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					     Volume 1, Issue 1
     July 2009                         LAUGH AT CANCER ORG ANIZATION INC


                               WINGS OF HOPE
                             SHOULDERS OF STEEL
 Come lean on our
 wings of support, gain                           MISSION STATEMENT
 strength from other               Laugh at Cancer                            in need.
 members facing can-
                                   Organization
 cer's touch; feel free
                                   Inc. is a grass-                         No one should
 to fellowship with
                                   roots 501(c)3,                           face ever have to
 other members and
                                   non-profit or-                           face cancer
 invite your loved ones
                                   ganization help-                         alone, and this
 to join us.
                                   ing families                             organization be-
                                   touched by can-                          lieves that laugh-
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
                                   cer, whether directly or       ter and hope are both im-
                                   indirectly!                    portant tools in fighting the
Come Earn Your Wings           2
                                                                  devastating toll cancer
Wings Of Hope                  2   Our mission is to help         leaves on the families that
Day of Hope                    2   families facing the un-        encounter it’s ordeals.
Cancer Victims Fighting...     3
                                   known possibilities, re-
                                   store hope in families, and
Quilts of Hope                 3
                                   provide personnel willing
Global Chain of Hope           3   to be on call to help those
Partners For Life              6




                         WHY DO I LAUGH AT CANCER?
I LAUGH BECAUSE I AM NOT SCARED OF YOU,             I LAUGH BECAUSE I HAVE PICTURES TO TAKE,
I LAUGH BECAUSE YOU CAN’T MAKE ME BLUE.             I LAUGH BECAUSE I HAVE MEMORIES TO MAKE.
I LAUGH BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT WIN,                   I LAUGH BECAUSE YOUR SHIP HAS SAILED,
I LAUGH BECAUSE I SHALL CELEBRATE AGAIN.            I LAUGH BECAUSE YOU HAVE FAILED!

I LAUGH BECAUSE I WILL ALWAYS RISE ABOVE,           I LAUGH BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T KNOW,
I LAUGH BECAUSE I HAVE UNDYING LOVE.                I LAUGH BECAUSE I STOLE THE SHOW.
I LAUGH BECAUSE I HAVE YET ANOTHER DAY,             I LAUGH BECAUSE I AM ALIVE,
I LAUGH BECAUSE YOU WON’T GET IN MY WAY.            I LAUGH BECAUSE I WILL SURVIVE!

                                                                              By, Crystal S. Kauffman
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                                                     COME EARN YOUR WINGS
                                   Volunteers are needed to help reach over 1000 families this year both on and
                                   offline. We ask for a commitment of your time; not your money! Although we
                                   receive no government funding (neither loans nor grants); we depend solely on
                                   the kindness of members, visitors and individual contributors to help us meet
                                   the needs of the community through donations of food, clothing, craft supplies
                                   for children, and monetary contributions if desired.

                                   We cannot fulfill our mission to spread hope and laughter within each family
                                   we meet without the help of these amazing volunteers and their donations.

      We have designed different types of online communities for families in need of support and friendship.
      Some of these communities include our youth corner, senior corner, pet corner (for those that have lost a be-
      loved pet to cancer) and our Honor Wall of Grace (for loved ones, living with or having lost their fight with
      cancer). These support communities are open to all families touched by cancer, and they remain open 24
      hours a day; each functions much like a social networking board or platform. We have many projects offer-
      ing support to all families in need, whether on-line or offline.

      Become someone’s “WINGS OF HOPE and SHOULDERS OF STEEL”, join us on a mission to spread laughter
      to every individual having to cope with cancer's unwanted touch.



 ONLINE SUPPORT
                                                WINGS OF HOPE PROGRAM
  COMMUNITIES
                          A monthly greeting            tors, and volunteers.           those that may not
   Youth Corner           card program de-                                              have access to a
                          signed to help inspire                                        computer, or those
   Senior Corner                                        Our WINGS OF HOPE
                          and encourage those                                           that need to hold
    Pet Corner                                          PROGRAM was devised
                          families dealing with                                         something physical in
   Honor Wall of                                        to reach out, beyond the
                          cancer, this project                                          their hand or see
       Grace                                            online community, to
                          also has a prayer re-                                         someone face to face.
                                                        those who may be in
                          quest program for our
                                                        need extra support,
                          beloved members, visi-



