Join Me in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Friends and family-
Once again it's Race for the Cure time, coming up on Saturday, April 25. I'm really excited for another chance to participate, and this year I’m more involved in the Race than ever, serving as the honorary chair of the event, as well as the team captain for EAB (Go East Arkansas Broadcasters!)
If you've known me for very long at all, then you’ve heard about my connection to this race and the primary reason I’ve worked so hard to fundraise over the past three years. I lost my mom to breast cancer in 1993. I was 12 years old. There are things that forever and always stay in my memory- long afternoons with Chinese checkers, perfect PB & Js in the shape of hearts, perfectly sewed Halloween & school play costumes- and the good memories always outweigh the bad.
But there's stuff in there I think about from time to time that no one my age should've ever had to deal with- bad wigs (sorry, Mom), way too many hospital rooms, and the horrible feeling of watching someone you love suffer.
In a perfect world, no on my age would ever go through that again. No kid would lose their mom.
But we’ve got so far to go until we get to that point.
Even though there are over 3 million survivors and counting, there is still so, so much work to do. Despite all of the gains in research, there will still be over 40,000 deaths in the US from breast cancer in 2020 alone. In Arkansas, approximately 2,000 cases are diagnosed annually. They will be your mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, coworkers, and beloved friends. They will leave unfillable voids.
I hope there is a day when a post like this isn't needed. When there isn't a concern that 1 in 8 women in the US will get the disease. When a little girl won't lose her mom. When I'm not terrified to take a genetic test because I'm afraid of what my chances of getting the disease are. But right now that day's not close. There's so much work to do.
Your support last year meant so much and I hope it's not too much to ask for your support again. My personal goal is going up this year, and I’m almost afraid I’ve set the bar too high. Your donations in the past three years have totaled an amazing $6,554, so how much more amazing would it be to close out 2020 at the $10K mark? That means this year’s goal is set for $3,446.
According to social media, I have a whole lot of friends on here, but if only 200 of you were to donate $20, I would crush my goal. No amount is too small, and every single dollar can make a difference.
To my family- You have come through for me so much three years, upping the donation total every year and continuing to share stories with me that drive home the point of why I do this in the first place. I hope it's not to much to ask you for your financial support again with a donation. I hope that one day in the future, no child has to deal with losing a parent to cancer. If you're unable to donate at this point, I'm asking you to share a story with me in the next few weeks about my mom, or to keep me in your thoughts on race day.
To my friends- I hope I have been a support for you through these years. I've tried to make it to as many concerts, fundraisers, weddings, and baby showers as I possible could've. I've tried to be there in the amazing, wonderful, laugh till you cry times and the heartbreakers, too. I'm asking for you to skip a morning coffee or a pint night to donate to this cause. If you can't financially support me, then I ask that you think of me and send me supportive messages over the two and a half months, and give me a big ‘ol hug when you see me out and about. I need you to have my back in this as much emotionally as financially. Your support has been instrumental in helping me reach my goals these past two years, and I know that the thank yous and the hugs weren't enough but I hope they'll do for now.
To my radio family- I am so lucky to have you in my life! I have a job that I love and that is totally in part to all of you listening in. I hope you support me as I give back to my community and work for a cause I am so passionate about. Your financial contribution would mean so much to me, but if you cannot donate, I ask that you will be patient with me as I will be talking about this A LOT until race day.
For all of you- Let's work together on this. Share this post. Sign up to race with me. Tell your friends and get them to sign up, too. Encourage your running buddies. Educate those around you. Send out prayers, good vibes, and positive thoughts.
To donate, please click the attached link, or send me a message if you have any donation questions such as where to bring a cash or check donation.
One day we will defeat this.
Thank you. ♥
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