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>> 2x cancer thriver Alfredo Axtmayer of Remission Ball: Alfie turned his experience w/cancer into a brilliant gift concept benefitting those fighting any battle. Remission Ball promotes cancer healing through sport. Each ball symbolizes the hope, health, happiness and life skills that sports instills in us. On the field we learn how to beat our opponent. In the hospital we learn how to beat our illness. {gift one here + follow @remissionball}

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July 4, 2016

May we be protectors to the helpless

May we be protectors to the helpless,
A guide to those traveling the path,
A boat to those wishing to cross over;
Or a bridge or a raft.
May we be land for those requiring it,
A lamp for those in darkness,
May we be a home for the homeless,
And servants for the world.
In order to fulfill the needs of beings
May we be as a magic gem,
An inexhaustible vase, a mystic spell,
A cure-all medicine, and a wish-granting tree.
May we act as the mighty earth
Or like the free and open skies
To support and provide the space
Whereby we and all others may grow.
Until every being afflicted by pain
Has reached nirvanas shores,
May we serve only as a condition
That encourages progress and joy.
- Shantideva

 

Delete Blood Cancer

Remission Ball had a great "get to know you" chat in the Delete Blood Cancer offices of NYC. They're an awesome organization, dedicated to saving lives by finding bone marrow matches for cancer patients. 

Delete Blood Cancer is a non-profit organization that registers bone marrow donors to provide patients with second chances at life. Delete Blood cancer celebrates how donors can save lives, dispels myths about the donation process and provide partners with quality donation. 

How do I register? All you have to do is swab the inside of your mouth! Click on the link below to receive a free swab kit.

What if I am a match? Delete Blood Cancer will reach out to you for more testing. If you're a match, there are two ways to collect your blood stem cells. Here is stem cell collection information directly from Delete Blood Cancer's website:

  • Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) is used 75% of the time. The collection is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that collects blood stem cells via the bloodstream. It takes about 4-8 hours on 1-2 consecutive days.

  • Bone Marrow Donation is used in about 25% of cases, generally when the patient is a child. It is a 1-2 hour surgical procedure performed under anesthesia, so no pain is experienced during the donation. Marrow cells are collected from the back of your pelvic bone using a syringe.

Help this organization live up to its name and fulfill its mission to delete blood cancer once and for all. 

Click here to register, swab and become a potential bone marrow donor.

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10 Tricks to Help You Actually Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

10 Tricks to Help You Actually Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Many of us spend January 1 making resolutions and the other 364 days trying to stay resolved to keeping them. In fact, only 8% of people successfully achieve their resolutions, according to research from the University of Scranton. So, here are the top 10 tips for making resolutions and more importantly, keeping them!

1. Set short-term goals for long-term results.

People who break their resolutions into small, manageable chunks typically have more success. Say your goal is to save money. Rather than making a resolution to save $5,000 this year, try to save $100 a week. It's almost the same amount of money (a little more actually), yet the goal is easier to keep. You're able to measure your progress along the way and all you have to think about is that $100 each week, not that insurmountable $5,000. 

2. Make your resolution about the journey, not the outcome.

There's a better guarantee of success if you stick to resolutions that you actually have control over. Want to lose 15 pounds? Well, sticking to a healthy diet and exercise routine is more important than the number on the scale. And you can't force those pounds off. So, stick to a resolution like 'I will go to the gym five days a week and I will fill half my plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal.' These are things you have control over and they will help you reach your ultimate goal of weight loss.

3. Schedule time for your resolution.

We are all so busy, it's hard to find time to do the things we want to do, let alone the resolutions that challenge us. So, schedule gym sessions into your calendar just like you would a meeting or a dance recital. I've even set an alert on my phone that goes off 30 minutes before I'd like to go to the gym. When I feel like skipping my workout, sometimes that beep-beep gives me the extra kick out the door I needed.

4. Employ the buddy system.

Everything is better with a friend, including resolutions, and it can be more than just a walking buddy. Want to start saving money on groceries? Challenge a friend. Plan meals around the store ad, clip coupons and then compare receipts and see who saved the highest percentage.

5. State your goals.

Tell people about your resolutions. People who explicitly state their goals are more likely to keep them. It's social accountability. And with social networks at your fingertips, it's possible to tell a whole bunch of people. So send your goals out into the universe and you'll be more likely to keep them than if they were just a half-baked idea in your head.

6. Keep Records.

Tracking your progress is a good way to stay accountable and keep the resolution fresh in your mind. If your goal is to read more, Goodreads.com has a reading challenge. You set a goal for the number of books you want to read this year and it will track your stats towards that goal. You can also compare your progress to others who've taken the challenge.

7. Get an app.

There is an app that can help with every resolution. Noom not only tracks your diet, exercise and task completion, but coaches you through the process towards weight loss. Mint will help with your personal finances by tracking spending by category and keeping you on budget.

8. Celebrate little victories.

You deserve it! Just make sure the rewards you choose don't work against your goal (i.e. heading on a shopping spree because you managed to save $100 this month). Think of a way you can treat yourself like taking a long, relaxing bubble bath every week you reach your saving's goal. It's a positive reward that will actually help make a healthier, happier you.

9. Reassess your resolutions.

If something is not working, then it's OK to go back and modify your resolution. Resolutions are all about becoming a better version of yourself, not a perfect version of yourself. If you're not able to save $100 a week, oh well! Knock it down to $75 and keep trying. That's still $3,900 saved by the end of the year and that's something to be proud of.

10. Don't give up so easily.

Too often people throw in the towel on resolutions because of one slip up. So what, you had a moment of weakness and ate a box of donuts. It happens! If weight loss were that easy, it wouldn't be the number one resolution, year after year. Often, we use small slip-ups as an excuse to give up on big goals. Forgive yourself, move on and keep trying.

 

Via: The Huffington Post

 

 

Sport helping heal France

A "friendly" soccer match is often played between two international soccer teams "for fun." The outcome of the match means little and the games are not taken too seriously. 

Last night, France played England in a friendly match at Wembley Stadium. Sam Borden from the New York Times sums up the match's significance perfectly:

"It was a game that meant nothing. Except that on this night nothing felt like everything."

The English and French players held each other while the national anthems played. Afterwards, the coaches helped Prince William lay flowers in memory of the victims in Paris.  When the French national anthem- La Marseillaise- played, nearly all fans sang the anthem together.

"A few players had tears in their eyes. A great many fans had lumps in their throats"

Read more about the game and how soccer can help heal France and the world here