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Linda
Linda SAYS:
Hi...Sending a November Vote…
Hi...Sending a November Vote your way, along with Best Wishes for a successful fundraising Project. November is also Epilepsy Awareness Month, so please think PURPLE for those who live with Epilepsy, including my son, Jason...Thanks!
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Helene
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October vote for you ! good …
October vote for you ! good luck on your project ! raise a ton of money ! have the best day ever !

PS: please check out my page ! :)
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KAREN
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Here's a July vote for you -…
Here's a July vote for you - look for my vote next month too .
Visit may page - a return vote would be great (just click the + sign next to my name)
Don't forget to check out my projects - join my team - donations gratefully accepted.
Karen
Unmasking Mental Illness
End Stigma of Mental Illness
Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
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Elise Marie
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Hey Andrea and Samuel, how a…
Hey Andrea and Samuel, how are you doing? Here is my July vote for you.

I was wondering if you would like to join my fundraiser for The Trevor Project : http://www.crowdrise.com/fundraiserelise/fundraiser/elisemariemyrvangeik this fundraiser was my very first fundraiser on Crowdrise and it means alot to me personally. There are so many teenagers that are struggeling daily with being discriminated for who they are, just because of who they love. This is not right and we need to show the world that equal rights counts for all no matter who we are or what we do in life. No one has the right to judge others. The Trevor Project is the only helpline through telephone for gay teens in all of USA!! and so therefore this is a very important organisasation to support. You can take a look at Trevor Project's homesite here: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Daniel Radcliffe (also known as the main role in Harry Potter) is one of the main spokesperson for The Trevor Project, here you can read more about what he has to say about this very important organisasation for teens all over USA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMaVp_kQDqU

Please become a teammember and help donate to my fundraiser so that more teens can become proud of who they are, and let us raise awareness together.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted".
- Aesop, Greek fabulist

Cheers,
Elise Marie
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Andrea and Samuel Severson
United States
CROWDRISING SINCE: May 19, 2011
Stuff About Me:

December 22, 2009 is a day forever etched into my memory. It is the day my partner and I received the results of her breast biopsy. The phone call came in the afternoon, while we were out at a local shopping mall. We had decided that morning we needed a strategy for occupying ourselves, beyond watching the hands move on our living room clock.  We spent the day wandering aimlessly from store to store, knowing we would receive a phone call at any time and trying to maintain hope. The phone rang and time seemed to pause, temporarily.

My memories of the next several minutes are audio and visual snapshots, frozen in time. <Click>  I see my partner slowly sinking to the ground and handing me the phone. <Click> The doctor’s voice sounds urgent. <Click> The doctor tells me, “Andréa, Karen does not comprehend what I am saying. She has Stage 3 breast cancer.” <Click> Followed by, “You need to seek treatment immediately.” <Click> “Yes, cancel your Christmas vacation plans.” <Click> Finally, “Karen is going to be a survivor.” <Click>.  After the phone call I quickly put on a brave face, told Karen her diagnosis and assured her that we were going to “beat” cancer. Truthfully, inside, I was very frightened and knew nothing about how we were going to battle cancer.

Beating cancer requires a lot of strength and inner reflection. I thought to myself and aloud to others, “Where am I going to find the strength necessary to beat cancer, parent our three-year-old child, and continue finding enjoyment and meaning in my life?” I also wondered how Karen would cope and how I could help her cope. It didn’t take me long before I decided to find my strength and solace in running. Running has amazing parallels to life. If Karen was going to battle cancer, I would move my daily running into training for a marathon. The parallel seemed appropriate. My training and Karen’s treatment would both extend over many months and crossing the finish line seemed a great way to celebrate the ending of Karen’s treatment and to mark the battle against cancer as “won!” Running kept me steady and strong for the eleven months of Karen’s treatment (chemotherapy, mastectomy, and radiation),  and I crossed the Cocoa Beach marathon finish line (November 28, 2010) five days after her final radiation treatment.  We had battled and had beaten cancer!

The battle to keep cancer at bay requires consistent change in survivors’ and partners’ lives. Karen had always been very active, especially in dance and yoga. She modified her routine throughout her treatment and took yoga classes with breast cancer survivors. Her exercise helped her to connect with others and helped her confidence and strength throughout her battle. She is now taking daily yoga classes, weekly dance classes, and also incorporates walking. Exercise is an awesome measure for her to assess her progress and to regain confidence and trust in her body. Likewise, I have continued to train for marathons, including the Flying Pig marathon on May 1, 2011. We are both committed to the battle against cancer and understand firsthand the important role exercise has in the prevention and treatment of cancer and the quality of life for patients/survivors and their partners.

To honor the treatment and life of my partner and to fulfill one of my life dreams, my younger brother and I are running the New York City marathon this year!! We have teamed with the National LGBT Cancer Network Inc. The National LGBT Cancer Network addresses the need of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk through educating the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening/early detection; training healthcare providers to offer more culturally competent, safe and welcoming care to LGBT patients; and advocating for LGBT inclusion in national cancer organizations, research and media. We are now participants in their team “LGBT Solvitur Ambulando.” “Solvitur Ambulando" in Latin, means to solve things through walking...to find spiritual answers through walking. Walking, like our running, can be powerfully meditative and healing, especially for folks battling cancer. The money raised through your donations will be used to develop a program that encourages exercise within our LGBT communities and, therefore, helps to improve our health and longevity.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -- Confucius

Andrea and Samuel
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