For as long as humanity has existed, people have been looking for ways to express themselves. The need for self-expression is a unique aspect of the human condition. Expression is the way through which people can relate to other people and be relevant.
Humans express themselves through a variety of means of direct and indirect communication. An example of a direct method is the medium of talking. It is the indirect modes of communication which are more interesting.
Cultural expression is the most obvious form of indirect communication. It is done through the artistic mediums of singing, dancing, and acting. Given the importance and relevance of cultural forms of expression, those who are adept at the field are celebrated and lionized. People who are good musicians, singers, dancers or actors become celebrities who are widely admired by their huge fanbases.
Given the public’s love and affection for celebrities, many fans stay worried about their idol’s safety. They worry about the celebrity’s safety because their great fame exposes them to a greater number of people. If someone with nefarious intentions set their target on a celeb, they could come under great threat.
Even when celebrities die of natural causes, it is of great distress to their fans. For many fans, the death of their idol is just as severe as the loss of a pet or a family member. Many people might be confused that fans could have such a strong reaction to a person who they’ve never met. To understand their grief and bereavement, one first needs to understand how much the fans loved a celebrity. Many fans resonate with the content which great artists produce. Their work resonates with them on a deep emotional level, forming a close bond. This bond of love and appreciation than becomes just as important as any other deep and meaningful interpersonal relationship in the person’s life.
As much as people love celebs, they are mature enough to recognize that sometimes death is the only option. If their favorite artist is living his last days in great pain and suffering, many fans would agree that he deserves to be put out of his misery. Celebrities who are suffering from a painful terminal illness such as cancer deserve to have the option of euthanasia. Once euthanized, they will no longer be beholden to their decrepit physical condition. Their soul will become free to leave their body.
Of the celebrities who died in recent years, Elvis Presley’s demise strikes out as particularly interesting. Elvis Presley used to be the most famous and popular singer of his time. He is accredited for catapulting the rock .n. roll genre to mainstream fame. Years after his death, people still listen to his music. The circumstances of his death have long been scrutinized. There are many alternative theories that attempt to explain his demise. The one with the most traction and evidence is colloquially referred to as the Elvis Presley death toilet theory. The theory presents as evidence the fact that Elvis spent much of his final moments in the toilet and makes the argument that his toilet had toxic substances which fatally harmed Elvis and took his life.
A charity table tennis tournament can prove to be an effective and quick fundraising strategy for a noble cause. Considering that it will be a fundraiser in the form of a sporting event and tournament, people you invite will enjoy being a part of it, whether they choose to participate or be among the spectators. They will likely also be glad to contribute and donate to your cause. You may even approach local businesses to be sponsors and to mention their names during the tournament in return for donations.
Table tennis can be fun and spectator-friendly. However, ultimately it will all come down to organizing the tournament itself. Without the tournament, there will be no fundraising for a cause. So, before you get started, keep all of the following in mind:
1. Raise Funds for The Tournament Itself
Before you can raise funds for the cause you wish to represent, you will have to raise funds to organize the tournament itself. In addition to sponsors, you may also raise funds by charging an entrance and registration fee, offering people to set up stalls for a fee, and advertising local businesses in return for funds.
2. Book A Venue
One of the many convenient aspects of table tennis is that it can be played just about anywhere, whether an arena, gym or a field. So, book whatever venue will suit kind of tournament you intend to organize and host. When searching for a venue, mention the fact that the tournament is for a noble cause, as you may and up receiving a discount, or get to host the tournament at a venue for free.
3. Recruit Players and Volunteers
You will need players to participant in the tournament and people who are willing to volunteer in organizing it. The best way to find them is to approach people from within your local community. Make sure that you have some additional volunteers if someone has an emergency or falls ill. You may even require referee who is thoroughly familiar with table tennis and its rules.
4. Invest in The Right Equipment
You cannot play table tennis without the paddles, ping pong balls, and the table. For the tournament, you will need at least one table, along with multiple paddles and ping pong balls. Whether you buy the equipment yourself or get a sponsor(s) to pay for it, make sure to invest in the right equipment, especially the paddles.
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Even if the tournament is friendly and ultimately for a noble cause, the winner would certainly deserve to receive a medal or a trophy, or perhaps both. So, you will have to buy those too, and perhaps medals for the runner-ups too. You may even hand out certificates to all the participants.
