I am thrilled to share with you this amazing news! My fundraiser for The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walk in Michigan this August to fight again breast cancer has been fully funded!!! What a journey!
It all started 10 years ago.
I was invited to a local Susan G. Komen meeting. The speaker there was super amazing and I remember crying and smiling while she was telling us the story. But I didn’t join the fundraiser group because my husband just lost his job. Fast forward to about 4 years ago. My late husband was diagnosed with skin cancer. When you have lived with cancer, most people become more aware of how lucky we are to be still alive and more appreciative of what we have. Since then, I have helped with many charity events.
Then two years ago, I was called back to get my second mammogram because the doctor was concerned about the result of my first one. After the second one was done, I was sent to the waiting room for the result. That half hour I spent was probably the longest 30 minutes of my life. I was shaking, it almost felt like there was no air in my lungs. Thinking to myself how can I handle breast cancer alone right after I lost my late husband. Luckily, they found nothing bad from the second mammogram!
It was my wake-up call. I knew it was time for me to really take care of myself and also give back to those who are fighting with breast cancer. So earlier this year, I teamed up with The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walk to promote them. During the process, I felt like I could do more. So I decided to sign up personally and become a walker to raise $2300.
I have to say, I had no clue if I could reach my goal or how I could do it. I’ve never done a fundraiser before. My biggest block is that I really hate to bug people and I dislike being rejected with the word “no”. Since February, I have gained more self-confidence about reaching out to people and sharing my story of why this matters to me. I received so many “no” responses, but I also got some YESes. Slowly but surely the donations started rolling in. Some were $5, most of them were around $20, there were a few $50 and $100. In one month, I got a little over $200.
Then my birthday came in March, I decided to use this special day to promote. I had posted on my blog, Instagram and Facebook. I sent text messages to my friends and family including the ones in China. Lol. That day, I raised another $200. Then on 4/19, which was the anniversary of my 12 years coming to America, I used that special day to promote again and I ended up raising another $200. After that, a few friends donated here and there and about two weeks ago, I was at a little over $800.
I have always dreamed about a brand or big company that would contribute a big donation. This dream came true earlier this week. One of my classmates, Bill from Train the Trainer 2019 had donated $1500! So in 3 months, I have reached my goal!
My next step is to help my team member Alison to reach her goal so we can walk this event together this August! Below is her story!
“I have a few reasons as to why I believe in participating in this 3-Day walk.
First, I am a Skin Therapist at Ultabeauty. During breast cancer awareness month all salons offer $25 haircuts and $10 facials nationwide. 💯 % of the proceeds go towards the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It is through these events that I’ve met some INCREDIBLE breast cancer survivors and to hear their stories is both humbling & inspirational.
I walk for them.
Second, although no one in my family has been diagnosed w/breast cancer we’ve had our share. My stepmom was recently diagnosed w/lung cancer. Luckily her doctors caught it in time and her tumor was operable. However, this was a scary time for our family not knowing if it was operable or if she would need extensive therapy.
I walk for her.
Third, my Uncle is a veteran & colon cancer survivor. He was diagnosed with stage four about 5 years ago. During his treatment however, the dose of chemo destroyed his kidneys. He now has to do dialysis for the rest of his life. And while he was in & out of the hospital he developed a debilitating infection in his left leg that ultimately led to his leg being amputated.
I walk for him.
Please support me as I take on an incredible challenge to make an impact in the fight to end breast cancer. The Susan G. Komen 3-Day® isn’t just a 60-mile walk over the course of three days, it’s a journey to the end of breast cancer. Komen has a Bold Goal—to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026. That’s why I’m walking and raising money to make that goal a reality.”
What is your story?
You can donate here to help Alison!
Photo credit: Grace Liang/@inspiremyfancy
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