Tuesday, October 22, 2013

It's a Wonderful Life

A Making Strides walk and a Relay for Life vie for the most inspirational philanthropic events for me.  I get ridiculously excited for both of them, worse than a kid on Christmas, and once there, I have a hard time controlling my emotions at the pure hope that flows out like an uncontrollable river of utter decency and humanity.  



If you have never experienced life with someone battling cancer, congratulations! I mean that in all sincerity, because not only are you rare, but you are insanely lucky to have escaped it thus far.

Watching a cancer patient battle their beasts over and over, only to be torn down at
doctor appointments, once again given terrible news and told they need to fight harder, that they need to tough it out, that they need to do chemotherapy all over again and rush toxins through their already aching and weakened bodies, is but a step below actually having to go through it all yourself.  Actually, it probably ranks close to it, because as a bystander you feel powerless to help.  There is nothing that you can do other than be the best person you can be, pick up your pom poms and cheer like hell for them!


It’s a tough road, no doubt, for all involved.  I have certainly experienced my share of watching dear family and friends put up fantastic fights, at times triumphing, and at others losing in the bravest possible way.  Their journeys have made me a better person, a tougher person, a more grateful person.

Events like these make all of that come full circle.  They celebrate that life well lived, that battle well fought, and that undeniable, unbreakable will to keep pushing forward.  They bring together all types of people: survivors, caregivers, friends, family, pets, children, doctors, nurses, bosses, employees, regardless of race, religion, creed, or political agenda.  


Cancer is something that almost every population, every group of people, has to battle at one point or another.  Events like these make that all a visual reality, and creates such a beautiful bond amongst strangers aiming for one common cause: a world with more birthdays!

I implore you, if you have not already been a part of something like this, do join soon.  Whether or not you know someone who has been directly affected by cancer, whether or not you raise money for the  event, GO, participate, see for yourself how inspirational and moving these days can be, and remind yourself everyday thereafter how lucky we all are to have been given this opportunity at an amazing, wonderful life, no matter what battles we may  be tasked to face.


Check out some of the amazingness of this year’s event where our team raised $700 to benefit the American Cancer Society and breast cancer research endeavors.  That money goes directly to finding a cure, to helping cancer patients receive care and treatment, and to seeing that our children’s children know a world without cancer… a world that is free.




And certainly don't forget to link up below and share your tales of hope and love, whether it's breast cancer, any other cancer, or something completely unrelated!

Oh and check out this amazing job done on the nails, if I do say so myself!!


#4 Pinkalicious Wednesday Blog Hop for HOPE

Welcome to #4 Pinkalicious Wednesday a Blog Hop for HOPE! This blog hop is a special place for all our blogger friends to link up and spread breast cancer awareness. Hop around for HOPE and grab a few new friends. You'll be surprised at how much you have in common with your fellow bloggers. 
If your interested in co-hosting this blog hop, we have spots availiable. Email lilmadjesse85@gmail.com
I Hope you can spread the word, by Tweeting about this blog hop :)

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*Supporting breast cancer has been a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. By linking up your blogs with survivor stories, breast cancer facts, stories of how you support the cause, donation pages, letters to a loved one loss to breast cancer could help spread awareness. It's def OK if you don't have any breast cancer stories or facts, all we ask is for you to link up your blog, and hop around you might find some interesting breast cancer info that way :)

Here's a little stat for you if you haven't been able to read or research...1 out of 8 women have a chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That's a real fact! If you have a family history of cancer, you should schedule an appointment every year to check for bumps. As well as always checking yourself at least once a month at home. 
 I look forward to seeing what my blogger friends are up to this week!! This blog hop will take place Every Wednesday this month! My goal is to continue this blog hop past October but we will see how well the blog hop does.  There are co-host spots available, if your interested in being a co-host, email me at lilmadjesse85@gmail.com 



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Have a great day hump day all!









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