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Staff Spotlight: What Charity Do You Support?

December 21, 2015

The Global team routinely volunteers at charities and other non-profits through company events as well as on their own time. In the spirit of the Holiday Season and giving back to support those that are less fortunate, we asked each of our staff members at Global what their favorite charity organization is. Read below to learn more about the team and the charities that matter to us most For this year's Holiday Season, Global is pleased to make a monetary donation in each staff members' name to the charity of their choice. [sep][/sep] Amanda Jamrogiewicz Vice President, Strategy: The American Brain Tumor Association I became involved with the ABTA back in 2004, the year my father was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While his tumor type was benign, the removal and subsequent healing process did not go smoothly and he has been disabled ever since. The ABTA isn’t just committed to funding brain tumor research, but it also provides information and education on all tumor types through any stage of the process. The ABTA was the first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing support and education programs for all tumor types and all age groups. It certainly has, and still continues to provide my family and me with a helpful resource. [sep][/sep] Andrea Funk Program Manager: The National Mill Dog Rescue The National Mill Dog Rescue pledged to put an end to the cruelty of the commercial dog breeding industry, more commonly known as puppy milling. Through rescue and education, NMDR continues in its life-saving work while enlightening the public about the truth of pet store puppies. NMDR has taken a national approach to their rescue and adoption efforts and they have rescued and placed more than 10,000 mill dogs since their inception in 2007. These dogs are now living as cherished family members across the United States. I adore this charity because puppy mills house thousands of dogs that are neglected, beaten, and treated with the same limited respect as livestock. These dogs are used to produce thousands of puppies which are often inbreed or have major health problems that cause them to become unwanted. NMDR goes into puppy mills to rescue these dogs and gives them a second chance at life beyond a cage. I adopted a dog from this organization (he was diagnosed with CHF) and his love of life outside of the mill was always apparent up until his final days. [sep][/sep] Amanda Glazar Vice President, Education: Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC) mission is to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pet animals, translating our research and knowledge to also benefit people with cancer. They do this by offering the latest and most advanced diagnostics and treatments in surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. We attain our mission through an innovative study of cancer, thoughtful and compassionate care, specialized treatment options and procedures. The FACC continues to pursue a cure for cancer through our clinical oncology service, clinical trials, advanced clinical and research training for veterinarians, innovative research and specialized consultation service available for clients and referring veterinarians. Cancer has impacted the lives of many pets, including my own. The research at FACC may one day help find a cure for this terrible disease. [sep][/sep] Laura Gilsdorf Program Manager: Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry No child should grow up hungry in America- But 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. I have volunteered with this charity off and on for years, helping to surround kids with healthy food where they live, learn and play. [sep][/sep] John McCormick Manager, Education Strategy: Conscious Alliance Conscious Alliance is a Boulder, CO based charity committed to supporting communities in crisis through its three-tier approach: Emergency food relief to communities across the United States, empowerment programs for youth in impoverished regions of the country, and nutrition, exercise, and gardening education for youth in economically isolated Native American reservations. Conscious Alliance operates, in part by organization food drives at concerts and music festivals. I support Conscious Alliance in part because of their goal and overall mission, but also because I support the way they collect donations through grassroots style efforts at music events and festivals. I regularly attend concerts throughout the year, many of which provide an opportunity to donate canned food to Conscious Alliance. Being able to donate while seeing some of my favorite artists and musicians perform has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Conscious Alliance also focuses on raising awareness and education in impoverished areas, something which I believe is critical in assisting underserved communities raising themselves out of poverty.