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Maker of Brawny® Towels Launches Partnership to Support Our Nation’s Heroes

(NAPSI)—For injured service members, overcoming the physical and emotional challenges of adjusting to life post-war is a test of strength that must be faced every day.

Georgia-Pacific, the maker of Brawny® paper towels, recognizes this struggle and has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) to help support and raise awareness of the needs of injured service members and their families across the nation.

As part of the campaign, the company will make a direct donation of $250,000 to WWP and donate $1—up to an additional $250,000—for every individual who: shares a “thank you” note on the Brawny Towels Facebook page; “likes” Brawny Towels on Facebook; or texts THANKS to 272969. Standard text rates may apply. The Brawny “Support Our Heroes” campaign will continue through December 31, 2012.

Donations raised from the campaign will benefit a variety of programs and services WWP offers to meet the needs of injured service members and their families.

For more information or to see how you can get involved, visit For more information on WWP, visit

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Do Good With Wood

(NAPSI)—America has a long history of volunteerism, and for 20 years one company has encouraged such efforts with the Community Craftsman Award. It has given grants for such projects as an afterschool wood-finishing jobs-training program and a guild program to design, build and finish beds for children with special needs.

Renamed the Minwax Do Good With Wood Award, it recognizes the ways people express themselves working with wood. It’s open to anyone who’s been involved in a wood-finishing project, through school wood-shop classes, clubs, guilds, parent organizations, DIY groups, craft or hobby groups or on their own.

The Grand Prize is $5,000 plus a workshop with wood-finishing expert Bruce Johnson and product valued at $1,000. Second Prize is $2,000 and Minwax products.

Through the end of the year, one entry will be randomly picked each month to get two gallons of Minwax Wood Finish interior wood stain and two gallons of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane.

The winners get fame as well as fortune. Some projects will be featured on the Do Good With Wood Hall of Fame on the company’s Facebook page, to inspire others.

Send a description of how you helped your community through wood finishing, plus a photo of your project, to Minwax Do Good With Wood Award, c/o Brushfire, Inc., 2 Wing Drive, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927. For more information or to enter online, visit Deadline is December 31, 2012.

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Be Aware In Care

(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the estimated 1 million Americans with Parkinson’s disease, a little knowledge can be a lifesaving thing.

The problem is, research shows, people with Parkinson’s are admitted to the hospital 50 percent more than their peers and three out of four don’t get their medications on time while they’re there. Furthermore, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) found that the vast majority of hospital staff doesn’t know which drugs are unsafe for Parkinson’s patients.

Fortunately, you can change these odds. When Parkinson’s is well controlled—you get your medication on time, you receive consistently good medical care and you’re an active participant in your treatment team—you’re more likely to stay well. This lowers your chance of being hospitalized and improves your ability to recover quickly from illness or surgery.

That’s why NPF launched the Aware in Care campaign. It aims to make sure every person with Parkinson’s gets the very best care possible during a hospital visit. NPF provides free resources, including a Hospital Action Plan to help people prepare for a hospital visit, whether it is planned or an emergency.

For more information about the Aware in Care campaign and to download your free copy of the Hospital Action Plan, visit or call NPF’s toll-free Helpline, (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET).

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End Child Hunger

(NAPSI)—Despite tough economic times, Americans still want to help support worthy causes. Fortunately, making a difference does not have to involve making a large donation.

For example, Share Our Strength offers an easy way to take action against hunger, especially when it affects children. In America, millions of kids are at risk of hunger.

One easy way to help ensure that no child in America goes hungry is to take part in Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry this September. By dining out with your family and friends at any of thousands of No Kid Hungry restaurants, you can help raise funds, spread the word and be part of the No Kid Hungry campaign.

If you’d like to do more, you can take the No Kid Hungry pledge and add your name to the growing movement dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. Here are a few more ways you can help:

• Share your personal stories and experiences with hunger via Share Our Strength’s website at and with social media tools.

