Posts Tagged ‘WeCHope’

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!


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.


#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


“Life and Sight for Every Child”

Thanks for your Support…Now Watch!


#PennyPushUps2015 Day 30 – The PennyPushUps2015 ReidMix

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

First, there was my Mid-Month Monolog; now my first remix. Let’s make that a ReidMix! Today we’re taking a look back at just some of the valuable lessons learned during the past 30 days.

This is the final day to support. If you haven’t already, go on over to and hit that donate button! We are only asking for $30 or whatever you can give. I finished my part; 3,000 push-ups.

Our mission at World Eye Cancer Hope (WeCHope):

“Life and Sight for Every Child”


Support: Donate, Share…Now Watch!


#PennyPushUps2015 Day 29 Celeste’s Story: A Mom’s Inspiration

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Telling young RB survivor Celeste’s story required getting help from her mom. The result, multiple stories of facing challenge, real advice for overcoming self-consciousness and proof that good can blossom from the bad.

“Life and Sight for Every Child”


Support: Donate, Share…Now Watch!