As many of you know or have figured out from reading old blog posts, I’ve recently become a full-time employee of the American Cancer Society (ACS) as a Relay For Life specialist.
In the past four years in my work at MMI with MD Anderson, I’ve seen first-hand the amazing programs ACS has offered survivors and their families as they go through something so unimaginably difficult. Now I have the privilege of spending my entire 9-5, M-F working towards creating more of those opportunities and funding cancer research.
Seriously, who could ask for more?
Well, I am.
I’m asking for more birthdays. From you. My friends and my family and everyone in between.
What I ask you to do:
Think about how many birthdays you’ve been fortunate to celebrate, and donate a dollar for every birthday you’ve had to help support my Relay team: donate here.
Some reasons you should:
- Right now, 1 in every 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. As 1 of 3 sisters, I am not okay with this, and neither should you be.
- Even worse, 1 in every 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer. If you are lucky enough like me to have both a husband and a father in your life, those odds are equally unacceptable.
- ACS has funded 46 Nobel Laureates, honored for their breakthroughs in cancer research, which is helping to change those stats every. single. day.
- ACS is a great steward of your money – it’s rated one of the top 10 best-managed nonprofits and strictly adheres to standards on how money gets spent once it is donated. Here’s a breakdown from 2012:
- ACS is the only cancer control organization that operates on a community (that’s me!), statewide and national level, and has given $3.6 billion towards cancer research – second only to the federal government.
- Unless you are over a 100 and incredibly computer-savvy, your donation is no more than giving up approx. 5-15 trips to Starbucks. Totally doable for contributing towards Finishing The Fight against cancer.
- Birthdays rule.
I’m proud to say I’ve already donated my $28 in honor of my 10,378 days on Earth. Here’s a look back at some of the birthdays I’ve celebrated on this here blog:
28 – AKA “Twenty Bajillion and Eight” (It’s all a matter of perspective, huh?)
27 – 27 things I’m still learning – apparently the age I grew insight (at least temporarily)
26 – Through the Wormhole – doubting my own chances at feats of genius
23 – “If you’re going through hell, just keep going” may have been a more appropriate title