Sunday, September 14, 2008

I'm back!

I haven't been blogging lately . . . I've been completely busy with all of my activities. Sometimes so busy that it's hard to keep them straight. But they are all fun and fabulous activities, so I hate to give any of them up. One of the main ones that I've been involved with at work is Race for the Cure. For those that are not familiar it is the fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer. At work we have a massive effort to recruit over 2,200 registrants. I don't know the final number, but I we hit over 2,600. Amazing! If you haven't registered, it's not too late, just go out to the Komen Nebraska website. The event is the first Sunday in October.

Another creative way in which I give back to Komen is through the sale of breast cancer awareness jewelry. I make all kinds of pink beaded jewelry and donate 35% of the proceeds back to Komen. This year's effort at Union Pacific raised $880! I am hoping to get my camera out and list a few pieces on my Etsy site, but definitely know that I'll have some on display in October at the Hot Shops Art Center for the Midwest Lampworkers Guild All Member Show.

Why . . . why do I support Komen. Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer. My Grandma Sweet died of it when I was about 8 or 9 and my Grandma Wurth survived it by having a masectomy. Lucky for her, they caught it early enough and she did not have to go through chemo or radiation. Same with the other types of cancer that she had through the years. She passed away earlier this year. Both women were very strong individuals and role models in my life.

I fully believe that we should support cancer non-profits, whether it is Komen or another organization. They are fighting the fight to make cancer a national agenda item, to support research and to help with the care of those going through this terrible disease. Please consider giving back.


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