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VCURamFan
12-26-2012, 04:43 PM
From MMAFighting.com:

One of the biggest compliments you can offer a fighter is to say he or she has a big heart. That usually refers to the effort that he or she is able to put forth in a fight, but plenty of the sport's men and women have huge hearts away from the cage, too. In fact, 2012 was filled with fighters who generously donated their money or time to worthwhile causes.

In the spirit of the holiday season, and with "26 Acts" (https://twitter.com/search?q=%2326acts&src=typd) of kindness spreading worldwide in honor of the victims of the recent Newtown school shooting, we bring you a list of 26 charities supported by people with ties to mixed martial arts. Donate what you can, whether it's time or money, and whether it's to one of these causes or one more near and dear to your heart.

Disaster Relief/Support Funds
Charity: Sandy Hook School Support Fund (https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/)
Focus: supporting the families and community affected by the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Those involved: Glover Teixeira, Ryan Quinn

Charity: American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations)
Focus: emergency assistance and disaster relief in the U.S. and abroad
Those involved: Alistair Overeem, Frankie Edgar

Charity: Restore the Shore (http://restoretheshore.com/donate-money-to-local-relief-efforts/)
Focus: addressing affected parts of the Tri-state area ravaged by Hurricane Sandy
Those involved: Frankie Edgar


Children's Causes
Charity: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (https://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/donation.do?cID=14222&pID=23750)
Focus: pediatric treatment and research facility
Those involved: Nick Diaz, Bjorn Rebney

Charity: Friends of Kids with Cancer (https://www.friendsofkids.com/donate.html)
Focus: enriching the lives of children undergoing treatment
Those involved: Michael Chandler

Charity: Daniel James Miller Foundation (http://danieljamesmillerfoundation.wordpress.com/how-to-donate/)
Focus: son of Dan Miller, for continuing care for autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease
Those involved: Dan Miller, Jim Miller

Charity: Shriners Hospitals for Children (https://secure2.convio.net/shfc/site/Donation2?idb=0&df_id=3381&3381.donation=form1)
Focus: non-profit hospital for children
Those involved: Team Alpha Male

Charity: Boys and Girls Club of America (https://secure2.convio.net/bgca/site/Donation2?df_id=5481&5481.donation=form1)
Focus: giving kids a safe place to learn and grow
Those involved: Rashad Evans, Brendan Schaub

Charity: Stomp Out Bullying (https://secure.commonground.convio.com/loveourchildrenusa/donation/)
Focus: non-profit for kids and teens that focuses on reducing and prevention of bullying
Those involved: Georges St-Pierre

Charity: Racing for Kids (https://secure.qgiv.com/for/?key=racingforkids)
Focus: raises funds for health care needs of children
Those involved: Cain Velasquez

Charity: Learning Links Foundation (http://www.learninglinksfoundation.org/How-You-Could-Help.html)
Focus: programs for children with developmental problems or autism
Those involved: Jon Jones

Charity: Ronald McDonald House Charities (https://donate.rmhc.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=351&gclid=CP6G0bnaq7QCFa5QOgodkVQAPQ#SEM)
Focus: provides comfort and advocacy in a home-like environment for families with critically ill or injured children who must travel to address healthcare needs
Those involved: Michael McDonald

Charity: Boys Town (https://secure.boystown.org/Donate/)
Focus: dedicated to housing and education of at-risk children
Those involved: Dana White, Tyson Griffin


Fighting Disease
Charity: Pink Ribbon (http://www.pinkribbon.org/?tabid=426)
Focus: supporting breast cancer patients and survivors
Those involved: Phil Davis

Charity: Keep A Breast (http://www.keep-a-breast.org/get-involved/donate/)
Focus: Breast cancer prevention
Those involved: Felice Herrig, Julie Kedzie, Sara McMann

Charity: It Ain't Chemo (http://www.itaintchemo.com/?page=donate)
Focus: provides cancer patients with comfort and care supplies
Those involved: Randy Couture, Ryan Couture, Natasha Wicks

Charity: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (https://www.kintera.org/AutoGen/Simple/Donor.asp?ievent=475938&en=bfLFILMtHcIEKLNyHiIFILPwGjKUL0OzHhKRLYPzGnJXKaJ )
Focus: raising funds for research in finding a cure
Those involved: Dave Batista

Charity: Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Curitiba (http://www.doesantacasa.org.br/bovavi/areas/ambulatorio/)
Focus: aiding the hospitals of Curitibia, Brazil
Those involved: Mauricio "Shogun" Rua


Helping U.S. service members
Charity: Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/Donate.aspx)
Focus: serves military personnel wounded in service
Those involved: UFC, Greg Jackson, Rad Martinez

Charity: Fisher House (http://www.fisherhouse.org/donate/)
Focus: provides comfort homes that enable family members to be close by military members injured in service
Those involved: Forrest Griffin

Charity: Wounded Warrior Project (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=66&campaignSource=WEBSITE&source=ONLINE)
Focus: Helping injured service members
Those involved: Ryan Bader

Charity: Hire Heroes USA (http://www.hireheroesusa.org/support-us/ways-to-donate/)
Focus: helping returning service members find jobs
Those involved: Brian Stann


Brain Health
Charity: Cleveland Clinic and Lou Ruvo Brain Institute (https://secure3.convio.net/ccf/site/Donation2?1340.donation=form1&df_id=1340&JServSessionIdr004=modzclxv78.app332b)
Focus: non-profit medical center that focuses on research and education
Those involved: Lorenzo Fertitta


The Fight Against Hunger
Charity: Free Rice (https://usa.wfp.org/donate/free-rice?utm_source=freerice.com&utm_medium=front_page_banner_donate&utm_campaign=fr_donate)
Focus: non-profit group that combats world hunger
Those involved: Ronda Rousey

Charity: Blessings in a Backpack (http://www.blessingsinabackpack.org/donate)
Focus: ensures impoverished children meals on weekends through school year
Those involved: Jade Bryce


Service Charities
Charity: Kingdom Building Ministries (https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=kbm&id=5)
Focus: A Christian organization that engages in social welfare to people in need around the world regardless of religious denomination
Those involved: Justin Wren