Voting is now closed. We had 2299 people on twitter vote for their favorite cause on Twitter. We had 53 amazing causes/charities recommended to us during a 3 week period prior to the voting, which also occured for a 3 week period from June 15 - June 30, 2009.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the voting and supported your favorite cause. To all the causes, great work on securing your votes, and congratulations for earning a spot in the NEW Top 10 Causes on Twitter. All 53 causes were worthy of a spot on the Top 10 and hope you will participate in the voting in 2010 for the next Top 10 Causes.
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1. Alex’s Lemonade (562 Votes) http://www.alexslemonade.org/
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation evolved from a young cancer patient's front yard lemonade stand to a nationwide fundraising movement to find a cure for childhood cancer. Since Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996-2004) set up her front-yard stand at the age of four, more than $25 million has been raised towards fulfilling her dream of finding a cure for all children with cancer.
In 2000, a 4 year old cancer patient named Alexandra "Alex" Scott announced a seemingly simple idea -she was holding a lemonade stand to raise money to help "her doctors" find a cure for kids with cancer. The idea was put into action by Alex and her older brother, Patrick, when they set up the first "Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer" on their front lawn in July of 2000.
For the next four years, despite her deteriorating health, Alex held an annual lemonade stand to raise money for childhood cancer research. Following her inspirational example, thousands of lemonade stands and other fundraising events have been held across the country by children, schools, businesses, and organizations, all to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for childhood cancer. On August 1st, 2004, Alex died peacefully at the age of 8 -- she had raised over $1 million for childhood cancer research in her short lifetime.
Alex's spirited determination to raise awareness and money for all childhood cancer while she bravely fought her own deadly battle with cancer has inspired thousands of people, from all walks of life to raise money and give to her cause. Alex's family and supporters are committed to continuing her inspiring legacy through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501c3 charity. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised over $25 million for childhood cancer research. The result -- Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has given millions of dollars for childhood cancer research across the country!
PLEASE WATCH ALEX's STORY
2. Hydrocephalus Association (388 Votes) http://www.hydroassoc.org/
Our mission is to provide support, education, and advocacy to people whose lives have been touched by hydrocephalus and to the professionals who help them.
The Hydrocephalus Association provides support, education and advocacy for people whose lives have been touched by hydrocephalus and the professionals who work with them. We strive to ensure that families are empowered with educational materials, informed about the latest research, and have access to quality health care. We advocate for increased research and funding to advance understanding, improve diagnosis and treatment, and find a cure.
Hydrocephalus Is Common
3. Abundant Water (254 Votes) http://abundantwater.org/
Abundant Water is a charitable group working to bring clean drinking water to those who need it in developing nations. We give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need.
4. Amazon Cares (202 Votes) http://www.amazoncares.org/
Since being founded in 2004, our scope has expanded to address important topics. These include animal welfare, but also, human health, domestic violence prevention, humane education, conservation, environmental issues and assisted animal therapy.
The world is focused on the important global and environmental issues facing the Amazon Rain forest region. Naturalists, biologists, environmentalists and wandering souls visit Iquitos in droves. Sadly, this region had NO programs in place for DOMESTIC animal welfare.
This is the reason that Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety (CARES) was founded in 2004. Citizens with a desire to protect countless stray animals stepped in to create programs that the government did not provide. Since 2005, this charity has made amazing progress in the promotion of animal and public health.
4. Smile Train (143 Votes) http://www.smiletrain.org/
Smile Train is the world's largest and most effective cleft charity - we help more children than all similar charities combined. The cleft surgery your donation provides is a true, modern-day medical miracle: it costs as little as $250 to give a desperate child not just a new smile, but a new life.
Unlike many charities that do many different things, The Smile Train is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.
The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes.
War Child’s goal is to empower children and young people in war-affected areas through community-based programs, which strengthen their psychological and social development and well-being by means of:
War Child International currently consists of two offices: War Child Holland and War Child Canada. Although sharing the same aims and goals, the two organisations are totally autonomous, with independent trustees and financial coordination.
The two implementing offices in Holland and Canada have united under a common War Child International flag to unite their efforts and to define a shared set of values, best practices, common principles and operational guidelines under total equality. Thereby creating a network of organisations working across the world to help children affected by war.
CaringBridge® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit web service that connects family and friends during a critical illness, treatment or recovery.
A CaringBridge website is personal, private and available 24/7. It helps ease the burden of keeping family and friends informed. Patients and caregivers draw strength from loved ones’ messages of support.
More than 30 million people have visited CaringBridge.org in the last 12 months.
8. Spirit Jump (52 Votes) http://spiritjump.blogspot.com/
Spirit Jumps goal is to provide hope and comfort to the many men, women and children battling cancer one gift at a time. To let each and every cancer fighter know that they are not alone in their battle and that there are many of us who are rooting them on. When someone is looking for a reason to keep fighting we hope a little package of love arrives to give them the extra strength they need to get through the day.
Grace was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June 2008, two days after her 3rd birthday. Although Grace is in remission, she still has to take chemo at home everyday and goes to a clinic every two weeks for blood work. I know some surprise Spirit Jump's will brighten Grace's Spirits even though she is still having to battle the nasty cancer treatments! Visit Graces Caringbridge Page www.caringbridge.org/visit/gracegwin
If you want to send Grace a card or small gift to lift her spirits during this difficult battle join Spirit Jump Today. After you have joined send us an email asking for Grace's mailing info. (go to our main page and enter your email address under "Join Spirit Jump" hot pink button on right side of the page)
9. Jessica’s Trust (44 Votes) http://www.jessicastrust.org.uk/
Our primary aim is to raise awareness of childbed fever: we would like every parent and every midwife and doctor to know that childbed fever (also called puerperal fever or puerperal sepsis) is still a very real threat to a mother's life.
In the same way that every parent knows the danger of Meningitis, we believe that parents should be told about sepsis and childbed fever in ante natal classes and at the point of post natal discharge.
WHO WAS JESSICA?
Jessica Palmer was a Mum.
She died in June 2004, at 34 years old, of childbed fever. It was six days after the uncomplicated birth of her second child.
Jessica's story could save another Mum's life and prevent another family's heartache and pain; that is what Jessica would have wanted.
The Heartbreaking Story of a Mother's Love and a Family's Loss
Friday's Child is Ben Palmers, Jessica's Husband, account of Jessica's death from childbed fever, the days leading up to it, and the aftermath.
He hopes that people reading it will be moved, will remember how she died and realise that this archaic illness is still with us.
Hopefully, by writing this book, he may help save another mother's life, which is the purpose behind Jessica's Trust, so 5% of the purchase price of all books bought through this site will go to Jessica's Trust.
10. Blueribbons4me (34 Votes) http://www.blueribboncampaignforme.org/
The Blue Ribbon Campaign was started in April 2009 by an M.E./CFS patient in Canada. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of a devastating disease known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
It is a campaign to raise awareness for ME/CFS, to end the stigma for people who have the disease, and raise money for research funds to support biomedical research into the disease. The BlueRibbonCampaignForME.org is not the originator of the Blue Ribbon Campaign. The campaign to wear the Blue Ribbon for ME/CFS was originally started by BRAME.org in the UK. The BlueRibbonCampaignforME.org was founded to bring the message by social media with the dream of getting the blue ribbon worn around the world by people who stand in solidarity with those suffering in silence and invisibility with ME/CFS around the world.