Coupons & Childhood Cancer?
Coupons was started back in 1999 with just a few
merchants as "Affiliates for Alex". It was started as a way to
make a little money to help pay for our one year old daughter
Alex's treatment for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.
There are several ways you can take action and make a difference.
- Donate your time,
energy and money to charities that support Childhood Cancer
research and provide financial assistance to families. The following charities have
given us immeasurable support over the past seven years:
- Become a volunteer Blood and/or Platelet Pheresis donor by contacting your local Blood Center to donate. Almost all
Cancer patients who receive chemotherapy need blood transfusions. Your regular blood donation can help meet the needs of children and adults going through
- Become a potential Bone Marrow or Stem Cell donor; you could be the one who directly saves the life of a child who needs a marrow or stem cell transplant. Contact the
National Marrow Donor Program
at 1-800-MARROW2 (1-800-627-7692) or the HLA Registry Foundation at 1-888-HLA-DONOR for more information or to register.
- Know someone who is pregnant?
Encourage them to donate the umbilical cord blood of their newborn
baby to a public Cord Blood Bank.
On the National Marrow Donor Program website you'll find
both a list of
Cord Blood Banks
affiliated with NMD and a list of
Blood Banks not affiliated with NMD.
Don't be fooled by "for profit" Cord Blood Banks
that offer to bank your child's Cord Blood privately. Even
if your child does need a transplant, their own Cord Blood
will almost never be used for that transplant. And if a
sibling of your child needs a transplant, bone marrow will
be used rather than cord blood. Donating to a public Cord
Blood Bank can do a lot more good than
banking it privately.
- Purchase cards and
gifts designed by pediatric cancer patients from the Children's Art Project.
In 2004, more than $1.5 million in Children's Art Project proceeds was given to fund
16 patient programs at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.
- Support a
Childhood Cancer Awareness Postage
Stamp by participating in a letter writing campaign to
support the approval of a childhood cancer stamp. Such a stamp
would join others that have raised awareness of breast and
prostate cancer, diabetes, organ donation and hospice care.
Send your letter in support of a childhood cancer stamp to:
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 5670
Washington, DC 20260-2437
for a sample letter.
Click HERE for more info on the campaign.
- Write, call or email
your Congressional Representatives and ask them to support
pending legislation affecting Childhood Cancer.
- Volunteer Your PC for the United Devices Cancer Research Project. Your PC
will be used to help process molecular research being conducted by the University of Oxford
and the National Foundation for Cancer Research. To participate, you simply download a very small, no cost, non-invasive software program that works like a screensaver: it runs when your computer isn't being used, and processes research until you need your machine.
- Join Team in Training and become a part of the more than 30,000 runners, walkers and cyclists who will participate in the world's major marathons and centuries this year on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Team In Training has raised millions of dollars toward finding cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and
Know of other ways to
Take Action? Send us an
email and we'll post it on this page.
P.S. Visit Alex's
Place for more information on Alex's Fight Against Leukemia.