Rex Butler is living proof of author Mary Pipher’s words: “Life itself assigns us our causes.”
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It’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Read this story from Zach Fincher, a teen advocate who attended a workshop we conducted recently for the National Safety Council. It’s one of the moving stories featured this month in this blog by Laura Carney, another dedicated advocate sharing her story to make a difference.
This is a wonderful 8-minute interview by Andrea Dukakis (audio with text excerpts) with Tom Mauser, whose son was killed at Columbine.
Advocates’ stories–and the insights they share about their advocacy–are a central part of Living Proof. We’ve highlighted a few here in the Living Proof blog, like
“Pointing to the Positive” is one of the five qualities of a well-told advocacy story we explore in Living Proof and in our advocacy workshops. Mental health advocate Gayathri Ramprasad recently provided a powerful example of this essential quality in her TEDx talk, “Be the Hope.”
This is the fifth and final post in the series “Moving from Silence to Story,” exploring the space between the private and the public spheres.
Standing on the threshold between private and public, you may find yourself debating internally whether or not you should speak. This internal debate deserves attention: It may be about protection.
A little over five years ago, my family, friends and I were supporting my sister Gianna as she went through chemo for Stage IV ovarian cancer. In the midst of all that, I got a call from my friends at Brandspeak Communications, asking if I would contribute time to create a fundraising video for Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, a new cancer support organization here in Minneapolis/St. Paul. “This is a helluva coincidence,” I remember thinking, and I called Gianna in California to tell her about it.
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