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Gifts that will help cure diseases

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Mandy recently moved to Flagstaff to pursue a career in pediatric nursing. She attends Northern Arizona University and spends most of her free time with friends and family, hiking, running, and studying...

Spread the joy a little further

The holidays are a magical time of year. We spend time with our loved ones, watch the snow fall and appreciate the joys of life. The holidays can also give us a wonderful opportunity to give back. What better way to spread some holiday cheer than to give a gift that gives twice?

Several health-related organizations are eager to gain support for their causes this year. This holiday season, you can buy a beautiful gift for a friend and help fight disease at the same time. Below are several gifts that raise money to support disease research and cures.

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Be the Match Tornado necklace

Be the Match Tornado Necklace

Phiten USA, the maker of the original titanium Tornado necklace worn by MLB players, has teamed up with Be the Match, a nonprofit organization that helps save lives of blood cancer patients. Phiten is selling a limited-edition Tornado necklace to support the mission of Be the Match that every person who needs a bone marrow transplant receives one. A quarter of net sales from purchase of the $35 necklace will go to the cause.

#GivingTuesday: Phiten is celebrating #GivingTuesday on Dec. 3 by offering Phiten fans and Be The Match supporters a $20 gift card with the purchase of a Phiten x Be The Match Tornado Necklace, Dec. 3-31.

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Lilly Pulitzer Awareness Scarf

Lilly Pulitzer Awareness Scarf

Fight cancer in style this year. The Hope Shop is an online shopping destination selling fashionable clothes, accessories, stationery and more. The best part? Up to 90 percent of the proceeds of every purchase support the American Cancer Society and their fight to end cancer. Items like the $118 Lilly Pulitzer Awareness Scarf make beautiful gifts, and your loved one can show it off proudly knowing they are helping a great cause.

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Candle with a Cause

Candle with a Cause

Candle with a Cause is an eco-friendly organization that teamed up with Ride for World Health, a nonprofit organization addressing global health disparities. Together, they have created the $20 Candle with a Cause, where 25 percent of the profits will go directly toward the mission of Ride for World Health. This rustic-looking candle makes a great addition to any holiday display and is perfect for fresh scent year-round.

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One Hope Wine

One Hope Wine

Ham? Check. Cookies? Check. Wait — what is a holiday feast without wine? Together, One Hope and Cure Alzheimer's Disease have created the $24 Santa Barbara Reserve Chardonnay. Half of the profits go straight to Cure Alzheimer's Disease, whose mission is to stop the disease before it starts through prediction and prevention. You can enjoy your wine a little more this holiday season knowing you are helping a great cause.

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Christopher Radko Child Mind Institute
2013 Mariska Hargitay ornament

Christopher Radko Child Mind Institute 2013 Mariska Hargitay Ornament

Put a smile on a child's face this holiday season. The mission of the Child Mind Institute is to find more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders. For $40, you can purchase the Mariska Hargitay Ornament and give a child a sweeter new year. All of the proceeds of this beautiful glass ornament go directly toward the mission of the Child Mind Institute.

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Red iPod Shuffle

Red iPod Shuffle

The holidays are certainly a musical time of year, so why not make a gift out of it? The purchase of this iPod shuffle by Red, an organization involved in the fight against AIDS, can provide medicine for more than 12 days to someone in Africa living with HIV.

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Bountiful Gourmet Snacks and Sweets

Bountiful Gourmet - Snacks and Sweets

This one is a win-win! This basket is full of decadent snacks, including Belgian chocolate shells, chocolate cream puffs and shortbread cookies. What's the best part? You get to pick the charity on this one. This $42 Bountiful Gourmet and other items at giftback.com give you several different charities to select from, and 10 percent of proceeds will go to your cause of choice!

Feeling charitable? Here's to a happy holiday and a healthier new year!

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