BENEFITING: BREAST CANCER COALITION OF ROCHESTER INC
EVENT DATE: May 10, 2015
I'm a bit late to the party (okay, very late!) -- I thought/wished/hoped I'd be visiting my family & new baby niece this weekend in VA (but sadly, we couldn't go) so I didn't register for tomorrow's breast cancer walk until today -- but hopefully we can still make a bit of a difference with your help! Every little bit helps...
My sons & I are celebrating Mother's Day tomorrow by walking in the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester's (Mother's Day) Pink Ribbon Run & Family Fitness Walk to raise funds for an organization that helps women (and men) cope with a breast cancer diagnosis through support groups, educational programs, evening seminars, special events, advocacy, and more. They strive to ensure that no one feels as though they are facing this awful disease alone.
As you may know, this is a cause that is very dear to my heart. Diagnosed with a very aggressive inoperable Stage 3C breast cancer when I had just turned 34 and my twins were in kindergarten, I felt completely overwhelmed and as though the rug had been pulled from beneath me.
And I've heard this sentiment time & time again from women (and men) -- young, old, and every age & stage of life in between. When you hear the words, "You have cancer," many people feel overwhelmed, scared, etc. And then they are sent off to make (what may even be life or death) decisions about their treatment & their bodies & a disease they may not know much about...
The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester does their best to make sure no one feels alone at any point after their diagnosis -- whether they were diagnosed that day or 20 years past. And they seek to educate patients, survivors and the public about this insidious disease and to advocate for all of us (and future generations) not just locally and statewide, but nationally as well. They understand the importance of being a voice for change and seek to educate lawmakers & elected officials about this disease and its causes & the devastating toll it can take on women/men & their families. And they work with citizen and environmental agencies & organizations to increase awareness of environmental hazards related to breast cancer & other public health risks to protect & educate current and future generations.
Please help the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester continue to provide their vital services, advocacy and support.
Remember, every little bit helps! There is no amount too small. Even $1 or $2 can help. But since the minimum online donation the site can accept is $10, please don't be discouraged. If you'd to give a donation under 10 or if you'd like to pay with a check or cash -- please send me a quick email to make other arrangements for your donation. [CancerInMyThirties@yahoo.com] Thank you!
My boys and I will walk tomorrow to honor all of the women (and men) who've ever heard those life-altering words -- "You have cancer" -- and who are still here with us, and we will walk to remember and pay tribute to all of the loved ones this horrible disease has taken. If you'd like us to add a name (or names) of someone special to you to our shirts, please send me a quick email by 5 a.m...
Thanks SO very much!
Leisha & family
If you'd prefer to send a check / or to give cash / if you have questions or if you'd like to contact me, please don't hesitate to email me: CancerInMyThirties@yahoo.com Thank you!
P.S. We couldn't decide on a photo so if you scroll through you'll see some photos where the boys (and I) are actually looking at the camera! :-)