Category Archives: Supporting the FSH Society

Donate your used car or truck and get a tax deduction!

Wondering what to do with your used car or truck?

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Donating your old vehicle to the FSH Society, is convenient, easy, and may qualify you for a tax deduction. And best of all, your donation of a used car or truck will make a big difference in supporting our mission!

Donate your vehicle today!  We have partnered with Vehicles For Charity to process donated vehicles. All you need to do is to complete their SIMPLE ONLINE FORM or call 1-866-628-2277 and they’ll take care of the rest. They will pick up your vehicle, arrange to have your donation towed, and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt, all at no charge to you.

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Why I donated tissue

by MAUREEN EYE Centerport, New York

In November of 2016, I underwent scapula fusion surgery in Baltimore, Maryland. During that surgery I had the privilege to donate muscle tissue for FSHD research.

The donation itself was relatively simple. The paperwork prior to the surgery was minimal and mainly taken care of by the doctor’s office. The procedure itself was included as part of my overall surgery, and did not cause any further pain or loss of mobility.

Several months prior to the surgery, June Kinoshita from the FSH Society reached out to me to ask if I would be interested in donating muscle tissue taken from my surgery. It wasn’t even a question in my mind. Without hesitation I committed to donating muscle. Continue reading

Make an Impact This World FSHD Day With Our Orange Slice Selfie Campaign

The FSH Society is excited to celebrate the Second Annual World FSHD Day and join the global effort to raise awareness to FSHD this June 20th. To build upon last year’s success, we’re calling upon you—our biggest supporters—to spread the word!

We ask that you join us along with members of FSHD Champions in participating in our Orange Slice Selfies campaign. With orange as the official color of World FSHD Day, we’re asking that supporters post a photo of themselves to social media using an orange slice in place of their smile with the official hashtag #WorldFSHDDay.

Download World FSHD Day Toolkit here.

Additionally, we encourage supporters throughout the country to reach out to their local Department of Public Works in an effort to light up notable landmarks (bridges, buildings) orange in honor of patients and families. With Boston’s famed Zakim Bridge set to be lit orange on June 20, we would be thrilled to have the country from coast to coast lit orange!

Within this year’s 2017 World FSHD Day Toolkit, you will find example social posts to share your selfies, an email template to share Orange Slice Selfie photos with reporters at your local newspaper, and materials to assist in contacting your local Department of Public Works to light up your local landmark orange.

Please find an editable Word document of the toolkit below, and don’t forget to share your photos with us using #WorldFSHDDay on June 20! Please feel free to contact us at info@fshsociety.org with any questions.

Download World FSHD Day Toolkit here.

The Moving Story of George Pollock’s quest to Race Across America

Board member George Pollock, who is racing across America this June to raise awareness and funds for FSHD, was featured in his high school’s magazine.  In the article, George discusses what gave him the idea to participate in the race, what keeps him up at night worrying, and what he hopes to come out of the race.  Read it here.

Source: Perspectives Spring 2017.

World FSHD T-shirts are here!

World FSHD Day is right around the corner and we know you want to be ready to raiseWorld FSHD Day t-shirt awareness.  The Society’s World FSHD Day t-shirts are here in the official color: orange.  Get into the spirit of World FSHD Day however you can!  Get creative!  Paint your nails orange, put up orange lights near your house, participate in our orange slice selfie campaign, use orange chalk to draw the World FSHD Day logo on your driveway! Dress up your friends in the official t-shirt and do a flash mob at the mall! The possibilities are endless.  Share whatever you do to mark the day with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram, using #WorldFSHDday. Unite with FSH Society members all over the world as we raise awareness about Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy.  Buy your t-shirt here!

 

Double Your Donation… Easily and Free!

Corporate Matching Gifts: Does Your Company Match Your Donation?

Did you know many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees?  And that some companies will even match to spouses, retirees, and board members?

By simply completing the matching gift form from your employer, you may be able to double, or even triple, the impact of your gift!

Click the button below to find out if your company will match your gift:  matching-gifts-red

If you do not find your employer listed, please check with your company’s Human Resources department to see if your company offers a matching gift program. Continue reading

George Pollock shows off his racing form

Team FSHD Cycling eyes epic race in June 2017

by June Kinoshita

During the month of June of this year, the FSHD community will enjoy the thrill of having one of its own lead an eight-person team in the Race Across America (RAAM), a bicycle race from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland. The team, recruited by George Pollock, plans to compete in the Open Relay Division. The team expects to complete the race in under seven days and cover more than 450 miles a day. You can make a donation in honor of Team FSHD Cycling here!

The team has a personal connection to the disease. Pollock has FSHD. He started to have muscle weakness in his lower right leg while in his late twenties. Ten years later, when he experienced muscle weakness in his left leg, he was finally diagnosed with FSHD. Fortunately for him, the disease is progressing slowly. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the FSH Society and has made a commitment to promote awareness to improve diagnosis, support patients, and raise money to fund the Society’s mission. Continue reading

Team FSHD Cycling: Race Across America

Team FSHD Cycling, formed by George Pollock Jr., will participate in the Open Division as an 8 person team in this year’s Race Across America, one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. Racers must cycle 3,000 miles across 12 states and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. The 2017 RAAM begins in Oceanside, California, on June 13, and ends approximately 10 days later in Annapolis, Maryland. Team FSHD Cycling is racing to raise awareness of FSH Muscular Dystrophy and has a goal to raise $101,000 for the FSH Society. Visit the Team FSHD Cycling web page for details about the route and team. Be inspired by this great article about George Pollock and 2017 Race Across America.

Support Team FSHD Cycling through a gift!  Or learn more about how you can mobilize your friends and family to support Team FSHD Cycling and the FSH Society with our Team fundraising toolkit Continue reading

FSH Society receives its 9th 4-star Charity Navigator rating

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We just received news that the FSH Society has earned its ninth consecutive 4-star Charity Navigator rating!

We’re now in the top 1% of all U.S. charities! According to Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, “Only 1% of the charities we rate have received at least 9 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that FSH Society outperforms most other charities in America. This “Exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates FSH Society from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.” A 4-star Charity Navigator rating is described as “Exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause.” Continue reading