Uniform Advantage (UA) is taking the Ice Bucket Challenge at 5pm EST!

Uniform Advantage is taking the Ice Bucket Challenge

 

It has been pretty awesome to see the overwhelming support from people around the US, celebrities and sports athletes joining the #IceBucketChallenge frenzy in the last month. UA’s employees expressed their desire to do the same and at 5pm EST tonight….Yup! It’s happening! We are taking the plunge at our Headquarters in Plantation, Florida and….We Challenge YOU, Our Customers! UA will donate $10 for every employee who is participating today as well as all loyal customers and followers who have joined us through Monday 25th August, 2014 up to $5,000 to the ALS association.  Please post it online with #UniformAdvantageALS and you have until Monday August 25th, 2014 to take the challenge. We have created a fundraising page and would love your support! http://web.alsa.org/goto/uniformadvantage

Did you know that this disease only affects a small number of people, two per 100,000??

It is not in the forefront of people’s minds like Cancer, Heart Disease or Diabetes. It has been so fascinating to see how viral the participation has been! Everyone wants to have fun and raise money to help increase awareness, provide more resources and save lives. The ALS Association revealed in a press release that as of Thursday, August 21, they received $41.8 million in donations, compared to $2.1 million the same time period last year (July 29 to August 21). These donations have come from existing donors and 739,275 new donors to The Association. WOOOOOW! Who is ready to feel the pain of ice water???

What is ALS?

According to ALS’site, ALS is abbreviated for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It is not contagious, can affect anyone and the life expectancy of an ALS patient is about 2-5 years from the time of diagnosis. Early symptoms are muscle weakness or stiffness. Progression of weakness, wasting and paralysis of the muscles of the limbs and trunk as well as those that control vital functions such as speech, swallowing and later breathing generally follows.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge described by the ALS Association, “involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness.” Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice. The commonly suggested donation is $100.  Here’s a video that may help you see how it started:  http://time.com/3136507/als-ice-bucket-challenge-started/

Please stand with your UA family and let’s fight ALS together!

Uniform advantage partners with The Dan Marino Foundation to improve lives affected by Autism

Uniform advantage partners with The Dan Marino Foundation by donating over $2,000 Did you know that…

  • About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.
  • ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
  • About 1 in 6 children in the United States had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, and autism.
  • It is estimated to cost at least $17,000 more per year to care for a child with ASD compared to a child without ASD. Costs include health care, education, ASD-related therapy, family-coordinated services, and caregiver time. For a child with more severe ASD, costs per year increase to over $21,000. Taken together, it is estimated that total societal costs of caring for children with ASD were over $9 billion in 2011.

Source: (2014, March 20). Re: Facts about ASD. Division of Birth Defects, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, autism – or more precisely the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) – represents a broad group of developmental disorders characterized by impaired social interactions, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, or severely limited activities and interests. It is an important critical health issue that impacts millions of lives. The Affordable Care Act contains important provisions for individuals with autism and related conditions and their families.  Under the new health care law:

  • Most health insurance plans are no longer allowed to deny, limit, exclude or charge more for coverage to anyone based on a pre-existing condition, including autism and related conditions.
  • All Marketplace health plans and most other private insurance plans must cover preventive services for children without charging a copayment or coinsurance. This includes autism screening for children at 18 and 24 months.

There is no cure for ASD but early detection and treatment services at a very young age can help improve a child’s life overall.

Uniform Advantage’s (UA) uniforms travel the hallways of any offices and hospitals that wear scrubs on a daily and nightly basis. Our valued customers generously support UA’s worthy causes with South Florida and national charitable organizations. This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage will be donating $1 from the sale of designated scrubs tops and jacket prints to a chosen charity they partnered with. One of their partners is The Dan Marino Foundation in recognition of Autism Awareness. To help support Autism programs, Uniform Advantage is donating $1 from the sale of each of its Autism Awareness White prints and will be contributing over $2,000.00.

