Category: Medical Solutions Gives

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2017 Planet Water Update

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Medical Solutions was proud to sponsor Planet Water’s successful Project 24 again in 2017!

In March we told you about Medical Solutions’ 2017 sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 — a celebration of World Water Day and an initiative to bring clean water to communities in need worldwide. After sponsoring Planet Water filtration towers in 2012, 2015, and 2016, the Medical Solutions team was once again extremely proud to be a part of this amazing effort to provide 24 clean water filtration systems to 24 impoverished communities in just 24 hours.

In fact, our internal team also passed the hat and pitched in on World Water Day, donating an extra $5,284 to support Planet Water’s work!

The 2017 effort was a great success — with Medical Solutions’ sponsorship bringing clean water to the people of Ranca Asem! (Click here to revisit last month’s blog and learn more about this small Indonesian village.)

The Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration tower went up Wednesday, March 22nd, at 9 p.m. EST, at Cikasungka IV School on the border of Tangerang and Bogor in the Indonesian village of Ranca Asem. Students were trained in water health and hygiene, and, although the tower is located at the school, it will also benefit the entire community of 2,400!

The Medical Solutions team is constantly inspired by our amazing Travel Nurses — which motivates us to help in this important effort to save and improve lives with clean water.

“We are inspired each day by the life-saving, life-changing efforts of our Travel Nurses, and being a part of Project 24 is a great way to honor them by doing our part to help make a real difference in people’s lives — just as they do every day on the job,” says Medical Solutions CEO, Craig Meier.

Thank you, Travelers, for inspiring us!

Planet Water shared some amazing photos of Ranca Asem students and other community members before, during, and after the water tower was erected. These pictures tell an awesome story — check it out!

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Planet Water’s team constructs the water filtration tower in Ranca Asem.

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The tower goes up …

 

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And it’s up!

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Hooray! The team hands a certificate to a local educator.

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Happy students wash their hands with clean water in Ranca Asem.

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The students prepare to drink clean water!

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More happy villagers applaud their new clean water source.

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Students learn about water hygiene and health.

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The students put their clean water and new hygiene knowledge to good use!

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The gift of gratitude from some happy students!

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Medical Solutions Sponsors Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 for World Water Day 2017

Medical Solutions Sponsors Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 for World Water Day 2016

Nurses are well aware of the importance of clean water in treating and preventing illness, but may still be shocked by statistics like the fact that 50% of all hospital beds in the world are occupied by people with easily preventable waterborne diseases. Or the fact that a whopping one in eight people on Earth do not have access to safe, clean water!

Unfortunate stats like these are why Medical Solutions will sponsor Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 again in 2017. In celebration of World Water Day, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, this initiative will bring clean water to 24 communities in just 24 hours by installing school-based water filtration systems within villages in need.

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Villagers in Ranca Asem will benefit from a clean water tower and water health & hygiene education.

The Medical Solutions team sponsors this annual effort because we are consistently inspired by the hard work and compassion that our Travel Nurses display every day in their quest to save lives. YOU are the inspiration for our company to support this amazing cause!

This year, the Medical Solutions-sponsored water filtration tower will go up at 9 p.m. EST at SDN Cikasungka IV School on the border of Tangerang and Bogor in the Indonesian village of Ranca Asem. The community’s main water source is a deep well that often runs dry, causing people to use unsafe water from a nearby river for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and bathing. The lack of accessibility of clean water has caused frequent skin issues, diarrhea, typhoid, and other issues, as well as creating an obstacle to learning for the village’s children.

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People in Ranca Asem routinely use questionable water sources that create sickness and barriers to education.

“At home we do not have clean water,” says 9-year-old villager Muhamad Fadli Rizky. “To meet the need of drinking water every day, my mother fetches water from the well. When I go to school I bring water from home, but if I forget to bring it, I ask a friend. Sometimes I drink tap water directly, but as a result of drinking water from the faucet, sometimes I feel stomach pains. I have to ignore them because there is no other choice.”

There is a general lack of knowledge in the area regarding water health and hygiene. As a part of Project 24, Planet Water will not only erect the Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water tower, they will also provide crucial water health and hygiene education! Just as Medical Solutions’ sponsorship helped thousands of villagers in 2012, 2015, and 2016, our 2017 effort will benefit Ranca Asem’s population of 2,400 people — including 380 students throughout 600 households.

