because I said I would – Echoes

The 'because I said I would movement' goes global with it's new chapters called "Echoes."

The ‘because I said I would movement’ goes global with it’s new chapters called “Echoes.”

The program that inspired this year’s CARE Contest – because I said I would – turns three today, but what does that truly mean? Today is the day that Alex Sheen’s father passed away from complications of lung cancer and Sheen decided to change the world.

According to Sheen, his father was an average man who kept his word.

“My father was an average man. He was no war hero. He never wrote a book. He never ran marathons. He was a pharmacist. No recognition. No fame. But for everything that made my father ‘average’ and “everyday,’ there was one thing he did exceptionally well. He kept his promises. My father was a man of his word.”

The day of his father’s funeral Sheen made a decision. A decision to model his own life after his father and to encourage others to do so as well. On that day Sheen handed out for the first time what he would call “promise cards” to help remind people of the importance of their commitments. Simply write a promise on the card and use it as a symbol of your honor. He offered to send ten promise cards to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost to them.

Now the because I said I would movement is going global.

“We are starting because I said I would chapters around the world,” said Sheen. ”Each because I said I would chapter will be called an Echo and will act as a force for good in their respective region.”

What will these Echoes do? Each Echo will make and keep unified promises as a team to help people and causes in their local community, come together to learn about how promises and humanity are affected by history, psychology, philosophy and culture,  learn ways that make us better at keeping promises and work as a support group to help members stick with their individual promises.

Now they need your help. In order to make this global movement happen they need funds to get things started. Want to help? Please go here to donate. They are almost at their fundraising goal!

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

Sugar; it’s something that most Americans eat every single day with almost every bite of each and every meal. Even food you wouldn’t think would have sugar have them but roll under the radar with a multitude of mysterious monikers. Sucrose, dextran, lactose and a slew of others mean just one thing: your body will process it as sugar.

For many of us this doesn’t mean a thing. We go on with our day, eat, drink and create merriment so to speak. But for 9.3 percent of Americans, sugar is a cautionary tale, a dangerous substance and something to bar from our mouths. Twenty-nine million of us have diabetes.

With many of its’ residents bound by the day-to-day restrictions of a life with this affliction, Forest City Enterprises’ Park Place Towers decided to take up this cause by collecting mobile phones and donating them to Fenton, Mich. Children’s diabetic summer camp, Camp Midhicha.

Camp Midhicha works one-on-one with each camper to educate them about self-care and management of their diabetes. This process extends from ordinary daily activities like dietary management to monitoring glucose levels and medication to the intense self-testing, a comprehensive treatment plan and exercise.

These young campers are able to learn at their own pace in tandem with a team of medical professionals to discover new ways to manage their disease and develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and their loved ones. Not only are they given technical and medical procedures to manage their everyday lives, but counselors work to build their confidence and self-esteem in order to better accept the responsibility for day-to-day management.

To date, Park Place Towers has been able to collect 25 phones from their residents and continue to receive more by the day. Their promise is an inspiration to us all, because they said they would!