What can I say. I got nothin’. I have actually been ecstatic about it. Writing this blog is a passion of one, but so is life. I have not written as often as I used to, and I am finding myself apologizing to a few fervent followers for that…But I am not sorry. I am just living!
I have finally and officially set up my Charitable Foundation. Yes, THE CANCER MADE ME DO IT, INC. is an official charity (501 (c) 3.
THE CANCER MADE ME DO IT
A new 501c3 charitable foundation
And news of a
Golf/Tennis event to raise funds for Research grants in the following areas:
Breast Cancer, Hodgkin’s/Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, Head & Neck Cancer (THANC), Leukemia, and Parkinson’s
Some have asked why I chose these ‘diseases, and I that is easy to explain. While I can switch the “grants” year to year, I wanted to begin with these that have effected my life directly. Breast Cancer and Hodgkin’s for me, THANC and Parkinson’s for my parents, Multiple Myeloma for my Mother-in-Law, and Leukemia for some very dear friends….How I wish there was no need…but that is just not the case.
So, at the beginning of March I will hold my first meeting to recruit friends , family, neighbors, co-survivors and supporters to help with (what I hope will become) our signature charity event. A golf/tennis outing – followed by a wine tasting and cocktail party.
I am nervous as Hell! I am like a scared little girl navigating a playground at a new school on the very first day. I know I want this to be successful, and I know I want people to want to be involved, but I worry that I can’t pull it off, and that I don’t get the support I need. And then the whole thing falls apart.
But even with all of this nervous energy…I am going forward with it. I am Lucky enough Cristie Kerr (#3 Golfer on the PGA Tour) as a “face” of the event. Pride Family Vineyards – and Curvature Wines as sponsors, I am even in contact with the owners of one of a popular “fashion house”. SO I think like I handled being sick, I hope to handle this next project…Eyes straight ahead and focussed on the end….reaching my goal and not letting any of the many hurdles I will face slow me down….
Yesterday my Mom told me of a conversation she had with my oldest brother. She said he was certain that I would be successful at this. His confidence in me is truly heartwarming and is a real bolster for my nerves.
For now, I am researching these kind of events, and gathering information. I look forward to any help anyone wants to offer. Whether it be in knowledge on how to run these events or just interested in being involved. Or just listening tome talk about it for a while.
I am just glad to talk about it, and spread the word. Who know’s maybe one day it will be as large as the Michael J. Fox Foundation…Or even better, I look forward to crossing off disease’s as cures are found…Then I can hold a Golf/Tennis event just for the fun of it!
Enjoy the day