ReSurge International-Restoring Hope Across The Globe

ReSurge International-Restoring Hope Across The Globe

KarmaLaunch is incredibly excited to team up with ReSurge International; a globally-recognized charity specializing in reconstructive surgery, training, and patient follow-up in developing nations. Founded in 1969, ReSurge has been a pioneer in demonstrating that physical rehabilitation not only healed the body, but was instrumental in reintegrating people back into society.

Flash forward nearly 50 years, and ReSurge International is now responsible for performing more than 100,000 life-changing surgeries in 15 countries to children and adults with clefts, disabling burns, hand traumas and other disfigurements and injuries. ReSurge envisions a world in which no human being suffers physically or emotionally from a repairable congenital deformity or injury. To reach that vision, ReSurge partners with volunteers and overseas medical partners to both provide surgical care and to educate and empower local medical professionals so that high-quality surgical access is available year-round, now and for generations to come.

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Please help support this incredible organization by purchasing one or more of their hooded or long-sleeve tees.

Livermore’s Centennial Bulb Still Burning After 116 Years

Livermore’s Centennial Bulb Still Burning After 116 Years

Burning since 1901, the Centennial Bulb has earned the Guinness Book of World Records blessing as the world’s longest burning lightbulb. Since leaving the Shelby Electric Company 115 years ago, this extraordinary bulb has been covered by everyone from CBS, ABC and PBS, to The BBC. Usually considered a prime example of quality construction, the bulb is now used to argue against corporate greed and planned obsolescence. The bulb’s unusually thick filament is usually listed as the reason for its longevity. Continue reading “Livermore’s Centennial Bulb Still Burning After 116 Years”

Porsche the Boxer

Porsche the Boxer

Meet Porsche the Boxer! Porsche was born with a cleft palate and was the runt of the litter. Sadly, her momma rejected her right after being born. The owner decided to give Porsche a fighting chance and surrendered her to Dr. Debbie Goode with Westwood Veterinary Hospital.

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Dr. Goode took Porsche in when she was only 1 day old. She is now 10 weeks old and is starting to eat meatballs. Porsche is gaining weight and getting stronger by the day. She is such a fighter!

Porsche will need to undergo corrective surgery to fix her cleft palate so she will be able to eat on her own. Guidelines for surgery at that age vary widely—some veterinarians prefer them to be 8-12 weeks, while others recommend treating puppies with this condition when they are 6+ months old due to decreased effect on the development of dentition, or the arrangement of the teeth. Porsche will be evaluated for surgery when she’s at least 2 lbs/1kg (would not be a safe anesthesia candidate before that) or larger. We’ll make a call on when we do surgery at that point. The surgery will be easier the larger she is.

The initial surgery will cost at least $2500, however, revisions are very common with this type of procedure.

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KarmaLaunch is excited to help support Porsche and Dr. Goode with another great t-shirt fundraiser. You can purchase your “I LOVE BOXERS” shirt with the above link.

Chris Leamy, the man behind the #HePlaysForMe movement.

Chris Leamy, the man behind the #HePlaysForMe movement.

Check out our newest KarmaLaunch Hero – Chris Leamy! A regular New Yorker, a hard worker and a musician for the love of it, had his life changed one day in April on the subway. A lady sat on the subway asking for change, like she had done day after day. She saw Chris’s guitar slung over his shoulder as he traveled and nodded her head towards him saying, “This would be much easier with that”. Chris exited the subway and went about his journey but her words continued to stay with him, the gears in his head started to turn. Continue reading “Chris Leamy, the man behind the #HePlaysForMe movement.”

Remember Me Thursday

Remember Me Thursday

Today is Remember Me Thursday, a chance for folks to share how their rescue pets became part of the family. It’s also a chance to alert Blue Buffalo to your favorite rescue organization, and enter them into a drawing for 1000 pounds of free food! Remember to tag your submissions with #RememberTheRescue #RememberMeThursday #karmalaunch on Twitter or Instagram by September 30th.

To get the ball rolling, here are 3 stories from folks on the KarmaLaunch team. We can’t wait to read yours!

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Team USA Basketball

Team USA Basketball

Meet Mikyla! She fell in love with basketball when she was in the 5th grade, she’s been passionate ever since. The competitive nature of the sport allows Mikyla to continuously hone her skills while learning from others. She credits her longtime coach Lonnie who has taught her everything she knows about the game of basketball. Continue reading “Team USA Basketball”

Louisiana Flood Fundraiser

Louisiana Flood Fundraiser

We’ve all seen flooding caused by natural events such as tropical storms and hurricanes, even in areas with built-in flood protection. However, more recently we are seeing flash-flooding in areas not historically hit by storms, so areas are unprepared to handle a sudden deluge of water. This is caused by low pressure systems moving throughout the south and dumping torrential rainfall throughout many southern cities, most notably in Louisiana. Continue reading “Louisiana Flood Fundraiser”