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Share Your Story with the Friends
If you are interested in sharing your personal experience, please use the guidelines below to draft a story that you can submit to the Friends for consideration. Your story should be about your personal experience with one of the Friends Thematic Areas. Your story may be about you or someone close to you, like your child, partner, friend, parent, or sibling. Think about what issues or experiences you feel comfortable sharing and focus on one.

Keep your story brief and under 300 words.  When you read it aloud, it should only take about 15 seconds. Try to answer these questions with your story:

  1. How has your experience changed you?
  2. What have you learned?
  3. If you were to give advice to others, what would it be?

Please include your contact information: Name, phone number and e-mail address. You can share up to two photos with us to accompany your story.

Submit your story to us by email at

Terms and Release

By submitting this content to AUCD as the agent for the Friends, I hereby authorize AUCD permission to use the content therein in any and all of its Friends publications. I understand and agree that any content using my likeness will become property of AUCD and he Friends and will not be returned. I acknowledge that my participation with AUCD and the Friends is voluntary and I will receive no financial compensation. I hereby irrevocably authorize AUCD and the Friends to edit, alter, copy, exhibit, publish, or distribute this content of me for purposes of publicizing AUCD and the Friends or any other lawful purpose. In addition, I waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product, including written or electronic copy, wherein my likeness appears. Additionally, I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising or related to the use of my content. I hereby hold harmless and release and forever discharge AUCD and the Friends from all claims, demands, and causes of action which I, my heirs, representatives, executors, administrators, or any other persons acting on my behalf or on behalf of my estate have or may have by reason of this authorization. I am at least 18 years of age and am competent to contract in my own name. By submitting this content to AUCD and the Friends, I acknowledge that I have read this release and I fully understand the contents, meaning, and impact of this release.

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