GIFT IDEA! –> Dr. Wes: MedTees for the Holidays

I am always inspired by busy physicians who take time out for charity and advocacy. Dr. Wes Fisher of NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, IL, does just that by way of MedTees, selling humorous medical and health themed t-shirts. I have to be honest and say that they are awesome! The content is very tasteful, and I add again, very funny, and any patient with a medical or even psychiatric condition would enjoy receiving one of Dr. Wes’ t-shirts for the holidays! This is not ad, I am not being paid for this post. I am passing this on to you as a great gift idea for the special person in your life (including yourself) that also gives back to others with the charities that Dr. Fisher supports. Please check out his site and products. I promise that you will ROTFLOL! ūüėÄ ¬†Also, if you like classy medical and cardiology related tweets, you can follow Dr. Fisher at @DoctorWes. The following is a copy/paste of Dr. Fisher’s own blog post, with permission.

~~ AnnMarie, @padschicago

 

Dr. Wes: MedTees for the Holidays.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

MedTees for the Holidays

“Kori” – a patient with a MedTee
(Used with permission: click to enlarge)

In 2005, my wife and I started MedTees.com, a website powered by the t-shirt company Cafepress, to support various charities.

The idea of the website is a simple but important one: “We have few role models and few realistic stories about living with a less-than-perfect body, or less than perfect health. How we choose to deal with the cards that life gives us is what this site is all about.”¬† About half of the slogans used on the various t-shirts sold by the site were donated by our patient-customers with proceeds directed to the charity of their choosing.¬† All proceeds that we receive from the sale of these shirts (about $3/shirt) is donated at the end of each year, proportional to the themes of the t-shirts sold.¬† (By the way, we’re always looking for new ideas for shirts.)

Since we do not purchase advertising, this blog serves as our “ad space” for MedTees.com.¬† This will be the only blog post used this holiday season to promote the site, so if you’re looking for something different to offer a friend who’s been through a tough time medically this past year, consider a MedTee.

It might mean more than you realize.

Happy Holidays –

Diane and Wes Fisher

 

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An Open Letter: Please, I need your help!

Please forgive my plea, but I seriously need your help. In less than two days I will walk ten times around the Chicago Bears Soldier Field to fundraise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I have increased my goal to $500 and have a long way to go to reach it! It will be a long, and probably painful walk this Saturday at the event because of my rheumatic issues and edema, but it will be so *worth* it! I feel the love for St. Jude, and these children and families who they help. Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent to 80 percent today. St. Jude doesn’t just focus on childhood cancers, but also HIV / AIDS, and other catastrophic illnesses. St. Jude treats the child patient and the family to ensure care and wellness of the child. My past health care work history understands the importance of St. Jude’s efforts and how much these very sick children need to be well.

I’m so impressed by the cancer research being done at St. Jude that I’m participating in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk. this Saturday, November 23, and I need your support to help me reach my new, updated, fundraising goal of $500. I have just TWO days left and a long way to go to reach that goal!

Will you please help me support St. Jude by donating today at http://walk.stjude.org/annmariewalsh?

Thanks to donations from people like us, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.
St. Jude speeds its research discoveries directly from its labs to doctors and scientists everywhere.
One child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide.

Visit my fundraising Web page at http://walk.stjude.org/annmariewalsh to donate your tax-deductable gift and help save a child’s life today.¬†Please share this post with anyone whom may be interested. Thank you so very much!

Sincerely,
AnnMarie Walsh

My Fundraising Page:
http://walk.stjude.org/annmariewalsh

About Me:
http://about.me/padschicago

Linked In:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/padschicago

 

Help me support life-saving research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

What do you give thanks for?

I give thanks for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent to 80 percent today.

I feel the love for St. Jude, and these children and families who they help.

I’m so impressed by the cancer research being done at St. Jude that I’m participating in theSt. Jude Give thanks. Walk. on Saturday, November 23, and I need your support to help me reach my fundraising goal of $150.

Will you help me support St. Jude by donating today at http://walk.stjude.org/annmariewalsh ?

How your support helps:

Thanks to donations from people like us, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

  • St. Jude speeds its research discoveries directly from its labs to doctors and scientists everywhere.
  • One child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide.
  • Please visit my fundraising Web page to donate and help save a child’s life today.
  • Thank you for your support!

    Sincerely,
    AnnMarie Walsh
    @padschicago

    My Fundraising Page: http://walk.stjude.org/annmariewalsh

    Should illegal immigrants receive organ transplants?

    There is a debate going on outside: ¬†Which comes first–law, or health?

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    I am sitting online by Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Across the street when I arrived there was a group of ¬†people protesting for rights for illegal immigrants to receive organ transplants. I admit that I have slightly mixed feelings on the issue as a whole, but my heart is for organ transplantation and human life. While working in the healthcare field I saw the results of such a life changing gift! I also saw the despair and worsening illness when an organ for transplant wasn’t available. In my own family several family members needed transplants. My father died before he was able to get one. One of my my uncles died at a young age in his 30’s while awaiting transplant. Another uncle was able to receive new valves, but not a new heart due to diabetes and alcoholism. I know well the importance and value of organ donation. I have been registered as a potential donor for several years in the hope that I can share this value with those who need and their families. I hope awareness for organ donation and sharing life will rise, giving hope to all who need help.

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    Compassion

    Here I am after being a shavee for a St. Baldrick's Foundation fundraiser for children with cancer on September 22, 2011.
    Here I am after being a shavee for a St. Baldrick‘s Foundation fundraiser for children with cancer on September 22, 2011.

    A couple days ago I looked in the mirror. I desperately need a haircut. (I’ll be seeing @mafiahairdreser¬†for that next week.) I remembered doing a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s a couple years ago. ¬†It got me thinking.¬†¬†I am feeling the love for others. I want to do something more for such worthwhile organizations. I don’t plan to have my head shaved again for a while. I have a love for health issues and social services so probably it will be one of those. One I am considering is St. Jude. This organization gets to my heart so much! there are so many great organizations that I love! I am open to ideas if you know of any in Chicago area who need my help. I have a few websites that I will watch for good opportunities too.

    This is me today.
    This is me today.

    Hugs and ‚̧ to you,

    AM

    Please help: Gift cards for the #homeless are needed!

    Please help me and Paul Saini by donating a $5 gift card to compensate homeless individuals for a photo shoot that will benefit Journeys From Pads To Hope, a homeless services agency. Gift cards can be mailed to me at:

    AnnMarie Walsh / Pads Chicago
    1456 West Oakdale
    Chicago, IL 60657.

    Thank you so much for your faith in me! Paul and I also greatly appreciate your support to raise awareness of homelessness and so we can raise funds to benefit Journeys from PADS to Hope.

    Creating change

    I have posted on Twitter about fun, new projects. Tell you, I am honestly excited about this! Through the place where my caseworker is in Chicago, I am starting a class in advocacy–perfect for me! The class works with legislative issues and writing to representatives (what we are working on right now), volunteer issues, and more.

    This class will help me to develop my advocacy skills. I have never written to members of senate or congress before or had much of anything to do with legislation. I am sure the advocacy training will inspire new ideas how to help homelessness issues. The interaction with others in the class will help my social skills also.

    I am also about to finally start the counseling, and am already on psych med. Amazing things have been happening in my life the past months! It is easy to see. A new life is waiting for me just around the corner.