Welcome to our Charity Corner. Check back monthly to see our new featured charity.
Tour de Cure American Diabetes Association – June 2016
Started in 1991 the Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 40 states nationwide to benefit and support the American Diabetes Association’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Tour de Cure is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. Since its inception, Tour de Cure has raised over $250 million.
Chicagoland Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It’s a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels, sponsors and volunteers join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association, while celebrating our Red Riders (riders who are living with diabetes).
The Geneva Family Dental Team participates each June in honor of family and friends who are affected by diabetes. They also ride in memory of Dee’s dad who passed away 16 years ago this August from his battle with diabetes.
For more information on the Tour de Cure ride and how you can join or support our team visit our team page.
The Oral Cancer Foundation – April/May 2016
The Oral Cancer Foundation is a charity that hits home for the Geneva Family Dental staff. Jenny, GFD’s financial coordinator, lost her stepdad to oral cancer in 2014.
The Oral Cancer Foundation is a national public service, non-profit entity designed to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and patient support activities. Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer. Approximately 48,250 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2016. This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth. For more than a decade there has been an increase in the rate of occurrence of oral and oropharyngeal cancers.
The Oral Cancer Foundation helps educate people on the warning signs and symptoms for oral cancer. With early detection the survival rate is 80%. Caught later the chance of survival goes down dramatically. One person dies per hour from oral cancer in the United States.
Each year the GFD dental staff participates as team “GFD Remembers Rick” in the Annual Illinois Oral Cancer Foundation Walk/Run for Awareness. This event takes place in May at Redmond Park in Bensenville, IL. The OCF Walk/Run for Awareness informs participants about current trends, risk factors, signs & symptoms, and treatments of this devastating illness. Their goal is to send the critically importance message of early detection and prevention not only to the general public, but also to health care providers who are the front-line specialists in screening for and detecting this disease at its earliest and potentially most curable stages.
For more information on the OCF Walk/Run 2016 and to join or support team “GFD Remembers Rick” please click here: http://bit.ly/260nuHb
To learn more about OCF please visit: http://oralcancerfoundation.org/
Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/oralcancer
Feed My Starving Children – March 2016
Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: volunteers hand-pack meals specially formulated for malnourished children, and we send them to partners around the world where they’re used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. FMSC food has reached nearly 70 countries in our history.
Feed My Starving Children’s volunteer program offers groups of all kinds the opportunity to work together in a positive, team-focused environment.
Because of FMSC’s emphasis on small group involvement and outcome-focused participation, the volunteer experience offers a wonderful way for a company to engage employees and motivate with the selfless benefit of feeding the world’s starving children.
Geneva Family Dental Staff feels very fortunate to help pack meals that feed hungry children through the FMSC organization.
For more information on Feed My Starving Children on how you can volunteer or donate, please visit their website at https://www.fmsc.org
Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/feedmystarvingchildren/
Cal’s Angels – January/February 2016
In June of 2005, the lives Tom and Stacey Sutter were changed forever when their oldest child, Cal Sutter, a 12-year old South Elgin Little League All-Star, was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.
The battle with pediatric cancer is a horrible nightmare no child or family should ever have to experience. Yet, like most children, Cal never gave up hope and through it all, he was always more concerned about the well-being of the other children fighting cancer than he was about himself.
Even though Cal ultimately lost his battle with leukemia in August of 2006, the courage he displayed throughout inspired Tom & Stacey to start Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation, Inc. – a tax exempt, 501(c)3 pediatric cancer foundation.
The main mission and purpose of Cal’s Angels – granting wishes and providing financial assistance to kids fighting cancer and their families – continues Cal’s legacy of always caring about others above anything else.
Many examples of families impacted by Cal’s Angels can be seen at http://www.calsangels.org/stories/
Why do they do what they do?
Because they have lived the battle with pediatric cancer, they understand what these families are going through. The help that Cal’s Angels provide these families through their programs is a great resource when needed the most.
Cal’s Angels would not be able to continue granting wishes without support from amazing people like you. To learn more about how you can get involved either by volunteering, making a donation or participating in one of their yearly events, please visit their website at www.calsangels.org and their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CalsAngels/timeline
Paige’s Pals – November 2015
We are honored to highlight Paige’s Pals this month. It is a charity that closely touches the heart of our dental hygienist Jaime, as Paige was and will always be, a part of her family.
Introducing Paige: 10 year old Paige was diagnosed with leukemia on September 25, 2006. Excerpts from Paige’s Story, Where’s the GOLD? Written by Joanna, Paige’s mom:
“Before cancer, Paige was a bright, sunny, 10 year old girl that loved to giggle with her friends, mother her little brother, and had a passion for animals. She was intelligent and aspiring veterinarian. In her illness, all those attributes continued, and even blossomed. It’s impossible to capture her essence with one blog post. She was amazing and inspiring….and silly and feisty and still bossy! And through it all, she wanted to look after her brother and his well-being was one of her biggest concerns. She was always thinking about everyone else.”
