The SWF is cooperating with several other rare disease organizations in NJ to hold a special event on March 4th at the State House in Trenton NJ.
This is in response to the NORD call for rare disease organizations to host an event in each state - either at the State House or in an appropriate location - on February 28, or best available date. Through the energetic work of several non-profit organizations there will be a proclamation in both houses of the NJ State legislature and an opportunity for organizations to provide literature and have a panel of knowledgeable people in the fields of medicine, industry, education and patient advocacy. The audience will be the legislators from both the NJ Senate and the NJ Assembly, or their legislative aides.
You can check the NORD website to see what is happening in your state. www.raredisorders.org
SWF members and volunteers are the heart of The Sturge-Weber Foundation. There are a number of ways you can get involved and help. Volunteers play a vital role in advancing the SWF's mission. Below are ideas to get you started and we look forward to hearing your ideas too!
Please complete the volunteer event form at the beginning of you event. We are here to help you meet your event goals and possibly have materials/ideas to help you with your event.
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Hold an Awareness Event
Some people have a disease or disability that no one can see so they don't have to share information about their appearance every time they go out in public. Often, that is not the case for individuals with Sturge-Weber syndrome or associated Port Wine birthmark conditions. Sharing information about yourself, your family member or a friend can help others understand the differences and challenges faced daily. Sharing information about The Sturge-Weber Foundation make you a champion for those we serve. The Vision of the Sturge-Weber Foundation is that in all areas of life – public, professional, personal – the following goals will be achievable for our members: Read more...
Hold a Fundraising Event
A rare disease, a small number of individuals affected...for a lifetime. To meet the SWF mission, we count on our supporters to help raise funds. You are helping The SWF continue to provide the services we have provided since 1987. Collectively, we can find a cure and create hope for those in need and continue to be available to talk to our families and future families. By getting involved you are making a positive impact on the life of The SWF, reinforcing why we are here. Fundraising ideas are endless. Consider starting a Firstgiving Page or joining TEAMSWF; both opportunities are outlined below. You can also see what other supports have done by clicking Volunteer Happenings.
Create a Firstgiving page
Raise money for the SWF by sharing your story to educate others through the SWF Firstgiving page. The Firstgiving website is user friendly and a great way to share your story and link it to friends, family - all your contacts! Check it out at www.firstgiving.com/swf.
Join TEAMSWF as an Individual on TEAMSWF or Forming Your Own TEAMSWF Your investment in The Sturge-Weber Foundation brings hope to those who need it most through education, awareness and research. Together we can continue to care and share compassionate outreach and be a champion for those we serve. You can support the fight against Sturge-Weber syndrome and associated Port Wine birthmark conditions by signing up as an individual on TEAMSWF or forming your own TEAMSWF event encouraging your friends and family to join your team to raise money along with you. Either way you can participate in the event of your choice (from a 5K to a triathlon)! Learn more at www.firstgiving.com/swf/team-swf. Individuals raising $250 or more will receive a TEAMSWF T-Shirt.
Rare Disease Day February 28, 2013
NORD, the National Organization of Rare Disorders, designated February 28 as Rare Disease Day and asked all rare disease organizations to sponsor an event that would be state-wide in their part of the country.
Here in NJ, legislative demands in Trenton have been focused on the effects of Hurricane Sandy this year. But on March 4, several rare disease organizations with a presence in NJ, including the SWF, held a Rare Disease forum at the State House in Trenton. In an impressive congressional hearing room, speakers representing industry, medical research and development, education, patient concerns and grass roots awareness spoke to an audience of 50-75 people, including some legislators and their staff members. We were able to distribute our SWF literature and speak to interested passers-by. But the by-product of this activity is a link that was forged among several non-profits here in NJ and a chance to get to know each other and educate our colleagues about the concerns we share.
Thank you to those who joined us to spread awareness about Rare Diseases on World Rare Disease Day. We partnered with the RARE Project, NORD and many other rare disease organizations to help create greater awareness for our rare disease community of millions! Rare Disease Day is an annual international advocacy day to bring widespread recognition of rare diseases as a global health challenge.
Learn about the Rare Disease Global Jean Project today and get involved, it is never too late! Rare Disease Day/Sturge-Weber Syndrome Flyer 2013.
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