I am excited to begin my fifth year as a member of the Cops for Cancer, Tour de Valley Team. Over the past four years I have been privilaged to meet the many children and their families who have shown me what it means to not accept the ordinary; but rather take each day as a gift and that there is no place in this world for cancer.
I have met several children who were and are still in their cancer journey, and what continues to amaze me is that they live as though they have no time for cancer. Each proceedure, needle poke, blood transfusion and chemotheropy treatment is nothing more than an inconvenience, keeping them from their favourate activity or play time. While bravely enduring the many treatments, these "heros" are also taking the time to ask their parents how they are doing in the process.
The Tour de Valley team has adopted a very special word, "OHANA" which comes from a 2002 Disney movie, Lilo and Stitch. "OHANA", means family; family means nobody gets left behind or fogotten. This word has become dear to my heart and to those who I call family.
This year I am putting out a personal challenge to everyone that I talk to. I am challenging every person to become, "OHANA", and to reach out and support the many children who are in the battle of their lives; and to support the families who are standing by their sides telling them it will be okay, while they wait in bated breath for each update from the medical professionals.
Each dollar you donate goes towards three areas of cancer health and wellness. First, it goes towards to the much needed pediatrict cancer research, which since the 1980's has resulted in a increase in childhood cancer survival rates of 12%. Second, to the support of the families who are enduring the fears of the unknown as cancer has become a part of their child's day to day activities. Third, to sending a child with cancer to a magical place called Camp Good Times; where a kid with cancer has the opportunity to just be a kid, while receiving medical support to take part in a fullfilling camp experience.
Please pledge me in exeeding my fundraising goal! Every pledge takes us one step further in the fight against cancer. Online pledging is secure and it saves the Canadian Cancer Society money by reducing administrative costs.
This year I am asking you to "GIVE COURAGEOUSLY - GIVE GENEROUSLY".
Thanks for your support!