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As part of the “Change Your World” series, in partnership with Walden University, GOOD spoke to Melissa Thomas about her career, her education, and the powerful way it has shaped her life and her community.

Melissa Thomas was just a young girl when she suffered a devastating loss—her beloved grandmother succumbed to cancer, a tragedy that was simultaneously heartbreaking and eye-opening. For Thomas, her grandmother’s passing solidified her life’s goal to address existing cancer health disparities. In 1997, Thomas founded Project Hoffnung (German for “hope”), an Ohio-based project aimed at addressing breast cancer issues facing Amish and Mennonite women. And, although she had great successes in expanding education and offering breast cancer screening services among these two populations, who have traditionally had particularly high death rates in this arena, she felt she could do more, and education was the way to do so. “I knew that I wanted to make a difference in the world,” Thomas says, “and Walden University’s Ph.D. in Public Health program helped provide the tools and support to realize my dream in saving lives from cancer.”

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Project: Have a Pinteresting Picnic

What does your ideal picnic look like? Plan one on Pinterest and make it happen!


Is #30DaysofGOOD challenge too much commitment for you? No worries, sometimes I feel the same and that's why we're introducing the #1DayofGOOD challenge. It's summertime and what a blast it is to lay in the grass and bask in the sun with a basket of homemade food and your best buddies. For today's one-day-task, we ask you to escape to nature and throw a picnic party with your friends and family! And who knows, maybe you'll make it a weekly outdoor event.

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Winner: Photograph Something From a Specialty Food Market

And the winner of our #30DaysofGOOD project is...

For this month's #30DaysofGOOD Challenge we asked you to purchase at least one ingredient from a region-specific food market that you don't typically use, and snap a photo to share with the GOOD community.

We are thrilled to announce Carly Hagins as our winner. In Carly's words:

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Our Winning How-To Guide: Learn to Bind a Book

GOOD reader Amy Wu illustrated her technique for making her own books.

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Submissions: Doodle What It Means to Be an Active Citizen

Check out the finalists and vote for your favorite submission.


For this month's #30DaysofGOOD challenge, we are challenging the GOOD community with daily tasks to become GOOD citizens.

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