Hi, many of you know I have long been active in funding early detection for breast cancer and finding a cure. A big thanks to those of you whom have generously donated in the past.
This time it’s even more personal.
While I haven’t been very public about this (I’m sorry if this is how you’re learning of it), I was diagnosed with breast cancer – two totally different types – two years ago. I’m considered cancer free now, but I am still on some pretty nasty drugs and I will never be quite the same.
What I’ve learned is that helping people that already have cancer is pretty important too…any kind of cancer. It’s the big C, no matter where or what type.
A cure is unfortunately not right around the corner. While early diagnosis can help, you still have cancer. And you’ve got to deal with it.
Team Survivor Northwest is an organization that is helping women do just that. TSNW is a non-profit dedicated to helping women whom have, or had, Cancer to resume active, healthy lives. Programs include exercise, yoga, hiking, paddling, and bicycling in a motivating and supportive team atmosphere. And most are free to the participants.
It is a terrific organization and I am proud to be a part of it.
TSNW depends on generous contributions and fund-raising. And we do it in a challenging way.
This year, I will be part of the team hiking to the top of Mount Adams. The summit is at 12,281 ft and we will be hiking and camping on glaciers for much of the route. (yes, I will be braving the cold. And probably carrying way too many layers of warm clothes and sleeping gear!!).
It will be physically and mentally demanding, and I am spending my spare time over the next several months getting ready for it.
Each participant is committed to raising $2,500 for Team Survivor NW. $800 funds the climb itself, the rest goes to Team Survivor’s mission to help women cancer survivors regain their active lives.
And that’s where you come in.
If you can, please support Team Survivor NW with a financial contribution to my hike. Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated.
I’ll include your name – or an ‘in honor of ‘ - on a Tibetian prayer flag we’ll be flying at our camping spot.
I will also be making a special lap quilt (picutred below) to give away. Each $25 donation gets you 1 chance to win; for donations of $100, you’ll get 5 chances.