Last year, I experienced a lot of loss. Some were unexpected like my step-dad and others not so unexpected like my aunt suffering with cancer. My family has always taught me that we should live each day to the fullest. My step-dad taught me from a young age to give without expecting anything in return. To give you some examples of how we keep doing good: We regularly support local organizations such as the domestic violence shelters and food banks, giving fresh foods to people on the street, every Sunday we pick a park to clean up, and we are participating in 5ks like The Glow Run that benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to show further support. I love that feeling of doing good, but even more I love how my kids love to do those things! The fact of life is that bad things happen. My goal in life is to see what good may come out of them! Losing a loved one to Cancer or watching as they survive with fear of remission is enough to make me want to Dig In & Do Good! What scares me sometimes is that I have passed on Celiac Disease to one of my kids. Individuals with Celiac Disease have a greater risk of developing some types of Cancer such as Colon, Lymphoma, and Intestinal. Now add in the fact that if your Celiac Disease diagnosis is delayed your risk of developing Cancer increases even more. I didn’t even know I had Celiac until I was 24 years old and then I had to wait for the actual diagnosis. By helping with research now, we can hope that one day a cancer diagnosis is not so terrifying. Not too mention it makes me feel more control over the situation and gives me more piece of mind about the future.
Teaching my kids to be good people is one of my main roles as a mother. As a result, I like to show others how simple and fun giving back can be! Did you know that from July 12th until September 28th, MasterCard will be donating to Stand Up to Cancer? Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.
The Picture below is of my [Step] Dad with his sister (my aunt Gwen) who died of Cancer one month before my Dad. Breast Cancer runs on my mom’s side. My mom and I had talked about having double mastectomy done before we developed Cancer since we know we carry the gene. We debated, but at the end of the day we didn’t want to take that risk. Since my parents got married, we have experienced many great losses due to Cancer. The first person I lost to Cancer was my [step] Grandma when I was in the 1st grade. She was such a kind and strong soul battling Lymphoma. Seeing someone suffer from Cancer has to be one of the hardest things. You want to preserve the image of the real them, but support is more important. Inevitably just about ever person I have known with Cancer didn’t make it. They all fought until the end. I know that people say what is meant to happen will; however, this is why I Stand up for Cancer, because there is so much more we need to learn about Cancer to improve survival rates.
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MasterCard Do Good is one of the easiest ways to help Stand up for Cancer. When you use your MasterCard® card to pay for a meal $10 or more between 7/12 – 9/28/13, MasterCard will make a donation, one precious cent at a time, to Stand Up To Cancer up to $4,000,000! The current funds raised are $857,605. There is still plenty of time to do your part and hopefully MasterCard can stand up to cancer by donating $4,000,000!
What Can You Do?
Just for having breakfast at McDonald’s we are helping MasterCard Dig In & Do Good
Just for taking some of your co-workers out to lunch we are helping MasterCard Dig In & Do Good
Just for going out to our favorite Mexican restaurant we are helping MasterCard Dig In & Do Good
What are your plans to Stand Up for Cancer from now until Sept 28th, 2013? Click here to learn more about MasterCard Do Good
Please note: I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric community. I have been compensated to share my experience with you by Collective Bias and their client, MasterCard.