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Steve Gleason Calls For A Cure For ALS

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Do you think one person really can make a difference?

When we first heard about Steve Gleason, we were truly inspired by his positive attitude amid his terminal illness. The legendary New Orleans Saints football player has been living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease over the past three years.

Well known for his blocked punt in a 2006 game that became a symbol of recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Steve revealed in 2011 that he was diagnosed with ALS.

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Basically, it’s a death sentence.

I am all too well acquainted with this degenerative disease that traps a person’s mind and soul into a motionless body — my own father died of ALS at the age of 54.

MORE: Steve Gleason Interviews Pearl Jam, Talks ALS & Fatherhood

While Steve continues to inspire all of us, he’s taking his message one step further. Speaking through adaptive software, Steve is calling for a cure to this deadly disease.

“As big as ALS is, with enough support and a large scale unified collaboration, we believe that ALS can be solved,” Steve tells WWLTV.

Through his foundation, Team Gleason, Steve is starting Answer ALS –  a council of patients, caregivers, doctors, researcher scientists, and pharmaceutical companies to find new therapies for treatment, like using stem cells, and coordinate the search for a cure.

But they are going to need funding — and we’re talking big bucks.

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Giveaway: Konfidence Prize Pack

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Designed for healthy, happy, konfident, kids, UK-based Konfidence was founded in 1998 by Andrew Regan, a dad of five. The company has gone on to become Europe’s leading designer of premium protective swimwear for children.  The Konfidence range includes the flagship Original Konfidence Jacket and Babywarma® which continue to be best-selling swim products around the world.  In addition to high quality swimwear including wetsuits for babies and children up to 14 years, other items in the award-winning Konfidence collection include buoyancy aids, swim accessories and UV sun protection clothing.

We are giving away an Original Konfidence Child Jacket and a UV Hat to 1 lucky reader (value: $57)!

THE ORIGINAL KONFIDENCE CHILD JACKET

Take the fear out of swimming with The Original Konfidence Jacket™ featuring 8 removable floats allowing parents to adjust buoyancy levels as child becomes more confident in the water. The Konfidence Jacket promotes correct swimming position helping a child achieve a face forward swimming position.

The Original Konfidence Jacket™ is constructed of high quality, durable neoprene shell with soft Lycra/Poly interior. The wetsuit grade neoprene and unique design assure that The Konfidence Jacket will stay in place and not ride up.

Available in Small (up to 44 lbs.), Medium (up to 55 lbs.) and Large (up to 66 lbs.)
Available in Nautical Blue Wave, Fuchsia Wave, Red, Pink Hibiscus and Navy Palm.

KONFIDENCE UV HAT

UV Protective Hats for children 1-6 years. Goes great with UVsuit or T-shirt.

Perhaps the most important item for children at the beach is a UV Protective Hat. The Konfidence UV Hat is made from soft, high quality material with 40+ UVPF and styled to match the rest of the UV Swimwear Range. The legionnaire style hat protects the face, ears, and neck of the child. The quick dry material makes this the perfect hat to stay on all day, in and out of the water.

Comfortable and easy to wear a must have for the beach or pool! 0 to 12 month size now available!

Celebrity fans of Konfidence include: Brooke Anderson, Ian Ziering, JWoww, Mark Paul Gosselaar, Kevin and Danielle Jonas.

Watch the Konfidence YouTube video for more information.

Konfidence is available for purchase at buybuy BABY.

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This contest ends Monday, July 21 at 7:00 pm EST. This giveaway is open to Canada & U.S. residents only. Good luck!
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Giveaway: Bravado Designs Prize Pack ($200)

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, yet to the mothers who participated in a recent survey conducted by our friends at Bravado Designs, the numbers reveal that the value is much greater.

Bravado Designs, a leading manufacturer of intimate apparel for pregnant and nursing moms, surveyed over 1,000 new and expectant mothers to gather their thoughts on sharing photos on Facebook and the findings revealed that:

  • Nearly 90% of women somewhat to strongly agree that the ability of women to share breastfeeding photos on Facebook allows for a feeling of connection, community, and an appreciation of the breastfeeding journey.
  • More than 90% of women somewhat to strongly agree that the ability to share breastfeeding photos on Facebook contributes to their feeling supported in their breastfeeding journey.
  • More than 80% of women somewhat to strongly agree that the ability to share breastfeeding photos on Facebook helps women succeed in reaching their specific breastfeeding goals.
  • Eighty-five percent of those polled have not shared an image of themselves breastfeeding on Facebook, though nearly 38% say they are somewhat to extremely likely to do so now that the images will not be removed.
  • Nearly 46% of those polled feel somewhat to extremely comfortable sharing an image of themselves breastfeeding on Facebook.

