The things I wish I knew about my mom that I hope you leave for your kids.

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was about three years old. I know she was in remission a couple times and I know she lost her battle against cancer after it spread to her brain and other organs in April of 1997. I was 10 years old. Other than those details, I don’t know much about my mom’s treatment or experiences. And I never got to know my mom as a person.

I have a few vivid memories. For example…

Medicine offers a solution to many families entering the foster care system.

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It’s common sense— if a person is overcoming addiction, their dose of methadone will be consistently going down until they no longer take the methadone. Or that’s at least what made sense to me when I stood in court advocating for children in foster care. But it turns out, medicine is not common sense, it’s medicine. In fact, some patients remain on maintenance therapy with a particular medication assisted treatment medication “during their lifetime of recovery, as is common with chronic disease management for conditions other than addiction.”

Strategies for increasing fundraising by using human stories without taking advantage of the people behind those stories

Most people have watched a commercial, listened to a pitch, or seen a print advertisement that prompted them to donate to a cause. And, most people have watched a commercial, listened to a pitch, or seen a print advertisement that caused them to walk away, doing nothing. The question, for us as marketers, is, what is it about that piece that causes a person to donate more money? The answer to that question, as I will discuss in this article, is emotions —…

Lauren Langan

Interested in nonprofit work, especially surrounding issues of improving child welfare systems and education.

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