Tag Archives: Cancer

RE: I lost my son to childhood cancer

Petitioning President of the United States, Donald Trump

Turn the White House ‘Gold’ for kids with cancer

Petition by Roya Giordano
Leesburg, Virginia
Did you know that every 2 minutes, a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with Pediatric cancer? A normal childhood comes to a halt for these kids. And each day in the U.S., 7 families have to bury their brave, beloved children who’ve lost the fight.

I was one of those people, losing my beautiful, brave son Mathias to cancer.

Childhood Cancer Awareness month is coming this September. I’m asking the President of the United States to light the White House Gold, for one night, to show support for the kids fighting the battle of their lives. It will help us remember the children who’ve lost their battles with cancer — children like my son Mathias. Will you help me?

The White House has been lighted up to recognize cancer and significant milestones in the past. Seeing the people’s house lit up is a moving experience, one shared across social media and on the news. More importantly, it shows kids fighting cancer they are not alone and their country supports.

Please sign and share this petition telling our President to turn the White House gold for all the children battling cancer across our nation today.

#TeamMathias #MathiasStrong


6,000 transportation and hospitality workers to earn a living wage ~~ The other Washington

mapofWashingtonstateDid you know that the fight for a living wage is taking place right here in Washington state?

While fast food workers across the nation are demanding higher wages, Proposition 1, the Good Jobs Initiative, will be on the November ballot in SeaTac.

It will enable more than 6,000 transportation and hospitality workers to earn a living wage and enjoy common sense benefits, like paid sick leave.

Two weeks ago, 20 elected Democrats, including Rep. Adam Smith and King County Executive Dow Constantine, endorsed a Yes vote on SeaTac Proposition 1.

The Yes for SeaTac campaign needs our help. Can you knock on doors and help spread the word about SeaTac Proposition 1?

What: Yes for SeaTac’s Democrats Weekend!
When: October 12th or 13th, 9am-5pm
Where: Riverton United Methodist Church
3118 S 140th St. Tukwila

Yes, I can help

SeaTac Proposition 1 is endorsed by community organizations, faith groups, and labor unions.

Prop 1:

provides up to 5 days of paid sick leave for full-time airport employees, preventing the spread of dangerous disease and keeping our families and community safe.

incentivizes airport-related businesses to employ full time workers, creating jobs our neighbors can count on to make ends meet.

requires SeaTac hotels and hotel restaurants to do the right thing and give tips and service charges to the employees who perform the actual services.

ensures that SeaTac residents employed at and around the airport can receive a living wage of $15, helping them make ends meet.

exempts small businesses in SeaTac. Prop 1 specifically exempts SeaTac restaurants, grocery stores, and all other small businesses.

Stand with SeaTac workers and sign up to help the Yes for SeaTac campaign today.


Jaxon Ravens
Executive Director
Washington State Democrats

BioMarin said No to her friend with Cancer

The first thing I have to say is thank you. More than 140,00 people — including you — have signed my petition to help save the life of my friend Andrea Sloan.

Andrea is in desperate need of a new cancer drug made by pharmaceutical company BioMarin, but they say she’s “not eligible” for any of their current trials. Andrea needs access to the drug under a “compassionate use” program, and because of our petition, it’s looking like that could really happen.

Just last week, a leaked internal email from BioMarin proved that they are taking this petition seriously and really considering helping Andrea.

Now is the time to turn up the pressure on BioMarin. Can you share my petition on Facebook to help it gain more signatures and momentum?

We are so close to getting Andrea the medicine she needs. She has dedicated her life to helping others — I know we can do what it takes to help her.

Thank you,

Carol Carter
Lake Dallas, TX

P.S. Have you seen this video that Andrea made explaining compassionate use? Click here to watch, and feel free to share that as well!

Something Big’s Happening


The White House, Washington

Starting October 1st, Americans will have access to the Health Insurance Marketplace — a new, simpler way to compare plans and purchase health insurance — all in one place. The Marketplace will be run in partnership with states or fully by HHS in 36 states. In these 36 states, consumers will have a choice of 53 health plans on average, and young adults will have even more low-cost options.

In partnership with HealthCare.gov, we’ve created a map to help you explore a summary of the choices and premiums expected to be available on October 1st.

See the map and learn more about the Marketplace.

Health Insurance Marketplace Map


Delivering on the Affordable Care Act: Marketplace Premiums Lower than Expected

At the center of the Affordable Care Act is the premise that we need to make health care more affordable and accessible for more Americans, and a new report released today demonstrates just how affordable insurance will be. The report, released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), finds that in state after state, affordable options will be available through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014.


