Mina Brenneman wrote -
Dear Friends and Loved Ones,
In August 2016, I will be walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain ("The Way of St. James"), a 500-mile pilgrimage route crossing Northern Spain from the Southwestern corner of France almost all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Tens of thousands attempt the full trek each year; for me, this 500-mile journey will pay homage to David, my late husband, who battled an aggressive form of sarcoma -- cancer of the soft/connective tissues -- with courage, dignity, and infinite love for his family.
Throughout his treatment, David and I dreamed of taking on periodic physical challenges to celebrate his eventual recovery while raising awareness and funds to defeat this rare cancer, a quest that receives practically no public attention or funding.
I honored David and paid tribute to the thousands of other sarcoma victims in August 2014 by summiting Kilimanjaro.
At that time, 100 staunch friends and supporters raised over $11,000 to fund groundbreaking research via the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA).
I can’t wait to immerse myself in this new challenge – the Camino de Santiago.
Most experienced pilgrims would tell me that it’s foolish or even misguided to attempt this trek in 20 days. I believe the challenge will strengthen my resolve and further inspire my mission to do whatever it takes to try to find a cure for sarcoma -- a cause the kids and I will champion for the rest of our lives.
Sitting on both the Board of Directors and the Gala Planning Committee for the SFA, I know first-hand that the vast majority of every single donated dollar goes where it’s needed, i.e. research and patient advocacy.
The SFA has received 4 stars from Charity Navigator and a Gold Rating from Guidestar – the highest possible ratings from the two main charity-ranking agencies. This attests to the organization’s effectiveness and efficiency in managing flow-through in line with their mission of finding the cure for sarcoma in our time.
The SFA also has a 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS and all contributions to it are tax-deductible.
You can find a wealth of information about sarcoma at the SFA's website, www.curesarcoma.org.
Please join our effort this year by contributing to the Sarcoma Foundation of America via my pilgrimage fundraiser.
Kilimanjaro was just the beginning... Now onward to the Camino!
Thank you for your continued support.
It means a lot not only to my family and David’s legacy, but also to all our fellow men and women whose lives are touched by sarcoma.