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-
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.
WINGS OF HOPE PROGRAM
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-
firstname.lastname@example.org ing with different cancers; most of which have no
clue as to why.
Those currently dealing with cancer include the
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-
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,
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