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The Pablove Foundation: Fighting Childhood Cancer with Love (and some ROCK)...

This year, nearly 16,000 kids and teens in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer. As a parent, the thought of one of our children being affected is absolutely terrifying. No matter who you are or where you are, we all know too many people that have been touched by this disease, and when it's kids... the urge to fight back burns an unstoppable fire. For parents Jeff Castelaz and Jo Ann Thraikill, that fire burns in honor of their son, Pablo Castelaz, who was diagnosed with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. After a valiant fight against the disease, Pablo died just six days past his sixth birthday on June 27, 2009. Today, The Pablove Foundation exists to fight cancer on a daily basis, offering support for families, including programs for children living with the disease, and fund-raising efforts to aid in research. Today comes word of some events in several cities that you might want to get involved with...

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Rock & Roll Santa Strikes Back! Delivering Cheer in a Chevrolet Sleigh Once More...

As it was once written: "For centuries, the Legend of Santa Claus has evolved. From Saint Nicholas to Kris Kringle, Father Christmas to simply, Santa - this mysterious giver has taken many forms, appearing throughout the world under countless names to delight and inspire families by doing for others each and every holiday season. For many, the spirit of “Claus” is held within, a shining light that burns with the desire to do for others, particularly for those less fortunate."

When I became "The Rock Father" upon the birth of our first daughter back in 2009, I had no idea where the road of parenthood would lead. Eventually it became clear that my path is branching, and just as becoming a parent led to the birth of this digital magazine - this site led to the opportunity to do more. My job has allowed me to do some good our local community, and last year the opportunity arose to partner with General Motors and OnStar to hit the road to do some "Black Friday Shopping for Good" - the end result of which provided gifts for 37 children across 15 families right here in our township. Regardless of sponsorship, I made a decision that we'd do it again this year - and bigger, if possible. The Rock Daughters and I began amassing gifts in our garage, and as the holiday season began, we started ramping up a bit. Then, I'm happy to say that we partnered with Chevrolet and OnStar once more, and for 2015 #ChevyShopsForGood!

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Star Wars "Force 4 Fashion" Launches: THE FORCE AWAKENS Fashion World with Charity Initiative

Official Announcement: In celebration of Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated film, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, Disney Consumer Products and Bloomingdale's are joining forces with an illustrious group of designers in a new fashion-meets-fundraising initiative, “Force 4 Fashion.” Taking inspiration from the film’s costume designer, Michael Kaplan, fashion favorites Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, Giles Deacon, Halston, Opening Ceremony, Ovadia & Sons, Parker, Rag & Bone, Timo Weiland and Todd Snyder are each creating an outfit to be auctioned for charity that pays homage to characters from the new movie.

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Wanna Cruise L.A. with Robert Downey Jr. and attend the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Premiere?

That headline is really a foolish question. Of course you want to hang with Robert Downey Jr. and attend the Red Carpet Premiere of AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON after a day filled with Tony Stark-style adventures like indoor skydiving, a helicopter tour of the iconic Hollywood Sign, a stop at Randy's Donuts and a custom dress or tux fitting prior to a little pre-premiere caviar.  I do... and I can... you can... maybe we all can, if the pieces add up right. Your chance to do all of the above hangs on helping to do some good - by going to www.omaze.com/RDJ and donating as little as $10 to benefit Julia’s House, a children’s hospice center dedicated to helping improve the lives of children diagnosed with terminal illness. I just put $25 toward the cause personally. Check out Robert's message below...

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Rock & Roll Santa: How I Used Black Friday for Good in an OnStar 4G LTE-Equipped Chevrolet "Sleigh"

Note: An earlier version of this story originally appeared on General Motors' Fastlane site.

For centuries, the Legend of Santa Claus has evolved. From Saint Nicholas to Kris Kringle, Father Christmas to simply, Santa - this mysterious giver has taken many forms, appearing throughout the world under countless names to delight and inspire families by doing for others each and every holiday season.

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Movember 2014: The Wrap-Up #ShaveOff

"Wake me up, when Movember ends..." at least, that's what was sorta in my mind this year, borrowing from the GREEN DAY song that says "September" while swapping in "Movember." A "second year Mobro," I once more grew a mustache (or moustache for extra-hipster style) in an effort to help raise funds and awareness to combat men's health issues, with mental health of particular interest to me. This year, my campaign was generously-powered by Panasonic & Neutrogena, who partnered with me to draw attention to my cause. Through our #ShaveOff promotion, reader Lacey Burd scored a fantastic prize pack that included the PANASONIC ES-RT77-S Arc3 Wet/Dry Shaver and a full suite of shaving essentials from Neutrogena with a few other goodies thrown in. While it was all in good fun and got some people talking, this year's fundraising efforts largely fell flat, causing me to start questioning my approach for next year.

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[CLOSED] Giveaway: Win a GiGGo Toys Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness!

In honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the crew over at GiGGo Toys wants to help raise awareness and funds to help find a cure! That's why a portion of sales from the Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle in PINK will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. Little Indian? Oh yes, Indian Motorcycles is an iconic American brand, and the Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle takes it styling cues from the 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle, complete with skirted fenders and an exposed engine block. This sweet ride-on features stabilizer wheels to ensure safe forward and reverse travel, while working front and rear lights paired with awesome engine sounds make it just like the real thing. Recommended for ages 2-4 (weight limit: 55 lbs), this 6-volt beast has a top speed of 2 mph and also features a safety shutoff that prevents the battery from overcharging. So how would YOU like to win one? Along with my friends, Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy, THE ROCK FATHER and GiGGo Toys getting one lucky family hooked-up with a Little Vintage Indian Motorcycle in the winner's choice of color!

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WWE's Komen Kick-Off, and TODAY comes to Monday Night Raw #CourageConquerCure

WWE"Breast cancer is not just an issue that affects women, it affects families," explained WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon as we met up in Chicago once more this past Monday to celebrate the launch of WWE's third annual partnership with Susan G. Komen in an effort to raise funds and awareness to smackdown the terrible disease that touches millions of families each year. "My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor," she continued, elaborating on how cancer is an issue with a very personal connection to her family, and one very concerning since she and husband Paul Levesque (Triple H) are raising three daughters of their own. As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues, WWE has "gone pink," and on the October 6 installment of Monday Night Raw on USA, there will be a few special guests...

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3rd Annual Partnership Between WWE and SUSAN G. KOMEN Begins Tonight in Chicago... #CourageConquerCure

WWEBeginning tonight in Chicago on MONDAY NIGHT RAW (for which we will be in attendance), WWE and SUSAN G. KOMEN will expand their partnership for their third annual breast cancer awareness campaign.

WWE Superstars and Divas will be wearing co-branded Susan G. Komen and WWE apparel as all WWE platforms go pink for the "Courage Conquer Cure" campaign, which will continue through National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

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WWE: Stephanie McMahon takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge #SmackDownALS #StrikeOutALS

WWEHaving now taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and having made a donation to the cause myself, I'm not sure how many more videos I can post about it... but since her husband Triple H already stepped up, it's only appropriate to share the challenge video from WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. Shot last night after her victorious match against Brie Bella at WWE SummerSlam in Los Angeles, Stephanie took on a full garbage can of ice to answer the challenge of Maria Menounos in an effort to raise funds and awareness for The ALS Association in their efforts to combat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) aka "Lou Gerhig's disease."

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