Category Archives: Give Back

You Can Do Good, Easily – Meet Me August 6 at Boston’s House of Blues for Eric Donovan

I made this video for Eric Donovan, hoping it will help inspire you to join us on August 6th at Boston’s House of Blues, to help raise funds for him to pursue the best in rehabilitation.

At 15 Eric was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. He beat the 30% chance for survival that they gave him. After battling the disease throughout his teen years, he was cleared of the disease…and just weeks later, he was critically injured in a diving accident, leaving him a quadriplegic.

Eric’s strength and determination have touched so many. I didn’t know Eric before this event – I just happened to be at the same beach the day of his accident and was moved to help him. I hope you will be, too.

Tickets are $50.00 – celeb appearances, auctions, raffles and more will make it an unforgettable night for Eric – and you. You’ve gone to parties or TweetUps for less, right? Please sign up & meet me in Boston – have fun & do good, it’s easy.

Read more and buy tickets – or donate services or goods for the raffle/auction at http://www.eld2010.com.

Thank you!

In 15 Minutes for Just $15 – Help Change Someone’s Life and Beat Cancer

This is a repeat from my work blog but the subject matter is important so I’m reposting here as well. I hope you’ll consider helping. If you’re having a bad day, helping someone else who is facing much bigger challenges and stresses can truly help. Help them, help yourself – it’s a win-win. Karen, this is for you.

National Breast Cancer Awareness month is nearing an end. We’re trying to help raise awareness for the thousands of women who have faced this challenge – and are fighting much bigger challenges than anything a day at work can throw our way. In particular, we’d like to call out two of our friends and their efforts to raise money to directly help women facing this relentless disease: Jeanne Fitzmaurice of Design Her Gals and the Gal to Gal Foundation and Alicia Staley of The Staley Foundation.

Both of these amazing women are trying to reach a certain goal this month (today, in Alicia’s case) to help others. Both have been touched by cancer and are inspirational women who remind us to keep going, never give up and to support each other. Will you please help our efforts to do so by taking just 15 minutes and $15 (skip two of those Starbuck’s lattes this week, perhaps?) today to help them reach their goals?

Alicia Staley, the Staley Foundation

Alicia’s birthday is today and her wish is to raise $1,000 in 24 hours for the Staley Foundation – money raised during her birthday wish challenge will be used to purchase books, journals, and JILLIES to include in new patient packs:

  • $10 donation = a journal for patients in a support group!
  • $20 donation = books for patients preparing for surgery!
  • $45 donation = a brand new JILLIES garment for patients having radiation or chemo!

staley134119_logo_final The Staley Foundation acts on its belief that cancer survivors need a strong fundamental base of education, advocacy, and assistance to persevere in their cancer battle and beyond to live their best lives. Alicia should know – she’s a three-time cancer survivor (read her amazing story here). She founded the Staley Foundation in 2007, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people touched by cancer, including survivors, their families, and caregivers. The Staley Foundation fulfills its mission through cancer awareness education, survivorship education, community outreach initiatives, advocacy development, and patient assistance programs. You can help Alicia by donating, here.

Jeanne Fitzmaurice, Gal to Gal Foundation

Jeanne is in her third year of the Gal to Gal Virtual Walk – a fun, easy-to-join virtual walk through a different city each day, to help raise funds to grant wishes for stage IV breast cancer patients. Many organizations are dedicated to helping cancer patients during the early stages of diagnosis, but few are focused on stage IV – Gal to Gal is focused on helping women in this stage to maintain their dignity while receiving treatment through the progression of the disease. Walkers can choose who to “walk” with others – from celebrities like Larry King, Molly Sims and Kristin Chenoweth, to everyday neighbors and friends. You can create teams and invite others to join as well.

