As some of you may know I lost my Birthmother “Grammie” on March 31, 2011 to cancer. To say that her death “rocked my world” is an understatement. I still find myself expecting her to hear her voice on the phone on a daily basis. Although our story is long, our memories together are not. Grammie is my birthmother and it took me over twenty years to find her. We were fortunate enough to have four years together and although I consider myself lucky, I still feel cheated and robbed by cancer.
In an effort to help myself heal and raise money for cancer research my daughters and I are participating in the Walk for Hope put on by The City of Hope.
Here is some information about the Walk for Hope and The City of Hope:
What is Walk for Hope?
Walk for Hope Nationally Presented by Staples is a national series of eight fundraising walks and a national virtual walk that benefit the women’s cancer research, treatment and educational programs at City of Hope. Walk for Hope is not just a Walk, it is a movement. It is a movement to come together to end all women’s cancers once and for all. By coming together and using our resources to fundraise for this great cause, we can make the dream of one day living in a cancer-free world more of a reality. Not just a reality for all women, but for the spouses, brothers, sons, and friends that are all affected by these terrible cancers.
What is City of Hope?
City of Hope is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. An independent biomedical research, treatment and educational institution, City of Hope is a leader in the fight to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
On the park-like campus just northeast of Los Angeles, City of Hope researchers advance ideas into discoveries, physicians bring emerging therapies to patients, and students learn to transform the landscape of modern medicine – all supported by the generosity of philanthropists from across the country.
Every day City of Hope staff pursue new and better ways to improve the lives of men, women and children here and around the world – and have for almost 100 years.
Why am I posting this on my blog? Well of course in my effort to raise money for this cause I have set a fundraising goal and I am reaching out to everyone in an effort to not only meet my goal, but surpass it. Please consider a donation of any amount. Every penny ads up in the fight against cancer and all donations are tax-deductible.
Here is the link to my personal page: http://nationalevents.cityofhope.org/site/TR/Walk2011/WalkforHope?px=1626413&pg=personal&fr_id=1430&s_subsrc=bfgetwordout&s_src=boundlessfundraising
If we keep fighting someday we will win!