Unspoken Grief a Finalist for 3rd Annual ‘Bloganthropy Award’

We are so humbled and thrilled to be recognized as a finalist for the 3rd annual Bloganthropy Awards which recognize and honor women who use their blogs to support charitable causes and effectively use social media for social good.

I will be in New York this weekend attending the BlogHer conference and will be present at the “Using social media for social good” panel where all finalists of the Bloganthropy Awards will be answering questions about their cause. I am thrilled and excited for the opportunity to bring awareness to our community and our mission to break the silence surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. What a wonderful platform to increase our voices at the largest conference for women, BlogHer!

Previous winners of the Bloganthropy awards include Katherine Stone (from Postpartum Progress) and Susan Neibur (from Toddler Planet).

This year’s finalists include:

Lisa Lightner, a Board Certified Special Education Advocate, has a son who was diagnosed with Dup15Q at a very young age. Inspired by him, she helps families navigate the impossibly frustrating, confusing, and overwhelming world of Special Education and the IEP process. She created her blog, [“A Day in Our Shoes,” to explain the laws, rules, and services in plain language, always remaining child focused. She always stands by her number one rule of posting on the blog: every post must have a positive ending or offer a solution to a problem. The blog allows her to take her advocacy beyond one individual and institute more systems advocacy and reach more people. Lisa named a “2012 Advocate of the Year” by her local Arc and also serves as the social media/PR person for the National Special Education Advocacy Institute.

Dresden Shumaker blogs daily at CreatingMotherhood.com(a site she created to chronicle her path to single parenthood). Two years ago Dresden and her family found themselves suddenly homeless and in need of government assistance. The assistance was like a trampoline – never letting her family hit the ground. When they no longer qualified for help Dresden was ready to blog about it. She wrote several posts that went viral (Food Stamp Etiquette being the most popular). She then opened up her blog to others to share their own stories. Putting a face to the welfare system changes how you perceive it. The ‘In Times Like These’ Series has had over a dozen first person stories about growing up on food stamps or currently being on government assistance. It’s in the comment section on these posts where you will find the change happening. The shifts. The connections. Because of this series Dresden was asked to speak at the National Anti Hunger Policy convention in Washington DC and has become an ambassador for Feeding America.

Emily Vanek is the owner and editor-in-chief of ColoradoMoms.com. Her work is also featured on 5minutesforSpecialNeeds.com, SavvySource.com and TimetoPlayMag.com. Her youngest child is on the Autism Spectrum, so she is passionate about connecting with parents with special needs. Emily has had a number of popular posts on her blog which have inspired and comfort individuals with similar heartache for those with special needs. Emily has written about special needs for multiple publications, including TimetoPlaymag.com, where she writes a toy guide helping to find therapeutic uses for typical toys.

Gaby Dalkin, of What’s Gaby Cooking, started the Food Blogger Bake Sale in 2010 to spread the word about Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale. In 2012, Maggy Keet of Bloggers Without Borders joined her to expand the Food Blogger Bake Sale. In 2011, the Food Blogger Bake Sale raised $25,000 through 26 bake sales. Share Our Strength set a challenge to raise $50,000 with the help of bloggers from all 50 states in 2012. With just $1 connecting a child to 10 meals, the Food Blogger Bake Sale has a strong impact in the community.

and myself,

Devan McGuinness, proud mother of three living children and 12 babies gone to soon, has used her miscarriage and stillbirth experience to help other families wade through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Devan began Unspoken Grief as a gathering place for anyone touched directly or indirectly by perinatal grief to gain support, find resources and a build a supportive communit which are vitally necessary for healing and understanding. Additionally, she uses her blog Accustomed Chaos, platform on Disney’s Babble.com and social media outlets to advocate support for grieving parents around the world.

Thank YOU all for your voices, your support and your dedication to our mission.

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About Bloganthropy: 
Bloganthropy.org aims to empower bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. The annual Bloganthropy Awards recognize those who have made a difference by using social media to effectively promote a cause or charity.

Devan McGuinness

is the founder and executive director of the award-winning resource Unspoken Grief .

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