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Mason’s Toy Box

Mason’s Toy Box

Mason's Toy Box started when a young man named Mason, lost his battle to rare childhood cancer in 2011. The truth is that not all children will be home for the holiday season, as my family as experienced in 2008 as my son was fighting for his life after his liver...

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Joey Bevins – Rocking for Recovery

Joey Bevins – Rocking for Recovery

Hi, I’m Joey Bevins and I am a person in recovery from substance use disorder. My clean date is 10/5/3015 and I haven’t found it necessary to have a drink or drug since that day over four years ago. I was at a real all-time low before getting clean.  Everyone...

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How you can support the Cause for equality

How you can support the Cause for equality

Today I am sharing about the how you can support the cause for equality via the NAACP. When I started The Rebels Den, part of the mission was to highlight non-profits and bring awareness to different causes, injustices and what we can do about it. The NAACP Legal...

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Protests lead to change

Protests lead to change

This past week in our home, we've been having conversations how protests lead to change and some of it didn't always feel good. I limited my social media because I wanted to take the time to listen and learn and reflect and when I did sign up - every single time when...

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You can’t walk around with blinders on

You can’t walk around with blinders on

You can't walk around with blinders on and ignore the fact that Black People have been discriminated against since forever. It is time that we truly listen to their experiences and become active in our anti-racism work. We’ve been having the hard uncomfortable yet...

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Music is healing when you have PTSD

Music is healing when you have PTSD

There's no question that music is healing and incredibly powerful. It can and often does express what you're feeling when you are finding it difficult to say it with your own words. I recently learned about Guitar's 4 Vets - an organization whose "mission to share the...

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1st Annual Rocking for Recovery Event

1st Annual Rocking for Recovery Event

I recently had a brief chat about being involved with the 1st Annual Rocking for Recovery Event. While we haven't quite hashed out the details just yet, I thought I would share a snippet of my story and then tell you about the event! My father was an alcoholic. He...

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Draw Buckets

Draw Buckets

This past week or two I came across DRAW - a non-profit that was founded on the premise that a single event of a natural disaster can bring a person to instant rock bottom. How many times have you watched the news to see a community be drowning in the waters from the...

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Rise Above + SAVE at Exit 111

Rise Above + SAVE at Exit 111

When I attended Exit 111 back in October, one thing was incredibly clear: Rise Above + SAVE - a suicide prevention message that needs addressing perhaps now more than ever. I'm a fan of people using their platform for what they believe in - we may not always agree -...

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October is Liver Awareness​ Month

October is Liver Awareness​ Month

October is Liver Awareness​ Month and it affects our life every single day as my son was born with a rare genetic disorder and lives with a donated liver by someone who believes in the gift of life. Carbamoyl phosphate synthetase I deficiency (CPSID) is a rare...

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Chugfest at Ix Art Park in Charlottesville

Chugfest at Ix Art Park in Charlottesville

The first Annual CHUGFEST is happening at IX Art Park on Sunday, October 20th from 1-8 PM! And while I normally feature non-profits, this still falls under the category of what I am trying to highlight on the blog. So what exactly is CHUGFEST? This is an all-day rock,...

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To write love on her arms

To write love on her arms

It seems that a lot of us are impacted by suicide in some kind of a way. Even I at one point thought I'd be better off dead than alive to rid myself to the pain I felt every single day. I don't know how I came across "To write love on her arms" but I made a note to...

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