Every month Pura Vida spotlights certain charities and they call it Awareness Month. The bracelet charities featured on the Awareness Month contain causes during their spotlight month, day or week. For March, the featured charities include:
Cerebral Palsy Awareness:
March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness month. For those who don’t know, Cerebral Palsy is a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.
Their Mission: Cerebral Palsy Alliance is an organization that provides family-centered therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for people living with cerebral palsy and their families.
Learn More Here: https://www.cerebralpalsy.org.au/who-we-are/
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness:
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.
Their Mission: The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1970 and is dedicated to improving lives today. MSAA provides ongoing support and direct services to individuals with MS, their families, and their care partners.
Learn More Here: http://mymsaa.org/about-msaa/mission/
In women and girls who have endometriosis, during their periods, some of the menstrual fluids are retained in the body and abnormally implant in areas outside of the uterus. These implants, or nodules, eventually accumulate on the bladder, bowel, ovaries, cul de sac, and other nearby organs, leading to the development of adhesions, scarring and invasive nodules.
Their Mission: The Endometriosis Foundation of America strives to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research.
Learn more here: http://www.endofound.org/
Kidney Disease Awareness:
The term “chronic kidney disease” (CKD) means lasting damage to the kidneys that can get worse over time. If the damage is very bad, your kidneys may stop working. This is called kidney failure. If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live.
Their Mission: The mission of the American Kidney Fund is to fight kidney disease through direct financial support to patients in need; health education; and prevention efforts.
Learn more here: http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-health/kidney-basics/#.UzSReq1dXYM
Suicide Prevention Awareness
SAVE's prevention and education programs are designed to increase knowledge about depression, other brain illnesses and the need for assessment and treatment as suicide prevention, increase knowledge about symptoms of depression and the warning signs of suicidal thinking and behavior, increase understanding and the use of intervention skills that can help avoid the tragedy of suicide and increase knowledge about community resources and how to access and use them.
Their Mission: The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.
Learn more here: http://www.save.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=706750EC-EC81-55E2-12A60E31C0315173