Hello Friends and Family!
I want to thank all of you for reading my email regarding this year's More Than Pink Walk. Notice anything different?
This year I've decided to join Team Diamond Stone in honor of my friend (and current CEO of Komen Atlanta) Cati Diamond Stone. If you are willing, Please consider donating to this cause. I'd like for you to join our team and either participate in the walk with us on Saturday, May 4th at 8:00 AM, or sign up for the walk if you can't join us. You will still get a tee-shirt if you sign up for the race!
2014 was the first year that I Chaired the Race for the Cure in Atlanta. We've had four successful events (in large part because of your involvement), and are constantly striving to improve the experience and to make a greater impact on our community.
Last year the Race for the Cure was re-branded as the More Than Pink Walk! Atlanta was a pilot city for this re-brand, the event was a huge success, and I'm honored to once again be a part of this event.
Our event truly makes an impact, with 100 percent of the net proceeds allocated to our mission:
More Than Pink™
Every year, in cities around the world, our allies join with us and prove they are More Than Pink™.
These passionate supporters and survivors are not content to simply say they support the breast cancer cause, or wear a pink ribbon. They turn their support into action. They recognize the need to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer, and they get to work.
Most of us either have already had, or will have someone close to us diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives. My sister, Cathy, was the original reason that I began fund-raising for cancer-related charities. Cathy passed away in 2011 after her 7 year battle with breast cancer. Cathy was determined and positive throughout her treatment. It was nearly impossible to be depressed or sad after spending some time with her. Her spirit remains with her family and friends, and I choose to remember her again this year as I fund-raise for the More Than Pink Walk.
I learned so much about my sister, Cathy as a result of her illness and her passing away. Besides truly missing her, I sometimes regret that I didn't know things about her until after she was gone. As it became apparent that Cathy was going to lose her battle with cancer, I decided to write a eulogy to let the people attending her funeral realize what she meant to me and to our family. Having access to some of her journal entries, I found something that she had written on February 26, 1994. Keep in mind that Cathy wasn't diagnosed with breast cancer until 2004.
Cathy had written a personal mission statement when she was a happy and healthy 27 year old. I thought that she did an unbelievable job of adhering to her mission statement, and I'd like to share it with you:
To live with integrity, compassion, and joy such that I have a positive impact on those who surround me.
Achieve this through:
Demonstrating the love of Christ in my thoughts
Actively pursuing mental and physical fitness
Listening to, understanding, and reinforcing others
Volunteering time, talent and resources to worthy endeavors
Appreciating & delighting in the beauty & wonder of friends, family, & environment
Our goal is to once again raise over $1 Million for the uninsured and under insured women and men in the Greater Atlanta community that need assistance with breast health education, diagnostic services and treatment. What this organization does makes a difference in many lives. I've personally met women that are survivors because of the early detection services provided by Komen Atlanta.
I want to make an impact in the fight against breast cancer. Cathy Liley, Cati Stone, Gail Jennings-Peterson, Lee Rutledge, Sandy Beasley, and countless others and their families have been impacted by this disease. I continue to fund-raise for this event to honor the survivors and remember those that we've lost.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today in support of my fundraising efforts for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta.
I've started my own fund-raising campaign with a $250 donation in memory of Cathy and in honor of Cati and the great work that she and her team do at Komen Atlanta. Will you please join me by making a donation today?
Thanks for your consideration!
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