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Philanthropy: A Wing And A Prayer

The Tom B. Taker Wing.

The Tom B. Taker Wing

The problem with money is that too much of it in one place creates wealth. (It’s easy to imagine if you try.)

Money, an imaginary construct born of the human mind, is better at some things than others. What it may be absolutely worst at, perhaps, is as a yardstick for measuring the worth of human beings.

My personal theory is that the more you have the less likely you are to be deserving of it. And that truly stratospheric acquisition of wealth doesn’t provide enough atmosphere to sustain life. That’s why those with that much wealth have skin that looks like the surface of the moon.
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Abyss Presents: 2010 Gift Giving Guide Part 1

More fun and exciting unique gift ideas coming soon…

What I decided to give

I wrote yesterday that I had decided to do the NoBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) challenge … again. In short, that’s a committment to post every day for an entire month. I did it last month and it didn’t kill me so I’ve decided to do it in December as well.

This time, however, I’m accepting the voluntary challenge to give “something” to someone every day of the month “and then blog about it.”

Yesterday was actually Day #1 to go out in the world and “give” something. I recently learned about something known as the BRCA1 human gene mutation. The name of the gene, BRCA1, actually means “Breast Cancer 1, early onset.” According to Wikipedia, some mutations of this gene “are associated with a significant increase in the risk of breast cancer, as well as other cancers.” I originally learned about this from a fellow WordPress blogger. She’s already had some surgery and is facing more soon. I decided this was the arena where I wanted to do my first “give.”

I have since learned that women diagnosed with this gene mutation can have increased risk for breast cancer of 87% or higher. Following this sort of a diagnosis a procedure known as prophylactic mastectomy is often prescribed. “Prophylactic” means “preventative” and “mastectomy” is the “medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts, partially or completely.” In other words, healthy breasts are to be removed simply because the risk of cancer is so amazingly high. This really floored me.

A few more thoughts about this giving thing. First, I didn’t want it to be simply about money. For one thing, I can’t afford it, especially now. So that really ramps up the pressure on how to do this challenge. Money may occasionally fill the bill (heh) but I’d rather make this challenge about giving something else. Second, each “give” doesn’t have to be something major. It’ll probably be embarrassing but some days I may be forced to report back and say, “I stopped by the park and picked up someone else’s dog poop.” 🙂

Lastly, I still reserve the right to be negative all I want. This is my crib, yo, and I’ll roll that way when I want. I don’t want the challenge getting all up in that grill, yo.

So anywho … I researched BRCA1 and found the web site www.facingourrisk.org. This is the official web site for FORCE which stands for Facing Our Risk of Cancer EMPOWERED. Their beautiful mission statement is: “To improve the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.” Bingo! That was exactly what I was looking for. I had already decided I wouldn’t be making a cash donation, as much as I want to, so I examined the web site for other ways to help. I thought maybe I could find an awareness badge or something I could put on my web site.

Then I saw the “Volunteer” link under “How to Help” and I made up my mind. I was going to volunteer! So I sent in an email offering to help and listing my meager skills and asking if there was in any small way I might be able to help. I have already received an enthusiastic response and will be talking to them soon. I’m excited about it.

That’s about it for now. I’ll try to report back later how the volunteering goes. In the meantime, yikes, I already have to find something else to “give” today. What have I gotten myself into???

The giving of ye olde syrup

Hot on the heels of November and still feeling flushed with success, I have decided to undertake another voluntary challenge. I have signed up with NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) again.

The mission I have accepted is, once again, to blog every day for the month of December, but this time there is a twist: “… give something, to someone, every day of the month, and then blog about it.” NaBloPoMo goes on to say, “The goal is to act with kindness …”

Yikes. Bring on the syrupy sweetness. 🙂

This was an impulsive decision (aren’t they all) so the clock is seriously clicking down on today and finding something to give. I’ll be back to let you know how that works out. Somehow I don’t think the video in the previous post is going to count.