Uniform Advantage is donating $1 from the sale of each of its “Autism Awareness White” prints this Fall 2014

 

About The Dan Marino Foundation

The Dan Marino Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization was established in 1992 by Dan and Claire Marino, motivated by their experiences in raising their son, Michael, who is diagnosed with autism.  The Foundation’s mission is “empowering individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.”  For over 22 years, the Foundation has served individuals with disabilities in South Florida through therapies, research, education, and employment, and raised more than $50 million to create unique and impactful initiatives in the community.  Among these “first-of-their-kind” initiatives are the Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center, Childnett.tv, the Marino Autism Research Institute, Marino Adapted Aquatics, Summer STEPS Employment Programs, and Marino Campus, a new post-secondary educational opportunity for young adults, ages 18-28, with autism and other developmental disabilities.  For more information, please visit www.danmarinofoundation.org or www.marinocampus.org.

Marino Campus

Marino Campus is an exciting post-secondary educational opportunity for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Although new, Marino Campus offers students all of the academic and social opportunities that make college a unique, life-changing experience.

The Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center

The MCH Dan Marino Outpatient Center is a center for the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of children with autism and other special needs.

Marino Adapted Aquatics

In April 2006, House Bill 1319 created the Marino Swim Central Adaptive Aquatics Certification. This bill requires certification of swimming instructors working with people with developmental disabilities and is imperative to the safety of these individuals.

Marino Autism Research Institute (MARI)

In 2006, the Foundation introduced the Marino Autism Research Institute, established with an endowment from the JM Family Foundation. MARI is an institute without walls or overhead designed to sponsor cross-university, collaborative research. This “Virtual Institute” was formed when the Foundation invited two of our nation’s premier research programs in autism – the University of Miami and Vanderbilt University – to become inaugural members.

Uniform Advantage is excited to partner with The Dan Marino Foundation on raising awareness about this significant health condition and look forward to seeing major breakthroughs in the future.

Help support and be part of this dynamic movement!

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UA Fights Back…with Baked Goods!

This year, Uniform Advantage, as well as other UA Brands, including Wild Mint Shop, Neighborhoodies, & Chef Uniforms, will be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Event. The event will take place on April 11 @6:30PM to April 12 @9AM!

Relay For Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk for ACS, where teams of people camp out at a local school or park and take turns walking around a track or path. Because, cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. At the event we raise funds, celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and learn more about how to fight back against cancer.

Over the course of several weeks, not only will employees at the corporate office sign up to walk during the Relay 4 Life event, we will also host multiple fundraising events to raise money and awareness as we fight back against cancer.

Our first event sure was sweet! It left everyone in the office energized, chatty, and full! You guessed it…a BAKE SALE! Thanks to all the bakers who brought in delightful treats such as almond pound cake, oatmeal cookies, banana nut muffins…etc! We were full throughout the day with plenty of leftovers. So not to forget those that donated, we thank everyone else for helping us get closer to our fundraising goal by indulging in a little or a lot of sweetness!

If you would like to donate on behalf of our UA team and fight back against cancer, please visit our site to learn more. http://main.acsevents.org/goto/UAscrubs

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Just Wanted to Say THANK YOU…on National Compliment Day!

Today is National Compliment Day and we want to THANK YOU for being the BEST CUSTOMERS a company could ask for! Our goal as a company is to provide YOU, our valued customers, with not only quality merchandise, but also superior Customer Service.  It is our #1 priority to reciprocate the dedication and loyalty that we receive from our customers.  We love receiving feedback from YOU so we can continually improve and make sure that we are providing you with the best possible shopping experience.  So thank you to all of our customers who take a minute out of their day to let us know how we’re doing and how we can help you best! We really appreciate each and every one of you!

From Anastasia:

Thank you so much for helping me when my package was lost in the mail!! I truly appreciate the fast response to my email and the genuine care that I received when discussing my order. I wish more companies cared as much as your company does. I am thankful for your easy to use website as well; it always helps me find everything I need at ease. You have a customer for life here, I will continue to purchase strictly through your company! Feel free to use my review on your website; I’d love for people to see the great experience I always have with you guys!! Have a happy holiday!!

From Karen:

I recently had a large order of 27 items.  Once I got this list organized, it was very easy to go online and put in my order.  I then received them very, very quickly.  I just wanted to thank you for the excellent service and scrubs.

From Jill:

I wanted to tell you all that I am very happy with my shopping experience.  First, the website is easy and fun to navigate.  I love the size filters and color match buttons.  It allowed me to put together matching outfits quickly and without confusion.  Your scrubs are affordable, while sacrificing none of the look and quality I prefer, and I received my scrubs only five days after ordering them!  Thank you so much for everything!

