Award Winning Jewelers Honor Survivor Turned Activist

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Rwandan holocaust survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza among those honored with LifeLinks jewelry

Rocker Bruce Springsteen, anchorman Brian Williams, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, and most recently, “New York Times” best selling author and Rwandan holocaust survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza have all been honored with the powerful images of LifeLinks jewelry.

Created by Glenn Wachler and his brother, Link, an internationally award-winning jewelry designer, LifeLinks is a specific type of jewelry with carved images representing values in a person’s life. There are more than 200 different links from which to choose, some of which include, “balance,” “dream,” “family,” “love,” and “legacy.”

This past November, the Wachler brothers presented Ilibagiza with a bracelet and a hand-carved plaque on behalf of Angels’ Place, (, an organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities who have had a primary diagnosis of mental retardation. Ilibagiza spoke on peace, faith and forgiveness in Dearborn, Mich. at the Hyatt Hotel. She was honored for her courage to transform her experiences of tragedy and loss during the 1994 Rwandan genocide into love and forgiveness, traits which have enabled her to become a powerful force in the lives of many Rwandan orphans. On behalf of Angels’ Place, more than 60 custom blankets with LifeLinks images representing Ilibagiza's life and work were created by volunteers for her to take back with her to Rwanda to comfort the orphans. (For more about Ilibagiza, visit

The brothers have been involved with many charitable organizations, including The Bob Woodruff Foundation, (, which helps to heal the physical and psychological wounds of war. Recently, Woodruff was presented with a custom LifeLinks bracelet. At his organization's annual, “Stand up for Heroes” benefit, Wachler LifeLinks were also given on behalf of the organization to honor contributors Springsteen, Williams and Colbert, in addition to 50 wounded American soldiers.

“We are thrilled to be associated with LifeLinks. The bracelets speak to so many wonderful things about people and highlight the values and qualities that count most in people,” says Lee Woodruff, Bob’s wife and co-founder of The Bob Woodruff Foundation.

“It's a gratifying feeling knowing that our work is being used to inspire and honor people, and to help charities raise resources and awareness,” says Link.

In Feb. 2010, Link will be traveling to Tucson, Ariz. to accept the American Gem Trade Association’s Spectrum Award. After accepting it, he plans to sell the award-winning piece, an ornate, pirate-themed skull ring, and donate its proceeds to the organization of the purchaser's choice.

LifeLink values are powerful tools to help you stay focused on the priorities in your life because they magnify the power of your intentions by keeping them in focus. Nightingale Conant ( the world leader in self development for 50 years has just partnered with LifeLinks by Glenn and Link Wachler to introduce and distribute LifeLinks products in the personal growth market.

For more information, visit or contact Glenn Wachler at 877-485-8397 or glenn(at)ultexp(dot)com.


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