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Help Us Prepare for 2014

Penny Shelfer

I can't believe how quickly this year's flown by. Thankfully, there's still time to make your donation and get your 2013 tax deduction!

Your gift will make it possible for us to continue working with advocates like Penny in Texas. A few years back, Penny learned she had stage III breast cancer, and like many who face a grave cancer diagnosis, the first word that came to mind was Death. Prolonged and pain filled.

The fear she faced led her to research different end-of-life options and the Death with Dignity laws we promote. Knowing our organization is there to help gave her comfort and peace of mind.

The national conversation about Death with Dignity is growing and changing at a faster pace than ever, and we look forward to building our local partnerships with advocates like Penny.

Your year-end, tax-deductible donation today will get us ready for the challenges ahead. Thank you.

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Martha's Wish

People sometimes lament about the impersonal nature of social media. Some feel they don't connect with their friends and family on a "real" level as much as they used to, we're all too plugged into our personal electronic devices instead of interacting with those around us. Watching my fellow bus riders stare at their screens on the way into work this morning, I can understand this sentiment, but also I've found through my work with Death with Dignity National Center I often feel connected to complete strangers because of social media.

Just last week, I had the honor of working with a woman to create a visual way to share her dying friend's final wish to spread the word about Death with Dignity laws. Jeanette caught a Facebook post by her friend's husband, Carl, which stated his wife, Martha "says I need to spread the word. What better way than Facebook. She wants to know why, when a person is terminal, they are made to suffer through it instead of being able to go with dignity? Something is wrong with the laws of our country to allow a person to suffer like this."

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This Week in the Movement

Moving Without Mom

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

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Death with Dignity Supporters Have Stories to Tell

Everyday, I chat with people who want to help us advocate for the Death with Dignity laws we promote. Supporters come to us from all different groups and all 50 states, and they're some of the most dedicated you'll find. The reason people feel so strongly about these laws is usually because of a personal experience—either through facing a serious illness like Penny has or because they were bedside when a loved one died.

Unfortunately, most who've found us after witnessing a death did so because the dying person suffered terribly and pleaded for assistance in dying. This was the case for our newest board member, George Eighmey and long-time supporter Dee, who's committed to our long-term stability and has included us in her will.

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This Week in the Movement

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

Efforts regarding Death with Dignity:

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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, non-profit organization, has been the leading advocate in the death with dignity movement. Member contributions helped us pass a new Death with Dignity law in Washington, defend the Oregon law, and provide education and outreach programs for the vitality of the death with dignity movement.

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