||[Feb. 9th, 2005|12:14 am]
Coming up in August, I'll be participating in The Weekend to End Breast Cancer. Now, in order to actually partake in the walking portion of the fundraiser, I need to raise at least $2000 in donations. I'm already putting a good chunk of money towards it, but I can't afford to raise the $2000 on my own. While I do realize that I don't have a particularly huge audience for my journal, those who do read it from time to time would be doing me a huge favour if they considered donating towards this event.|
One in nine women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Look around you -- chances are you know well over nine women. You can do the math, I'm sure. They could be your mother, your sister, your aunt, your spouse... hell, even you. On top of this, 250 men will develop this disease every year in Canada (unfortunately, breast cancer is possible in both genders, meaning that no one is safe from developing it.) Each and every one of these people deserves a shot at life -- and their families deserve the chance to have them around. Imagine what life might be like if you or someone you know were to discover they had this disease; it's a painful journey that, unfortunately, rarely comes with a happy ending.
Every penny donated towards this fund counts. Imagine if your ten dollars bought the pair of gloves worn by the researcher who discovers that one key things that leads to a cure. Imagine you paid for the screws in the microscope used to work with the cells that eventually go on to tell us what is needed to battle this disease. Imagine that you were part of that cure -- imagine the lives you'd save, the families you'd keep together and the huge difference your donation, regardless of it's size, made towards solving a problem that will undoubtedly find itself into your life at some point in time -- if it hasn't already -- if we allow this to go on.
I don't mean to ask anything of anyone -- if you can't afford to donate, I won't bug you about it. All I ask is that those of you able to afford it at least consider giving what you can, in order to help me raise the necessary funds to battle this devastating disease.
Everyone who dies of breast cancer deserved much better -- if everyone who could afford it gave only $20 dollars a month, we'd be so much further advanced. We can all do something to make sure those who lost their battle didn't die in vain -- please consider sponsoring me in this upcoming event. If anyone wishes to help out or possible take part in the event, drop me a line at email@example.com. Remember, everything you donate goes towards saving someone's life, and giving them the opportunity to experience their goals, dreams and wishes. Don't let these people suffer longer than they need to.