How Do You Advocate for a Cause?
We all have our favorite sports teams and bands. We wear their shirts and jerseys, rock the stickers on our cars and talk to people about them. Like, "did you see that game...?" or "have you heard that song by...?". It's also sharing their stuff on social media and for us older folks, putting posters up in your room (who remembers Farrah Fawcett and her...hair?).
That is advocacy. It's fandom. Why don't we have those things and those conversations for charities? Granted, charities don't provide you with entertainment like sports and music or even Farrah. But, I'm not saying advocating for a charity should replace those things, but why not be ADDED to those conversations?
Become of a fan of helping people.
Selfishly, I want you to become a fan or Zac's Attack for a Cure.
I know many people that know Zachary would say they ARE fans of him and his cause. And that is very cool. Many have bought t-shirts and donated. But there is another level and it has nothing to do with donating more money. It's about wearing the cause as a badge. It's about learning a bit more about lymphatic malformation so you can speak to it (just a little) and be able to share the urgency for attention to it. It's about looking for opportunities to get more attention. Think creatively...for the cause.
Do you know someone that runs a business? Can you talk to them about how to participate in a fundraiser?
Zachary had a Twitch streamer, 17 year old from California that he just met, do a 10 hour charity stream and raised $270 for Zac's Attack for a Cure. And it was HIS idea (@TyGuy711)! We were blown away! But what an incredible example.
Here are just a few things off the top of my head:
Spirit nights (Charity Night or all day)
Team function with raffle or auction
Host a Top Golf or Bowling event
Host a poker game with a portion of the winnings being donated
Create an "ATTACK the Cure" team for softball, baseball or something recreationally
Video challenges (TikTok, Instagram, etc.)
Car washes, lemonade stands
I'm not saying you have to produce major events - you could even offer ideas to us and collaborate with us to make it happen. But a poker game or softball team are things that are easy and can be impactful. Because ANY action creates awareness and makes an impact.
And that is how you advocate for a cause. Become a fan, get knowledgeable, be creative with ideas, ask how to help and get involved!
We are so grateful for all the support so many friends, family and others (that we don't even know well) have given. But we know there are new levels we can reach. And there are so many parents and kids we have interacted with through social media who suffer, not just from lymphatic malformation, but from the impact of not knowing anything. From the impact of being teased, stared at and avoided.
We need more action. We need you.
Thank you in advance.