WW – Run/Walks 2010

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me and my mommy... Mom and I taken at the Revlon Run/Walk NYC – 2007

02.14.1985 – 02.14.2010 = 25+ years…
A Quarter of a Century!!!

Yes, that’s how long Mom has been a Breast Cancer SURVIVOR!!! We know how lucky and blessed we are to be surrounded by her love, presence, sense of humor and great cooking and baking too! Don’t you want to give that same opportunity to others who have loved ones with this disease? Don’t you want to help find a cure so no one else has to suffer? Please make a donation…any amount helps!

Since 2003, I have asked for your support in the Revlon Run/Walk in NYC. I am participating in 2 (yes TWO) Run/Walks like last year. I will be doing the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on April 25, 2010 and the Revlon Run/Walk on May 1, 2010. I hope I can count on your donations yet again! You can donate to just one or both :)

Most of you already know my mom’s story, but just a quick recap – she is a 25 year Breast Cancer survivor as of this past Valentine’s Day. You can read her full story below…

You can make your donation on my page(s) as well or mail it(them) in…Please let me know if you want more info on mailing donations.

If you’d like to walk / run, register and let me know! Maybe we can form a team ;)

As usual, thanks for your generosity!

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My Mom’s Story…
February 14th is known to many around the world as Valentine’s Day, but for our family, this date is significant for another reason and will forever be etched in our minds as the date Mom, Myrna, went to the hospital so the doctors could perform surgery – February 14, 1985. They have to do this to Mommy so they can “remove the bad stuff in her body” and “make her feel better” – as explained to me, a 7 year old in the first grade. I had no idea how serious this was back then and when I started to finally realize the gravity of it all, I didn’t even think she would make it to my 8th grade graduation.

Before this disease, Mom was a religious, family oriented, smart, beautiful, hard-working, diligent, always worked overtime, aerobic crazed, marathon-running, barely ever without make-up and always looked her best before stepping out of the house kind of a woman (nothing wrong with any of that). I can come up with more positive adjectives, but I think you catch my drift. Afterwards, she focused more and more on religion and family than ever before and less on work or having to always look her best. She instilled even more values and her “new” or “stronger” views on family, religion, etc. on us and helped us sort out our priorities and views. She would sit or lay there telling us her corny jokes to keep OUR spirits up while she was the one suffering. She sounded like she was strong and out and about, but in reality, I remember she was very frail and sickly…

I still have vivid memories of going w/her and my dad to her chemo appointments. As soon as she stepped foot into the doctor’s office, she went straight to the bathroom to vomit b/c of the smell…I remember her balding and having to buy a wig…I remember her trying to get a perm when her hair was finally growing back – to make it look thicker – only to hear her scream in agony b/c the chemicals were burning her scalp.

After a few more check-ups later that summer, multiple doctors kept telling her she had 6 months to live…Forget my 8th graduation, she wouldn’t even make my First Communion the following year!

Of course, Mom had to prove everyone (including the doctors) wrong, as always :) Don’t know how, exactly, but that’s Mom for ya! We all think it has a lot to do with her strong faith, determination and newfound outlook on life. It is now over 25 years later and she is still good ol’ Mom, proving everyone wrong and that “mother knows best”, donning less make-up, but more beautiful than ever because her beauty radiates from within.

In honor of my beautiful, strong-willed, dedicated, smart, independent, [insert any and all positive adjectives you can think of here] breast cancer survivor of a mother, I will be participating in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday, April 25th, 2010 and Revlon Run/Walk on May 1, 2010 in hopes that we can keep raising enough money to fund research…Hopefully, one day, there will be a cure so that no one will have to go through what my mom and all the other women have endured in dealing with this disease.

Please donate what you can…any amount helps!

Eleven-Eleven

Today is Veterans Day. We should all take a moment in our day to thank and pray for our troops out there fighting for our Freedom and those who have fought for our freedom.

It’s sad to say, that sometimes, when they come back from the War, they have not much to start with, are disabled, etc. Can you imagine coming back “home” with no one or nothing to care for you? Where your hospital and regular bills just pile up b/c the government is trying to find money to pay you?

I always get calls soliciting for donations whether it be to support some organziation dealing with cancer, the police, the firefighters and of course veterans. A few weeks ago, I posted about these solicitors and I was a bit on the angry side of things. I just don’t like getting calls starting at 8am all the way until almost 9pm. Send me something in the mail, you’ll have higher chances of me donating instead of calling me everyday.

