… of the competition.  Since it’s been, oh I don’t know, FOUR MONTHS since my last post I have to separate my topics or else this will be one endless ramble.

Preface

As most already know, I have accepted the nomination to run for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year campaign for Palm Beach County chapter.  This is an incredible opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up.  From March 2 to May 13, I will compete for Woman of the Year by fundraising as much money as possible.  The sole purpose of this ‘competition’ is raise money for research.

One dollar = One Vote

The beautiful thing is that there is no loser as we are all raising money for this important cause.

The Stats of Blood Cancer

Being only 8 months in remission myself from leukemia (for more information: read any blog post on this website haha), this is obviously a cause so important to me.  But even after battling this disease myself, I was not well informed when it came to blood cancer statistics.  The few that stood out to me were that every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer and every 10 minutes someone dies from blood cancer.  As I’m writing this post, statistically, people are dying from blood cancer.  This is not okay.  Since there is no way to prevent blood cancer, the only way to end blood cancer is to find a cure.

Overcoming Writer’s Block

It has been so difficult for me to blog lately.  Apparently for me there is a direct correlation between journaling and blogging.  No journal = No blog. So after a four month hiatus, I’m finally back at.  I flipped around to read old journal entries which happened to be February 2015.   This time last year, I was in the hospital completing my 3rd round of chemotherapy.  I just found out that my brother was not a match for my bone marrow transplant, which was the recommended treatment plan, so we had to proceed with plan b.  Not exactly what you want to do when it comes to cancer but that’s the way it worked out.  I was confused and scared yet weirdly optimistic.  I was writing in my personal journal, where I’m my most honest self, that I felt like I was on the path that I should be on, that I believed in the process and I would beat cancer.  I started writing about how I needed to find purpose and I needed to make a difference.  I wrote about how I wanted to become involved in nonprofits once I got better and this quote is verbatim, ‘I think LLS would be a great place to start.’  Umm.. for real?!?!  I got chills. Not only was it strange that I in such a great mindset to say things like that in the midst of treatment but here I am a year later participating in one of the biggest fundraising campaigns for LLS.  I continued to write how I wanted to go on a girls trip once I achieved remission, how I thought I could use my experience to have my own nonprofit, how I thought I should start a blog even if I didn’t share it with any one – check, check and check. This proves that if you set your mind to something, it is possible.  What an amazing feeling. (Exactly 1 year ago – Blog post from March 2, 2015)

What about A Second Go?

So where does A Second Go fit into this LLS fundraising campaign?  Are we giving up on ASG?  Short answer: NO! During these next 10 weeks, we will not be actively fundraising for A Second Go.  We will have one event, Flow for A Second Go, March 25. With that one exception, we will primarily be fundraising for LLS until May 13.  After May 13, all of our focus will go back to ASG.  Wanted to clarify since I know the multiple fundraising campaigns may be confusing.   While putting the fundraising on hold for ASG, we are focusing on standardizing the process of how we receive nominations for ASG Survivors and how we can ensure that we are providing them with services that they really WANT. We are working tirelessly to get our current nominees amazing gifts.  We are so passionate about our mission and know it has an amazing purpose.  We are definitely on a learning curve but will continue to strive for greatness and truly believe the LLS campaign will only help us in our mission to ease cancer patients transition from fighter to survivor.

(Side Note: If you have a nomination for someone who recently achieved remission, please email nomination@asecondgo.com)

I decided to run for a few reasons in addition to creating awareness for A Second Go, I am participating so I will have the opportunity provide support for the Boy and Girl of the Year, to raise money to find a cure for blood cancer (of course), continue to raise awareness for blood cancers, learn how a large nonprofit operates and to show people that no obstacle is too big to accomplish and you should not wait another day to do it.  While I’m terrified to fail, I’m even more terrified about what may happen if I don’t try.  I wasn’t able to go the treatment route that the top physicians at Dana Farber wanted and that has not left my mind.  When trying to convince my ASG board to help me with this crazy endeavor and whether now was the right time, I got choked up… What if something happened in the next year? What If I relapsed?  Would I have a deep regret for not carpe diem’ing the shit out of life?? Absolutely. I’m going to give this my all and hope to have all of your support!

How can you help?

You can help by attending an event, making a personal donation, connecting me with a company who has a match donation program, would be interested in a corporation donation or a corporate sponsorship.  No amount is too small.  Click Here to Donate.

Upcoming Events for LLS

Kickoff Event – March 4 – 4pm to 7:30pm – DAS Biergarten

Family Fun Event – March 24 – 5pm to 8pm – Cool Beans Play Cafe

Give Back Thursday – April 21 – Guanabanas

These are a few of the events I have confirmed but will continue to post more information so make sure you follow the blog for updates!

Thank you for your continued support .  It feels amazing to be in a position to give back to others. With your help, I will be able to continue to pay it forward.

Always,

Kelly

 

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