Posts Tagged ‘Eye Cancer’

PennyPushUps is now The RAE of Hope

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

PennyPushUps since 2013 has been my family’s awareness and fundraising campaign to spread information about Retinoblastoma, the childhood eye cancer that is responsible for my loss of both my eyes.

As the parent of a RB survivor it seemed right to try and do something to spread awareness.

 

The original idea was pretty straight forward; I’ll complete 100 push-ups a day and you sponsor me like a walk-a-thon just 1 cent per push-up… do the math!

 

The campaign turned into us sharing our story as well as others impacted by the cancer. Probably not a shock considering I enjoy telling people’s stories. The shock was I thought I could easily do this on video. Fortunately, I wasn’t 100 percent wrong. (Non visual video editing is possible… I do it!) Even more fortunately, my wife thought she could do a better job at the video production. She was right and she began to earn her keep and her name… Super Producer Marley Marl now formally known as Super Producer Marlett!

 

It became apparent that people weren’t really interested in my push-ups. One of the comments on the videos went something like; “Really interesting and important but why is there a guy doing push-ups.” LOL! I guess they didn’t listen to the introduction which summarized everything I just said about the campaign.

 

Logo for The RAE of Hope - a beam of light shining on to the earth from space

Focusing on raising awareness & empowering others while raising funds for World Eye Cancer Hope the name sort of wrote itself when we let the universe take over… The RAE of Hope, “Shining a light on a childhood eye cancer”.

 

We just finished airing our first full week of videos. We post them to our Facebook page “The RAE of Hope” and via YouTube.

 

I would love for you to come on over and “Like” our FB page or follow us on twitter @TheRAEofHope. The stories this year feature a bit more in the way of video production but the full story is told via audio. In fact, this year we incorporated closed captions available via YouTube, so we’re fully accessible – the way it should be!

 

Below is our playlist of all our videos so if this works properly you could pretty much bookmark this post and watch the latest video as we move through the month. We post new videos every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

Tell a friend and help us spread the word about Childhood Cancer it can truly save a life and sight!

 

Reid My Mind Radio: Cradle – The Cancer Detecting Smart Phone App

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

“You make something, it works very well and then you just give it away, as quickly as possible”

– Bryan Shaw

 

Bryan Shaw, after watching his child survive Retinoblastoma or Eye Cancer, develops an app that is already saving lives and sight in children.

 

In this piece for Gatewave Radio and even more included on the RMM Radio version, you will hear all about this Professor’s story and how personal tragedy led to a life changing app.

 

Get the APP on ITunes

Get the App on Google Play

 

Play the story!

 

Resources:

 

“Cheap, functional, reliable things unleash the creativity of people who then build stuff that you could not imagine” – George Whitesides

 

George Whitesides – TED Talk

 

For more on the white eye…Know the Glow

Learn more about those impacted by Retinoblastoma:

 

A Holiday Message to Save Lives and Sight

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

More children are diagnosed with Retinoblastoma or eye cancer between the months of December and March. The reason; the holiday season is the time of year when more pictures are taken and seen. The white glow seen in a child’s eye can be an indication of the eye cancer. This video from World Eye Cancer Hope is a quick message to help educate the public. All we need is your help to spread the word. Thanks to WEChope’s Abby White and Super Producer Marlett for all their work putting this together. The photos in the video are of real children and families impacted by Retinoblastoma.

 

Reid My Mind Radio: Jake Olson – It’s A Snap!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

During the month of September while I was fully focused on #PennyPushUps2015; the Reid Family’s Fundraiser and Awareness Campaign supporting children with eye cancer, a related story almost slipped past my radar. I received an email about the story of a USC Long Snapper who was blind. The sender suggested I should feature this individual on Gatewave Radio.

 

I moved the email to my Gatewave folder and made a mental note to research the story further once I could focus more, i.e. after September.

Well, it just so happens that this young man is a retinoblastoma survivor himself.

Check out this latest story for Gatewave Radio featuring Jake Olson.

I included a little something extra for the Reid My Mind Radio version so make sure you listen through.

 

 

For More information:

Retinoblastoma

Swim with Mike Scholarship

USC Trojans

 

 

#PennyPushUps2015 The Finale Tally

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

You know we had to report back…And not just via a post and a $ Amount!

One final shout out to all those who shared their stories, donors and those of you who showed your support through sharing the posts. You all are official members of the PennyPushUps Team.

I encourage you to go on over to World Eye Cancer Hope’s FB Page https://www.facebook.com/wechope/

Or www.wechope.org/

“Life and Sight for Every Child”

Thanks for your Support…Now Watch!