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Bah Humbug: An Alternative to Giving Stuff for the Holidays

Peer to peer fundraising is easy and fun!

The holiday season is always abustle with people rushing here and there to gather presents to exchange. I too get swept up in the excitement of finding or making the perfect gift for those around me, but at times the idea of all the stuff being wrapped up in pretty paper and ribbons to create mountains of sparkle under trees gets to be a bit much for me. Perhaps it does for you too.

What if we were to work together to Give the Gift of Dignity this holiday season instead? 'Cause do you really need that Pi ice cube tray? Or would you rather join me in asking for gifts to our favorite nonprofit instead?

Donations to the Death with Dignity National Center give all year long. 2012 was an amazing year for elevating the conversation about these important laws with the voter ballot initiative in Massachusetts and the Vermont Senate debate about assisted death. The Death with Dignity National Center has been a dedicated partner for these efforts the entire time.

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This Week in the Movement

Old News by ERIO on flickr

Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.

Efforts regarding Death with Dignity:

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Holiday Greetings

Thank you for your commitment to Death with Dignity and to those individuals who have worked so hard for this right. It's been a remarkable year full of progress, and your support has made this possible.

Looking ahead to 2013, the Death with Dignity National Center is excited to continue helping our friends in Massachusetts, such as Jim Carberry pictured above; the dedicated advocates in Vermont; and people throughout the US as they raise their voices to demand Death with Dignity laws in their states.

From all of us here at the Death with Dignity National Center, we hope your holiday season is spent in the company of those you love.

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This Week in the Movement

Throughout the week, we keep people up-to-date with information about the Death with Dignity movement and other topics related to end-of-life care through Facebook and Twitter. Below are highlights from this week.

Efforts regarding Death with Dignity:

Read more: This Week in the Movement

Why I Support Death with Dignity

Jim and Margie Carberry

A Message from Jim

My name is Jim Carberry, and like many of you who've come to support Death with Dignity, I watched a loved one die a painful and protracted death. My wife, Margie, didn't have the option to die on her own terms, something she so desperately wanted.

I'm sharing my story with you because I strongly believe people should have the right to end their suffering when dying of a terminal illness. The only way to guarantee that right is to pass Death with Dignity laws modeled on the time-tested and safe Oregon Death with Dignity law.

My wife, Margie, was diagnosed with a Clival Chordoma in 1995. We had two small children, Alissa and Andrea, at the time and all she wanted was to see them graduate from high school. That would mean surviving 16 years from date of diagnosis, a highly improbable likelihood. She underwent numerous procedures to increase her chances. But the tumor was unrelenting and began stripping away various abilities.

Starting in 2008, Margie endured several very invasive procedures and had significant issues with her sight and mobility. She wanted to be there when our younger daughter graduated in 2011. At the same time, she was in a lot of pain. She was no longer the person she used to be, unable to participate in any meaningful activities for more than a few moments at a time.

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You are the key to ensuring well-crafted Death with Dignity laws for all Americans. With your financial and volunteer help, the Death with Dignity National Center, a 501(c)(3), non-partisan, nonprofit organization, has been the leading advocate in the Death with Dignity movement. Individual contributions helped us pass new Death with Dignity laws in Washington and Vermont, defend the Oregon law, and provide education and outreach programs for the vitality of the Death with Dignity movement.

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