A big thank you to all our donors and corporate partners who participated in the Fall 2012 Workplace Giving campaign. Your generous contributions continue to support Maryland's most trusted health charities!
Here are 5 reasons why your donation to Community Health Charities of Maryland and its 52 local member charities makes such a significant impact:
1. Did you know? 1,490,566 Marylanders are served annually by Community Health Charities of Maryland member health organizations.
2. More than half of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases.Chronic diseases account for 70% of all deaths in the U.S.
3. Consider this! On average, in a company with 100 employees:
25 have cardiovascular disease
12 have asthma
6 have diabetes
26 have high blood pressure
30 have high cholesterol
31 use alcohol excessively
44 suffer from stress
4. More than 50 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year.
5. For the cost of...
$1 per two-week pay period, you can send a child with epilepsy to a morning of summer camp.
$10, you can provide diabetes risk tests to 500 individuals.
$200, you support 1 month of dialysis medication for a patient.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2012 CORPORATE AWARD RECIPIENTS!
Health Charities is partnering with the National Stroke Association, a proud
member charity, for National Stroke
Awareness Month this May.
Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by
developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment,
rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.
With nationwide programming, NKF provides scientific research, professional/ public education, patient and community services for 26 million Americans with chronic kidney disease and 20 million at risk.
At age 44, Christine Sable had few worries about her cancer risk, especially since no one in her immediate or extended family had a history of cancer. This mother of two, wife, and full-time real estate professional was leading an active, healthy life. But then she received some shocking news that sent her and her family into a tailspin. After a few months of minor, persisting symptoms—mild abdominal discomfort that she easily could have ignored—Christine made what she thought would be a routine visit to her doctor.
At age 44, Christine Sable had few worries about her cancer risk, especially since no one in her immediate or extended family had a history of cancer. This mother of two, wife, and full-time real estate professional was leading an active, healthy life. Then she received some shocking news that sent her and her family into a tailspin. After a few months of minor, persisting symptoms—mild abdominal discomfort that she easily could have ignored—Christine made what she thought would be a routine visit to her doctor. Later that week, she learned she had advanced ovarian cancer, a bleak diagnosis from which more than half of women diagnosed at this stage ultimately do not recover.
During the following year, Christine endured major surgery and debilitating chemotherapy before finally enrolling in an ovarian cancer vaccine clinical trial led by Cancer Research Institute clinical investigator Dr. Kunle Odunsi at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. The trial was part of the Cancer Vaccine Collaborative, a joint program between the Cancer Research Institute and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research to develop therapeutic cancer vaccines. Six years later, Christine remains free of ovarian cancer. She is beating the odds, and believes her immune system is keeping her healthy. She is active in the ovarian cancer patient community, where she spreads awareness of the disease and shares her own treatment experiences.
To Christine, being aware of your symptoms and assuming a responsibility for your health are crucial to getting yourself the best treatment and staying free from cancer. Dr. Odunsi’s important research is made possible in part through the generous support of donors who select the Cancer Research Institute (member #11999) through workplace giving programs like the Combined Federal Campaign and Community Health Charities. You can read more about Christine’s victory over ovarian cancer by visiting http://cancerresearch.org/RealStories/Patients/Ovarian-Cancer/Christine-Sable.html