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!
Mental Health America – a proud member charity of Community
Health Charities and the leading advocacy organization addressing the full
spectrum of mental and substance use conditions and their effects nationwide –
works to inform, advocate and enable access to quality behavioral health
services for all Americans.
Mental Health America continues its tradition of celebrating
May as Mental Health Month, which began in 1949 to raise awareness of mental
health conditions and mental wellness for all.
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Frederick Care Net is a Christian organization that offers alternatives to abortion by supporting individuals facing unintended pregnancy through free medical, emotional, practical and spiritual help.
Sharon Belvin was only 22 years old when she learned she had late-stage metastatic melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Despite undergoing a series of treatments that left her body ravaged and her spirit exhausted, her cancer kept coming back, each time worse than before.
Sharon Belvin was only 22 years old when she learned she had late-stage metastatic melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Despite undergoing a series of treatments that left her body ravaged and her spirit exhausted, her cancer kept coming back, each time worse than before. Just when she began to lose all hope, she met Cancer Research Institute clinical investigator and Scientific Advisory Council member Dr. Jedd Wolchok at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He began treating her with an experimental immunotherapy called anti-CTLA-4, a monoclonal antibody created by CRI Scientific Advisory Council associate director James Allison. The therapy works by “taking the brakes off the immune system,” allowing the body’s natural defenses to target and destroy cancer without counterproductive restraint. The result: Sharon is cancer-free today, has since gone on to have a beautiful baby girl, Lillybeth, and—even more good news—is expecting her second child in early 2010.
The important research of Drs. Jedd Wolchok and James Allison 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 Sharon’s victory over melanoma by visiting http://cancerresearch.org/RealStories/Patients/Sharon-Belvin.html