Please join the Medical Solutions team in taking a moment to be grateful for the easy access to clean water that most of us enjoy in the United States and to learn more about Ranca Asem, Project 24, and Planet Water Foundation.

Thank you for constantly inspiring us, Travel Nurses!

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Announcing 2016’s Say Thanks By Giving Winners …

Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

For the second year running, Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of our Travelers’ favorite causes!

Throughout November we asked Medical Solutions Travelers to nominate their favorite charitable organizations and share what makes each of them so awesome. After combing through nearly 100 submissions, we chose four amazing winners. It was a joy to read all of the awesome stories and submissions, but it can’t be overstated that choosing the winners was a very hard task because there were just so many awesome submissions and causes!

Read on to learn about the four charities that will each receive a $2,000 donation from Medical Solutions, as well as the four Travelers who nominated them and who will each get a $100 Amazon gift card!

Children's Hospital Colorado Burn Camps ProgramMichael C., whose Career Consultant is Curt H., submitted Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Camps Program, an organization that works to “improve the lives of burn-injured children through the use of enriched curriculum and path of adventure in a safe environment.”

“I was burned at age 12, along with my brother,” writes Michael in his submission. “In a time which could have been the most difficult in our lives, we were fortunate enough to attend this camp and meet with other survivors of a similar injury. The foundation teams up with Camp Cheley in Estes Park Colorado to create an incredibly unique and transformative experience for burn victims from all across the nation in their struggle to adapt with their new injuries, and oftentimes, changed body image related to burn scars. They integrate firefighters, nurses, PT/OT, and clinical psychologists combined with handpicked counselors from the traditional summer camp, all on a volunteer basis to create a weeklong summer camp which continuously proves to be positively life-changing … One must almost witness firsthand to fully understand the tremendous amount of good and uplifting spirit this program pushes out into our world. Burn victims face a very specialized need in their mental and physical rehabilitation process, and this foundation successfully manages those needs in beautiful confidence and with open heart. It has changed my life, helped me decide not to be a burn victim but instead a burn survivor, and now thriver. I see it doing the same for dozens of other children every year that I return.”

Puppies Behind BarsKaren G., whose Career Consultant is Brad B., submitted Puppies Behind Bars, an organization that “trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.” According to PBB, “Puppies enter prison at the age of eight weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve.”

“This charity is meaningful to me in two ways,” writes Karen in her submission. “One, it recognizes the importance of rehabilitation in prisoners rather than just biding time of a sentence, and two, it helps veterans suffering from PTSD and other psychological and physical ailments directly acquired through service. As a child of a veteran with PTSD, I would have loved if this service was available to the veterans of my father’s generation.”

Team Jack FoundationFrances B., whose Career Consultant is Ted M., submitted Team Jack Foundation, an organization that works “collaboratively with families impacted by pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancer foundations” with the objective of funding [pediatric brain cancer] research at the top research centers in the world as swiftly as possible.

“Team Jack Foundation started with my friend Jack who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011,” writes Frances in her submission. “Back in 2011 there had been very little research for pediatric brain cancer and Jack was treated with ancient drugs and therapies, so it became a goal for his parents to raise funds for further research. To date, Team Jack has raised 2.6 million for research, with Jack himself involved in experimental drugs. Many of the kids have to travel a great distance to get the care needed. For example, Jack’s made many trips to Boston away from friends and family. One of the first things Jack asked me when we met was if I had flown in an airplane. When I replied “yes” he confirmed that he had also, but his eyes did not display the joy of flying to Disney World or Omaha Zoo — more like the fear of the unknown: the fear of more surgeries, more tests, more needles, more scans, more drugs, more pain. Help me stop that fear for kids with cancer. No kid should die from cancer. Help that become a reality.”

CASAKathy G., whose Career Consultant is Jon L., submitted CASA of Ohio Valley, an organization that recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers to “represent the best interests of children who enter the Daviess and Ohio County Court systems as a result of dependency, abuse, or neglect.”

“There is strong evidence that suggests children who have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma will have altered brain development,” writes Kathy in her submission. “Abused children are at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, mental illness, suicide, drug abuse, promiscuity, and criminal activity. Positive adult influences can make all the difference in a child’s life … Children need love and care, and if their parents aren’t able to provide it, they will look for it elsewhere. Sometimes all they have is a CASA advocate to provide this. It takes money to provide the training necessary to educate and train these volunteers. As a past CASA volunteer from 2001 to 2005, I can attest to the influence that these volunteers have on the lives of these children. I currently stay in contact with a past child that I was fortunate to advocate for. Through this organization, she was able to see that there are adults who do care and are not there to hurt you. She now has a family of her own and I’m proud to say is a wonderful mother.”

