Day Three: Give Back Mission to Express Gratitude

Today is the third day of my mission to spread kindness and help others. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, please read: Join My Give Back Mission to Spread Kindness and Say Thank You.

It is only the third day of this journey and to say I am inspired is an understatement. Today, I would like to tell everyone about an amazing organization that is helping children with cancer all across the country, but is locally rooted in Northern Virginia.

Journey 4 A Cure is a Pediatric Cancer Foundation that is committed to enhancing the lives of the children and families battling cancer while increasing awareness about the realities of pediatric cancer.


Journey 4 A Cure was inspired by Declan Carmical, who lost his battle with cancer in August 2010 only eight days shy of his first birthday. His family, who are local to Northern Virginia, started the foundation to help other children across the United States.

I had the opportunity to speak with Declan’s family and was inspired by their commitment to helping others. Even though this foundation is only two years old, they have managed to raise $50,000 in support of pediatric cancer research and have distributed more than 100 iPads to children undergoing treatment.

I love their iPads for children program because it is a tangible way to brighten the day for children going through cancer treatment. Many times these children are sitting in the hospital for long stretches or going through treatments at outpatient centers and are bored with limited means of entertainment. And when a family is battling cancer, funds are usually limited for these extras.

So, how can you help? If you work in an office or teach in a classroom, consider starting a fundraising drive, doing a car wash, or simply collecting change throughout the year to help sponsor an iPad for a child. This is a realistic goal you can work towards.

Another way, is to donate your used iPad to Journey 4A Cure. I think this is an amazing idea. If you have upgraded to a newer model, then consider helping a child and family in need by donating your old one.

If you are unable to put together a fundraising drive, then perhaps just consider donating what you can toward this program. Click here for the donation details.

Please help spread the word about this amazing organization. Visit their website and “Like” the Journey 4 a Cure Facebook page.


Good Deed Idea of the Day

My Good Deed Idea for today is to donate blood. I already made my appointment for today at 6:15 pm. I haven’t given blood in a long time, but it is something simple I can do to help complete strangers. Making my appointment was easy. I simply went to the Red Cross Website and clicked on the “Give Blood” tab. Then I set-up on online account and made my appointment with a location near my home. I didn’t even have to talk to anyone.

I know giving blood requires a little thought, but it is a good deed that truly pays it forward. Why wait for a disaster before being motivated to give? Give today and help someone in need.


Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.




  1. What a great idea! I’m tweeting right now!


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