Thanks to Miss Zoot, I am donating online to Eleven-Eleven.org. All they ask is that you donate $11. If you can’t, just pass it along so others may…Let’s support our brave men and women who have given, and are giving, so much to protect our right of Freedom!

Donate for Breast Cancer Awareness!

As you may, or may not know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I’m sure you’ve seen “PINK” things in the stores as you’ve shopped. This cause is very near and dear to my heart as my Mom is a 24 year survivor.
me and my mommy...

What better way than to support research than by donating? Donate to Susan G. Komen via the Boobiethon site. If you donate $20 or more, you can enter to win a FREE blog design from the Moxie Girls – Kathy and Joelle. They are awesome designers and authors too! And yes, if you win, you also get a signed copy of their book.

Donate now!

Donate now!

So, what are you waiting for! DONATE! It would be awesome if they can come up with $10k in donations today…and today is the last day! You must donate by 11:59pm EST to help them reach their goal AND be eligible for the Moxie Giveaway.

I already DONATED and got that cute little badge (“A” cup = 1st time supporter). Now, won’t you?

Stumped

I’m torn…The month of October signifies so many things I’m passionate about and while I love flaunting our jack-o-lanterns from last year to show some Halloween spirit, part of me wants to change things up. For example, I’d like to show something PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness month. My mom’s a survivor and I always take part in walks in our area (Revlon Run/Walk and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure). Then, there’s just Fall overall – the different colored leaves on the trees and on the ground…Plus, there are birthdays this month – Beans and mine…hmmm…

Then, there’s me looking into the future and knowing how lazy I’ll be with updating this header/theme monthly. So, I also want to come up with some sort of “generic” yet “signature” design. What to do, what to do???

Well, if I’m lucky enough, this will solve my problems while doing something charitable for Breast Cancer Awareness and honoring my Mom at the same time without having to show my “bubs” on the boobiethon site…lol…The Moxie Girls are having a giveaway! Kathy and Joelle are awesome designers whose creations I’ve always loved, but never got a chance to get them / work with them. I hope this does it.

So, donate to a good cause and you can be the lucky winner (wait, I want to be that…lol)!

Please help the Philippines

As you may or may not know, this past Saturday, the Philippines got drenched/soaked/flooded by Typhoon Ondoy(Ketsana). There are countless of people who have lost their homes and belongings and even loved ones. It’s been said that the amount of rain they got in 9 hours was more than the total of the rain that came down from Hurricane Katrina. The storm is now on it’s way to Vietnam, but there are 2 other tropical storms looming on the horizon for the Philippines. Cleanup and relief efforts are ongoing, but the threat of another storm could be devastating for the Philippines, yet again.

There are numerous relief efforts going on, locally in the Philippines and worldwide. PLEASE, PLEASE, PRETTY PLEASE w/a cherry on top, DONATE any amount you can to the Philippine National Red Cross. They accept donations in PhP (Philippine Peso) so if you need to know what the conversion rate is, check out this site. For example, right now, $50 USD is equivalent to 2375.90PhP. If you want to donate $50, please enter 2375.90 at the Philippine National Red Cross donation site. Of course, exchange rates fluctuate so please convert often. If you want to see current exchange rates, you can go here.

Thank you and please remember that ANY amount is appreciated.

How this affected us, personally:
pDaddy’s Aunt/cousins live in one of the towns that got hit hard – Pasig. Our little niece had a school play so her mom (pDaddy’s cousin) and grandma (pDaddy’s aunt) were there and couldn’t make it back home for 2 days because of the flood. They were stranded on the second floor of her school with 250 other people. Back home, pDaddy’s other cousin and their maids tried to salvage what they could to the 2nd and 3rd floors, but the water rose to the neck level quickly. All the heavy stuff on the first floor is pretty much gone…couches, furniture in general, piano, china/china cabinet, lost of toys (niece’s room was on the first floor), etc. When the trio at the school finally made it back home, their house was still flooded and the water was muddy in color – from the dirt and backed up sewage system.

My Grandma, who lives in a province about 45 minutes away from the major damage, was rescued by my cousins and uncle…the water at her house was over knee deep and some parts, waist high. Again, almost all the furniture and everything on the first floor is no longer of use…This flooding affected more than just the city center.

Luckily, our loved ones all survived, but there are plenty who are not so fortunate.

Again, please donate what you can…no amount is too small!