Congrats to our winners and thanks so much to ALL of our wonderful Travelers who submitted their causes and beautiful stories! Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions Gives.

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Say THANKS by GIVING is Back!

Medical Solutions Say Thanks By Giving

Click here to share what you care about and let us say THANKS by GIVING $2,000 to your favorite cause! (You could also win a $100 Amazon gift card for yourself!)

Want to support your favorite cause with a $2,000 donation? Let us help you with that!

In 2016, inspired by our selfless Travelers, Medical Solutions continued our legacy of donating time, money, and services to charitable organizations. Our Travel Nurses give SO much of themselves towards making the world a better place and we’re just trying to do our part, too.

To help achieve that as fully as possible, we’re bringing back Say Thanks By Giving again this year. It’s a very simple, very awesome way you can help us help you and let us say THANKS by GIVING to your favorite cause — plus a little something for you too!

So, tell us: What nonprofit and/or charitable organization matters most to you — and why?

Your favorite cause could be small and local or big and international. It could be a place you’ve personally volunteered, or one that has helped you personally!

Just imagine, if you could help support any charity or nonprofit organization that makes the world a better place, who would it be? Got your answer? Great! Now be sure to submit your cause for consideration before November 30, 2016!

In December, we’ll announce four winners — each of whom will receive a $100 Amazon gift card for themselves AND get $2,000 donated to the cause they nominated!

Last year through Say Thanks By Giving, Medical Solutions donated to:

  • Remote Area Medical — nominated by Traveler Leigha C.
  • Cattaraugus County SPCA — nominated by Traveler Jennifer G.
  • The Cure Starts Now Foundation — nominated by Traveler Erica P.
  • Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey — nominated by Traveler Gabriel T.

We are so excited to read your submissions again this year and help several of you support the cause that matters most to you! Thank you all so much everything you give of yourself throughout the year as hardworking Travel Nurses.

Click here now to share what you care about! 
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2016 Planet Water Project 24 Update

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Students from Paciano Rizal in Cambodia try out their new clean water filtration system!

In March we told you about Medical Solutions’ 2016 sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 — a celebration of World Water Day and an initiative to bring clean water to communities in need. After sponsoring Planet Water filtration towers in 2012 and 2015, the Medical Solutions team was once again extremely proud to be a part of this amazing effort to provide 24 clean water filtration systems to 24 impoverished communities in just 24 hours.

Now we can happily report that this year’s effort was a success — with Medical Solutions’ sponsorship bringing clean water to the people of Paciano Rizal! (Click here to revisit last month’s blog and learn more about this small Cambodian village.)

The Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration tower went up Tuesday, March 22nd, at 12 a.m. EST, at Paciano Rizal Elementary School in the Cambodian Village of Paciano Rizal. Students were trained in water health and hygiene, and, although the tower is located at the school, it will also benefit the entire community of 5,540!

The Medical Solutions team is inspired by our amazing Travel Nurses to help in this important effort to save and improve lives with clean water.

“We are inspired each day by the life-saving, life-changing efforts of our Travel Nurses, and being a part of Project 24 is a great way to honor them by doing our part to help make a real difference in people’s lives — just as they do every day on the job,” says Medical Solutions CEO, Craig Meier.

Thank you, Travelers, for inspiring us!

Planet Water shared some amazing photos of Paciano Rizal students and other community members before, during, and after the water tower was erected. These pictures tell an awesome story — check it out!

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Paciano Rizal Elementary School is the site of the Medical Solutions-sponsored clean water filtration system.

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Students learn about waterborne illnesses and bacteria.

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Two students share their drawings of bacteria.

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The class had fun learning about water health and hygiene. Rawrr, goes the scary bacteria!

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The Planet Water team huddles up before starting to build the water tower. Ready, set, go!

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The team works away on the Paciano Rizal tower.

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Almost there!

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Mission accomplished!

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Students, parents, and community members celebrate the new clean water filtration system.

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Students happily practice washing their hands with clean water.

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More classmates test out the new clean water source.