5. Determine the Structure Of The Tournament
There a variety of ways in which a table tennis tournament can be structured. Since the tournament is for a cause, it is best to schedule the tournament on a single day instead of having separate matches over the course of several days or weeks.
A straight bracket structure will be adequate in this case. Set a rule that states that the player who scores a certain number of points will be deemed the winner. This will be convenient for both the players and the spectators, and you will not require multiple tables.
6. Advertise for The Tournament Beforehand
At least 2 weeks before the table tennis tournament is scheduled to take place, you should begin advertising it by posting flyers in your neighborhood, at local restaurants and shops. You may even approach local newspapers and news stations to cover the tournament.
In addition, to be an excellent fundraising opportunity, a table tennis tournament will allow your local community to gather and have fun together. Of course, the key to a successful sports tournament is not organized it appropriately and hopefully, the above tips will help you organize an unforgettable one.
Coloradans deserve the facts about Prop 106, not misinformation and fear mongering. We’ve fact checked the falsehoods and lies spread by opponents of Prop 106 below, and provided some helpful resources and tools for informing your network.
Here are the facts:
Mental Health Referrals
FEAR: Doctors will have to serve as counselors for depressed or suicidal patients.
FACT: If the doctor suspects the patient is not mentally capable (i.e. depressed, suicidal, etc.), that doctor must make a referral to a mental health professional.
FEAR: If passed, insurance companies will promote medical aid in dying instead of potentially life saving treatments.
FACT: A research article from the New England Journal of Medicine concludes insurers have no financial incentive to pressure patients to accelerate their deaths. There are no substantial cost savings. Co-authored by an opponent of aid in dying to ensure objectivity, it finds: “savings can be predicted to be very small — less than 0.1% of both total healthcare spending in the United States and an individual managed-care plan’s budget.” This myth is further dispelled by the fact that 92% of people in Oregon who choose medical aid in dying are enrolled in hospice care and not receiving expensive or intensive treatment. Hospice enjoys nearly universal insurance coverage, and hospices have charitable funds to cover those who cannot pay. Medicare fully covers hospice services, as does Medicaid – with no lag or delay in payment, as with some other services. Hospice is significantly less expensive than treatments meant to extend life, which occur before a person becomes eligible for aid in dying. Therefore, consideration of aid in dying comes at a time when the cost of care is low, and there is no financial incentive to encourage people to choose that option.
Prop 106 Reporting Requirements
FEAR: Prop 106 lacks the reporting requirements of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.
FACT: The reporting requirements in Prop 106 are identical to the Oregon law. The health department is tasked with (and funded for) a rule-making process that could actually make the reporting requirements more stringent.
FEAR: If you face a potentially life-ending disease, Prop 106 will allow you to choose suicide on the basis of the opinion of any old doctor, even one that has no experience with your disease or illness.
FACT: Prop 106 specifies that a mentally capable adult must have two confirming terminal diagnoses; first from the attending physician, who must be the licensed physician who has primary responsibility for the medical care of an individual; and second from a consulting physician, who must be a licensed physician who is qualified by specialty or experience to confirm a professional diagnosis and prognosis regarding an individual’s terminal illness. Doctors trained in unrelated specialties cannot serve as attending or consulting physicians.
FEAR: Doctors would decide whose life is worth living.
FACT: The option to consider medical aid in dying is entirely up to the individual. Protections are in place to ensure the terminally ill person is mentally capable, free of coercion, and aware of all options available.
Limits to Medical Aid in Dying
FEAR: Prop 106 is a slippery slope toward euthanasia, mercy killing, and legalized suicide.
FACT: In 19+ years, Oregon’s medical aid in dying law has not changed in any way from the day it was passed. It’s been successful, and has zero proven cases of misuse or abuse.
Elderly and Disabled Safety
FEAR: If passed, Prop 106 will endanger the elderly, disabled and infirm in our society.
FACT: The option to consider medical aid in dying is only available for mentally capable, terminally ill adults with less than six months to live. Like all medical aid-in-dying laws, section 25-48-103(2) in the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act clearly states “The right to request medical aid-in-dying medication does not exist because of age or disability.”⁵ Careful studies of the law’s 19-year record in Oregon, the first state to pass an aid in dying law, demonstrate that concerns the law would target the disabled, elderly, frail, uninsured or any vulnerable groups have not materialized. Disability Rights Oregon, charged with protecting Oregonians with disabilities, has never received a complaint of abuse or attempted abuse under the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.
