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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: September 2017

You Won’t Believe What She Does After Her Breast Cancer Treatment

Alice Crisci was a healthy young woman. At age 31, before having a child, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Prior to beginning aggressive treatments that would make conceiving difficult, she had her eggs harvested and fertilized and had the embryos frozen. She then endured the agonizing treatment for the cancer.

Five years later, with a green light from her oncologist, she did a frozen embryo transfer and conceived on the first try. Alice delivered a baby boy she named Dante. Today, they are both healthy. But the story doesn’t end here.

Dante and Alice Crisci

Dante and Alice Crisci

She remembered that after she started chemo, she decided to get a second opinion, resulting in an important change to her treatment. She also remembered how difficult that was. She’d also learned that medical information on the web is at best generic, at worst wrong and most often unreliable. She started developing an app to allow people to ask questions of medical experts.

To fund the startup, she launched a regulation CF crowdfunding campaign on Start Engine and raised more than ten times her minimum goal of $10,000.

Starting with fertility questions, the MedAnswers app is now working, providing free, immediate answers to health questions.

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Local Leaders Launch $50,000 Campaign for Non-Profit New Leaf Club Community

Press Release – PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – Aug 28, 2017 – Participants in a local leadership program launched a campaign in the beginning of August to raise $50,000 in funds, goods and services for New Leaf Club Community Center, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a space for wellness and recovery-related events, activities, lectures, education, and support groups.

This team of 16 diverse individuals will raise the $50,000 through community events, fundraisers, financial donations, and corporate contributions by September 6, 2017.

The New Leaf Club is a nonprofit education and entertainment community center dedicated to assisting young people and adults connect to their whole, healthy, and artistic self. The Club provides a center for today’s youth to socialize in a healthy and energizing environment. It provides a space for dances and musical performances, and an exhibition hall for student art shows, plus so much more.

The New Leaf Club also offers programs that further awareness and promote healing from a number of issues that affect teens and adults. They offer healthy alternatives to pervasive problems such as chemical dependency, depression, and eating disorders.

The New Leaf Club supports youth by providing alternative outlets for socializing in a drug and alcohol-free setting while giving them a place to express their creativity. For many, New Leaf offers a fresh start for youth who have struggled with addiction and provides emotional support for young people making a transition to a healthier lifestyle.

“In today’s society, I don’t know of a family that hasn’t been impacted by chemical dependency, depression, and eating disorders. Bringing more awareness to the efforts of the New Leaf Club serves the community in forging stronger connections” said Paula Mekenney Renneisen, one of the chairs for the initiative.

Her co-chair Pat Stegeland added “I am aware both personally and professionally, as a nurse, of the impact of drug addiction on individuals. This is why I have aligned myself with The New Leaf Club which supports families and communities to thrive in full transformation through healthier, addiction-free living.”

The Next Level team will be holding an upcoming dance-a-thon and other events to raise funds for the organization.

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Next Level Trainings is a leadership program dedicated to connecting with community organizations and worthy causes that serve the needs, well-being and happiness of the people of Philadelphia and beyond.

The current class is comprised of 16 members of all ages and backgrounds. Learn more at and

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Troy Aikman Teams Up with United Way and Charity Network to Launch Breakout Digital Fundraising Campaign for North Texas

Press Release – DALLAS, TX – Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman is leading a new team: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Announcing partnerships with Charity Network and world-renowned business leaders, the #UniteWithTroy campaign year will feature a first-of-its-kind digital fundraising strategy sure to be one for the record books. Proceeds raised benefit the work of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, committed to ensuring all in North Texas have the opportunity to get a quality education, a stable job and lead healthy lives.

“United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is about lifting up those in need and helping them thrive, both now and in the future,” said Aikman. “I’m proud to lead this effort to raise money and awareness to ensure a North Texas community thriving with healthy, educated and financially stable residents. United, we can help those who want to do good, do great.”

The organization’s 93rd annual campaign, #UniteWithTroy will engage long-standing corporate, civic and philanthropic relationships, while establishing new ones through innovative digital fundraising strategies. Dallas billionaire entrepreneur Todd Wagner’s Charity Network and United Way are teaming up, leveraging Aikman’s 2017-18 campaign chairmanship to offer unique experiences through online fundraising channels Charitybuzz and Prizeo.

Prizeo provides an opportunity for Aikman to engage with fans and supporters, allowing them to donate as little as $10 to be entered for a chance to win dinner with the most famous trio in NFL history: Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. In addition to the grand prize, fans can win other rewards for entering, including a signed football, and limited-edition merchandise. To enter to win, fans can visit today through Dec. 31, 2017.

Aikman and United Way are also utilizing Charity Network’s Charitybuzz online auction site, which features once-in-a-lifetime luxury and celebrity experiences and attracts a community of 250,000 bidders around the world. Through Charitybuzz, Aikman will invite fans to bid on exclusive opportunities to join him in select cities for a cocktail party the Friday night before select NFL games, along with chances to be on the sideline during pre-game and then meet him and Joe Buck in the broadcast booth. Games featured include Cowboys at Broncos (9/17), Giants at Eagles (9/24), Packers at Cowboys (10/8), Packers at Vikings (10/15), and Cowboys at Redskins (10/29). Flights and hotel accommodations are not included with these packages.

“Given Troy’s celebrity and United Way’s credibility as a trusted, impactful charity, the potential for this campaign is enormous,” said Todd Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Charity Network. “Together we can harness the power of celebrity, technology and media to reach a broad and diverse group of donors and take fundraising to a whole new level.”

Aikman and his former teammates will not be the only ones offering exclusive experiences. Business and philanthropic leaders will donate an hour or more of their time in efforts to raise more money for United Way. Every global CEO who has served as United Way annual campaign chair since 2011, including Randall L. Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T; Rich Templeton, Chairman, President and CEO of Texas Instruments; Thomas J. Falk, Chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Tom Greco, President and CEO of Advance Auto Parts and former CEO of Frito-Lay North America; David T. Seaton, Chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation; and Mark Rohr, Chairman and CEO of Celanese Corporation, are committed to auction off a power lunch or breakfast meeting through the annual Charitybuzz Entrepreneur Auction this Fall. Meetings with entrepreneurs and business leaders have proven to be one of the most successful fundraising categories on Charitybuzz; for example, coffee with Tim Cook, Chairman and CEO of Apple, recently sold for more than $600,000.

“The united show of support from Troy’s campaign chair predecessors speaks volumes to the level of success he’s positioned to achieve for our community,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Under Troy’s very capable and recognizable leadership, and with the help of Charity Network’s powerful digital platforms, this campaign will raise much-needed funds, attract new audiences, and capitalize on engagement opportunities to further United Way’s cause like never before.”

The United Way has also produced three 30-second Public Service Announcement spots featuring Aikman, aimed at communicating United Way’s mission and message to a greater national audience. This marks the first time United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has undertaken such a comprehensive television campaign.

To learn more about #UniteWithTroy, visit

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