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April McKenzie's Fundraiser:

Gilda's Club NYC

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EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012

April McKenzie


As an Associate Board member of Gilda's Club NYC, I want to make my marathon experience to count as more than a 26.2 mile accomplishment.

Gilda's Club found me by way of a friend last year, who shared a similar experience with our mothers both having had breast cancer. Unfortunately, her mother lost her battle. She was on the Board then and invited me to several Gilda's Club events, so I had the pleasure of learning so much more about the organziation and the people it helps. I had always wanted to do something more for others after moving to NYC 7 1/2 years ago, but just hadn't found the right fit. Gilda's Club was it.

I submitted my application to become an Associate Board member the night before my dad passed away from an aggressive form of skin cancer. Having that experience made me more intent than ever to be a part of such a special group. I knew this is what I needed to do. Helping in any way I can to get the word out about Gilda's Club and raising money to keep it going is my therapy.

Cancer affects most everyone in some way or another, and until the day comes where we can rid the world of it, funding is a necessity to fight it from every possible angle!
Gilda's Club creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer – men, women, teens and children – along with their families and friends. Our innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, lectures and social activities, all free of charge.


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