O2 True Believers- A FORCE FOR GOOD


September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 12 is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. September is also National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month marked by the thousands of families, survivors and caregivers touched by childhood cancer. Stacy Pagos Haller, Executive Director, CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation said, “September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness month is an opportunity to grow our community - to let people know that they can help us find a cure and help ensure that we can reach the day when every child with cancer is guaranteed a cure.”

Origami Owl's Mission is to BE A FORCE FOR GOOD.
Let's use September as a month to spread love and hope to the families who have children battling cancer! We will do this by having each team member work toward donating a locket to the Mom of the family and a locket to the child if she is a girl and a Warrior Tag to the child if he is a boy. We have over 300 members on our team. If everyone participates, we could potentially be giving this beautiful gift to that many families!!

How Do We Participate in This Project?

Be creative with this project! It is up to you how you want to do this, after all, who can criticize someone who is trying to Be a Force For Good?

Here are some ideas:

*Post on your Facebook business pages and your personal pages that we are looking to recognize a family for their courage and what we plan on donating. The person doing the nomination will be the Hostess of a Jewelry Bar, whether it being online or a home Jewelry Bar. The Designer and Hostess will talk about what charms, locket and chain that will be given to the nominees. Then the list will be posted in the Facebook event or printed out and displayed at the Jewelry Bar. Each Jewelry Bar guest can choose what piece she would like to purchase to go toward the donation. If it is something more expensive, like the locket, guests can donate money toward the locket.

*Do you already know a family you want to help? Put the story out there of what your plans are and ask for assistance from your customers to donate toward the lockets. You can have them Paypal you their contribution.

*Ask your customer base to nominate a family to receive these gifts. Ask them to email you the child's picture and story to you. Print that out and put it in a frame. Display this on your table at your Jewelry Bars in September. Be sure to mention this child and his or her family at your Jewelry Bars and what you are doing and ask if anyone would like to contribute to this gift. Bring a nice card with you to the Jewelry Bars so those who decide to contribute can sign it, and you can present that card with all the signatures to the family when you give them their gifts.

Again...those are just suggestions. If you have some ideas, please share!

The fabulous Heidi Keller has come up with a graphic that we can post on our facebook pages. I will be drafting up a newsletter, much like what you are reading and looking at now, but for the customers to be the audience. And you can copy and paste what I wrote into your own newsletter, and put your contact info on the bottom, like how mine is. I love smore.com! Its easy to use and looks great!

Q's and A's

Q: When can we start? Is this just for September, or can we start talking about this to our customers and getting nominations now?

A: Yes, you can start NOW!

Q: Does everyone on the team need to participate? Is this mandatory?
A: No, it is not. But I hope that you do decide to join this project.

Q: How do I charge shipping if its only one charm someone wants to buy to donate? I would hate to charge $4 shipping for one charm.
A: Decide at your discretion to put separate customer orders together to save on shipping. Have them all shipped to one location- your house or the hostess'.

Q: How do we write up the order form for the donation items?
A: Write it up how you normally would on an O2 order form and I
recommend you go to Walmart or the Dollar store and get a receipt pad and write on there the item they are purchasing to donate and the cost so they can keep the receipt for their taxes. That way you have the O2 copy of the order form for your business and ordering purposes, and they have that other receipt for their taxes.

If they paid via Paypal, they can print out the receipt from Paypal.

Q: Who "qualifies" to receive this gift?

A: Any family who has been affected by childhood cancer. You make the call.

Q: Can we work with more than one family?

A: Yes, you take on as much as you would like to.

Q: Have more questions?

A: Please email them to kmks.owl@gmail.com or you can post them in our facebook team page.

Again, be creative with how you would like to approach this project. There are no set rules or guidelines except to follow your heart.

Trubies to Celebrate September With

On our team, we have Moms that childhood cancer has effected their little one.

Meghan Wilson- Senior Team Leader

Sadie was diagnosed with Very High Risk A.L.L., Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, on June 7th 2012 at only 22 months old. Sadie got VERY sick very fast and spent over a month in the hospital fighting for her life. Sadie has received many blood and platelet transfusions, spinal taps, bone marrow aspirations, and more doses or chemotherapy then one can remember. In the past year, she has had many setbacks admitting her to the hospital and taking her away from her twin sister Layla. Sadie is currently in remission but still receiving weekly chemo, spinal taps, and labs and she will not be done with treatment until October 19, 2014.

