It's my favorite month!

NO SHAVE NOVEMBER!

Heck yeah! It's the one month out of the year that men show their support for CANCER in general! It's not about focusing on one single cancer, it's about supporting and donating what you would spend on razors, shaving products, going to the barber to get lined up and more to your cancer charity of choice.

Next month; December, it's the month of giving.

It's not just presents to those in our family or our friend network, we really need to think about legit charities across the board as well. Many charities rely on donations to help fund research, the caring, and health for their patients and such.

My Beautiful Mother... battling Endometrial Cancer

My Beautiful Mother… when she was battling Endometrial Cancer

If you've read my previous posts about my mom, you'll know that cancer is a BIG deal in our family. My mom had a very aggressive endometrial cancer that spread to her lungs, blood system and every single one of her lymph nodes.

This is the very reason why I stress about donating to cancer charities…. People like my mom shouldn't have to suffer through these horrible diseases.

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American Cancer Society

This is my mom's pick. They helped her with wigs, getting treatment, helping with bills and more. (The link is to our team page)

You can read more about my first Mother's Day without my mom here!

American Cancer Society's focus is “To save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and fighting back.”

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

My husband's school friend was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Every year we walk for a cure for her and many others who suffer their entire lives with Cystic Fibrosis. (The link is our personal team page for my family)

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs.

Cure Alzheimer's Disease

My grandmother passed away earlier this year from Alzheimer’s Disease after a lengthy stay in a nursing home due to her Macular Degeneration disease. Both made it impossible for her to be alone and very difficult for just one or two people to take care of her.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that causes problems with memory, reasoning, behavior and motor skills. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s slowly worsen over time, and the disease is ultimately fatal.

Hearing Charities of America

My oldest son is hearing impaired. He has to wear 2 hearing aids at all times. We've talked about surgery when he gets older and stops growing to correct his hearing. His paternal grandmother and half sister has the same hearing disorder. So with him, it's hereditary.

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The Hearing Charities of America (HCOA) is dedicated to supporting Americans who suffer from hearing loss or deafness. They use three different approaches to meet their goals: awareness, advocacy, and scholarships and grants. Among those who benefit from the HCOA’s work are audiologists, non-profit organizations, hearing aid manufacturers, community leaders, and of course, those with hearing loss. The HCOA also has many scholarships available for deaf or hard of hearing students as well as for students who are seeking careers in hearing-related industries. The HCOA has a number of campaigns and programs across the country

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that…

…all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;

…our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;

…everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;

…all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and

…in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

Environmental and Energy Study Institute

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies. EESI believes meeting this goal requires transitions to social and economic patterns that sustain people, the environment and the natural resources upon which present and future generations depend.

EESI advances innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path.

Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

EJI works with communities that have been marginalized by poverty and discouraged by unequal treatment. We are committed to changing the narrative about race in America. EJI produces groundbreaking reports, an award-winning wall calendar, and short films that explore our nation’s history of racial injustice, and we recently launched an ambitious national effort to create new spaces, markers, and memorials that address the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation, which shapes many issues today.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)

Since 1963, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) has made a lifetime of achievement possible for 12,000 talented young people from under-served and underrepresented communities.

We offer three distinct programs:

SEO Scholars is a rigorous eight-year academic program that prepares under-served public high school students for admission to the nation’s most competitive colleges–and supports them through college graduation. 90% of SEO Scholars graduate.

SEO Career is the nation’s premier summer internship program for talented, underrepresented college students of color. More than 80% of recent inters received job offers from SEO partners.

SEO Alternative Investments provides education, exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to talented professionals traditionally under-represented in the alternative investments sector.

SEO is an alumni-driven organization. Once a student is accepted into one of our three programs, he or she becomes a member of a network of highly successful leaders which numbers more than 12,000 and represents 46 U.S. states and 48 countries. We support the ongoing professional and leadership development of our alumni via panel discussions, networking events, virtual resources and volunteer opportunities.

National Education for Assistance Dog Services

NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1976 and is based in Princeton, Massachusetts. Our Service Dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners who are deaf or have a disability.

Kids Alive International

For 100 years, Kids Alive has rescued orphans and other vulnerable and forgotten children in 15 countries around the world. Through the blessing of child sponsorship, these kids receive loving, holistic care and a quality education, helping break the bondage of hunger, abuse, and exploitation.

Kids Alive International rescues girls and boys, one at a time, out of some of the worst conditions imaginable. Many are orphans…others are from broken homes…some have intact families but live in such desperate poverty that their parents cannot even feed them, much less educate them or provide health care. Each child receives the treatment appropriate to his or her needs.

The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Nature Conservancy's vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

Through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom impact conservation in 72 countries. With the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporations.  By using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and staying true to our five unique core values.  That’s how The Nature Conservancy has done more than anyone else to advance conservation around the world since our founding in 1951.

World Wildlife Fund

The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

About 7,500 patients are seen at St. Jude annually, most of whom are treated on a continuing outpatient basis and are part of ongoing research programs. The hospital also has 78 beds for patients requiring hospitalization during treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world.

 Why am I sharing this with you?

It's important to know where you're money is going to when you donate and if the charity is legit enough to earn your money. Now, some charities do have high charity costs, you need to factor in what those costs cover. Most cover the events, advertisements, employees (including CEOs), and facility costs. So when I do my research, I look a bit deeper.

So make your own decision on who to donate to.

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What is one of the legit charities that you donate to every year?

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