It’s good to be back from haitus! I’ve been dealing with a few personal issues so we haven’t had an update in over a week! But we’re charging full steam ahead with both our regular articles and events, and a couple of upcoming new features.
We’re happy to be welcoming a guest expert this month, a woman named Jennifer Stauss Windrum, who has an incredibly inspiring story. But she’s as much about perspiration as she is about inspiration, and will be offering us practical tips that show us how we can work together to make headway in situations others may deem as hopeless.
But I’m getting ahead of the story. Let me tell you about Jennifer.
More About Jennifer Windrum
This has been one of the hardest bios I’ve ever had to write. Circumstances and luck have conspired to allow me to observe the growth of her WTF Campaign, from a close vantage point. WTF in this case refers to the question Where’s the Funding for Lung Cancer, as well as its more politically incorrect incarnation. I keep using various forms of the word “inspiring” because it’s the perfect word – and yet in this situation, it seems like there should be a new, exclusive word. You may feel the same after hearing her story.
Jennifer’s mother, Leslie Lehrman has Stage IV, inoperable, incurable lung cancer, and was diagnosed in 2005. Of course most would agree that cancer is horrible however it comes out, but you may be shocked to learn that 80% of new cases of lung cancer are found in people who have never smoked, or people who haven’t smoked for decades, as is the case with Leslie. It’s the most terminal cancer for both men and women, and makes up 30% of all cases. As Jennifer shared in a recent Huffington Post article she was featured in, it is also the LEAST funded of the four major cancers.
Where many would (understandably) become overwhelmed and immobilized by this information, Jennifer Windrum took action. It’s hard to look at her accomplishments and listen to the idea that social media, particularly when used for social good, doesn’t work.
As previously mentioned, she was featured in the Huffington Post, in part because she was a finalist in the Mashable Awards this time last year.
In February 2011, she was among those selected by the Lung Cancer Alliance to attend their Fourth Annual Capitol Forum, where citizens gather with those who represent them in Congress with the intention of getting support for the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act. One of her articles was also featured on the Livestrong blog (yes, THAT Livestrong).
Jennifer’s achievements are notable, extensive and impressive – I could go on for days about how far she’s been able to expand her reach, especially given her resources. Any of the strides she’s made would be enough reason to have her for a Twitter chat.
What’s especially notable about her, and of particular use to you, is that on her journey, she is leaving us a blueprint for how anyone can gather like-minded people together, using their voices and passion as tools, then leverage the small actions of a group into a powerful instrument for change.
She describes several case studies of community collaboration towards a set goal on her WTF Lung Cancer site, some she orchestrated, others in honor of her and her mother, including her latest project, Sock Monkeys Against Cancer.
Her experience, surprising sense of humor, and the lessons she has to share are sure to make this an unforgettable Twitter chat, whether you want to learn how to give your voice more impact, or rally a cause around you. If you want a reminder via Twitter, reply in the comments with your Twitter handle to get one the day before or the morning of the chat.
How do you follow The #WgBiz Twitter chats?
- Log into Twitter, Tweetchat, Tweetgrid, Tweetdeck, or any other Twitter tool that lets you isolate a hashtag.
- Follow our Twitter hashtag #wgbiz. (In Twitter you can use the search at the top of the screen, in Tweetchat or Tweetgrid, once you’re logged in, you’ll see an area for you to enter the hashtag at the top of the screen. In Tweetdeck, you can create a column that searches for that hashtag)
- Arrive as early as 11:45 a.m. to introduce yourself, send us a link to your site, and share your latest project, as well as to meet the other chatters.
- Make sure you’re following the host, in this case me (@wbgiz is the official channel, @Tinu is my personal handle), and featured guest(s) if any, this time around, Jennifer Stauss Windrum (@jenniferwindrum). This way, you can easily follow the conversation, send questions during the chat, or follow up later.
- Have fun! Our twitter chats are meant to be educational, sure, but also lighter fare than a teleconference or webinar.
Where to Read More About Jennifer
- Follow Jennifer on Twitter as @jenniferwindrum, and on Pinterest (great sock monkey boards among others)
- Visit WTF Lung Cancer, read more about Jennifer and about Leslie’s story.
- Support the Sock Monkeys Against Cancer project
- Join over 6000 other people in the WTF Cancer Facebook community
See you at the chat next Monday!