                                            DAY OF HOPE
DO YOU HAVE SOME TIME TO               even hand-made gifts.                  and visitors. This day is used to
SPARE? Why not come out                                                       restore hope and laughter in
and help us pass out some                                                     families, who need it the most.
                                       This project relies solely on
smiles to families dealing with        the kindness and generosity
the ordeal of cancer?                  of others to continue its work         We need YOU if you are willing
                                       and effectiveness. On the              to smile and share your time
You can spread hope to fami-           28th of every month, our or-           with someone in need of a
lies touched by cancer by do-          ganization celebrates a Day            friend.
nating small, inexpensive, or          of Hope with our members
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   Cancer Victims Fighting Back On Popular Website
Jacksonville, Florida – An online sup-      disabled and unable to attend the meet-     Kauffman would
port community has been created for         ings. After partnering with Ning.com in     like members of
families and friends that have been         Feb. 2008, I created the Laugh at Can-      the medical and
directly or indirectly affected by can-     cer (LAC) Support Community online.         corporate commu-
cer. The website, Laughatcancer.com,                                                    nity to list her or-
which was developed by the not-for-         According to Kauffman, the online com-      ganization in their
profit organization Laugh at Cancer         munity has grown significantly since it     databases for pa-
Organization, Inc., is a safe and rapidly   was launched, and its members, ranging      tients, families and
expanding forum where people can            from children and teens to the elderly,     employees. “I
share stories of triumph, offer remem-      hail from many different parts of the       would like to ex-
brances of loved ones lost or openly        world. Kauffman and Ning.com eventu-        tend an invitation
discuss their daily struggle with the       ally teamed up to create the LAC Youth      to partner with these entities so that the
disease.                                    Support Community and the Pet Cancer        best resources, for all types of cancers,
                                            Support Community to help cancer vic-       can be provided to every LACO member.
“I started out by creating a local chap-    tims with specific needs. “Once someone     Our goal is to raise awareness and plant
ter here in Jacksonville nearly four        is diagnosed with cancer, they are often    seeds of hope. Therefore, we encourage
years ago, but I was unable to find a       filled with anxiety, fear and uncertainty   people to join us in our effort to help make
place to hold our meetings on a regu-       about the future. Our mission is to help    a difference,” Kauffman concluded.
lar basis,” said Founder and President      each member focus on living beyond
Crystal Kauffman, who is also waging        cancer’s reach,” stated Kauffman.           Written by Gary Toms—"The G-Man"
a relentless battle with the disease. In                                                http://fromthegman.blogspot.com/2009/04/communi
addition, many of the members were                                                      ty-of-hope.html
                                            In order to expand outreach efforts,




                               QUILTS OF HOPE                                                    The community is in need of
                                                                                                    food staples, clothes of
This is a project that            our monthly events                                             every size, baby items, craft
allows one person                 with the proceeds                                                 supplies for children and
or a group of per-                going to purchase                                                            adults.
sons, to make quilts              food supplies,
of any kind.                      clothes, crafts or                                               Don’t throw yours away if
                                  other needs as indi-                                           you don't want them, donate
These unique quilts               cated by the com-                                                             them.
will be raffled during            munity.



                        GLOBAL CHAIN OF HOPE
A project aimed at                us in becoming a                resources for fami-
businesses, founda-               link in a Global                lies to rely on when
tions, and other or-              Chain of Hope for               dealing with the is-
ganizations, helping              those facing catas-             sues that come with
families touched by               trophic disease, not            the knowledge that
life altering diseases            just the pain of can-           one has been diag-
in anyway.                        cer.                            nosed with disease.
                                                                                                   Linking the world,
We invite you to join             A chain that will list                                          one family at a time.
      LAUGH AT CANCER ORGANIZATION INC

      P.O. Box 7332                             Do you have a story about your ordeal with cancer?
      Jacksonville, FL 32238                    Are you willing to share it with someone else?
      Crystal Kauffman, Founder/President
      (904) 908-0995                            There are many people in our world today suffer-
      crystalk@laughatcancer.com                ing with different cancers; most of which have no
                                                clue as to why.

                                                Those currently dealing with cancer include the
         LAUGHATCANCER.COM
                                                very newborn, small children, young adults, as
                                                well as some older and more seasoned adults; but
                                                most all ask themselves the same question “Why”.

                                                Although we may never know the answers to all of
                                                the “why’s” of those afflicted, sharing your story
                                                may help you, the one that hears about your story
                                                or someone else suffering through the same thing
                                                you are dealing with. We are our brothers’ keep-
                                                ers.

                                                Won’t YOU be a crusader against this disease?




Local support available in
Jacksonville, Florida                       Partners for Life
                                 The Laugh at Cancer     well as online.         establish partners,
Crystal Kauffman:
                                 Organization Inc. is                            who can help further
RSVP 904-908-0995                looking for organiza-   Currently, we need      our mission.
                                 tions and busi-         fund raising help,
Every 4th Saturday of the        nesses, who would       small gifts for pa-     We welcome all
month. Gifts given to all        like join with us in    tients and survivors,   members interested
families that attend.            helping families        fleece throw blan-      in helping us bring
                                 touched by can-         kets, and help pro-     hope to families that
                                 cer. We offer words     moting awareness of     need it the most.
                                 of encouragement, a     cancer, its victims     Let’s make a differ-
                                 wealth of informa-      and its causes.         ence in the lives of
                                 tion, and lasting                               those touched by
                                                         Our online support      cancer. If you can
                                 friendships to our      community focuses
                                 members.                                        contribute in anyway
                                                         on helping families     big or small, please
                                 We encourage our        learn more about liv-   contact us.
                                 members to get in-      ing beyond cancer’s
                                 volved and make a       touch. At this time,
                                 difference in their     we are a work in pro-
                                                         gress and looking to
                                 own community, as                                   Editor: Liza Catron

				
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