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Thank you, Planet Water, for letting us support your amazing mission!

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Medical Solutions Sponsors Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 for World Water Day 2016

Medical Solutions Sponsors Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 for World Water Day 2016

Click here to learn more about Medical Solutions sponsorship of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 for World Water Day, Tuesday, March 22.

Did you know that one in eight people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water? Or how about the facts that 50% of all hospital beds worldwide are occupied by people with easily preventable waterborne diseases and 4000 children die every day from water-related illnesses?

Stunning statistics such as these are Planet Water Foundation’s inspiration for Project 24, an initiative to bring clean water to 24 communities in need over the course of 24 hours, on World Water Day, March 22, 2016. They’re also why Medical Solutions is proud to once again be a part of Project 24 by sponsoring the installation of a water filtration system within a village in dire need of clean, safe water.

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A student walks past Paciano Rizal Elementary in the Philippines.

Nurses are well aware of the importance of clean, safe water for drinking, cleaning, cooking, and bathing, and the role safe water plays in keeping people alive and healthy. The Medical Solutions team is forever inspired by the hard work and compassion displayed every single day by our amazing Travel Nurses. YOU are our inspiration for supporting this amazing cause!

The Medical Solutions-sponsored water filtration tower will be the first Project 24 tower to go up this year, at 12 a.m. EDT, at the Paciano Rizal Elementary School in the Philippines. The school is near a polluted river which means the water flowing to taps is poor quality and can be unsafe. Compounding the issue, most local families makes less than minimum wage and can’t afford to buy clean water.

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A young boy in the village of Paciano Rizal in the Philippines.

According to the school’s headmaster, “The water in school is positive with bacteria. We tell the pupils not to drink from the taps, but it is hard to stop them from doing so because most of them can’t buy bottled water.”

A story like that makes all of here at Medical Solutions feel very grateful for easily accessible clean water — which so many so often take for granted — and also very pleased to be able to support this important cause.

As in 2012 and 2015 when Medical Solutions sponsored water filtration tower installations in villages in Cambodia, the Paciano Rizal community will also receive important education on water health and hygiene. And, in addition to the 508 students at Paciano Rizal Elementary, the water tower will serve to help all 5,540 members of the community.

Update! Click here to see photos of the Project 24 water tower installation in Paciano Rizal! 

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Medical Solutions is Giving Away $8,000!

Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

Medical Solutions is giving away $8,000 to some of your favorite causes!

Last month Medical Solutions asked you to tell us the cause you care most about and why, so we could say THANKS for all your hard work by GIVING to some of your favorite organizations. Now, we are pleased to announce that Medical Solutions will donate a total of $8,000 to four of the causes you submitted!

Each of the nearly 100 causes submitted and the reasoning behind them were inspiring and meaningful — we really wish we could support all of them!

There were definitely trends in terms of the issues addressed by the causes you care most about, and we saw a lot of support for veterans, animals, pediatric cancer, and, of course, healthcare for those most in need.

In the end, our panel of judges chose four organizations benefitting those areas — each of which will receive a $2,000 donation from Medical Solutions in the name of the Traveler who submitted them! Oh, and those four Travelers will also each receive a $50 Amazon gift card to reward them for their kind, giving nature and for bringing these awesome causes to our attention.

Read on to learn about the causes, the people who submitted them, and why these organizations matter to them and so many others!

RAM logoLeigha C., whose Career Consultant is Travis P., submitted Remote Area Medical, an organization that brings medical, dental, and vision care to those in need in poverty stricken areas. She says RAM brings exceptional medical care to the uninsured and underinsured. And she knows firsthand!

“[RAM] sets up in public buildings such as schools in poverty stricken areas to offer dental, medical, and vision assessments to those who cannot afford it otherwise,” wrote Leigha in her submission. “I have volunteered in these clinics, and to see the number of individuals that line up hours before it opens is very eye-opening. RAM is an amazing organization and they offer something here in the states for people who otherwise would not be able to get medical attention.”

Cattaraugus County SPCAJennifer G., whose Career Consultant is Craig K., submitted Cattaraugus County SPCA (CCSPCA), a no-kill animal shelter. She described this as a poor, rural area, leading to the abandonment of many animals. The CCSPCA runs on a shoestring budget and is currently trying to “raise the woof” by collecting enough donations to repair their building’s roof.       

