Monday, April 5, 2010

A Confession...

I have a confession to make.

I've been keeping something from you. No, I'm not pregnant. Believe me, I couldn't hide that from you if I tried.

No. I have done something that I simply cannot wait any longer to tell you about!

My sister and I have signed up for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Chicago!

We are completely stoked and freaked out all at the same time. But we think it will be just an amazing experience to say the least and I cannot wait to share it with all of you!

We're in the beginning stages of our fundraising (AKA: ask everyone and anyone you have ever met for money...which is time consuming and uncomfortable to say the least) and I thought I would share my letter with you, my friends! So here it goes....

My dear bloggy friends,

I'm writing to you today asking you to take a stand. A stand against one of the most devastating diseases of our time.

Breast Cancer.

Did you know that 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer? I sure didn't. What an astounding number! But it makes sense. Nearly everyone is connected to someone who has battled the disease. And I am no exception.

My grandmother, Shirley, was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was very young. Although I've been told by family members that her disease was incredibly serious and her odds of survival were slim, I never, ever remember her being sick. The woman was fighting cancer for years and I didn't even know! Granted, I was young and probably didn't understand the concept of being terminally ill. But because of her strength, I am blessed with memories of a woman who lived to see me graduate from high school, who came to every one of my sporting events, who called me during college just to see how I was doing, and who sent me $5 in "mad money" for no reason at all. She had the most incredible sense of humor and I wish more than anything my husband could have met her just once.

Although she has since passed away, my grandmother was a breast cancer survivor. A 17 year survivor to be exact. But some people aren't so lucky. And in order to make sure everyone gets the chance at a lifetime they deserve, my sister and I are taking a stand.

We are participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Chicago. It is a 3-day, 60 mile walk. Yes. You read that correctly. We are walking 60 miles. In one weekend. Crazy? Perhaps. Challenging? Definitely. So why?

For a cure. We believe the money we raise by walking these 60 miles will help fund the research needed to find a cure. We're walking because we can. We are healthy women who are willing and able to make a difference. And we're doing it for those who can't. For those who need us the most.

We've committed to raise $2,300 EACH. That's $4,600 as a team! A daunting task to say the least. We're going to need as much support as possible to hit our fundraising goal and are looking to YOU to make a difference. Please consider making a donation (hey...it's tax deductible!) by either visiting my person fundraising webpage here or by clicking on the 3-Day for the Cure button in the top right corner of my blog.

We sincerely hope you'll share with us in taking this bold step in the fight against breast cancer. Remember, we'll be doing all the walking! All you need to do it make a donation. Because everyone deserves a lifetime.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

Warmly,

Jenny


So what do you think?? Did it make you want to throw piles of money my way?? :)

In all seriousness, I'm really excited this is all out in the open because I am dying to share my training with you! Saturday I did a 6 miler and I got my very first blister!

See.

I'm official.

8 comments:

Dollface said...

Go you!! I do this every October in New York but for the American Cancer Society.... good luck dolly! xxxooo

Mrs. Misadventure said...

YAY!!! I'll be doin this at the end of july in Cleveland, Ohio :)

Lindsey said...

YAYAYA! That is awesome!!

Pocketfull of Pink @ 5th Belle Ave said...

HOW AMAZING! I am so excited for you!!

Lucy Marie said...

Way to go! Evan and I were signed up to do one of these walks in Toronto in September, but alas, not anymore.
I will be sponsoring you - you can bet on that!

Shaina said...

This is so fabulous!!!! You know you will have my full support. And monetary support when I get my next paycheck. :)

Baker's Cakes said...

Your letter is amazing! Your writing and sentiments would make your grandmother so proud!!! Good luck!

Kelly and Sara said...

That's awesome! You will love the experience.

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