecological Cancer

      White Ribbon: Adoption, Bone Disease, Bone Cancer, Child Exploitation and Abuse, Free Speech, Innocence, Peace, Poverty Awareness, Purity, Student Sexual Assault, Victims of Terrorism

      Yellow Ribbon: Support our Troops, Adoptive Parents, Endometriosis, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Missing Children, Missing Persons, Suicide Prevention, Testicular Cancer

    • National Autism Awareness Month Facts



      Next month, the month of April, is designated as National Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a developmental disability that usually makes itself known within the first three years of a child's life. According to the Autism Society:

      "Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today."





      Autism is a complex disorder and even with years of testing and research no single known cause has been determined. However, is is widely accepted that that it is caused by abnormalities in brain function or structure. While there are a number of theories about what causes autism such as genetics, heredity and medical issues, there is no definitive answer. As noted on the Autism Society website; while no one has actually discovered and "autism gene" there does appear to be a notable pattern in some families of autism and/or related disorders. It also appears that some children may be predisposed to developing autism. However, there is nothing that has been found that could be an actual cause or trigger.






      So why the puzzle piece?  As I mentioned, while researchers have found patterns and have long suspected certain environmental factors, there is a piece of a puzzle that is missing and that piece - when discovered - could mean a cure, which is why April is designated as National Autism Awareness Month. The more awareness that can be raised means more money for research, education, and support for families affected by autism.




      While fundraising does occur throughout the year, during National Autism Awareness month there are even more fundraisers, events and news stories that bring attention and shine a big bright spotlight on this disorder.





      So start now, spread the word early and let everyone know that April is National Autism Awareness Month!!!


      For more information about Autism you can visit:

      Autism Society ~ www.autism_society.org

      Autism Speaks ~ www.autismspeaks.org

      Autism Research Institute ~ www.autism.com






    • March is Irish-American Heritage Month



      Everyone know that March 17th is  St. Patrick's Day, right? Did you know that the entire month of March has been designated as Irish American Heritage Month? Well, it is! It certainly makes sense doesn't it?  Each year since 1991 the President of the United States proclaims March to be Irish-American Heritage Month. According to the website Irish Central, on March 1st, of 2012 President Barack Obama put forth this decree:


      "For centuries, America and Ireland have built a proud and enduring partnership cemented by mutual values and a common history. Generations of Irish have crossed the Atlantic in pursuit of prosperity, and today nearly 40 million of their proud descendants continue to make their indelible mark on the United States of America. Their stories, as varied as our Nation's people, humble us and inspire our children to reach for the opportunities dreamed about by our forebears.

      Over hundreds of years, Irish men, women, and children left the homes of their ancestors, watching the coasts of Donegal and the cliffs of Dingle fade behind them. Boarding overcrowded ships and navigating dangerous seas, these resilient travelers looked to the horizon with hope in their hearts. Many left any valuables, land, or stability they had behind, but they came instead with the true treasures of their homeland -- song and literature, humor and tradition, faith and family. And when they landed on our shores, they shared their gifts generously, adding immeasurable value to towns, cities, and communities throughout our Nation.

      Today, we draw on the indomitable spirit of those Irish Americans whose strength helped build countless miles of canals and railroads; whose brogues echoed in mills, police stations, and fire halls across our country; and whose blood spilled to defend a Nation and a way of life they helped define. Defying famine, poverty, and discrimination, these sons and daughters of Erin demonstrated extraordinary strength and unshakable faith as they gave their all to help build an America worthy of the journey they and so many others have taken. During Irish-American Heritage Month, we recall their legacy of hard work and perseverance, and we carry forward that singular dedication to forging a more prosperous future for all Americans.

      Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by celebrating the contributions of Irish Americans to our Nation." ~ Irish Central.com




      St. Patrick's Day is a Christian holiday meant to honor the teaching, sacrifices and miracles of St. Patrick. However, it has also been a celebration for all things Irish. You don't have to limit your Irish appreciation to just one day; you can celebrate it all month long -- but keeping the green beer drinking to one or two days is probably a wise decision.



      Initially, a large number of Irish immigrated to America after suffering many years under harsh English rule. During the Potato Famine of 1845 to 1852 many were starving, jobless, homeless, and fled to America seeking a better life. When they arrived in the states it wasn't the warm welcome they may have hoped for. Instead, they faced criticism, discrimination and poverty but they pushed on and helped to shape America into what it is today.  They worked had and this month we celebrate all they have contributed!!!

    • Sorority in the Spotlight ~ Alpha Chi Omega



      Alpha Chi Omega ~ ΑΧΩ


      Open Motto: “Together let us seek the heights.”
      Mascot: Butterfly
      Symbol:  Grecian Lyre
      Colors: Scarlet Red and Olive Green
      Flower: Red Carnation



      Alpha Chi Omega was founded at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana -- October 15, 1885.  In 1885 the Dean of this prestigious music school  invited seven young women to start a women's fraternity -- Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms and Estelle Leonard. This talented group of young women included 2 singers, 3 pianists, a composer and a cellist/ violinist/ bassist.

      In the beginning, association with the music school was preferred however, the women's fraternity was never strictly a musical organization. Its members actually graduated from several departments within the university. The founders selected the greek letter A (Alpha) because it was the very first sorority started at a school of music, they chose Ω (Omega) because they believed that they would also be the last fraternity of this kind. "Kai" (meaning and) was also added but later changed to Χ (Chi).

      Today there are 132 chapters of Alpha Chi Omega at colleges and universities across the country, with over 200,000 lifetime members. Currently, almost all the chapters are working to end domestic violence. They do this by volunteering at women's shelters, collecting clothing and other need supplies for women and children living in the shelters, and staffing domestic violence hotlines.

      Any woman who is part of a legacy - meaning her mother, grandmother  and great-grandmother are Alpha Chi Omega members - has an excellent chance at being accepted into the organization as well. Those strong connections are very important but being a legacy doesn't necessarily guarantee membership. Also, Alumna Initiates are women who weren't Alpha Chi Omega members in college and may have graduated many years ago. Alpha Chi Omega offers these women a fantastic opportunity to be part of the organization and benefit from all the wonderful things being a part of Alpha Chi Omega, has to offer.

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