“They take in everything and adopt out everything they can,” wrote Jennifer in her submission. “The animals are treated with love and respect thanks to the fantastic volunteer cohort there. They survive on good will and donations. Right now they are desperately seeking donations for a badly needed new roof. I would love to see them get some extra cash in order to fix their building. They deserve it big time, and because Medical Solutions is so pet friendly, it would be highly appropriate.”

Cure Starts Now Logo-002Erica P., whose Career Consultant is Jessica S., submitted The Cure Starts Now Foundation, an organization fighting to help cure pediatric brain cancer. Erica shared the poignant story of Madelyn, a spunky 8-year-old she knows who was diagnosed with DIPG, a brainstem tumor with a low survival rate, in January 2015.

“The Cure Starts Now Foundation is dedicated to raising money for research in treating pediatric tumors,” wrote Erica in her submission. “For me, hope is essential to life. I cannot, in my right mind, imagine having to tell a child that all hope is lost. I cannot, as a medical professional, imagine telling a child’s parents, through tears, that all hope is lost. We need to do better. These children, these families … they deserve hope, even just a glimmer. The Cure Starts Now Foundation is using money with that very intention and I hope that Medical Solutions would support that intention as well.

WARRIOR_HOCKEY_LOGO_black_background_smallGabriel T., whose Career Consultant is Curt H., submitted Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey, an organization that bolsters wounded veterans.

“The MN Warriors are very important to me,” wrote Gabriel in his submission. “Starting out with five players, including myself, in 2009 the roster has now expanded to nearly 60, with many more choosing to come to practice time only, rather than set games. The organization is designed to help veterans transition back to civilian life and experience the camaraderie that so many of us miss from our military service. The MN Warriors aim to heal the soul through one of Minnesota’s greatest traditions, hockey. Though they have many players from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the roster includes men and women from 23 to nearly 70 years old, ranging in skill level from Junior A hockey, to fresh, new beginners who have never laced up skates. Many players join after a decade off the ice, and find a renewed love for the sport. All players are wounded or otherwise disabled through their military service. Players find confidence, friendship, and a sense of belonging that so many veterans lack. The organization means different things to each player. More than anything, the Minnesota Warriors represent home. They are the primary reason that I know I will return to Minnesota when my traveling days are up. The Warriors are dependent entirely on donations — they pay for player’s gear, except stick and skates, if they do not have it. They provide tournament entrance fees, league entrance fees, and even buses during games that require travel to outstate MN. They also provide ice time, which in hockey-crazy Minnesota goes for $200-$250 an hour in the winter. I ask you to contribute to Minnesota Warriors Ice Hockey because I know firsthand that it makes a difference in veteran’s lives. It introduces new friends and provides a support structure where, for some players, there was none before. It’s part of the veteran’s community. It’s more than hockey, it’s home.”

Thanks so much to ALL of you who shared the cause you care most about with us! We hope that the $8,000 donated across these four worthy organizations will help make a positive difference in the world — just like our Travelers do each day on the job.
To learn about more of the organizations the Medical Solutions Gives team has supported, click here.
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Let us Say THANKS by GIVING to Your Favorite Cause!

Medical Solutions Say Thanks By Giving

Click here to share what you care about and let us say THANKS by GIVING to your favorite cause!

Travel Nurses give their all every day for patients nationwide, and, as this holiday season approaches, Medical Solutions would like to honor and thank nurses everywhere for all their hard work by supporting some of their favorite charitable efforts.

Throughout 2015 we’ve worked with charities that support kids with serious illnesses, nurses in need, and animals, and that provide clean water to improve health conditions worldwide, among many, many others. Whether through money donated or time volunteered, it’s important to the Medical Solutions family to give back to our community, country, and world whenever we can.

Now, we want you to let us say THANKS by GIVING to some of your favorite causes!

Please tell us: What nonprofit and/or charitable organization matters most to you — and why?

Your favorite cause could be small and local or big and international. It could be a place you’ve personally volunteered, or one that has helped you personally!

Just imagine, if you could help support any charity or nonprofit organization that makes the world a better place, who would it be? Got your answer? Great! Now be sure to submit your cause for consideration before November 30, 2015!

In December 2015 we’ll announce a very special surprise as a result of your submissions, and, in addition to some really great worthy organizations, there just might be a little something in it for some of those who submit their charity, too!

Click here now to share what you care about!