Those that know me will know that I don't ask for help.
It's just not in my DNA.
Am I too proud?
Too Stubborn to ask for help?
Maybe spending half my life as a firefighter has taught me that I don't really need outside help to mitigate a problem.
If me and my family (fire family) can't get it done, then it most likely can't be done.
I don't know.
Well, that should tell you how much this means to me to ask for your help.
This year I have made an exciting and challenging commitment to participate in YSC Tour de Pink, a three-day, 200 mile bike ride for breast cancer.
My participation was initially ignited by a personal experience with a dear friend.
Her name is Michele DeMille.
Her vibrant face and personality during her treatment and even her last days, will always be remembered.
She was the epitome of making the best of each situation.
My participation also means that I have pledged both to prepare myself physically for the bike ride, and also to raise funds that will go directly to Young Survival Coalition.
Tour de Pink is much more than just a bike ride, it’s a chance to honor survivors, raise awareness that young adults can and do get breast cancer, and to come together as a supportive community.
I hope I can count on you to help me reach my fundraising goal!
Donations aren't sent to a research laboratory.
They aren't sent to a hospital or a university.
Get this---------------Your donation will directly support Young Survival Coalition and ensure that no young adult faces breast cancer alone.
YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. YSC is the only national nonprofit that solely focuses on serving young women under the age of 40 affected by breast cancer.
YSC serves over 8,000 women each year with support and education to be their best health advocate throughout all stages of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and long-term survivor-ship.
Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the largest nonprofit dedicated exclusively to young adults diagnosed with breast cancer age 40 and under and their co-survivor support networks. YSC also educates and influences the medical, research and legislative communities to address breast cancer in young adults.
Through educational resources and programming, annual conferences, and local and online support networks, YSC ensures no young adult faces breast cancer alone. For more information, visit youngsurvival.org.
Those that know me will know that I don't believe in most "charities" and where the money goes.
You know where I'm going with that, so I'll just leave it be.
The YSC Tour de Pink is the real deal.
You can view YSC’s audited financials and annual reports online here: youngsurvival.org/who-we-are/financial-information
How will your donation help?
$25 could fund YSC materials at three healthcare providers’ offices.
$100 could provide a Newly Diagnosed Navigator to six women when they need it most.
$250 could allow us to train four survivors to serve as a peer supporters.
$500 could fund a survivor advocate in our RISE training program
$1,200 could pay for two young women to travel to the YSC Summit, an annual conference for young women affected by breast cancer and their co-survivors.
Any amount helps!
Myself, and each member of this team in honor of Michele DeMille, is responsible to raise $3,000 each.
So, a team of 15 riders will need to raise $45,000 to go to supporting the Young Survivor Coalition.
As I train for this amazing ride I plan to update this page frequently along with my social media accounts so that all of my supporters can see my progress.
Without even asking, I know that each one of you will know someone that is, or has, suffered from breast cancer.
Lets all get together and make a difference in the lives of as many young women as we can.
Thank you in advance for your support. I truly appreciate your generosity.