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The Green Ribbon is the newsletter of Lori's Hands, Inc. This newsletter is intended to keep the friends, family, and other supporters of LH up-to-date. If you are unfamiliar with our organization, please feel free to check out our newly improved website.
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It's hard to believe, but it's time for a new semester (and a new edition of The Green Ribbon)! In the interest of conserving our resources, we have moved to an all-electronic format. If you would like a paper copy, please just let us know! And please feel free to share The Green Ribbon with your friends.

Latest news


Half Ironman Triathlon Benefits LH
On July 13 one of our great friends and supporters, Luke Warford, ran (and swam and biked!) a Half Ironman to raise money for Lori's Hands. Luke wrote about his experience overcoming "30-mph headwinds, torrential downpours and grueling hills" here on our blog. We can't thank Luke and his donors enough for their support!

Introducing our new officers
We are proud to introduce the new UD chapter officers for the 2014-2015 school year! These ladies are all avid LH volunteers and we know they have what it takes to make Lori's Hands at UD bigger and better than ever. Pictured at right, the new officers are Emily Floros (left, Finance Chair), Nicole Rodriguez-Hernandez (center, Vice President) and Ashley Lewis (right, President).

Fall Curriculum Update
This semester, before our students’ first visits, we spent half of one of our classes going through simulated client visits with theater students. They presented some typical visits as well as worst case scenarios to prepare our students for meeting their clients. It was a great ice breaker and got everyone excited for their first visits! You can learn more about the UD Healthcare Theatre program here.

Upcoming NAIFA Delaware Gala
The Delaware chapter of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors will be hosting their First Annual Dinner Gala on Friday, September 26. Lori's Hands was selected as one of four organizations that will benefit! Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple, and Downton Abbey-themed attire is encouraged. More information and registration can be found on the NAIFA De website here.

Sight Sound Emotion
We are very excited to be featured on Sight Sound Emotion, a new platform for spreading the word about social causes online. Special thanks to Ben Keener and Dustin Muncy (of LH mini documentary fame) for shooting our 15-second video, which can be found on the Sight Sound Emotion website!

Largest Ice Bucket Challenge in Delaware
By now you've all seen (or completed!) the #ALSicebucketchallenge, but did you know that our volunteers participated in the largest ice bucket challenge in the First State? A group of LH volunteers took on the challenge in memory of our client Ron, who passed away earlier this year with ALS.
Memorial Lecture Honoring Dr. Ron Wenger
On April 24, we held a lecture with the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia to honor the legacy of ALS patient, former UD faculty member, LH client and dear friend, Dr. Ron Wenger. Ron and his wife Sherry maintained infectiously positive attitudes in the face of Ron's diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's Disease, and both were willing and eager to share their story with Lori's Hands volunteers, UD nursing and physical therapy students and other future caregivers. The memorial lecture included a tribute to Ron by his scheduler Katie Bonanno, an ALS 101 presentation by the ALS Association's regional nurse coordinator Gail Houseman, and a talk by ALS patient Chuck Morris. Attendees were touched by both Ron's legacy and Chuck's story and learned a great deal about ALS. 
Luke trains for his triathlon in D.C. He raced to honor his mom and grandma, and to raise money for LH!
Our new officers raising ovarian cancer awareness on Main Street
Some of our volunteers assembling baskets to promote awareness and early detection of ovarian cancer
Ben shows off the LH tee used in our Sight Sound Emotion video
LH volunteers participating in the largest ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Delaware!
LH connects one of our clients to the great resources on the new UD STAR (Science, Technology & Advanced Research) campus
Chuck and his wife Christina share about their experiences as a family living with ALS, at Ron's memorial lecture in April.
Reminder: Buy through Amazon Smile!

When you make a purchase through Amazon Smile using our unique URL (http://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3984559), Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Lori's Hands every day. Once you go to the page once, Amazon will remind you to purchase through Amazon Smile, so a small portion of your Amazon purchases can always go towards supporting our clients and volunteers!
From Our Blog

This summer, our blog has been flooded with fantastic contributors who want to share their stories with the Lori's Hands community. New posts are up every Monday and you can now view them directly on our website. We share stories of illness, loss, resiliency and compassion. If you'd like to contribute to our blog or know of someone who has a great story to tell, let us know! Some excerpts below:

"As summer moved into fall, our inexhaustible Esther became easily fatigued, and began to cough. Fearing pneumonia or TB, we took her in for x-rays. On Thanksgiving day of 2006, we were told our 12-year-old daughter had metastasized papillary thyroid cancer."
-Lori Earl, mother of Esther Earl, whose touching story inspired John Green's novel The Fault in Our Stars

"She was much missed after she died but the missing has generally changed to a celebration of her life – partly because of the futility of missing people who have died and partly because what my mother wanted most for the people she knew was for them to be happy."
-Brett LaFave, son of Lori LaFave

"I guess I lead a double life. At first glance, I’m your typical urban young professional. I’ve got a corporate job in the financial industry and I wear heels and eyeliner every day. I attend meetings and write reports and I’m pretty darn efficient in Excel. I eat salads and go to yoga whenever I get a chance. Sometimes I go out for dinner after work. I fit the bill exactly. But it’s all a show."
-Laura Myers, contributor who lives with chronic lyme disease

"I also have a strong desire to carry out the legacy of my father. He had so many more stories that he didn’t get a chance to tell. It’s my job to make sure I get to tell those stories. I even find myself implementing his writing style in some of my pieces and not even realizing it. But when I do, I smile."
-Alexandra Zaslow, Managing Editor at Whatstrending.com
In Memoriam

Hazel Morris, Lori’s Hands client and beloved friend to many of our students, passed away this summer. We will miss her wonderful stories of working at UD and living in Newark “in the old days”! We are so lucky to have known her.
Lisa and Alexa reunite with two of their favorite clients post-graduation
Luke puts on his game face while training for his triathlon
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