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Jamie Tworkowski Of To Write Love On Her Arms Wins MTVU Woodie Award

JamieWoodieJamie Tworkowski founder of non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms won the mtvU “Good Woodie” award last night at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. Other nominees in the category were Alicia Keys, Jon Legend, Wyclef, Kenna and Ra Ra Riot. The Good Woodie is an award for the artists whose commitment to a social cause has affected the greatest change this year and Jamie was the first non-musician ever to be nominated for a Woodie of any kind.

“Last night was amazing,” says Tworkowski. “It was exciting just to be in the room, an honor to be nominated and then basically unbelievable to win. We value music and the support of the music community so much, and then we’re so excited by the way our message has been embraced by college students. More than anything, this win belongs to our incredible audience. Their passionate voices continue to open surprising doors for us and last night was a big one – the chance to talk about hope and help on MTV.”

The awards ceremony will air December 4th on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, and Palladia December 4th at 10 p.mEST.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery and was founded by Jamie Tworkowski in 2006.

In February 2006, Tworkowski wrote a story, a glimpse into a friend’s life and her first steps to recovery from drug addiction, self-injury, and depression.  The story, titled To Write Love On Her Arms, along with the t-shirts Tworkowski printed to help pay for his friend’s recovery, started a movement, not only within his local Orlando, FL community, but one that was swiftly embraced by people everywhere.  Many bands (Paramore, Thrice, Anberlin, Switchfoot, Bayside, The Almost) quickly picked up the message, informed their fans, and started finding new ways to donate to the cause and help out.

Since 2006, the TWLOHA team has responded to 100,000 messages and emails from people in need. These messages have come in from more than 100 countries and TWLOHA has also been able to donate $600,000 directly to treatment and recovery. The TWLOHA website and Jamie’s blogs have become a source of hope and encouragement for young people all over the world.

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