After exhausting all possibilities of a cure; Paige’s new goal was to bring awareness to Childhood Cancer, represented by the Gold Ribbon. Paige wanted no other child to suffer. She said if her having cancer meant no one else would have to suffer, she was willing. Paige wanted the Gold Ribbon to be just as symbolic as the pink ribbon, generating funds for research.
Paige believed that: AWARENESS=FUNDING=RESEARCH=CURE
Paige’s courageous battle with cancer ended on November 7, 2007.
Paige’s Pals continues the fight in her honor.
In September of each year Paige’s Pals participates in the CURESEARCH WALK. The Walk benefits CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and the money raised by Paige’s Pals supports their mission to fund and support targeted and innovative children’s cancer research. To donate or register for this event please follow their Facebook page for September 2016 updates.
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center- October 2015
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine, serves as a vital component to comprehensive cancer care and stands as a gathering place that provides comfort and community to anyone experiencing the effects of cancer.
Located in Geneva at the corner of Route 38/State St. and Williamsburg Avenue, LivingWell is a place where cancer patients, cancer survivors and their loved ones come to get information, learn coping skills, and receive support during their journey with cancer. Their hope is that program participants will feel less alone, better informed, more hopeful, and empowered to take on the challenge of facing cancer by participating in programs and services offered by LivingWell.
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center provides to cancer patients, caregivers, and their families, professionally led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition classes, exercise and stress reduction classes, where participants learn vital skills to help regain their sense of control, reduce feelings of isolation, and discover that they are not alone. As a part of their mission, all programs and services are provided free of charge.
Established in 2005, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine, is a community based not-for-profit organization that receives no state or federal funding but is dependent on the community for support. They rely on the generosity of individual contributors, corporations, grantors, and community foundations.
Geneva Family Dental toured the LivingWell facility in October and were happy to be able to donate board games to their children’s program – Club Courageous. Click here to view their donation wish list. All donations are very much appreciated.
Geneva Family Dental is also excited to be a sponsor for the 2016 5K Bridge Walk. The Bridge Walk is a family focused 5K walk along the beautiful Fox River that brings together thousands of individuals, family, and friends to raise money and awareness for LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, part of Northwestern Medicine. This event features an inspirational 10 step celebratory walk to honor and recognize hundreds of cancer patients and survivors within our community.
For more information about their services and how you can volunteer or donate, please visit the LivingWell Cancer Resource Center website at https://livingwellcrc.org or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/livingwellcrc.
Suicide Prevention Services of America (SPS) – September 2015
Suicide Prevention Services of America’s mission is to open minds, save lives and restore hope through prevention, intervention and postvention, using education, advocacy and collaboration.
Services offered are a 24-hour hotline, depression screening, support groups, counseling, training for prevention, workshops for schools and businesses, and community awareness events. September was Suicide Awareness Month.
A few facts about suicide:
- Every 14.2 minutes, someone completes suicide
- About 100 (100.8) people per day die by suicide
- Many millions of hours are spent by survivors trying to cope with the loss of those who died by suicide
- Suicide is the tenth leading cause of all deaths, and the third leading cause in the 15 to 24 age group
Suicide Prevention Services (SPS) incorporated in May 29, 1998. Since then SPS has formed partnerships with many community agencies including but not limited to: Aurora University, Kane County Health Department, Communities in Schools, 708 Board for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Funding, Mutual Ground, police and fire departments, and schools. These and other partners were, and continue to be, vital to SPS strategies to reduce suicide risk and completions through aggressive public education and outreach, depression screening, and early identification and intervention programs and services.
Suicide Prevention Services offers different support and training events, as well as fundraisers throughout the year. In September, they hosted the “Here for LIFE Walk” and “Colonial Cares Night”. Their next fundraising event will be the Annual Harvest of HOPE Brunch on Sunday, November 22. For more information, please visit their Events Facebook page at facebook.com/suicidepreventionservices/events.
Last month Geneva Family Dental toured the SPS office in Batavia, IL and this is what Jenny, Geneva Family Dental’s financial coordinator, had to say about SPS:
“Just toured Suicide Prevention Services in Batavia. What a wonderful resource for people who need it. I was surprised to learn that there are only seven such facilities in the entire country. They receive no federal or state funding. They have support groups locally for many different groups of people who are affected by suicide. They are getting grants to do outreach programs for young girls in East Aurora who have a history of self-harm. Everyone who works at the center is a licensed professional so if someone should walk in needing help, they will be met by a professional. They have counseling services onsite. Usually if a person has a suicide attempt, if they try again, they will succeed. Please support it in any way you can and let people who may need it know that it’s there. They do incredible work!”
Suicide Prevention Services is located in Batavia, IL at Stone Manor. To learn more about SPS and to see how you can volunteer please visit their website at www.spsamerica.org or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/suicidepreventionservices.