Mark Ballou via Crowdrise
March 06, 2012
THE SHORT VERSION: Sunday, March 18th, I will be running the 2012 LA MARATHON, my first! Please donate and sponsor me in honor of my late mother, Colley Ballou.
Please share this with anyone you think may be interested. THANK YOU!
THE LONG VERSION: So, I had all kinds of lofty ideas about getting involved in a charity for the 2012 LA Marathon. It being my first, I wanted to do something not only for myself, but for others. I researched the official charities and asked friends who'd done it before for guidance. Ultimately though, I didn't do a darn thing.
Well, call me TEAM PROCRASTINATION, because just the other day, as part of the LA Marathon mailings, I got a reminder of the marathon's main theme:
RUN 4 SOMETHING!
At the least they hoped I would make a donation. So, remembering my previous research, I looked for HURDLE JUMPERS. Months back, reviewing my charity options on the marathon website, this organization's description had brought me to tears. I checked their current status:
There were NO team members and NO donations.
In 2001, at age 60, I lost my mother, Colley Ballou, to cancer. As her primary caregiver I watched her fight the disease for a little over a year. At the time I was pretty stoic about the whole thing & focused on trying to get my mother the best care we could. I grieved in my own way, but after her passing I remember my Dad expressing concern that I'd not really cried about it.
Well, 11 years later, my father has since passed, and reading about HURDLE JUMPERS, I had a solid cry.
The spirit of this charity is about providing support for those faced with a diagnosis of cancer. Our family was surrounded by love during my mother's illness. Friends & family reached out to us. The medical community & their angels in Hospice supported us. What Hurdle Jumpers offers, though it may seem small, can be of great value.
Please make a donation today.
ABOUT HURDLE JUMPERS
Hurdle Jumpers is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization devoted to comforting patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Hurdle Jumpers provides comfort kits for cancer patients across the United States. Our kits contain a variety of nationally recognized donated sample products that help alleviate some of the side effects of cancer therapy, along with patient educational materials, helpful tips and advice, a relaxation CD and humor book.
Designed from a patient’s perspective, our kits help people dealing with the shock, anxiety and exhaustion of a cancer diagnosis to conserve their energy, improve their quality of life during treatment, and focus on getting well.
Our organization was founded four years ago by a cancer survivor who made it her mission to help patients along their journey to wellness. To date, over 3,150 cancer warriors have soared over the obstacles of cancer treatment using our specialized comfort care kits. In 2010, our Founder, Janet Halbert, was selected by the Los Angeles Business Journal as Volunteer of the Year.
Sadly, so many of our lives have been touched by cancer. Your support will make a difference in a cancer patient's day! Thank you.
ABOUT COLLEY BALLOU
Talent manager, professional dancer, choreographer, and sacred-dance specialist Colley Ballou was born and raised in Eureka, CA. She moved to NYC out of highschool to study dance at the American Ballet Theatre.
Married to theatrical designer, David "Tex" Ballou, she moved to Nutley, NJ in 1971. She tought dance, yoga, and acting for the Parks and Recreation Department and directed, choreographed, and performed with Nutley's Roche Players and Montclair's Pushcart Players.
She was a director of the Sacred Dance Guild of Northern New Jersey; codirected the Sacred Dance Guild Festival, "Dance for Social Change," held in 1987 at Sarah Lawrence College; and was the Sacred Dance Guild Ambassador at the First International Dance Festival in Avignon, France. She performed with the Omega Dance Company, the Simple Gifts Dance Company, and the Grace Church Dance Consort. She is survived by her three sons, Scott, Mark, and Tom.