Jiffy lube & MDA

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

“Change more than your oil. Help change a life.”

Donate $3.00


Get a Savings Book

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Between now and  September  1, 2014

This marks the third annual “Muscle Up® Campaign.” Full details on the Jiffy Lube/MDA website.

Jiffy Lube’s Facebook page offers to donate $1.00 to the MDA for every “Like” between now and September 1, 2014 up to $10,000.00.

One of the programs your donations go to support is Summer Camp. Kids from 6 to 17 who have muscular dystrophy are eligible to attend one of 80 campgrounds. There is no charge for any child who attends.



MDA Fact Sheet 3 pages of information

Above is the front page of a PDF entitled MDA Fact Sheet, it is three pages and can be downloaded.

Muscular Dystrophy Facebook page offers insight using photos. For example:

MDA also has a community program called the MDA Art Collection. This program began in 1992, and features 400 total art works. On their website they explain all the details of this program.

The following group of Art Collection are a small example; they are found on the website.

  1. Four Pottery Vases done by Various Artists with various diseases.
  2. Five Masks done by Various Artists with various diseases.
  3. “A Girl” by K. C. who has Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA).
  4. “Abstract Puzzle” by M. G. who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (MDM).
  5. “At the Barre” by L. B. who has Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy (MMD).



Click photo & go to website for information on how to help

On the MD website there are Four call to action documents to download and send to Washington D.C.

  1. MD Care Act 2014
  2. Letter to Congress for Medical Medicare Rate Parity
  3. MDA Congressional Comment 21st Century Cures
  4. NBSSLRA (HR1281) House Support Letter


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Wednesday Focus on Women

Women in the NEWS

Knitter’s & Crocheters

Portland, Oregon

The July 04, 2014 edition of The Oregonian newspaper had an article written by Mary Mooney. Entitled “Crafters come to the aid of grieving kids,” the author wrote about the contributions a local “yarn store” made to Oregon’s Camp Erin.

Knitting Bee, a store in Portland OR made the news. The owner Jami Brynildson, staff and customers have worked diligently since 2005 to clothe Teddy Bears for a children who attend Camp Erin.

One of the customers, who helped with organizing the Oregon camp, approached the  owner of Knitting Bee. The customer explained that the children who attended the Washington State camp each received teddy bears wearing knit and crocheted outfits. The children in Oregon have received teddies ever since.

The goal every year is to get 50 outfits.  as quoted in the article, Brynildson says, “We’ve had sweaters made by stitchers as young as 9 and by women in their 90′s.”

On the store’s blog The Bee’s Knees a post dated July 12, 2014 entitled, “Why we do what we do” praises the writer and article in  The Oregonian, “Thanks, Mary, for shining your light on the Camp Erin Bears!”

There is a contest, “Favorites” with four categories being voted on by visitors to the store. They are:

  1. Most Glamorous – “think ruffles and frills, evening attire or bling”
  2. Most Outdoorsy – “rugged and ready for run in Pacific Northwest”
  3. Most Whimsical – “unique and imaginative, makes you smile”
  4. Most Accomplished – “showcases great knitting technique like cables, lace or color work”

Voting began July 15th and ended July 22nd. The deadline for the outfits made by fiber-artists who want to take part in the contest was July 13. Otherwise, bear outfits can be dropped off until Thursday July 24th.

There  is a party tonight Wednesday July 23rd between 6 P.M. and 8:30 P.M.           The blog read, “Bring your knitting or crochet, bring your kids, just COME and see all the adorable bears.”

It is not TOO LATE!!

The timing of my post seems a little late. It is not too late to knit or crochet an outfit, or more, for next year’s camp dates. You can find knitting patterns here.


The above photos are property of Knitting Bee.

Camp Erin


The above photo from Providence Health & Services website.

Camp Erin, named after a young woman, 17-year-old Erin (Moyer?) who passed away from Liver Cancer in 2000. Her parents Jamie and Karen Moyer suggested creating a grief camp for children as a tribute to Erin. There are camps in Portland OR, Washington, Idaho, California and Arizona and the camp is still growing.

Children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one attend Camp Erin at no charge to their families. This is thanks to a “start-up grant from the Moyer Foundation.”

Financial support from donors “is crucial to the growth in Portland to ensure the camp’s future,” according to the overview statement on Providence Health & Services website.

The following text is directly from the Providence website

“Camp Erin is a traditional fun, high-energy overnight camp combined with emotional support and grief education for children and teens ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Camp Erin will be held Aug. 15-17, 2014, at Camp Kuratli in Boring, Ore. Activities begin Friday afternoon and end Sunday afternoon. This overnight camp is offered one weekend every summer and is free of charge.

What do campers say about how Camp Erin has helped them?

“This camp did help me. It was nice to be able to show my emotions and not feel weird or embarrassed.” - ­16-year-old girl

“I got rid of tears I knew I must.” - 9-year-old boy

“It gave me friends to talk to.” - ­10-year-old girl

“I had fun and I learned new ways to help with grief.” - ­13-year-old boy

The Moyer Foundation’s mission is to offer encouragement, comfort and support to children and families enduring a time of profound distress and to provide opportunities for enhancing overall wellness, stability and quality of life. The foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.”

Karen and Jamie Moyer, The Moyer Foundations say, “Camp Erin…is a real gift for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. It allows a child to process his or her loss. Camp Erin provides an opportunity for each child to meet others who are going through a similar experience.”

For more information read this from Providence Make a donation here.

Registration for 2015 camp begins here.


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