Saturday, October 2, 2010

LIVESTRONG Day!


If you've stopped by other blogging friends' posts, you probably already know that today is LIVESTRONG Day. Today is the day to rally behind the cancer fighting community. It's about celebrating the survivors, honoring those we've lost and taking a stand against the disease that interrupts too many lives.

Earlier in the Summer, I got an entry to run the New York Marathon to raise money for LIVESTRONG. If you missed it, you can read my original post here. I'll have a full update on my marathon training tomorrow. For today, I want to say thank you to all the generosity and support you have all sent my way. Together, we've raised over $2000. Wow!

I still need to raise nearly $1500 to meet my pledge to LIVESTRONG. If you've thought about making a donation but haven't gotten around to it, now's your chance! You can find my fundraising page and make a donation here.

What does LIVESTRONG do?
Curious what your money supports? Yeah, I was too. LIVESTRONG supports cancer patients, survivors and anyone else (family members/caretakers) affected by cancer through a number of programs and partnerships. They are also involved with campaigns to end cancer stigma in other countries through education.

LIVESTRONG's SurvivorCare program offers free counseling that helps those afflicted with cancer navigate the treatment process. You can image (and perhaps have experienced) the millions of questions that go through your head after a cancer diagnosis. What are my treatment options? How will I pay? How can I keep my job? SurvivorCare helps patients navigate these questions, pointing them to resources, decoding medical jargon, providing therapy services when the journey is too hard. All of this is free. Your money helps make it happen.

Donate here to support LIVESTRONG's programs and help me run the New York Marathon!

I love the banner at the top of this post. It represents the spirit of LIVESTRONG Day and of LIVESTRONG. Even more, the themes of hope, defiance, focus and courage can inspire all our lives, whether or not cancer is our battle. Your stories, my blogging friends, so often resonate these themes, inspiring and encouraging me.

So thank you and Live Strong.

5 comments:

Sara said...

That is a cool banner, and a great reminder to help keep things in perspective.

That marathon is going to be here before you know it! I'm so looking forward to hearing all about your experience.

KB said...

I love that banner, too. Thanks for a great post and I'm pulling for you to raise that last $1500. You are more than halfway there to a very worthy goal.

Kathy said...

wow, I love the barrier and I love what you are doing and how important something like that is.....You are my hero!

Dawn said...

You are a perfect example of someone living strong. Good luck with the marathon, I can't wait to read all about it as well. I hope people jump in and help you get to your monetary goal! Hugs to you AND Kona!

Diana said...

Love the banner too!!Diana