October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have nothing but respect for those who host fundraisers, wear pink to support the cause, and of course those who are battling or have survived this disease. However, I had never been personally affected by cancer until recently.
Yesterday, a very dear friend of mine called me to tell me she has breast cancer. It was a surreal moment and I was left speechless even as I was asked if I had any questions. We chatted a bit and joked before she had to get off the phone. Soon as the call ended, the tears came flooding in.
While I am sadden by the news and even more devastated that I can't be home to be a physical body of support (she is in Georgia and we are still in Hawaii), THIS is not about MY feelings. So I want to show my support for her and others who have been affected.
I will be hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser through Pampered Chef starting on the 15th. The party will be online only and will close on the 17th. Pampered Chef will cut a check for up to 15% of the proceeds to the organization of my choice which will be Sisters Network Inc. $3 additional dollars will be donated for every party booked through the fundraiser.
For every Help Whip Cancer Infusion Water Bottle purchased, Pampered Chef will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society as well.
My friend (for her privacy, I won't reveal her name), I want to help her face the long year she has ahead with treatment. If helping her with a little cushion is in my power then I want to do that for her. So with every packaged item purchased from Great Mornings Coffee & Tea, I will contribute a dollar to her. For every drink purchased, I will donate 50 cents. I will do this throughout the month of October and send her a check on November 1st. There will also be a donation link on my website if you would simply like to donate without purchase.
Lastly, I will be doing the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure on October 16th. If you are interested in joining our team or simply donating, here is the link.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. It means a lot to me and now that the cause has hit close to home, it means even more to have your support (even if it is simply sharing this post).
If you have dealt with a loved one who has battled or is currently battling cancer, please share your story in the comments.