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 Here at eMerchandMore, Inc. we run our Pay It Forward campaign since we believe in these causes and charities (and so many others we can't count).


We've made it as simple as this - Just show us proof of a previous donation of at least $20 to any of the charities below and you will receive a FREE* SHIRT from our LifeMerchandMore Collection or to use as credit toward a larger purchase.


Thank you in advance for your contribution.

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Cancer Research Institute

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    The Cancer Research Institute was founded  in 1953 by Helen Coley Nauts and Oliver R. Grace Sr., two visionary  individuals who believed that, together, they could end the devastation  of cancer. Their legacy is an organization that has built up an entire  field of cancer research--the field of tumor immunology--that today is  producing immunotherapies that are extending and saving lives of cancer  patients.   

To appreciate the history of the Institute,  however, we should first look back to 1938. While mourning the death of  her father Dr. William B. Coley—a prominent surgeon who practiced  medicine in New York between 1890 and 1936—Mrs. Nauts began to go  through his papers and came to an important realization. Although Dr.  Coley had been a noted cancer surgeon, he was also a pioneer in the  non-surgical treatment of cancer, an approach that would lead to some of  today's most impactful cancer immunotherapy breakthroughs.

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NOTE: A highly rated Charity by Consumer Reports website.

A charity definitely with close ties to this company - as this horrible disease has touched WAY too many people!

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Zaccone Family Foundation

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 Established in 2008, the Zaccone Family  Foundation has focused on supporting health, education and welfare.  Three generations of family members sit on its board ensuring that core  values are passed on from generation to generation. To date, the  foundation has donated over $1,704,352 to qualifying people and  institutions in Chicago, Illinois and Sarasota, Florida.

Several of the projects the foundation has  been involved with are noted below. In addition to providing financial  support, the family is involved in volunteer work in their communities.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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Mission

Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by  suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and  advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected  by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by  engaging in the following core strategies:

  • Funding scientific research
  • Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
  • Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
  • Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a  public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all  50 states with programs and events nationwide. AFSP celebrates 30 years  of service to the suicide prevention movement. Learn more about AFSP in  its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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Ann &  Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital,  provides superior pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest  benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and  family-friendly design.

As the largest pediatric provider in the region with a 130-year legacy of excellence. kids and their families are at the center of all we do.

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 A charity, that's near and dear to our owner - who can't thank Luries enough for all their help with his son!

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American Migraine Foundation

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Our Mission

The American Migraine Foundation (AMF) is a non-profit  organization dedicated to the advancement of research and awareness  surrounding migraine, a disabling condition that impacts over 36 million  men, women and children in the United States. The AMF was founded in  2010 by the American Headache Society to provide access to information  and resources for individuals with migraine as well as their family and  friends.

Working alongside the American Headache Society, the  AMF’s mission is to mobilize a community for patient support and  advocacy, as well as drive and support impactful research that  translates into treatment advances for patients with migraine and other  disabling diseases that cause severe head pain.

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A charity, that's near and dear to one of employees heart ... and head!

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Wounded Warrior Project

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WHO IS A WARRIOR?    

Veterans and service members who incurred a  physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the  military on or after September 11, 2001. You are our focus. You are our  mission.

Here, you’re not a member – you’re an  alumnus, a valued part of a community that’s been where you’ve been, and  understands what you need. Everything we offer is free because there’s  no dollar value to finding recovery and no limit to what you can  achieve.

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NOTE: A highly rated Charity by Consumer Reports website.

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PAWS Chicago

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 OUR MISSION

  • To build No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – that respect and value the life of every cat and dog.
  • To end the overpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practices and education.
  • To transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.

NOTE: A 100% Charity rating by Charity Navigator website.

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Sierra Club

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Founded  by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now  the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental  organization -- with three million members and supporters. Our successes  range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass  the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More  recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the  dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean  energy economy. For more information, see our Mission Statement.

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Network for Animals

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 Network for Animals USA Inc, is a leading animal welfare charity that uses  activism, investigation, direct action, public education and government  outreach to achieve landmark victories for animals.  We have more than  400,000 supporters in countries and territories worldwide.

Our campaigns include ending the commercial  Canadian seal hunt, fighting the Philippine dog meat trade, organized  horse fighting and the UK badger cull, and keeping hunting with hounds  illegal, protecting declining species including elephants and rhinos,  and making a difference for millions of animals worldwide in countries  including Croatia, Cuba, Greece, South Africa, and Turkey through our  Dogs in Distress campaign.

We are a voice for all people who want to  protect the animals that share our world. We receive no government  grants and rely on the generosity of our supporters to continue our  vital work for animals in distress. With your help, we will continue to  make this world a better place for animals and people.

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Rock By The Sea

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 Rock by the Sea, Inc is dedicated to organizing music  festivals and events where we raise money to assist deserving charities  who provide direct services to those in need. Every Rock by the Sea  event is an intimate showcase of music designed to bring people together  for the love of music and the common goal of helping these charities.  

Rock by the Sea  has evolved from the idea that a few music fans could produce a great  music event and inspire each other to raise money for meaningful causes.  Inspired by Sister Hazel's Lyrics for Life and The Rock Boat and to  quote Ken Block, Sister Hazel's lead man, "The ripple effect" of our  actions are in full force." Since the first event in 2007 we have raised  funds at eight music festivals, four Golf Tournaments, nine Road Shows,  and in 2010, thanks to the many bands and artists who support our  mission, we produced our first of four Christmas CDs.  Those activities  helped us raise money that we in turn donated to various charities such  as UF The Pediatric Brain Tumor Program, Brain Tumor Immunotherapy  Program, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children's Pediatric Brain Tumor  Program, Camp Sunshine, Now I Play Along Too, Franklin County Library -  Children's Reading Program, Lyrics For Life, PKD Foundation, Franklin  County (FL) Humane Society, Feed the Children, Anchorage Children's Home  (Panama City), Down Syndrome Association of Tallahassee, Refuge House  (Tallahassee), LiveStrong, and various other deservivng charities.  In  ten years we have donated over $400,000 to these charities and more.  

