Living Proof Blog

Telling your stories: what keeps you going?

We often speak with advocates about the fortitude it takes to continue share personal experiences publicly–especially when those experiences arise from pain or trauma. Here, Lee Woodruff offers a powerful meditation on what keeps her going after 11 years.

And that is my proof.  The evidence that there’s still a story within me that bears telling. It just might have some juice left in it to help someone else get through the day, or remind them they’re not alone. And so I’ll keep telling it, because maybe the story is not done with me.

How to Tell Your Story to Make a Difference

Today is National Tell A Story Day. All across the U.S. and the UK, people are telling stories to delight, honor, remember, entertain, imagine…and make a difference as advocates, spokespersons and champions. #NationalTellAStoryDay

What better time to recall the Five Qualities of a Well-Told Advocacy Story?

It’s World Storytelling Day: break out the technology

Right now, all over the world, folks are telling stories to each other.

It’s World Storytelling Day, a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. Observed each year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the on the first day of the autumn equinox in the southern, World Storytelling Day is a chance to reflect on the storytelling power of the human voice.

So why choose today to focus on technology?

Make a Difference Day 2015


For more than two decades, Points of Light and USA TODAY have partnered on Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. On the fourth Saturday of October, millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others. Make A Difference Day is a day to celebrate the power of people to make a difference. What better time to share your advocacy story?

Or be inspired by some Points of Light volunteer stories here.

It’s Always Something

482429_10152006000134621_569177238_nA 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.