• Get your family involved with kid-friendly activities surrounding

• Look for unique opportunities to support No Kid Hungry through corporate partner promotions at The Land of Nod, Le Creuset, Stephen Joseph, Tastefully Simple, Weight Watchers Lose for Good and Williams-Sonoma.

• Get involved locally (volunteer) and learn more about the progress being made in your community.

You can learn more about how you can make a difference at

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LifeRide For A Cure

((NAPSI)—A 10-day charity motorcycle ride symbolizes one company’s history with motorcycles, its spirit of adventure and philanthropic heritage.

Maintaining its long-standing tradition of supporting HIV/AIDS charities, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the purveyor of quality skin and hair care products, will embark on the third annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR with the support of EagleRider, the motorcycle travel and tourism company. amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.

This year’s ride travels through Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Washington, D.C. during National HIV Awareness Month in July, helping to combat HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination and ultimately end the epidemic. The ride is expected to raise $115,000 for amfAR. HIV/AIDS awareness has long been at the forefront of Kiehl’s philanthropic efforts and the company has donated more than $2 million for the cause.

In celebration of LifeRide, the company has introduced a Limited Edition Active Lifestyle Essentials Kit, with signature products to help active customers refuel from head to toe. One hundred percent of the net profits, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR. The Limited Edition Kit includes new Eucalyptus Lip Relief (available only in this kit), bottles of Cross-Terrain All-In-One Refueling Wash, Ultra Facial Cream, Cross-Terrain UV Face Protector SPF 50, Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer, and samples of Creme de Corps, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve and Midnight Recovery Concentrate. The kit also features a tattoo-inspired motif for the ride.

For more information on Kiehl’s Since 1851 LifeRide for amfAR partnership, visit

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Make A Plan To Reduce Seasonal Shopping Stress

(NAPSI)—The best gift you can give yourself this holiday season is to start your preparations well in advance. Although reminders about holiday shopping seem to arrive earlier each year, the lack of an actual plan can mean little gets done until the last few stressful weeks.

To make your holidays merrier—and less stressful—here’s a master plan:


Once life gets back on track after the summer vacation, start to make some lists. Who will you send cards to? Who are you buying gifts for? Ask family members where they plan to be for the holidays. This time also offers a great opportunity to browse through the stores that you’ve always meant to visit.


Don’t wait for Black Friday. These days, stores have special offers all year round. With time on your side, look for innovative gift ideas. Presents with thought behind them are always appreciated more. Look for cards that will be special for friends and family to receive. For example, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) uses reproductions of its artists’ unique, original paintings to produce holiday cards, gift wrap and gift ideas such as desk calendars, books, prints and puzzles. The worldwide for-profit organization is owned and run by disabled artists and helps them to earn their living through direct sales to the public.

If you don’t receive one of these mailings and wish to buy MFPA products, visit their website at or call (877) MFPA-USA.

One of those artists is Cindi Bernhardt, who was paralyzed as a teenager as a result of a gymnastics accident. Bernhardt paints with a brush in her mouth and her “Crying Eagle” painting to honor the emergency service people of 9/11 appeared in The New York Times. Among the high points of her life was carrying the Winter Olympics torch on her wheelchair through the streets of Pasadena. Another of her passions is blues music, and one of her portraits of B.B. King was signed by the legendary musician and auctioned to raise money for an orphanage charity.


Now that you’ve earned yourself some breathing space, it is a good time to start writing cards in preparation for posting. A holiday card is always special to receive, so make it even more special by thinking carefully about the personal words you write inside. They will be on display in the homes of your friends or family for a few weeks, so make sure the message is from the heart. And don’t forget to pop in the envelope any personal photos for your loved ones. Write up your holiday menu and confirm invitations for parties and special meals.

With all this work behind you, you will now have time to enjoy the season with friends and family. You’ll have earned it.

Note to Editors:Please run story prior to October.

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Hobbies Help Wounded Vets

(NAPSI)—Many American veterans are getting mental and physical therapy—and a lot of fun—from a surprising source.

