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We're here to tell you all about the benefits reading can bring, besides knowledge and entertainment.

If you’re on the fence about making the jaunt to your local state or county fair, you’re in luck. We’re here to tell you all the reasons fairs are worth the trip.

Making sure you've packed thoroughly can make your road trip experience even more enjoyable. To help, here's a list of items you'll need once you've hit the road.

There are so many ways to celebrate International Friendship Day. You may want to personalize it to your individual friendships, but in case you’re stumped, we have a few ideas.

With just a month left of summer, it’s time to take advantage of all it has to offer. Here are some ways to celebrate sunshine season while it's still here.

If you have something or some time to give, consider doing so today. Here’s a list of easy ways you can give something away today.

Farmers markets have so much more to offer than just the sights and smells. The following is a list of just a few reasons you should visit your local farmers market this summer.

Planning an Independence Day gathering should be about creating community, not a source of stress. We’ve compiled a list of everything you need to throw a party your guests will rave about.

If you're looking for a way to get outside while also improving your whole self, gardening may be the hobby for you.

You know volunteering has a positive influence (make friends, build connections, gain experiences, etc.), but did you know that it can actually assist your health?

There are always ways to give back to others around you, even including the presents you buy. Here are some ideas for Father’s Day gifts that give back.

With the help of a bicycle, we can take better care of the environment, our physical bodies and even spend time together. So how can you mark this momentous occasion?

Memorial Day means much more than time off from work and hosting a barbecue, so if you want to get involved this weekend, check out these great ways to give back.

No matter how old you are, what your musical taste is or whether or not you can read a note, there's never a wrong time to learn how to play an instrument.

Michelle Daoust was born with a birthmark which spans across her 75 per cent of her face, half her neck, her right arm and 75 per cent of her back. The administrative assistant, from Ontario, Canada, was diagnosed with Sturge-Weber Syndrome (SWS) at birth. The condition is a rare disorder characterized by the association of a facial birthmark, neurological abnormalities, and eye abnormalities such as glaucoma
At eight months old, it was discovered that SWS had caused glaucoma in her right eye, making her 80 per cent blind. She was also diagnosed with epilepsy . Growing up, she was regularly teased about her appearance. Her peers dubbed her 'tomato face' and often asked her if she had eaten a red Crayola crayon. Michelle, who tried to take her own life when she was 16, says she has now learned to embrace and love her birthmark. She encourages others to ask people about their birthmarks, rather than just staring at them.

So, do you want to embrace social networking to have a positive influence on the world? Here are some ideas for how to use social media to make a difference.

With more than 440,000 youth in foster care, there are plenty of ways to make a difference during this month. Here are ideas for how to support National Foster Care Month.

You want to make a difference, but aren’t sure where to start without money. Fortunately, we have ideas to help you donate to charity without breaking the bank.

Turns out, even the smallest steps can have an impact. This Earth Day, consider your ecological footprint and enact these seven green ways to embrace today.

The arts still play a vital role in much of our society. In fact, without the arts, much of our history, expression and culture would be virtually nonexistent.

For seniors, volunteering is the perfect chance to use extra time to make a difference in the community. Check out these positive reasons for seniors to volunteer.

This month aims to increase awareness about stress, its negative effects and how to relieve it. If you’re experiencing stress, keep these ideas in mind for how to relax.

Even a small gesture can have a huge influence on the people around you. Here are a few ideas of some easy things you can do to brighten someone's day.

If you strive to live a good life in all areas, journaling might be the next step to consider. Take a look at simple ways journaling can improve your life.

There's no doubt about it: If you want to live a more knowledgeable, cultural and altruistic lifestyle, then learning another language has big benefits in store.

Nutrition impacts every area of our lives, including our ability to live altruistically for others. So let's dive into how you can celebrate National Nutrition Month.

Even if you care about a cause, how can you ensure you're a good fit for the position? Here are some ideas to help you find the right fit for volunteering.

There are ways we can challenge ourselves to grow in empathy. If you want to learn more, check out these tips for how to cultivate more empathy for others.

What if you could live with more compassion this week and share love with other people in your community, country or even the world? Turns out, you can!

It can sometimes be difficult to consider how exactly to recognize Black History Month. What can you do? Here are six ideas for honoring Black History Month.

There is a genuine skill to meeting new people and establishing relationships with them. And, you don’t even have to be a social butterfly to master it!

Dr. Colette Bichsel Receives $10K Grant from SWF

The Sturge-Weber Foundation awarded Dr. Colette Bichsel fo the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School a $10K Grant to support her research project.

Recent studies have shown how volunteering with people or a cause you care about can actually mitigate depression and anxiety issues. Here's how.

If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are a variety of different ways to be more charitable without spending money. Here are some ideas to try.

You want 2019 to be a great year! If you want to start the new year off on a positive note, check out these seven steps to keep in mind as we dive into 2019.

The Only Recipe To Remember

I find great comfort in baking and cooking for people. I pull out the ingredients from the cupboard and fridge while from memory I measure the right amount of each part of the recipe into the bowl. I’ll bet y’all have some traditional and favorite recipes you use every holiday or birthday celebration too. What’s fun is to mix and match the family handed down from generation to generation recipes with those new recipes shared by friends along the way.

If you want to make a difference in 2019, make giving a part of your New Year’s resolutions. Here are some ideas for how you can create resolutions that give back.

If you live an altruistic lifestyle, you can give back and make someone's holiday a bit more joyful. Here are six ways you can brighten someone else's Christmas.

The Sturge-Weber Foundation (SWF) announces the addition of Thuy L. Phung, MD, PhD as Director of Pathology Strategies (DPS). This appointment fulfills one of SWF’s goals to advance research of Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS). The primary goal is to establish a tissue bank in which patient tissues are collected and stored for research. SWS patients have the authority to help steer the course of research by participating in this collective effort. Dr. Phung will be the lead in all pathology collection, storage and tissue requests for research. “We are excited to have Dr. Phung accept this new position. This will fortify our efforts to ensure the SWF global team of diverse researchers will create lasting impact”, stated Karen Ball, SWF Founder and CEO. SWF Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Jonathan Pevsner, Ph.D. stated, “We are delights to welcome Dr. Phung to this new role in the Sturge-Weber Foundation. She brings passion, excellence and a broad range of expertise that will help us make progress toward solving Sturge-Weber syndrome.”

For those of us who are able to give more, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in the community and help spread the holiday cheer this season.

If you want to join in and celebrate National Write a Friend Month during this wonderful winter season, here are a couple writing ideas to get you started.

If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, help give back in the upcoming season by checking out these volunteering ideas for cold weather months.

Thanksgiving marks an important season for all of us to take a moment and remember the little things in life—and every little thing we’re thankful for.

If you have a student in your life who you want to serve the community, here are some tips for how to encourage teenagers to volunteer with a cause they care about.

Caregiving is a valuable position in our community which often goes unrecognized. Let's look at what National Family Caregivers Month is and how you can celebrate it.

If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are lots of ways to help out this Halloween. Here are some top tricks to make Halloween a treat for everyone.

How many times did I sing that lil' dittie to my kids and to my class when I was teaching!! Never truer words have been spoken or sung though. It’s just common courtesy to say please and thank you to whoever has provided you a service or been an inspiration. Good manners have to be modeled at a young age to leave a lasting imprint that we can pass onto the next generation.

October is Anti Bullying Month. Sadly, we in the SWS and Birthmarks community know all to well about bullying and the impact it has on our lives and of those we love.

How can you get involved? If you want to join the fight against breast cancer, we have some ideas for how you can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.