From Megan:

I am emailing to let you know I received my order today, they fit perfectly and look great.  Very fast shipping to Australia and excellent customer service.  Thank you very much.

From Patricia:

I just wanted you to know that I appreciate the great customer service and wonderful product! I ordered your butter soft smock tops, and they are perfect! The team received them today, and love, love, loved them!

Have questions about a product? Need help with sizing or color matching?  We’re here to help! Our Customer Service department is here to make your shopping trip with Uniform Advantage a positive one, so the next time you have a question or need assistance be sure to contact us!  Whether you prefer email, phone, or live chat online we are here for you!

UA Goes PINK!

To continue the Pinktober breast cancer month fundraising festivities, the Uniform Advantage corporate office hosted Pink Day for its employees! We had an impressive turnout as you can see, with many people sporting their pink outfits. Everyone had an enjoyable time, taking a break from their busy afternoon to catch up and enjoy some tasty treats whie providing cash donations for the UA Making Strides Against Breast Cancer team.  Did your office or hospital do any similar fundraisers for breast cancer month (maybe while wearing your pink ribbon scrubs)?

UA Scrubs Fundraiser

Uniform Advantage scrubs fundraiser

Uniform Advantage scrubs fundraiser

Uniform Advantage scrubs fundraiser

Uniform Advantage scrubs fundraiser

Uniform Advantage scrubs fundraiser

National Student Nurses’ Association Scholarship Recipient

We  were fortunate enough this year to get connected with the National Student Nurses’ Association to co-sponsor their annual scholarship program.  Here is our brief interview with the 2013 Scrubs by Uniform Advantage nursing scholarship recipient, Jolene P.  We wish Jolene the best of luck with the remainder of nursing school and her promising career in nursing!

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1.      What year are you in?

I’m in my first year of a two year nursing  program.

2.      What made you want to go into nursing/what is your favorite part of this career path?

I have always wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a child. I just enjoyed taking care of my grandmother and great-grand aunt before she passed away. I was always the go to person whenever anyone in the family needed help or a baby sitter. Being helpful was never a burden I would sometimes drop everything to help whoever is in need. I consider nursing my passion I was born to be a care giver, to nurture and save lives. I get a sense of fulfillment knowing I will get the opportunity to take care of other people not only my family.

3.      Is there anything that is different/more difficult about the profession now that you are actually in the program?

No, I think its probably easier because there are so many resources to compare information and most teachers are willing to help if you need the extra help to pass the course. My mom was telling me back in the day teachers would tell students go and read the book nursing isn’t easy if you cant keep up this is not for you. Students would use it as a motivation to prove themselves worthy to be a nurse and some would quit and change their career choice.

4.      Growing up did you know this is what you wanted to do?

Well I always said I wanted to wear the long white coat because I didn’t know then what the difference was between a doctor and a nurse. I knew for a fact I wanted to save lives and give excellent care to the sick.

5.      What is your ideal job after you graduate?

My ideal job is to work for the VA hospital. I want to give back to the troops.

6.      What are your favorite things to do in your free time when you’re not studying?

I like to read the news online and watch the stock market just to stay in touch with whats going on in the world. Not often but if an interesting movie is showing in the theater I might go watch it with my husband as well.

7.      What are your favorite brand/color of scrubs?

I like blue my favorite brand would be Uniform Advantage.

UA Sponsors I Care, I Cure

Uniform Advantage I Care I Cure

As you may remember, UA sponsored the I Care, I Cure race last year to help raise awareness for Childhood Cancer.  We are once again supporting this amazing organization for their 2013 race.

The mission of the organization is to help in the fight against Childhood Cancer and to provide those children inflicted with the disease with gentler treatment options.  Donations and race proceeds contribute to research grants and developing studies so that researchers can keep improving on existing treatment options with the ultimate goal of finding gentler cures for childhood cancer.

I Care, I Cure was started by Beth and Brad Besner, in memory of their son Ian, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just before his 11th birthday.   The walk/race this year is being held this Sunday, February 10th at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.   Uniform Advantage will be a Silver Medal Race Sponsor donating $2,500 to the cause, with some of the proceeds coming from our Children are Golden scrub top.

To learn more the I Care I Cure foundation, visit their website at www.icareicure.org.