Sharon Ramirez- Team Leader

Hi everyone! My name is Anthony Ramirez, the little cutie you see in the picture. I haven’t had the easiest life, but I’m a fighter. You see, I was diagnosed with infantile acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the tender age of 4 months old. I was born as a healthy infant, but I started to lose my appetite, got many bruises and before I knew it, I was diagnosed with leukemia on August 17, 2007. I was given a poor prognosis because infant leukemia is very aggressive. My best chance of survival was a cord blood/bone marrow transplant. First, we had to get me into remission. I endured 3 rounds of chemotherapy, 6 total body irradiation treatments and a cord blood transplant shortly after turning 7 months. I was in the hospital for almost 7 months. But through it all, with the support of family & friends along with the power of prayer, I celebrate my continue path of remission, SIX years!!!

I just started school and am now a First grader! I love life, and probably the happiest six year old boy you’ll ever meet. I love exploring new things and playing with my brother and sister, sometimes. Now that we’ve beaten cancer and living life as a normal six year old, I still have continued check ups. I am now facing side effects related to my treatment. But I’ll just do what I do best….I’ll continue to fight!


Anthony Ramirez

Stephanie Young- Designer

Olivia Marie Young
Birthday : 11/29/06
Diagnosis : Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Diagnosed : 03/24/07
Remission : 04/10/07
Stem Cell Transplant : 08/17/07
G-Tube Placed on 4/28/08

Friday March 23, 2007 With Olivia's loss of appetite and sleep. Being very pale and larthargic, it was cause for concern. I called Dr. Siar's office, her pediatrician, and they said to bring her in and she would get the first available appt. It was with Dr. Grout. He was very concerned on just how pale she was. He talked with Dr. Siar and they both came to the conclusion that she would need to be admitted for blood work. They didn't tell us anything, just that we might end up in Pittsburgh. We though Why? What were they thinking? We thought that she just might have a cold. She was admitted at DRMC and she got her blood work done right away. It came back showing that her HGB was only 2.9 and they felt her bone marrow was not working right, so they set her up for a blood transfusion and called Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh to come and get her. She was unable to be life flighted due to her low blood count, so they came via ambulance. Her dad and I went home to get some clothes packed and we headed for Pittsburgh ourselves. Saturday March 24,2007 We met with alot of the Hematology/Oncology Doctors. One of them being Dr. Tony Graves. He did the BMA on her to see what was going on inside. The results came back, it was official, our little girl had cancer. Why? What Now? How? Were a few of the questions that were going through our heads. She had a broviac port placed into her tiny chest and began a high risk chemo plan on Monday March 26, 2007 She was considered high risk because of her age. The chemo worked it put her into REMISSION by the 14 day BMA. It also took a major toll on her body as it sent her into the PICU with mucositis, upper intestinal bleeding, enlarged liver, trouble breathing and a high heart rate. Needless to say it got pretty ugly. While there she had many blood and platelet transfusions, feeding tube, echocardigrams, chest x-rays, put on the breathing machine twice and a liver biopsy. After all that was over she continued with the chemo plan through May, June, July and August. Her very last dose of chemo was on August 15, 2007 just 2 days before the stem cell transplant.

Today, she is a 6 years old and about to start the 1st grade :)

Let's Go For The Gold Ribbon!

Cancer is a disease that not only effects the child, but the entire family goes through the struggles of a scary journey. This is why we want to reach out to the mothers of these children with our team project. I hope you find this project to be very rewarding. If you have not done much with your Origami Owl business, or just started with Origami Owl, this may be a good project for you to "jump in" and get involved in. Seeing the responses you will receive from the family who receives this gift, and their peers, may make you understand, and grow a passion toward why Origami Owl is such an amazing company. It truly is more than just jewelry.

Being a mother to a medical needy child, if someone was to reach out to me, and give me a locket filled with charms that represented hope, faith, and love, I would be so grateful and would cherish that gift. I truly hope that you put all excuses aside and join the team in this project

About Me

Krista Saysanam- Executive Team Leader of Team True Believers

I love how Origami Owl, even though it is just jewelry- it is so much more than that.