Charities That Could Use Your Help This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner and, for many, that means it’s time to relax, eat some good food and enjoy long weekend. The truth is, however, we can often get caught up in the relaxation and forget the true meaning behind the holiday.

At JBA Chevrolet, we believe it’s important to take a step back and show our respect to those who put their lives on the line every day for the beautiful country we will be enjoying this Memorial Day. In honor of this upcoming holiday weekend, we’ve chosen to highlight three charities that work to benefit the lives of our brave soldiers and their families.

1. The Memorial Day Foundation

The Memorial Day Foundation completely dedicated to bringing awareness to the meaning of Memorial Day. This organization shows their appreciation to soldiers and their families by creating floral arrangements that will be placed in honor of Memorial Day. Getting involved with The Memorial Day Foundation is a great way to show your appreciation this weekend! Why? Well, the donated funds go directly towards these beautiful floral arrangements, Thank You cards and honor the memory of American soldiers to have lost their lives.

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2. Homes For Our Troops

Homes For Our Troops is a non-profit organization that dedicates 100% of their funds to helping those who were affected by the attacks on 9/11. Both Veterans and their families are eligible for help from Home For Our Troops. This fantastic organization offers several ways for individuals to get involved over Memorial Day weekend, including donating funds online or helping to build a home for a family near you.

Want to know more about how you can help? Homes For Our Troops website includes a map that will help you locate the closest project in need of volunteers.

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3. Fisher House Foundation

Fisher House Foundation provides members of our military a free stay at their “comfort homes,” specifically designed for family members of veterans receiving medical treatment. The folks behind the Fisher House Foundation believe that there is no better way to help those who are hurting than having their family by their side. When families need a safe and comforting place to stay, the Fisher House Foundation is there to help.

How can you make a donation? The Fisher House Foundation has partnered up with many other organizations that also donate portions of their profits to this charity. As a donor, the Fisher House Foundation gives you the choice have directing your funds providing housing for Military families or towards flying in Military family members to be closer to their loved ones during treatment.

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Even if you choose to relax this Memorial Day weekend, it’s important that we don’t forget the the true meaning behind this patriotic holiday. We are happy to highlight just some of the many admirable not-for-profit organizations that could certainly use a helping hand this Memorial Day weekend.

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Hundreds celebrate 10th anniversary of Aiello Breast Center

cgnews-bwmc-aiello-breast-center-10th-annivers-002One in eight women in the U.S. will have invasive breast cancer in their lives,” said Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh. “In 2015, twelve million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Yet, with every battle we fight here, we get one step closer to beating breast cancer once and for all.”

Schuh was one of a crowd of several hundred people who gathered in 94-degree heat to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Aiello Breast Center at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC). The party was held beneath a large white tent erected in the center’s parking lot.

Many held paper fans with which they vainly tried to beat away the heat.

Including 200 present or former breast cancer patients of the center, the crowd clustered beneath the tent to laud Joseph “Joe” Aiello, owner of JBA Chevrolet in Glen Burnie, and his wife of 56 years, Doris Aiello.

Many wore pink, a symbol of breast cancer awareness, sat at one of the festival-like booths to have pink extensions woven into their hair, or nibbled on pink cotton candy.11988571_943097519070272_3505835840127444951_n

The Aiello couple had been impressed when a friend in the car business, Creston Tate of Tate Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, donated one million dollars for an emergency room at BWMC. Tate and his wife Betty Jane Tate later donated more money for the Tate Cancer Center at the hospital. Inspired, the Aiellos donated $250,000 to a care center at BWMC, followed in 2004 with a one million dollar gift to establish the Aiello Breast Center.

That’s not the end of the Aiello family’s largess. Near the end of the party, Joe Aiello handed BWMC president and CEO Karen Olscamp a check for $25,000, earmarked for the Aiello Breast Center.

Delegate Pamela G. Beidle, of District 32, is not a stranger to the Aiello Breast Center.

“I visit this place one a year for a mammogram,” she said. “I had a scare in 2005. I had something that had to be biopsied. So, I come back every year for a check up.”
She is among the more than 8,000 patients treated at the center since it opened.

Beidel and Schuh were joined by several local politicians and officials including State’s Attorney Wes Adams, Sheriff Ron Bateman, County Council vice chairman Pete Smith, and Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan.

11986958_943097482403609_9156449193955008271_nThe First Lady paused to admire a Chevrolet Camaro decorated with bright pink swirls parked at the entrance to the tent.

Motioning towards the attendees, Mrs. Hogan said, “Their story is my story, because of my husband’s cancer.”

She stated Gov. Hogan’s health is improving. “He is doing very well. He’s staying strong.

“He says ‘Hello!'”

The center’s staff of eight, including physicians Drs. Cynthia Drogula and Barbara Urban, circulated through the festive audience.

“Because of women who’ve openly discussed their breast cancer or risks of getting breast cancer, like actress Angelina Jolie, more people are coming into the center more interested in their health,” said
Dr. Urban.

State Senator Ed Degrange, at the tail end of politicians presenting certificates, looked downcast when he saw Schuh’s professionally framed citation.11988682_943097472403610_1886850801277306662_n

Degrange’s was in a plastic folder. “Our budget’s been cut,” he joked. Offering it to Dr. Drogula, he said, “I’m sure you can frame this.”

Dr. Drogula offered the audience a message of hope. A decade ago, she said, Anne Arundel County had higher rates of breast cancer than the rest of the state and higher mortality rates. “While breast cancer rates continue to rise, rates in Anne Arundel County have dropped for the first ti
me in recorded history,” she announced.

“Awareness is getting out there. Women used to come in with advanced stages of the disease. Now, more are coming here in the early stages of breast cancer.”

Shared from Capital Gazette