BENEFITING: Sarcoma Foundation of America
EVENT DATE: Jun 19, 2013
My amazing family created this Memorial Fundraiser as a way for me to be an advocate and raise funds and awareness for Myxoid Liposarcoma.
A myxoid liposarcoma is an uncommon cancerous tumor which grows in fatty tissue. This type of soft tissue tumor can occur in any part of the body but is usually seen in the thighs, abdominal cavity and upper arm or shoulder area. Myxoid liposarcomas can occur in both men and women, usually in adults between 50 and 65 years of age. The cause of myxoid liposarcomas is not really known. It is not uncommon that even when one area of the myxoid liposarcoma has been successfully treated, another tumor may form in a different location. Lung and liver metastasis is also common for myxoid liposarcoma. The 5-year survival rate is less than 50% in patients with high-grade liposarcomas.
I will never forget the date April 17, 2012, the day that I flew to South Carolina in the middle of the night after my mom's first symptoms of the sarcoma became unavoidable, or April 20th, 2012 the day that she was formally diagnosed with myxoidliposacoma ( which was also her 10 year Wedding Anniversary to my Step-Dad, Chuck Mitchell). August 9th, 2012 was the day my Mom successfully made it through an extremely high risk surgery with the most amazing surgical oncology team on the planet, and finally on December 28, 2012 my beautiful and amazing mother, Theresa Mitchell, gracefully lost her short but hard fought battle with myxoid liposarcoma at the young age of 53.
Cancer may as well be a four letter word in our family; it has taken too many of our loved ones too soon, as we have others who are currently battling this unforgiving disease with all of the grace and faith anyone could imagine. My mom was deeply affected by cancer personally, and was devastated that I was going to have to spend the rest of my life angry at cancer for taking my mom, as it did her mom at a young age.
Anyone who knew my Mom knows that there just aren't words to describe what an incredible, strong, and loving wife, mother, sister, daughter, cousin, aunt, niece, and friend she was, she had the ability to love unconditionally. My mom even won awards for her influence, passion and accomplishments as a child advocate in the final years of her career.
Until December 28th, 2012 there wasn't a day that passed (unless she was on a cruise in the middle of the ocean) that I didn't talk to her at least three times a day. My mom was my best friend, my hero, and my rock. Even with 500 miles between us, she never allowed me to feel like she was more than a heartbeat away.
Today my Mom would have turned 54. Today my Mom should be answering the phone for me at the crack of dawn to hear my voice singing Happy Birthday to her in the way that only our family can understand. Today my Mom should be opening her door to a flower delivery from me to remind her of how much I love her. Today I should be with her taking her out for our traditional birthday manicure, pedicure, and movie to celebrate her special day.
Instead of all of those things, today I am asking you to donate to her Memorial Fund to raise money and awareness for this rare form of Cancer who took this amazing woman out of our lives. We can all be advocates as she was, and donate to help make progress in finding a cure for this rare form of cancer.
This fundraiser was officially kicked off on May 26, 2013 when my family and friends gathered to celebrate my birthday and presented me with this awesome opportunity to honor my Mom! Beautiful heart necklaces were commissioned by an amazing family friend who is a jewelry designer for the event and distributed to anyone who made a donation of $25 or more. These necklaces are the perfect way to always keep her Close to Our Hearts. If you are interested in a necklace, please add a note with your donation and the remaining necklaces will be distributed based on availability.
Think of people in your life who may enjoy this necklace or just want to do some good for a great cause. Share the information with everyone you know, and help make this a successful memorial fundraiser!
All donations will go to the Sarcoma Foundation http://www.curesarcoma.org/
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