To Write Love on Her Arms



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2010) - Love is the movement and Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), will prove that at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, in the Student Center Harris Grand Ballroom. This event is sponsored by the Student Activities Board (SAB).

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit organization that began in 2006. Tworkowski and his friends started selling shirts to raise money for their friend Renee to go to rehab due to her suffering from a blur of coke, pot, pills, alcohol, depression and self-mutilation. She would inflict the word “hate” into her own skin. Their message, “To Write Love on Her Arms,” became one of hope. By selling T-shirts with this message, they wanted to raise enough money to help her go to rehab and they did. The T-shirts continued to sell, so they used the money to do the same for others.

The founders now tour the country on the stages of alternative music venues and college campuses to tell the story of how they helped their friend. They open up conversations about depression and raise awareness about the resources available to individuals suffering from depression, self-hate and addiction. Hope for the present and future is advocated, as is acceptance by family, friends, and the community. TWLOHA is a rapidly and widely spreading movement, gaining domestic and international support.


“It’s incredible how much change can happen by simply showing others that you care,” said Jill Baranowski, director of SAB’s Engaging Issues Committee. “To Write Love on Her Arms has a powerful message and I’m excited for UK students to be part of the movement.”

There will be an opportunity for students to submit and read poetry, short stories and other literary pieces to the audience at 7:30 p.m., Tworkowski’s lecture will begin at 8 p.m.

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