This year’s walk honors Dorit Shapiro, past President of the Gal to Gal Foundation, who lost her brave battle to Stage IV last October at age 38. You can listen to Dorit’s own story – in her own words – in the video below. Dorit spoke about last year’s Gal to Gal walk, just one week before her passing. We hope it will inspire you to spend just $5.00 to help Jeanne and her team reach this year’s goal of $250,000 (a figure that was Dorit’s personal hope for this year). You can create an avatar and search for the PerkettPR team to “walk” with us, or you can choose to simply just donate.

Thanks for reading, for donating and for your support through posting these efforts on Twitter, Facebook, your own blog and more. Not for us, but for the patients.

Who Knew? Brighter is Not Always Better

Every May during our annual family vacation to Hilton Head, we have to turn off any ocean-facing lights off 9 p.m. The city requires this in respect to the nesting sea turtles, in an attempt to help the creatures flourish. Bright lights can confuse the turtles and cause them harm or an untimely death.

Interestingly, night lights are not only dangerous to sea turtles but to humans, too. A recent article in U.S. News & World Report highlights the dangers of a “bright night” – indicating that breast cancer is nearly twice as common in brightly lit communities as in dark ones, and that light pollution costs our nation about $10.4 billion a year.

In an effort to encourage others to pay attention to this growing issue, more than two dozen cities worldwide will dim their lights on March 29 in an hour-long demonstration. According to the article, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco will all join in the demonstration by turning off the lights of some notable landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge.

You can help alleviate light pollution and its harmful effects – such as disorientation to outdoor animals and hormonal disturbances in humans that can possibly fuel tumor growth – by turning off outdoor lights by 10 p.m. To read more about the possible harmful effects of bright nights and light pollution, visit U.S. News & World Report or the International Dark-Sky Association – a “non-profit member organization that teaches others how to preserve the night sky through fact sheets, law references, pictures, and web resources.”

Count Your Blessings and Give Some, Too – 24 Easy Ways Online

I’m counting my blessings this month even as I run around stressing about getting everything done: the shopping, the wrapping, the end-of-year sales and finances, the travel plans, etc. But I’m not forgetting how, even though I’m crazed, I’m extremely lucky. I have a warm home – in both temperature and spirit, a great marriage, two glorious children, great and patient friends, a thriving business on my own terms, fabulous employees, a supportive extended family, three dogs who make me crazy but are great for cuddling, and much, much more.

As I look around this month and count my blessings more than usual, I also want to give back as a way of saying “thanks” to the universe/Kismet, etc. It’s easier than ever these days – so no excuses. Click on any of the URLs below to share the spirit this holiday season – and always, for that matter.

  1. Support research for many medical causes. My personal passions: Alzheimer’s and Cancer.
  2. Be the example to a teen at risk.
  3. Boston’s very own Globe Santa can use your help for granting holiday wishes to needy families.
  4. Californian? Shop at Out of the Closet thrift stores to support AIDS Healthcare
    Foundation
    through proceeds
  5. Choose a volunteer project or go local – do something in your town
  6. Keep us all healthy – donate for vaccinations against deadly diseases
  7. See clearly – donate your old eye glasses
  8. Keep walking – donate old shoes
  9. Nature matters – protect rain forests
  10. You can provide a month of care for sexual slavery victims
  11. Not flying this season? Donate your frequent flyer miles to families of injured soldiers
  12. Each year the average teacher spends over $659 from their own pocket to buy classroom materials; you can help locally or otherwise
  13. eBay isn’t just for buying; sell gifts online, too – a percentage of sales goes to charities of your choice
  14. Enjoying your family at the holidays? Our homesick troops aren’t so lucky – help brighten their holiday
  15. Give blood
  16. Education matters – support a future college student
  17. Help time pass for a hospital-bound child
  18. Brides Against Breast Cancer can use your gown
  19. My Mom’s Golden is a therapy dog; yours can be too
  20. Send your old laptop to a child
  21. Shopping anyway so why not donate a portion of what you buy this season by shopping here
  22. Support the need for medical supplies for children
  23. Upgrade your car or mobile phone and donate the old one for domestic violence victims
  24. Warm and cozy? Many are not. Donate stuffed animals, baby blankets, and children’s books