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“Pinktober”

Published October 5, 2016 by lynn k scott

October is once again upon us.  While everything pumpkin is back, which I LOVE, I’m sure you’ve noticed all the pink that has suddenly taken over the internet and stores.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  It’s nice that a horrible cancer is being acknowledged.  However, in this awesome capitalistic society we live in, the vultures circle and wait for this month to arrive.

I often tell people, “think before you pink”.  What’s that mean?  It means, with everyone jumping on the pink bandwagon, they do so more for increased sales and profits than they do for donations to cancer research and support of those who are fighting their battles with cancer.

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I encourage everyone to look into the organizations and stores that have pink items for sale and promise to make donations if those items are purchased.  Do they take in hundreds of thousands of dollars?  Does 10% or more go to breast cancer victims and/or research?   Or do they rely on pulling on heart stings to loosen purse strings in order to pad their pockets and give a very minimal amount.

I won’t name names, but check out some of the organizations sponsor walks to raise funds in the name of patients and research.  See how much their CEOs are making.  See what actual percentage are being donated versus how much is being paid to overhead costs.  I’m sure if you haven’t done it already, you’ll be quite dismayed at the misappropriation of funds that occurs, based on the color pink, in the name of breast cancer.

For me, October isn’t the only day I think about breast cancer.  It’s a thought that I live with daily.  I will never forget what breast cancer has stolen from me.  The hurt and pain it’s caused.

frontIf you’re so inclined, please feel free to share this blog post so others may think before they choose to pink.

I invite you stop by the KathiCaresProgram page and follow the our progress in giving back to local cancer patients.

 

Rib cook off

Published July 19, 2015 by lynn k scott

I am a proud Blue Star Mom.  I am fortunate enough to be part of a local Blue Star Mothers chapter.

For those who don’t know what a Blue Star Mother is,  it’s mothers who have children serving in the military.   You normally hear about Blue Stars when their children deploy.

Part of what we do, as a chapter, is attending various events, collect donations and inform the community we are here to support our activity duty and vets, as well as their families.

While sitting in our booth this weekend, at the rib cook off, I was quickly handed a trivet with a business card.  The gentleman said, “Semper Fi” as he returned back to his booth.

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I was stunned.  We really don’t expect acknowledgment.   When we do, it is often from those we support.  I will never get used to it.

After recovering from my beautiful surprise gift, I walked over to the Marine vet’s booth and properly thanked him for the gift.  Two other Blue Star Moms who were also working that day, received trivets as well.

Such a small token made my day.  I am proud of what we do.  Whether we are shipping 100 care packages to deployed troops, helping get donations to mail those packages, collecting hygiene supplies, helping a local shop donate a car to a local Airman, we are moms making a difference.

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Completed the Relay for Life (2015)

Published July 13, 2015 by lynn k scott

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I completed my first 24-hour Relay for Life this past weekend (July 11-12).  Next year, I hope to serve on the committee for the planning and running of the Relay.  I was fortunate to have a great co-captain.  Nicole and I kept each other motivated and we worked really well as a team.

It was a good “get your feet wet” type of event.  All in all, I walked a total of 17+ miles by the time we completed the final lap.  My nine year old daughter stayed with me the for the entire event as well.  She completed about 3 miles on her own.  I’m very proud of her for sticking it out.  She was enamored with sleeping outside in a tent for the first time.

With each lap completed, you get the opportunity to pick up a bead to represent that lap.  You choose the color(s) that work for you.  I chose beads to represent the cancers in my family:  Stomach, Breast, Lymphoma, Brain and Lung.

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The wind was not our friend.  It tried to take out booth and chuck it at the fire department across the track.  Thankfully, our neighboring booth, had someone who staked it down for us.  Next year, we will be prepared for the wind with weights and our our own stakes.

I also learned, I am not meant to sleep on the ground.  Since I don’t go camping much, I will invest in a good sleeping blanket and a cot to put that sleeping blanket on.  Being as this was my first time captaining a team, I think we did rather well.

One of the really fun parts of the Relay was the “Mr. Dixon” contest.  Guys and boys dressed up as women, many donning pink, and walked around collecting money.  The won who collected the most, was then named, “Mr. Dixon”. I couldn’t resist a photo and actually got a picture with him!

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The luminaria ceremony was especially difficult for me.  We heard two speakers; both survivors.  The second speaker was 18 years old and a 12-year survivor.  Her words were moving and powerful.  When she read the poem, “What Cancer Cannot Do”, the flood gates opened.  I had read that as the closing of my sister’s eulogy.  Then there was the slideshow.  Seeing her on the screen sent me running for the bathroom.  I was sick to my stomach because of all the emotion.  I really am glad it was at night. There was no one to see my tears.

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We woke up around 3:00 a.m. and started our morning.  The nice part of waking so early is you get to see a beautiful sunrise. A reminder that it’s a new day with new opportunities.  Another day to make a difference.

