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Jesse Marcus

By Jesse Marcus


Thank You and Happy Birthday, Dr. Salk!

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Photo credit: Google.

The inventor of the polio vaccine didn’t care about being famous, and neither do the millions of people who wake up everyday dedicated to making their community a place of opportunity for everyone.

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10/28/14

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Jesse Marcus

By Jesse Marcus


Beyond Pink Ribbons: Shifting the Conversation from Awareness to Access

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Tina Grant, with her daughter and biggest supporter, Gina.

You know it’s October, because suddenly pink ribbons are everywhere, people are biking and running and making calls to raise awareness about breast cancer, and talking heads and celebrity spokespeople are doing their part to spread the word.

This year, however, I humbly suggest that we broaden the discussion, because awareness is not enough. If we really want to trumpet the importance of detecting breast cancer early on, then we also have to address the fact that too many people still don’t have access to potentially life-saving preventive medicine. 

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10/17/14

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Jesse Marcus

By Jesse Marcus


3 Ways You Can Help Prevent Suicide in Your Community

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September is Suicide Awareness Month, an opportunity to talk about ways we can save more of the nearly 40,000 people who end their lives every year. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 12-18. And among veterans the suicide rate has been on the rise in recent years. But suicide is also highly preventable and we all can be part of the solution in our communities. In fact, it’s already happening in big cities and small towns around America.

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09/30/14

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Jesse Marcus

By Jesse Marcus


Want to see what lasting change looks like?

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Meet Jamie.  

Use United Way’s new interactive infographic to follow Jamie on his path to success in school, work and life. Click on formative moments in his life to see real-life examples of how people are coming together to make a difference.  Not just in the lives of kids like Jamie, but also in the communities where kids like Jamie live, work and play.

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09/17/14

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Mei Cobb

By Mei Cobb


Want to Stay Active and Improve Your Health as You Grow Older? Volunteer!

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Baby Boomers are living longer lives than their predecessors, but not necessarily healthier lives, according to a study that warns of rising health care costs. The oldest of the Boomers, nearing 70, are looking for ways to reverse this trend.

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09/16/14

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