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.
Please help support this incredible organization by purchasing one or more of their hooded or long-sleeve tees.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
California has long known the high possibility of widespread fires throughout the state in Summer. Due to the mild weather year round there tends to be much more sun than rain which is why people flock to California.
The past few years in the sunshine state have been in a drought, a very severe drought and despite all citizens water saving actions ranging between 18-24% reduction in water usage, they still don’t have enough water.
The extreme drought has not only brought desolate farmland and brown lawns, it has left forests dead or dying with plenty of kindling to help feed fires. Since the beginning of 2016 CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service has responded to over 2,000 fires in the state.
As of June 26th the 2016 largest fire in California is Erskine Fire in Kern County burning more than 45,000 acres with only 40% containment. The Erskine Fire is only one of nine fires currently burning in California and the number of homes and communities burned continue to rise.
As we watch the fires burn we continue to see the men and women who work tirelessly to save lives, homes and communities pulled away from their homes and loved ones. The firefighters of California give so much to the state and are in constant need of assistance. Not only do we want to thank them for their service but we want to continue to spread awareness of their needs.
Check out the 2016 California Firefighters Support t-shirt at KarmaLaunch, the proceeds of the shirts go to California Firefighters and are used for food, shelter and equipment as the battle between men and nature rages on. Do your part to support by getting a t-shirt, conserving water and being smart when it comes to fire.
What are your tips for conserving water? Comment below, I’d love to hear what you do!