First and foremost, we are an organization that conducts our charitable activity directly, and we fund our own work. We are not a grant-maker that funds the work of other charities, and were never intended to be.
While our runners have been stretching, training, and psyching themselves up for this enormous challenge, the team at Born This Way Foundation has been inspired to think more critically about the intersections of mental and physical health.
I'm excited to see this new look for Lady Gaga, and even happier to think of what that can represent for youth. Be Authentic, Be Yourself, Accept Who You Are -- the world is waiting for your voice, your vision, your innate power and the beauty of who you are.
I met Christopher Rim, the founder and president of an anti-bullying awareness organization called It Ends Today about a year before Lady Gaga did. His group's message is startlingly simple: Students listen more to their peers than adults.
I asked Yoko Ono -- who at 79 is as youthful, energetic and beautiful as ever -- how she picks the recipients, is there a committee or board? "No, I feel it in here," she said pointing to her heart, "It comes from the heart."
If you were searching for a case study in how quickly international acclaim, countless awards and stratospheric success become entirely overshadowed by a few pounds, look no further than the curious case of Lady Gaga.
This persistent ageism when we talk about Madonna now should be disturbing to anybody who plans to live to middle age. But ageist jokes about Madonna are going to grow old long before she does, and, in the end, it is her story that will be told.