Rock by the Sea  is led completely by volunteers, has no employees. It is a community, a  family...of volunteers, musicians, charities and fans of music who  travel from all over the country to attend these events.  All donating  their time, talents and dollars in pursuit of making a difference while  having a GREAT time. Over 38 states have been represented and just over   80 bands and singer/songwriters have participated in our events or  contributed to one of the seven Christmas CDs we have produced. Each  event is about more than just the charity.  Its about discovering your  new favorite band and hanging out with them.  Its about talking to  people or their parents who have benefited from our efforts.  Its about  making new friends and bringing your old ones into a community of some  pretty fantastic people and talent you don't get to hear on the radio  anymore. It does the soul some good. Everyone is happy to be at the  event, happy to be a part of it and happy to be able to help. 

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Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

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OUR MISSION:

To improve the quality of life for people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs.

  Who We Are

In 1946, when the Guide Dog Foundation for  the Blind was founded, its mission was simple: to provide guide dogs and  training – free of charge – to people who were blind or visually  impaired. 


For 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide increased  independence and enhanced mobility to people who are blind, have low  vision or have other disabilities.  Once they make the decision to get  an assistance dog, applicants become part of the Foundations' open and  welcoming community and are supported with an uncompromising commitment  to excellence, from highly empathetic and certified trainers, to a  meticulously constructed curriculum.  
 

The Guide Dog Foundation  pairs each student with the dog that’s right for them – and the power  of their bond makes ordinary moments extraordinary.  Crossing the street  independently becomes a moment of liberation.  Traveling alone becomes a  welcome adventure.  Embracing new experiences becomes an everyday  occurrence.


Why Choose the Guide Dog Foundation?

People come to the Foundation for our  trademark small classes, and individualized instruction.  The Guide Dog  Foundation programs often attract people who may have special  requirements.  The organization has successfully worked with people who  are hearing-impaired in addition to being blind, as well as many who are  physically challenged.  With their courage and determination, these  remarkable teams reconnect us all to the highest form of freedom there  is: the freedom to experience the world around us in any way we choose.   With a guide dog by their side, a person who is blind or has low vision  can live without boundaries.

It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise,  train, and place one assistance dog; however, all of the Foundations'  services are provided at no charge to the individual.  Funding comes  from the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations,  businesses, and service and fraternal clubs.

The Foundation would not be able to provide  guide and assistance dogs free of charge to our consumers without your  help.  The Guide Dog Foundation appreciates every dollar we receive, and  your faith in us is extremely important.  Fiscal prudence is one of our  top priorities as your donations allow us to advance our mission.  As  we have been privileged to witness, a guide or assistance dog brings a  newfound sense of independence and dignity to someone with disabilities.   

To learn more about the history of the Foundation, CLICK HERE.

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NOTE: A highly rated Charity by Consumer Reports website.

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Parkinson's Alliance

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 Founded in 1999, The Parkinson Alliance is a  national nonprofit organization, created in partnership with The  Tuchman Foundation (see below). It was formed to foster philanthropic  activities to raise funds for the most promising Parkinson’s disease  research that will help find the cure. Together with the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, we have funded over $30 million in research since our founding.
Prior to the founding of the Alliance,  Margaret Tuchman, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 38, and her  entrepreneur husband, Martin (Marty), had long been deeply involved in  the community.  They were among several key grassroots advocates from  around the country who worked tirelessly to help pass the Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Research Act of 1997, that authorized increased funding for Parkinson’s research and created the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence at the NIH.
Yet the slow pace of the legislative  process to release these funds was frustrating, and it motivated Martin  to apply fundamental business practices to accelerate the flow of  dollars into the hands of researchers. Marty and Margaret both believed  that they could play a role in awarding promising researchers the “seed”  funds necessary to compete effectively for larger National Institutes  of Health grants.
Because of its strong business orientation,  The Parkinson Alliance was soon asked to assume responsibility for the  Unity Walk, the largest single-day community fundraising event which  takes place each spring in New York City’s Central Park. The Alliance  has also assumed responsibility for Team Parkinson, a well-known  fundraising organization on the West Coast led by John and Edna Ball as  an official charity of the Los Angeles Marathon.
Today, The Parkinson Alliance stands as an  umbrella organization for the Unity Walk, Team Parkinson and other  fundraising events held around the country. Taken together, we have  funded over $30 million in research since our founding.
In addition to funding promising research,  The Parkinson Alliance is also devoted to improving the quality of life  in the PD community through informational means. In the early 2000s, as a  way of keeping the PD community connected and informed, Margaret  Tuchman founded DBS4PD.org to fill the gap in knowledge about the newly  developed Deep Brain Stimulation therapy for PD. This highly successful  web-based neighborhood was designed to conduct patient surveys that  obtain the “patient’s perspective” and gives a voice to the individuals  with PD, along with providing scientific articles.
With DBS now considered standard treatment  for the right candidates, this information is now included in The  Parkinson Alliance’s overall website, reflecting its commitment to  patient-centered outcomes research.  We strongly believe that the  perspective of those affected by Parkinson’s is essential to improving  quality of life.  As a result, we conduct patient-focused research  through survey instruments on issues fundamental to quality of life:   such as sleep, falls and speech. In addition, the Alliance periodically  holds consensus conferences,  that convene experts in the field to  discuss optimal therapies or approaches to therapeutic issues.

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