I wrote a piece back in July of 2012 “Selling and Idea to Give Hope” with good response. It wasn't a response so much I was looking for (though I would like to see more public action) as much as raising public awareness. We need more public awareness to all situations that create in people a loss of hope, love and support. Aware Bears were created in my time of loss of hope; they are a labor of love and with each bear I make, my own sense of hope is renewed.
Recently, I was contacted by a member of an organization working with persons who suffer from IC – Interstitial Cystitis. I had never heard about this painful disorder or the high rate of suicide as a result of emotional and physical pain this disorder creates. http://www.ichelp.org/ Together, we have worked on creating a new Aware Bear to represent IC. I was not surprised that collaboration with others brings forth good things; rather I was surprised that my sense of purpose was renewed through witnessing an increase in awareness through the actions of myself and others.
Wishing you success and inspiration on this day and always,