Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To honor the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness month (October), Dankmeyer staff decided to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Denim Days for Halloween. We started the morning off with some ribbon shaped bagels. Then, for a 5$ donation, each person who decided to participate wore jeans for their Halloween costume! Staff members grabbed their favorite pair of jeans, and a little pink (or a lot of pink!), to show support for the American Cancer Society's work to save lives from Breast Cancer!

Save a National Treasure

Dankmeyer employees and family members put on their "environmentalist hats" with a company-wide project. Dankmeyer team members collected cans and cashed them in at a local recycling center, using the proceeds to grow 2,500 Native Oysters through their purchase from The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Giving Catalog.

The cans were collected over the summer while sharing good times and creating memories with family and friends.  One day everyone at Dankmeyer shared soda (see the fridge filled below with a bit of summer sunshine!) and then we recycled the cans! We look forward to continuing our efforts over the course of the next year! 

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay and the living things there, click here.

Dankmeyer and the Race for our Kids

Some of our Dankmeyer staff, led by team captain Sheryl Nathanson Sachs, CPO, participated in the Race for our Kids this past Sunday, September 16, 2018. The race is hosted by The Samuelson Children's Hospital at Sinai, which focuses on helping children and their families who are dealing with illness. They specialize in individualized care with families and clinical teams. They also support area pediatricians with the most comprehensive community hospital in Maryland. To raise money, each year the staff encourages the community to Race for our Kids by participating in a 1 mile family fun run, 5k or 10k! Our staff had a great time at the race and are looking forward to participating next year as well.

Alex's Lemonade Stand

A group of staff at Dankmeyer decided to get the company involved with the 2018 Lemonade Days program hosted by Alex’s Lemonade Stand. 

Alex’s Lemonade Stand was founded and created by Alexandra “Alex” Scott. When Alex was four, she decided to set up a lemonade stand in her front yard to raise money for research to find a cure for childhood cancer. She and her brother Patrick raised $2,000 on their first day alone. Even as Alex bravely fought her own cancer, she still set up every year. When she passed away in 2004, her stand, and the stands of many others who had joined the cause, had raised over $1 million dollars. In 2005, her parents started Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to carry on her work. They have raised over $150 million dollars to date that funds over 800 research projects at 135 facilities and supports families of those children receiving treatment. For more information, please visit their website by clicking here.

For Dankmeyer’s approach to Lemonade Days, the group got creative! An internal paint night kicked off the week.  Kelsey Kasten, CPO, lead the class in the painting of a sunflower. Those who were able to participate took a photo after the class to show off their handiwork. Several are even hanging in our lunchroom - to not only brighten the space but to remind ourselves how easy and beautiful it is to help others. Even those who were not able to participate donated toward kicking off this fundraiser. Paint night was a huge success (and hopefully will be repeated!)

The following Monday, care packages put together by the organizers of the fundraiser arrived in each Dankmeyer office. A change jar, stickers, information on the foundation, and most importantly, lemonade comprised each box. All week staff emptied their pockets, wallets, cup holders, seat cushions, and car floors and filled up the change jars. The goal that the group set was nearly DOUBLED due to the compassion of their coworkers. Dankmeyer raised $415.00 dollars by the end of Lemonade Days! That is enough to fund a full day of research. 

All in all, Lemonade Days 2018 raised $785,416, and staff at Dankmeyer is incredibly proud to have taken part.

Nina Bondre and the Challenged Athletes Foundation

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Nina Bondre, CPO, recently attended a running clinic hosted jointly by Ossur and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). The running and mobility clinics are focused on helping people with amputations return to running. The event was held at the Catholic University Cardinals Stadium in Washington, DC on June 23. On a rainy Saturday morning, volunteers and participants assembled to listen to the coaches, Bob Gailey, PhD, PT, and Peter Harsch, CP. The participants were split into those with little to no running experience, and those who already run and are looking to fine tune their techniques.

Participants were paired one-on-one with volunteers. Both participants and volunteers included a variety of ages, experience levels, and a mix of CPOs and PTs. There were so many volunteers at the event that some participants were able to work with two volunteers for the duration of the event!

The intro running group was taught by Bob Gailey. Over the course of several exercises, participants "built up" how they ran, starting with putting more weight on their prosthetic side, adding speed, and adding the motion of their arms, with several other phases in-between. The idea is to slowly transition from walking to running, by adding on an element of running with each progressive step. Nina got to work with a 70 year old participant who was determined to run. By the end of the day she was able to jog and was thrilled! It was the first time she had run in years.

If you are interested in a look at future Ossur clinics, click here.

For some photos of past Ossur running and mobility clinics click here.