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My Reason to Give Back + $100 Giveaway

Wednesday, March 02, 2016





Reason number one and number two. There they are with their silly faces, hearts filled with joy, and healthy little bodies.

Thank you God for my boys and their healthy little (wiggly) bodies. 

I hate to say that I worry a lot but I do. Most of you know this but with both pregnancies, I had Gestational Diabetes, that thankfully resolved after each pregnancy with little to no effect to the boys. Ezra had a tiny bit of blood sugar maintenance issue at birth but it was so minor, it's barely worth mentioning. I was able to monitor my glucose often and stay with in my parameters pretty easily and I am thankful for modern medical developments that allowed me to have two healthy pregnancy.

Thank you God for the minor things that only help us appreciate 
the wonderful things that much more. 

It makes it that much more important to us that we give to others. Whether it's donating our money, our time, our talents. There is always something we can do. You know, something that I have learned over the years is that we are not powerless. It really feels that way a lot of the time... but if each of us just affects one and enough of us are putting our words into action, then think of the masses we could affect.


Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at Jonah's school during their Olympic event and Fundraiser. His preschool has 3 classes of 3-4 years and 2 classes of 4-5 year olds. This little school raised over $3,000 for our local children's hospital. These babies and their parents really turned out in my opinion. The event that I "worked" was the Art room where each child made a card for the children in the hospital that stated that we are praying for them. I was so honored to be a part of such a great cause and a fun day. Once we explained what they were doing, so many kids had a story of someone who was sick and not one kid threw a fit to take home their card. I was fully expecting it but God is in the details my friends! 




My example is obviously small and simple but even the simple things like giving just a few hours of your time at your child's school or local hospital could make a difference in someone's life. Continue reading for a chance to receive $100 to help you do just that. 




Tell us why you give back? The Bakken Invitation was created to honor those who rely on medical devices while giving back to communities around the world. Do you have an experience with a medical device you'd like to share? 

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50 comments

  1. I give back to ease the burden of life and circumstances for individuals going thru hard times. I do not have experience with medical devices.

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  2. I give back because it gives me joy to help others when I can. People are truly appreciative of everything you can do for them.

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  3. I would love to give back and help others with time and volunteer at a homeless shelter.

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  4. I give back because it makes me happy to share with needed people. I do not have experiences of living with medical devices.

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  5. I give back because it makes me feel good.

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  6. I give back to those in my community as I received a lot of help and support while dealing with cancer from many agencies.

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  7. I give back to those in my community as I received a lot of help and support while dealing with cancer from many agencies.

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  8. We give because we want to share the love of JESUS with all those around us.We are blessed to be a blessing. I do not have experiences of living with medical devices.

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  9. I give back because it feels great to help others. If the roles were reversed, I would be so grateful and much more hopeful if the same were being done for me.

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  10. Dr. Thomas Okello is an inspiration. Him becoming a Dr. To help other with the same heart problem is amazing.

    I try to volunteer or donate whenever possible

    Njharmonyg at ail dot com

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  11. l am inspired by Andrea Volfova who is from the Prague, Czech Republic and has had cardiovascular disease and she says: CHOOSE LOVE AND COMPASSION, EVERY SINGLE TIME. How awesome! My brother also has a congenital heart defect and if it was not for modern medical technology he would not be here today!
    And I give back to my community by Volunteering at the Food Banks and helping out during the food drives and I would donate this money to my local food bank.

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  12. l am inspired by Andrea Volfova who is from the Prague, Czech Republic and has had cardiovascular disease and she says: CHOOSE LOVE AND COMPASSION, EVERY SINGLE TIME. How awesome! My brother also has a congenital heart defect and if it was not for modern medical technology he would not be here today!
    And I give back to my community by Volunteering at the Food Banks and helping out during the food drives and I would donate this money to my local food bank.

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    1. I do not have an experience living with a medical device, but I give back by donating clothes and food to the food bank.

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  13. I am inspired by Sheila Vasconcellos, I have family members impacted by diabetes and I love her message -
    "LOVE IS A POWERFUL REMEDY THAT EVERYONE CAN SHARE."
    I give back by my work with our local council against the abuse and neglect of children.

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  14. I am very inspired by Twinkle’s story because I cannot imagine having to live with chronic pain. She not only has had to deal with this symptom of her medical condition, but she has used her life to raise awareness for CRPS/RSD and neuropathic pain diseases and disorders. Wow!

