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Good Day LA - campaign supporting Liam's Life Foundation
 

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    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - A little less than 11 months ago, MMA fighter and trainer Marcus Kowal and Mishel Eder's lives changed in one terrible moment with an accident that took the life of their 15-month-old son Liam.

    A 72-year-old woman suspected of driving drunk crashed into Liam's stroller. Mishel's 15-year-old sister, who had taken him for a walk, recovered but Liam's injuries were catastrophic.

    A day later, the 15-month-old boy's parents decided to donate his organs after tests showed the boy would not recover from his injuries.

    Soon after, they joined us on Good Day LA with the decision to create something positive from such a tragic accident. Thus Liam's Life Foundation began, which is dedicated to changing the culture surrounding drunk driving and to promote organ donation. On Tuesday, they returned to our studio with their beautiful newborn baby, Nico. "The name Liam means the people's protector. So we decided to name him Nico because Nico means the people's victory," Kowal said.

    You can also enter to win two tickets to the Emmy Awards at Hollywoodwish.com. Donation entries began at $10 and support Liam's Life Foundation.

Brett Dalton From Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Teams With Face Forward

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    Brett Dalton, who plays Grant Ward on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has teamed up with Face Forward, Inc. for a fundraiser to celebrate his return to the show.

    Source: Look To The Stars
    Two grand prize winners will hang out with him at a comic con of their choice. Airfare and accommodations are provided and fans can enter to win starting with a $10 donation at hollywoodwish.com/Brett.

    Face Forward provides pro bono reconstructive surgery & emotional support to victims of domestic violence, human trafficking & other cruel acts of crime. One third of women in the world have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or other abuse in their lifetime. In 2016 alone, Face Forward provided over $750,000 pro bono treatments to their patients. Donations to support Face Forward help them to provide a full-service care package to aid the survivors during their surgical and counseling visits including the necessary airfare, accommodations, nursing aftercare, medications and more.

    Face Forward is a humble part of the recovery puzzle; however, the immediate results of their healing efforts provide individuals with the confidence to put their best Face Forward once again. Face Forward vows that all individuals who cannot afford the fees associated with proper internal and external care will be treated pro bono. Their team of skilled surgeons and specialists have been fortunate enough to impact the lives of many with truly life-changing results.

 

The 2016 Nike Mag Raises $6.75M in Support of Parkinson's Research

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    Nike partnered with our Software partner Rallyup.com

    Source: MichaelJFox.org
    Nike brought a piece of pop culture history to life. The 2016 Nike Mag, complete with revolutionary self-lacing technology, was officially unveiled to the world through an online draw.

    Today, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) announced that the Draw for the Nike Mag raised $6.75 million, 100 percent of which will go straight to speeding a cure for Parkinson's disease. Even more incredible, through two events generating worldwide interest in 2011 and 2016, Nike has now generously raised a total of more than $16 million for the Foundation's mission.

    First appearing on the silver screen three decades ago, sneakerheads and movie buffs have long-awaited the opportunity to own the iconic shoe. Through the Nike Draw, that future was closer than ever before. The eight-day online draw and auctions in Hong Kong and London featured a limited-edition release of 88 pairs of the Mag shoe. The 89th pair will be auctioned to the highest bidder at the Foundation's benefit gala on November 12 in New York City.

    Through the Draw, Nike set out to raise millions for research, galvanizing new audiences worldwide to support the estimated five million people who live with Parkinson's. Nike and MJFF made the Nike Mag available to everyone through the online draw from October 4 to 11, with each entry a $10 donation to MJFF. Thanks to an anonymous donor, donations in the last 12 hours of the Draw were doubled and matched dollar for dollar. The lucky winners were announced on October 17.

    Michael J. Fox, owner of the first pair of self-lacing Nike Mag shoes, made several media appearances throughout the Draw to shine a spotlight on the Foundation's work. He recently commented on what this Draw and collaborating with Nike has meant for the Foundation:

    "Thanks to Nike, we've raised a boatload of money for research and we've had tons of fun while doing it. We're grateful to everyone who's engaged in our work and we welcome those who have come to learn more about us through this amazing partnership." Chairman, President and CEO of Nike, Inc. Mark Parker reflected on Nike's longstanding history with the Mag and what it means for them to be involved in helping speed a cure for Parkinson's:

    "It's been an honor to work with Michael and his Foundation over the years on such an important mission. We could never have imagined when we started this journey 30 years ago it would have such a wide-reaching effect -- and we can't wait for what's next.

Top Non-Profit Selects RallyUp for Online Fundraising Campaign

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    United Nations Foundation is latest global non-profit to select comprehensive technology platform RallyUp for next-generation online fundraising

    Source: PR Newswire
    On the heels of its successful $7 million online fundraising campaign on behalf of Nike and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, nonprofit fundraising platform RallyUp announced it has been selected as the technology partner for another high-profile nonprofit fundraising campaign, Nothing But Nets. In partnership with the United Nations Foundation and the Golden State Warriors, Nothing But Nets is a global campaign that helps families fight malaria by providing bed net essentials to areas that need them most.

    "We're gratified to see our growing momentum as the technology provider of choice for these large global campaigns," commented RallyUp founder and CEO Steve Bernat. "Our proprietary platform was built to manage all aspects of this new generation of online fundraising campaigns, which require expertise in security and logistics involving hundreds of thousands of participants and infrastructure capable of managing all types of campaigns."

    Since 2012, the United Nations Foundation has managed Nothing But Nets in partnership with Golden State Warriors point guard and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who donates three malaria-prevention bed nets for every three-pointer he scores for the Warriors. To date, the Nothing But Nets initiative has raised more than $60 million.

    The selection of RallyUp as the technology platform for the campaign comes in the wake of RallyUp's role as the technology provider behind Nike and the Michael J. Fox Foundation's highly publicized initiative in October that raised $7 million for Parkinson's Disease research. RallyUp was chosen for its comprehensive technology capabilities and expertise in innovative online fundraising formats.