Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Thanks For Your Support!

Today, I wanted to introduce you to a pet project of mine…the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.  As many of you know, I’ve been involved in breast cancer fundraisers for many years, including our annual “Pam’s Pals” (now called “Think Pink”) benefit crop.  In 2011, I also began walking in the SGK 3-Day along with Pam (of Pam’s Pals), my daughter, Christen, and several of our close friends and family.  I signed up in January of that year, not really knowing what I was getting myself into, and not really having anyone to walk for but my friend, Pam.

After training for weeks on end, mile after mile, and then spending the 3 days of the event walking 60 miles and sleeping in little pink tents, something in me changed.  I wasn’t just walking for Pam, I was walking for a lot of people.  I started to remember all the people in my life who had been touched by breast cancer and I even found out there was a history of it in my own family that I never knew about before.  I learned that we’re not done getting the word out.  People still don’t talk about it like they should and women still aren't getting the mammograms they need.  So for that reason, I just kept walking.

Since 2011, I’ve completed two 3-Day walks and am planning this year to be crew on a 3rd.  Crew are basically the volunteers who run the event.  I’m going to be on camp services, picking up trash, helping set up tents, welcoming walkers into camp at the end of a long day … doing whatever is needed to support the walkers and keep everyone safe.  As a member of the crew, I’m not required to do any fundraising, but most of us do any way.  I decided not to ask my friends and family for direct donations this year, and instead am participating in a fun little fundraiser event with other crew members.  It’s a Casino Night Happy Hour event, and I would like to invite everyone in the DFW metroplex area to attend.  It’s at the Pop Diner at McKinney and Lemmon, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!

View details about the event here.

Each year, at the conclusion of the 3-Day event, I send out Thank You cards to all my donors, sponsors, and helpers.  It takes a lot of money and work to get there -- a walker who follows the training program will walk 580 miles before they even get to the event and they must raise a staggering $2300 each just to participate.  So I am always very, very grateful to anyone who helps me along the way.  Here’s a fun little card I made for my donors one year.  On the inside it says, “Thanks for your support!”

I used a Stampin' Up! embossing folder and Glimmer Paper.  The bra stamp was something I purchased a long time ago, so I don't have a clue who makes it.  Each card was a little different in that I stamped the bra onto pink patterned papers and cut out the cups to pop them up.  It doesn't really show on the photo above, so here's a little better view.  

I hope you’ll consider coming to our event.  If you do, come say “Hi” to me and give me your address so I can send YOU a card after the 3-Day, too!  Oh, and thanks for your support of this blog!  And don't forget to participate in our monthly blog hop!  Check out the post on September 20!

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