    I give back to my community by donating clothing and personal needs to our local womens shelter. I do this because I know how fortunate I am to have more than I really need, and want to do what I can to help others.

    Fortunately, at this time I am not living with medical technology.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  15. I give back because I think it's important to help less fortunate people

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  16. I would have to say by donating food and clothing

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  17. I give back because it makes me happy to help others and I give food to the food bank and donate to a Children's Nursery that helps out kids!

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  18. I give back because I like to help people in need

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  19. I like to donate food to my local pantry to give back to my community. I like to do this so I can have my kids help and set a good example for them by helping others.

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  20. I give back to help others.

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  21. I give back because of Carsyn, and I want to help others.

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  22. I give back because I believe no one should have to suffer. It breaks my heart to see someone in pain.

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  23. I give back because I believe no one should have to suffer. It breaks my heart to see someone in pain.

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  24. I give back to my community by looking around me and see who needs help and helping out with what I can. I donate clothes and food.

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  25. I like to follow the bible verse, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". That's why I give back!

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  26. I’m a nurse so I’m constantly inspired by all of the fighters that I see every day. I wanted to become a nurse for as long as I can remember. My brother was in the hospital quite a bit and we always had nurses that went above and beyond. I knew that that was what I wanted to do when I was older. I loved reading all of the stories but was immediately drawn to Twinkle’s story and her quote “"WHEN YOU THINK YOU CAN'T, MAYBE YOU ALREADY HAVE." I think it’s so true, that everyone has those moments of doubt but before you know it, you find yourself crossing over that finishing line.

    linda

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  27. I give back by donating our clothes and and things we don't need. We had a portable dishwasher that we never used, so I donated it to the church. They said they had a mother of 6 that could really use it.

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  28. I give back because I think we must have people in need.

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  29. I give back by helping those in need and being there for everyone I can.

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  30. I give back because God has given me SO much and I want to "feed His sheep".

    I don't live with medical technology ~ yet...

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  31. Many people in my family have been helped by medical technology. I give back because ANYONE could be in need at one time, and those of us that can help should do so!

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  32. I am inspire by Lisa Visser's story. I give back because I want to help people in need

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  33. My son uses a gate trainer, he is 3 and has Cerebral Palsy and needs the device so he can walk on his own soon. That's the medical device we have in our lives. I donate his Ortho shoes when he gets new ones, so hopefully it will help make another parents life a little easier.

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  34. I give back because I can and because my donations can make a difference.

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  35. I give back because it hurts my heart to see people suffer. I do not have experience with medical devices.

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  36. I'm inspired by David Simmonds who lives with Parkinson's Disease and uses humor to deal with daily obstacles. All of the stories are very motivating.

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  37. I give back in hopes that others will do the same, when they can.

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  38. I've been so blessed in my life and try to give back as much as I can through the donation of physical items or my time.
    mijulin at cox dot net

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  39. I give back because so many people have helped along the way and it's my turn to return the favor unto others.

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  40. I give back because there are so many people in the world that just need a little help and positivity is infectious.

    julimi at aol dot com

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  41. If I have something that I haven't used in a year or more, I donate it to someone who can use it. Be that clothes, furniture or appliances. I try to do what I can.

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  42. I give back because everyone deserves another chance. We only get one go at this life, let's make it count.

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  43. I love helping out because it feels good to help other people. I like making a difference in any way that I can and you meet so many different kinds of people while volunteering. I've met army vets and people that have either lost their way or just met some unfortunate situations. Every body needs a helping hand and I just hope that if I'm ever in that situation, someone would be able to do the same.

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  44. Another reason I give back,is because it makes me feel good. I get a warmth inside me that is like nothing else. Being helpful is the true reward in life.

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  45. We give back because it's the right thing to do and I want to teach my son that caring is sharing. Being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes, is becoming lost and that scares me.

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  46. I also give back to charities close to my heart. This month is Cerebral Palsy awareness month, and I spread the word the best I can. About 8,000 infants and babies are diagnosed with a form of Cerebral Palsy every year. I don't want others treating him differently. I want them to be educated enough that they understand what he's going through.

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  47. I studied psychology and parkinson’s disease was always something that I was interested in. David’s DBS shows just how far technology has come and I’m inspired by his upbeat personality.

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  48. Paying it forward can reach so many people and spread love to people and places that truly need an uplifting moment. Thanks for this chance to share.

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