Reasons People List for Accessing Medical Aid in Dying
FEAR: Most terminally ill people do not use medical aid in dying because of suffering.
FACT: The reasons they list, as reported in Oregon, are many as most people list more than one reason for requesting the medication. Quality of life during the dying process can really only be defined by the person who is suffering. Most dying people understand their pain could be controlled if they were willing to be sedated into unconsciousness (but that is not possible for all patients). But many value consciousness so highly that they bear extraordinary pain in order to be somewhat alert during their final days. Therefore, it is not pain alone that pushes them to seek aid in dying. Also, pain is only one component of suffering; others may include extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, open wounds, foul smells, tumors breaking through the skin and other agonies.
Share with us what have you learned from this article entitled “Facts Fight Fear”. Just remember that life is like a camera, it is either your camera capture the fact or ignore the fear.
“Patients may be less likely to try to end their lives early in an illness if they know there are legal options should the pain and suffering become unbearable.”
-Andrea Maikovich-Fong, PhD, ABPP
As a cancer psychologist I believe deeply in the power of candid dialogue, the courageous type that comes from leaning into, not turning away from, what is uncomfortable or difficult to discuss. So let’s start an uncomfortable conversation by stating a difficult truth. The human body has the potential to experience immeasurable and excruciating amounts of pain. Pain that causes people who once ran marathons or corporations to curl into a ball and sob uncontrollably for hours. Pain that can become so severe one must choose between intolerable suffering and being medicated beyond the point of self-recognition. Pain that is so overpowering and difficult to watch that it robs those at the end of their lives from authentic connections with loved ones, and leaves loved ones with horrific images of a once dignified body and mind reduced to primal suffering.
Despite the hundreds of ways human bodies deteriorate, my clinical work has convinced me that the human spirit is unfathomably resilient. We humans want, desperately, to survive whatever ailments befall us. Faced with physical transformations, grim statistics, and five thousand variations of pain, we endure because we want to live. I have witnessed the grace, courage, and tenacity humans can demonstrate amidst the most difficult of human conditions.
Unfortunately, there is sometimes a point at which the human body no longer has the capability to successfully heal, and it is inevitable that death will come soon. At this point, suffering is no longer a sacrifice bravely made toward the end goal of ultimate survival, but for some it becomes simply a painful state that precedes an inevitable, close death.
Through hundreds of conversations with people facing life-threatening illnesses or the end of their lives, I now hold as truth that as human beings we must strive to help each other maintain dignity and self-efficacy throughout life’s challenges. There is no time when this commitment to each other is more important than at the end of life when tremendous suffering is involved.
Another uncomfortable truth is that there simply are more and less peaceful deaths. One of the factors that differentiates between these is the degree to which a person maintains a sense of dignity and a sense of control at the end of life. I believe that when there is suffering without any hope of recovery, and when that suffering becomes intolerable, offering the choice of aid in dying may be the ultimate way to care for each other and honor each other’s dignity and humanity.
In conversation with a cancer and chronic pain patient who is among the bravest, most insightful people I have the honor of knowing, I have also thought about how aid in dying may actually result in the extension of life, and in decreased suicide rates among the terminally ill. Her perspective, which she gave me permission to share, is one of someone who lives with at times paralyzing fear of future increases in pain and of burdening her loved ones. She feels that terminally ill people may be less likely to end their lives through fear-inspired suicide early in a disease process if they know that there are legal options that would be available if they reached a point of impending death and intolerable pain. She feels that this option may also create space for conversations between the dying and their loved ones where loved ones may come to more of an understanding and acceptance of death. She discussed how aid in dying could “take some of the fear out of dying,” and may help people feel more in control and choose to live in as connected and meaningful a way as possible for as long as possible.
Nothing about this topic is comfortable. Nothing about death and suffering is easy to talk about. However, I believe that we fail each other as human beings if the consequence of our discomfort is that we do not acknowledge and recognize how offering the choice of aid in dying supports the basic human right to dignity and self-control at the end of life.
Andrea Maikovich-Fong, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified clinical health psychologist who works with cancer patients. Her words reflect her opinions only, and in no way reflect those of her employer.