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I did enter a raffle for a painting that moved me as soon as I saw it.  It’s an acrylic painting that was done by a local artist.  I paid my $5.00 in raffle tickets and put them all in the painting raffle.  After I woke up the next morning and resumed my laps around the track, the entire team stopped me.  They remembered me and why I entered the raffle; told them about my sister.

They were so pleased to inform me that I had won.  I started crying again.  The person I had spoken with about why I was drawn to it, actually cried when my name was pulled.  She knew it would mean the                                                                                        world to me.  I received several hugs from that team.

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It’s amazing the love and support at flows freely at the Relay for Life.  There is no judgement.  We are all there for such a great cause.  Whether you are there to help set up, work registration, are a survivor, a team captain, walking a few laps, making a donation or simply encouraging others, your dedication to the cause is valued.

Passed My Goal

Published March 28, 2015 by lynn k scott

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In just two and a half short months, I will be participating in my second Relay For Life walk.  Each participant tries to raise at least $100 in donations to help end cancer.

I have started a fundraiser, in collaboration with my tattoo artist.  I am purchasing a $75 gift certificate to his tattoo shop.  Just recently, the owner of the shop is matching my amount and now the prize is a $150 gift certificate.

Yesterday, I stopped by the shop to collect the ticket stubs and money for the raffle tickets that have been sold.  So far, my tattoo artist and I have raised $80.  I have about $45 still to collect from friends and I’m still going strong on my fundraising efforts.

This morning, I added the money we collected to my donation webpage.  Combined with a previous donation, I’ve surpassed by $100 fundraising goal.  I then edited my goal amount to $200 and I’m 65% of the way there.  I am honored and humbled to be a part of something so important.

I will continue my efforts and I am striving to quadruple my original $100 fundraising goal.

As always, if you would like to make a donation to the Relay for Life, please contact me here or at pinkherald@gmail.com and I will provide you with my fundraising link.  If you’d like to join the walk, please visit Relay For Life, to find a team in your area.

A tattoo fundraiser

Published February 28, 2015 by lynn k scott

In my attempts to raise money for the Relay for Life that I am participating in this June, I asked a friend for some help.  The friend happens to be my local tattoo artist.  Together, we are raffling off a $75 gift certificate to the tattoo shop he works for and all the proceeds from the raffle sales will be donated for Relay for Life.

The tattoo artist who I am working with, actually did the memorial tattoo for my sister; the “All Will Get Better Bear”.

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I love the idea and it seems to be going well.  We’ve had several people express interest and we have about 4 months of sales to collect.  My actually fundraising goal is $100.00.  I’m already half-way there, before starting this little venture.  I am hoping to sell enough tickets to reach $500.00.  I know it’s a considerable amount, but it would mean so much to me to be able to turn in that amount in donations.

I do have a fundraising page, which people can also donate directly to.  It makes no difference to me as it all goes to the American Cancer Society.  If you have spare change or would like to donate, check out http://www.relayforlife.org,  Every bit helps to end the disease, far too many of us are familiar with:  Cancer.

Fundraising

Published February 6, 2015 by lynn k scott

If you’re following this blog, you should know that I signed up again to walk in the Relay For Life this summer.  Today, I emailed a few friends and asked them just to share my link on their FaceBook pages, so people will have my donation link.

Within 5 minutes, I had a $50 donation from an old acquaintance, who must have seen one of my friend’s posts.  I admit, it got me a little misty-eyed.  This particular relay is taking place very close to the anniversary of my sister’s passing.  While it’s been 2.5 years since she lost her battle, I still haven’t come to terms with losing her.

In my own way, participating in the Relay, is my way to help other families never hear the words, “you have cancer”.  If you are interested in donating or are in the U.S. and would like to share my link, please message me.

Second round with the Relay for Life

Published January 27, 2015 by lynn k scott

I just signed up for my second Relay for Life.  My friend is walking this year, so I signed up with team she is on.

My first Relay was completed a couple years ago; shortly after my sister’s death.  While I remember my mother beating Hodgkin’s Disease and my father losing a short battle with stomach cancer, losing a younger sister to breast cancer devastated me.  I chose to walk in the evening; knowing I would miss the ceremonies and the majority of people would be sleeping.  It was my time to walk, to honor her memory but not be overwhelmed with cancer stories; good and bad.

My goal was to raise at least $100, which I surpassed.  I have the same goal this year and would like to at least double my goal amount.  I am hoping to walk again in the late evening.  Even though this Relay will take place exactly one week after my sister’s 3-year angel-versary, I still am coming to grips that 37 year old sister, mother to three wonderful girls, lost her valiant battle with stage four breast cancer mere months before her 38th birthday.

I walk to help end all cancers so no other family learns what it means to fight this disease.  Whether you realize it or not, cancer isn’t a solitary disease.  It affects the entire family; sometimes community.  Everyone feels its affects.  Together we can make that feeling go away.  No more tears, no more fears and no more worries from hearing a doctor say, “you have cancer”.

I have a donation link, but prefer not to post it on a blog.  If you would like to make a donation or help share my donation link and my story, please contact me and I’ll send you the information via email.

Thank you!

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