Though there has been a great deal of breastfeeding backlash and a continued debate on whether it is appropriate for mothers to upload these images, there also appears to be a very positive outcome from the support of social media to show that breastfeeding is a very natural and beautiful process.

In celebration of breastfeeding moms everywhere, we are giving away the following prize pack from Bravado Designs (valued over $200):

One easy way to enter:

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This contest ends Sunday, July 20 at 7:00 pm EST. This giveaway is open to U.S. & Canada residents only. Good luck!
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Giveaway: Storksak Tote Diaper Bag ($132)

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Perfect for a multitasking mom on-the-go (that’s you!), the stylish Stroksak Tote is made of a durable, wipe-clean fabric and boasts a roomy interior. The lightweight design features several elasticated pockets and wipe-clean linings as well as an insulated bottle holder (which keeps bottles warm or cool for up to 4 hours) and a padded changing mat.

Equipped with two comfortable shoulder straps, the Storksak Tote also includes an adjustable webbed strap with built-in stroller clips. The Tote is great for schlepping mommy must-haves and beach essentials. The versatile design is currently available in the three colorblocked options as well as a Python print and multicolored Triangle graphic.

We are giving away one (1) Storksak Tote (design of choice) to one (1) lucky winner (value: $132).

Also exclusive to HerScoop readers is free ground shipping in the continental U.S. on any Storksak bag purchase at www.Storksak.com between July 4 – 25. All you have to do is enter code HerscoopVIP at checkout.

One easy way to enter:

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This contest ends Friday, July 18 at 7:00 pm EST. This giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only. All entrants must be 18 years or older and have a valid U.S. mailing address. Good luck!
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The New Face Of Crohn’s & Colitis

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Crohn’s and Colitis is getting a new face — and she’s smokin’ hot.

Bethany Townsend was diagnosed with Crohn’s at the tender age of 3, and was “devastated” when she had her colostomy bags fitted. But her perspective has since changed — thanks to social media.

The 23-year-old British beauty has become an internet sensation since sharing a bikini-clad selfie via Facebook — ostomy bags and all. Bethany’s beautiful photo while sunbathing in Mexico has been seen by 10 million people and liked nearly 200,000 times within a matter of days.

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 “After three and a half years, I decided that my colostomy bags shouldn’t control my life,” Bethany captioned the shot. “So when I went to Mexico with my husband in December last year I finally showed I wasn’t ashamed.”

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Giveaway: Joovy Scooter & Bumprider ($419)

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We are giving away the new Joovy Scooter stroller ($299.99) and the Joovy Bumprider universal stroller board ($119)! The perfect duo!

The new Joovy Scooter stroller has a unique look and all the right features.

Like all of the Joovy strollers, the seat and canopy are made of super durable 600D fabric, and it includes the same adjustable 5 point harness, huge Joovy canopy, bumper bar, cup holders and zippered pocket for parents, plus a great storage basket with a unique zipper access. You will love the recline system that locks in infinite positions all the way down to 149° for a near flat napping position.  All four wheels have sealed bearings for great handling and easy pushing. Plus, the Scooter has 4-wheel suspension to help smooth out the bumps.  Additional features include:

  • Height adjustable handlebar (10 positions) from 29” to 41.75” high
  • Light reflective, adjustable 5-point harness with padded shoulder pads
  • In-seat mesh pockets for child’s toys, bottles or sippy cups
  • Stands when folded
  • One-step linked parking brake
  • Swivel lock front wheels
  • Quick release front wheels
  • Removable, washable seat
  • Reversible, washable padded seat liner with fleece on one side and 600D fabric on the other
  • Two position footrest with a flat position for napping
  • Huge four panel canopy with a pick-a-boo window and light reflective material
  • Quick trigger fold with in-seat carry handle and automatic fold lock
  • Removable bumper bar with removable and washable cover
  • 1 attached cup holder on rear and one removable plastic cup holder that mounts on side of stroller frame
  • Zippered pocket for parents essentials (8”x8”x2”)
  • Zippered access to basket when seat is fully reclined so not to disturb sleeping child

The Scooter has world class looks, great functionality, and high quality components, making it the best value available in single strollers today.

The Joovy Bumprider is the most universal stroller board available on the market today.  It is guaranteed to fit all stroller types due to its unique construction which gives you almost endless adjustment possibilities.

The arms are adjustable in width, length and height.  The Bumprider’s quick-release clamps allow for easy mounting and removal from your stroller.  The platform features a non-slip surface and the wheel suspension system ensures a smooth ride, even on bumpy roads. The Bumprider is suitable for children from 2 to 5 years of age and up to 45 lbs.  No tools required.

We are giving away the new Joovy Scooter stroller ($299.99) and the Joovy Bumprider universal stroller board ($119) to 1 lucky reader!

One easy way to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This contest ends Wednesday, July 16 at 7:00 pm EST. This giveaway is open to Canada & U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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