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Tutera's personal causes include cancer prevention and Alzheimer's disease research and treatment. / WE TV
Tutera's personal causes include cancer prevention and Alzheimer's disease research and treatment.

Tell us how you will help others

On Saturday, Oct. 23, millions of Americans will volunteer in their communities on USA WEEKEND's Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest day of doing good. For ideas, planning guides and tips, visit makeadifferenceday.com.

After you've planned your good deeds, be sure to enter details into the Make A Difference DAYtaBANK. By registering your project, you can rally volunteers and get recognition for your efforts. You also will be eligible for prizes.

Win a Cisco Flip Video Camera

Tell us your plans by Oct. 1 and your project could receive one of 100 video cameras. Why? So you can record your Oct. 23 action and post it on the new Make A Difference Day channel on YouTube.

Get free Newman's Own food

Everyone who registers a volunteer plan receives a coupon for a free Newman's Own food product. And 50 efforts receive enough Newman’s Own cereal to feed their volunteers breakfast on Make A Difference Day morning.

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I've been lucky in life. I started my career in wedding and event planning when I was 19 and have been in the business now for 25 years doing incredible events for people with a lot of money.

I grew up in Port Chester, N.Y. — a tiny town outside New York City. My family didn't have a lot of money, but that didn't stop my parents from wanting to take care of everyone and instilling that desire in me.

I know it's impossible to help everyone — no matter how much you would like to — so I try to be active in a few charities that have meaning and where I feel I can make a difference.

One of those organizations is the Prevent Cancer Foundation. It isn't just about curing cancer; it's about educating people on how to prevent cancer. I've been involved with them for 10 years.

Sadly, cancer touched my own life four years ago. Both my mom and my partner's mom were diagnosed with the disease. It was difficult, but I'm grateful to say both are now cancer survivors. I also lost a close friend to the disease a couple of months ago. My involvement with the foundation helped me get through both of these events with a much deeper understanding.

The Alzheimer's Association is another organization very close to my heart. My grandmother was diagnosed with the disease at a young age and died when she was 75. Alzheimer's is a devastating illness, not just for the patient, but also for the family. It affects every aspect of life.

I have found great joy in helping these organizations. The need for help rarely wanes, and more than money, we need people who have the time and the desire to volunteer.

That's what's so great about Make A Difference Day — millions of Americans graciously giving of themselves and their time to help others. I hope you'll join them.

WE tv is the official cable partner for USA WEEKEND's Make A Difference Day 2010. This story kicks off our efforts to encourage more Americans to volunteer on Make A Difference Day — and all year long — through WE tv's WE Volunteer campaign. Watch for messages about Make A Difference Day on WE tv and at WEVolunteer.tv.

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