Defeating breast cancer is important to each of us on the Out Shop Cancer event team. We would like to share our stories about why this is important to us – and invite you to join the fight as well!
|“My first close encounter with cancer was when I was 16 years old and my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was one of her caregivers. Her grace and strength left a lasting impression on me. I have had so many… too many… friends and family members attacked by breast cancer. My best way of fighting back is to help raise awareness about how common breast cancer is – cancer does not discriminate – and support the American Cancer Society’s goal of raising funds for more research for better treatments and to continue the programs and services that help so many breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. I also fill the role of an advocate by sharing information on screenings and how important it is to know your own body and take control of your health. Your continued support of Making Strides and the American Cancer Society helps so many in ways you can never imagine. Thank you for being part of the fight with me!”|
|“Why do I Stride you ask. Easy. Volunteering with Strides and Out Shop gives me the chance to help another Survivor or Caregiver. You get to build bonds with those that need support more than ever. You get to build a family, to support each other, whether it be laughing, crying, screaming, venting, or just sitting in silence. I Stride to make a difference in someone’s life, not just my own. I Stride to help find a cure, to fight this evil beast until the end!”|
|“I am part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer because I am a breast cancer survivor and I believe we can do so much working together for a better outcome against cancer. We raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline. But we can’t do any of this without the help of people like you.”|
|“Volunteering with Making Strides offers me a way to give back to my immediate SL and extended RL communities by donating my time and services to support outreach efforts for the American Cancer Society (ACS). I have been touched by the many people I have met who told me their personal stories about diagnosis, treatment, and recovery efforts. Working with the ACS and Strides is a privilege to support and honor those who have struggled with their own or loved one’s medical challenges.”|
|“Why am I part of Strides? In 2013, I heard the words no one wants to hear, “they found cancer.” I am here because I want there to be a day where no one has to hear those words again or if they do it’s something like the common cold. I have known too many people with cancer diagnoses and events like Out Shop Cancer, the Renaissance Faire, the Christmas Expo, the Fantasy Faire, the Relay for Life, and everything I’ve missed all helps us reach that goal that WILL happen! Plus, the people who work on these events have become both amazing friends and family! If you want to find some great people to hang with, check out these events!”|
|“Hi! I’m Mae. I enjoy being a part of Out Shop Cancer because it is an organization that raises money for the Strides against Breast Cancer. I feel like it is an important cause to both men and women that anyone can make a difference in doing their part. I enjoy being a part of this organization both as a designer and blogger. I’m so happy to be serving with a great group of people on the committee this year!”|
|“I’m helping with Making Strides because as a cancer survivor, I understand the importance of cancer research and finding a cure.”|