About six years ago my Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. After much therapy and several surgeries, I'm ecstatic to report that today she is cancer free. It was a hard process for her and her family, especially the ones that cared for her throughout the procedures and recovery. I'm very grateful to have a family that cares so much.
I have always wanted to participate in an event that would benefit cancer patients and research. This year it was really on my heart to participate in Relay for Life through the American Cancer Society. Relay is an event where teams are formulated to walk all night ("because cancer never sleeps.") I realized I only had a little over a month to do all the necessary measures to participate. I gathered a small team of caring people and we formed our team Hearts for a Cure.
We have been quickly throwing together fundraising events including yard sales and "cans for cancer" (where people can donate their cans to us) and 100% of the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.
If you have been touched by someone in your life with cancer and would like to donate to the American Cancer Society we would greatly appreciate your support. By visiting our Relay for Life website (set up for us directly through Relay for Life) you can donate directly to the American Cancer Society on our behalf.
We know we came into this late and have a short time to fundraise, but we still are trying to raise as much as possible for this amazing cause. Your donation will help with cancer research, lodging for cancer patients and their family's, transportation for patients to and from hospitals, and much more. You can donate as little as $5 or as much as you can afford. Any amount helps benefit the lives of those affected.
Hearts for a Cure will be participating in the walk on June 23, 2012 and we are very excited to be part of such a wonderful cause. I hope we can look forward to your support!! Thank you :) FIGHT BACK!
Ok, honestly... I don't even know what that means. The Z part that is. But I'm going with ZOWIE! Mainly because I like that word. And ZOWIE (caps are a must with this word) is exactly what my life has been like lately.
After returning from a fruitful trip to France this summer (and by fruitful I mean I only ate fruit... most of the time,) I started having sever stomach pains. I thought I was having a baby, only I knew this wasn't true unless it was another immaculate conception because my love life had been just that exciting prior to this. Then I thought maybe it was a food baby because every time I ate I would be in severe pain. Birth this FOOD BABY already! As it turns out, it was just gallstones. Damn gallbladder. I've since had that little bitch removed. Whew! ZOMG if you know what I mean...
Oh, so back to Paris. I love that smelly place. Really. It would have been perfect if I wasn't allergic to literally everything I came in contact with. Apparently everything either contains peanut flour, shell fish, or some other unknown contaminant. Paris, je t'aime. I actually mean that because if I could figure out a way to deal with the allergies I would love to go back. But living on fruit and cheese for an entire month was hard enough, albeit delicious, but I don't think I could do that for any length of time.
ZOMG! I need to stop neglecting you peeps. I'll be back soon.... enough ;)
It is clear that Japan is continuing to face traumatic events and the gravity of the situation is great. World Vision is an organization that acts quickly during times of disaster to distribute food, water, and supplies to those in need and often are one of the first organizations in countries during these times. I just wanted to put it out there if anyone wanted to donate, they are a safe and trustworthy organization and you can donate by visiting their website (www.worldvision.org). Let's continue to keep these brave people in our thoughts.
In other parts of the world we can sit quietly and watch news re-runs and sympathize with Japan, but without being there it's difficult to digest the full spectrum of devastation they are enduring. My heart is with them as they continue to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami, and now the possibility of nuclear meltdowns. These images are heartbreaking and incomprehensible.
The Japanese may live half a world away, but we are all part of one world and one family. I am relieved to see that many countries have quickly banded together to bring aid to Japan, and I am hopeful that they will continue to do so. It will take time, a lot of time, to recover from the damages.
My thoughts are with everyone who is there, who has family there, who is hurt, who is hungry, who is scared, who is brave. I love you, Japan.
Ways we can help are by texting "QUAKE" or "JAPAN" to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army. Or by texting "REDCROSS" to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross. These charges will be added directly to your cell phone bill and donated to these organizations. You can verify this on their websites:
I was recently captured by a wild band of pirates wearing sombreros who took me to Alaska and held me hostage, and I lived in an igloo and had no way of communicating with YOU! :) That's how the story went.
I've been a little out of sorts lately. I mean, so much so that even my cat tried to give herself away.
I thought that was going a little too far.
We're ok now, don't worry! Not to sound like a broken record, but I still don't have a camera, and it IS driving me a little bananas, because photography is kind of my life at the moment. I should be getting one in about a month or two. In the mean time, I'm working on a secret side project and it's going well.
I've been a little OCD checking college websites for my "application status." In case I didn't tell you, I'm going back to school after many years! Although I'm still not really sure what I'm doing. But heck! May as well get smart right! ;) *visualizing confetti made of hundred dollar bills falling from the sky as my graduation hat flies through the air* cough cough... uh, maybe that's going too far.