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What You Can Do for Awareness Week

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Awareness Week 2014



Educate others on bone marrow failure disease.  Here are some easy things you can do to teach others about bone marrow failure disease. 

  1. Educate yourself about each specific disease on our Web site so you learn more about what you can tell others.
  2. Tell at least one new person each day about your disease and what it is.
  3. Hand out AA&MDSIF brochures to family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors.
  4. Hold a lunchtime talk at your office to educate others on what bone marrow failure disease and how it affects you.
  5. Use social media to educate others by posting facts and information on Facebook, Twitter, or blogs. Direct others to our Web site.
  6. Download the Awareness Week 2015 poster and post it in your office or place of work.



Advocate for your own health — and advocate for all affected by bone marrow failure disease.  Here are some things you can do to advocate.

  1. Advocate for your own health.  Learn what you can do to be a strong and empowered patient for yourself or your loved one. 
  2. Advocate for all bone marrow disease patients through political advocacy.  Learn more about what you can do. 
  3. Spread the word about bone marrow failure disease by including the AA&MDSIF logo and link to www.AAMDS.org on your email tagline, Facebook page, or other social media page.
  4. Send a request for a Proclamation Letter for Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week to your state or local officials.
  5. Download the Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week press release to send to your local media.



Participate in a bone marrow/blood drive, volunteer at a drive, or organize your own awareness and/or fundraising event. There are many easy ways to participate in a local awareness event. Or, you can organize your own awareness or fundraising event. 

It can be as simple as organizing a bone marrow/blood drive, creating an AA&MDSIF FriendRaising page, giving a lunchtime talk at work, distributing AA&MDSIF brochures at your local hospitals and hematology/oncology offices, holding a fundraising dinner at a local restaurants, or event organizing a walk.  Learn what you can do to make a difference!

  1. Join our Swabbing Across the States bone marrow drive campaign.
  2. Participate in an awareness activity. 
  3. Set up a grassroots awareness and fundraising page on the AA&MDSIF Awareness Week 2015  FriendRaising site and use this page to spread the word. 
  4. Organize a fundraising event, big or small.  Learn about all the different types of events you can plan.
  5. “Like” AA&MDSIF on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  6. Join our Awareness Week 2015 Event on Facebook.  Post to the event and let us know what YOU are doing for Awareness Week.  Share this event with your Facebook friends.

Celebrate and Commemorate


Celebrate your or your loved one’s survival story.  Share your journey.

Commemorate and remember loved ones lost. Honor this memory by telling their story.

  1. Create an AA&MDSIF grassroots FriendRaising page to tell and share your loved one’s story.
  2. Buy a package of 10 Bravery awareness bracelets.  Hand them out and share your loved one’s story each time to someone. 
  3. Wear red or AA&MDSIF merchandise. Visit our Marketplace for bracelets, polo shirts, hats, and tote bags.