President Obama Discusses the Prospects for Progress at the United Nations General Assembly

Yesterday, President Obama delivered a speech at UNGA — the United Nations General Assembly — in New York City. The President expressed optimism at the prospects for diplomacy in solving a range of long-simmering conflicts across the globe.


In Case You Missed It: President Obama at Kansas City Ford Plant: Congress Needs to Do Its Job

Last Friday, President Obama delivered remarks at a suburban Kansas City, MO Ford Motor Co. stamping plant — a plant that recently had to bring on a shift of 900 workers to keep up with the demand for the new F-150.


URGENT: Cancer Patient About to be Evicted!


Ocwen CEO Ron Faris: 561-682-8560  ronald.faris@ocwen.com  Make these points:

  1. Please stop the impending eviction.
  2. Please suspend the foreclosure process
  3. Please offer a deal Jacqueline Barber can afford in order to stay in her home (she’s already offered $160,000 for her own home).


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I wanted to share this story of Jacqueline Barber with you. Our Allies at the Home Defenders League and Occupy Homes asked us to get involved to stop the imminent eviction of a very sick woman and her family. Your action could help tip the balance.
People like Jacqueline Barber are the reason we are taking the fight to Washington for the May 18- 23 Week of Action to end “Too Big to Jail”. We just can’t allow heartbreaking stories like this to continue.
Here’s the story. – Brian K.
Dear Carmen,
20-year Atlanta Police Department veteran. Grandmother of four. Car crash survivor. Bone cancer patient. Foreclosure fraud victim. Jacqueline Barber is all those things, but most importantly, she’s a fighter. And right now she’s fighting for her home.
Jacqueline Barber spent 20 years on the Atlanta police force, only retiring when injured by a car in the line of duty. In 2009, the predatory loan on her house caused her payment to go up $1500. Then she was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer and had to undergo aggressive treatment to save her life. She fought back against the disease, and spent months filling out forms and asking for modifications to her mortgage. When her loan was sold to Ally Bank and its servicer GMAC, she started the fight again, and was close to victory when nearly 21,000 supporters signed a petition to Ally to finalize their negotiations and end Jacqueline’s eviction.
We thought we’d be writing you soon with good news, since the banks and servicers (including GMAC) had started what we thought were good faith negotiations as a result of your actions.
Then the unthinkable happened: Ally admitted to Jacqueline her loan was now in control of A DIFFERENT company. 

Yesterday Jacqueline Barber got a call from Ocwen, a financial institute she’s never heard of, informing her that she had 2 days to vacate her home. She had just gotten out of the hospital after having a procedure done on her back, leaving her walker bound when not bed ridden. The news from Ocwen was not the news a cancer patient fighting their second bout of multiple myeloma would want to hear.

Jacqueline Barber found out that her mortgage has transferred from GMAC to Ocwen Financial Services, and Ocwen is refusing to honor any of the deals arranged with GMAC over the last 6 months.

Call Ocwen CEO Ronald Faris at 561-682-8560 and tell him to make a deal that Jacqueline can afford, or have her blood on his hands. (sample script below). To make sure he gets the message, also send him an email at ronald.faris@ocwen.com

Ocwen Financial services is a company notorious for shipping jobs overseas, creating tax havens in the Virgin Islands, and defrauding customers. The stress of an eviction would not only leave Jacqueline, her daughter, and four grandchildren homeless, it would also serve to accelerate her cancer.

Call and email Ocwen CEO Ronald Faris at 561-682-8560 and ronald.faris@ocwen.com and tell him to make a deal that Jacqueline and her family can afford, or have her blood on his hands. (sample script below)

Script: “Hi, my name is _________ and I’m calling on behalf of Jacquline Barber at 160 Stearman Road in Fayetteville, GA 30214. I understand that Ocwen aquired GMAC in February and will not honor the negotiations that have kept Jacqueline and her family in her home to this point as she undergoes chemotherapy. I demand that you offer Jacqueline and her family a deal they can afford to keep them in their home, and relieve Jacqueline of the stress of eviction while she bravely fights bone cancer.

Jacqueline worked hard in her professional life to keep people safe through her work as a police detective. She was even injured on the job. Now, facing a recurrence of bone cancer and an eviction foreclosure, she’s on the verge of having her home stolen by the same bankers who destroyed our economy, put 16 million homeowners underwater and 7 million families into the foreclosure process.

Please make the call. You can report what happened on the call by clicking here and leaving a comment on the blog post.
Also please take a moment to sign our petition in support of Jacqueline’s fight.
In solidarity,

Brian, Campaign for a Fair Settlement