That’s because America’s hobby industry is reaching out to organizations, such as the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, that care for recovering veterans by providing free model kits.

How It Works

Model hobby kits assist soldiers who are on the mend in re-focusing their energies on positive accomplishments and improving their fine-motor skills as part of their therapy.

Expert’s Opinion

According to Patrick Mooney of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, which also works to find ways to improve wounded veterans’ lives, “We are thrilled to have the continued kit contributions from the hobby industry, which support a number of hospitals, as well as the Wounded Warrior Regiment.”

Learn More

For additional information on enjoying a model hobby kit, visit


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Setting The Record Straight On Multiple Sclerosis

(NAPSI)—Understanding multiple sclerosis (MS) can be overwhelming for a newly diagnosed patient, and with so many MS resources available, especially online, it is even more confusing for patients to know where to turn to find the most accurate, up-to-date information to help them navigate the disease. Further, with so much ongoing research, information about MS is continually evolving, adding to the challenge of finding the most current and accurate content.

When someone is diagnosed with MS, both the person living with MS and their families want answers to understand how this disease is going to impact them, but the vast amount of information available makes it difficult to know where to turn.

“With so many online resources available, many of which have out-of-date, incorrect information, and people’s inclination to search online to understand a disease, I find myself spending a significant amount of time re-educating my patients about MS,” said Christina Caon, BSN, MSN, NP-C, an advanced-level nurse practitioner and assistant director of Clinical Research at the Wayne State University Multiple Sclerosis Center.

To set the record straight, Caon addresses several common MS questions and misperceptions.

What is MS?

MS is currently thought to be an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and the optic nerves. It occurs when the body’s immune cells get confused and begin to attack the protective sheath (called myelin), which surrounds our nerve fibers and helps them transmit electrical impulses throughout the body. When the myelin is attacked, it’s damaged, and this interferes with the nerves’ ability to transmit messages between the brain and other parts of the body. These disruptions can result in many different physical and cognitive problems.

The exact cause of MS remains a mystery, though most agree it likely results from a genetic predisposition in combination with either a virus or environmental factor a person was exposed to.

What is the prevalence of MS?

Each week, 200 people are diagnosed with MS, adding to the approximately 2.5 million people living with MS worldwide. Most people are diagnosed with relapsing MS in their 20s or 30s, and women are up to three times more likely than men to develop MS.

What are some of the most common MS symptoms?

Everyone with MS has a different disease course and symptoms. The symptoms differ in severity and fluctuate over time. They may include blurred vision or loss of vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness and tingling, extreme fatigue, diminished mobility of the arms or legs, problems with memory and concentration, and bladder and bowel dysfunction.

Is MS treatable?

There is no cure for MS but there are effective treatments available to modify the disease by reducing the frequency of MS exacerbations and, in some cases, slowing the progression of physical disability. It is important to take one of these medications. The treatment of a patient’s day-to-day symptoms is also important. This can be done by using medications and rehabilitative techniques, which can improve the patient’s quality of life.

Can women with MS have children?

Many women with MS can and do have children. The chance of their child having MS is only 2 percent.

Does a diagnosis of MS mean a shorter life span?

Absolutely not. Statistics show that most people with MS have a normal or near-normal life expectancy.

Is it true that people with MS cannot work or go to school?

A diagnosis of MS does not mean someone cannot work or go to school. Because of available treatments, symptom management strategies and ways to make an environment more accessible and comfortable, many people with MS can continue with these activities.

How can I learn more about MS?

While it can be difficult to know where to go for accurate information on MS, there are many reliable resources available, specifically online. One of these resources is MS Atrium, an online portal with comprehensive, up-to-date and unbiased MS information supported by Genzyme, a Sanofi company. The content is created in consultation with a team of leading experts dedicated to researching, studying and treating MS. In addition to providing this valuable information, MS Atrium also serves as a guide to accessing other reliable MS resources, helping people educate themselves on the disease.

Visit MS Atrium at

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