The Giving Season Continues at the Disque Foundation

Giving Tuesday

The Disque Foundation is doing all we can to expand our reach, and we would love your help! All involved with the foundation are motivated to continue our aspirations, but we cannot do this alone. Here’s how you can help: through the help of committed supporters like yourself, the Disque Foundation will have the ability to grow and further our cause across the globe. Help us by making a tax-deductible gift to the Disque Foundation. A gift of any size will help support our mission, and your generous contribution will go directly to strengthening our efforts to build a better world.

One of the ways you can contribute is by participating in Giving Tuesday.

The Save A Life Initiative has a mission of empowering a million people to save a life by the year 2020, but we need your help! Your #GivingTuesday donation, whether $5 or a simple share to your friends on social media, will provide medical relief to those living in third-world and remote communities with free CPR education, and will help facilitate our future trips in 2018.

Donate on Giving Tuesday to the Disque Foundation here.

If a financial donation is not possible, we always appreciate a share to your friends and family on social networks. Feel free to copy and paste these generated statuses to your social sites!

Social Status Sharing Example for Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram: Join me in supporting the Save A Life Initiative on #GivingTuesday this year to empower others to save lives by providing advanced health care education to underserved populations of the world! Every donation helps save lives: Donate today!

Fundraiser with FICCS for Kenya

In preparation for our annual foundation trip to Nairobi, Kenya, Empowerment Team members hosted a fundraiser in conjunction with FICCS. So far, about $1,000 has been raised to pay for medical supplies to Kenya for ACLS protocol, donating AED’s and outreach efforts.

We try to bring bags of donated supplies to those who desperately need them in Kenya. We will be sending a list of needed supplies to everyone in the near future. However, essentially anything extra you can get your hands on is helpful – particularly defibrillators, AEDs, and old stethoscopes. Other supplies to consider include medical books, gauze, scalpels, pocket reference materials, gloves, etc. Because of the nuances of Kenyan customs, medications and certain supplies are not advisable to bring. If you have any questions, please direct to Parag, as he knows the customs and ins and outs.

One of our main goals will be to train as many people as we can on BLS/ACLS. We expect all team members to have completed the CPR/ACLS curriculum and testing online, reviewed associated cases and videos.

We work with multiple social organizations, including GLOBAL FICCS, Girl’s center, Box girls, Hawker’s market, Compassionate Hands for the Disabled Orphanage – all of which share a common mission to empower women. We’d like to initiate a mentorship program with the hopes that each person this year could adopt a mentee to keep in contact with throughout the year via emails, FaceTime, Skype, etc. This is a new initiative and, like all other aspects of the program, open to feedback.

Indiana University Dance Marathon, Riley Hospital For the Kids

The Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM) is a yearlong fundraising effort that supports the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and ultimately leads to a 36-hour dance marathon. The second largest student-run philanthropy in the world, IUDM has raised over $28 million for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Riley is Indiana’s only comprehensive research hospital and Indiana’s largest and most skilled pediatric network.

Through this marathon event, Disque Foundation Medical Educator Lauren Diffendarfer helped raise $2,000 of $4.2 million for Riley Hospital.

Since our organization’s humble beginning in 1991, we have honored Ryan White’s incredible legacy by funding the Ryan White Center for Infectious Disease at Riley Hospital. We are now excited to have the opportunity to begin funding other areas of the hospital in need of our support. Currently, our funding goes towards the Wells Center for Pediatric Research and clinical support. More than 1,400 committee members work year-round to raise money, plan events, and spread awareness of the miracles happening at Riley every single day. Our Dance Marathon takes place in November, bringing together more than 3,000 IU students willing to stay awake and stand on their feet for 36 hours, honoring the brave Riley kids who inspire us to make a difference in the world.

“Many of us involved in IUDM have heard the quote, ‘If you want to change your life, do dance marathon. If you want to change the life of someone else’s, do dance marathon.’ I can’t express how true this statement is,” shares Lauren. “The feeling I get being around my IUDM family is uncomparable – these passionate and selfless individuals constantly prove to me how powerful the human spirit is and what can be accomplished when we come together to make this world a better place. We work to help save the small lives so that they can become big ones.”

Lauren is part of the Merchandise and Apparel Committee, which designs and sells clothing and accessories. All money raised from the selling of this merchandise goes towards IUDM’s total.