We’re Raising Money for Ovarian Cancer Research
November 15, 2013
November 15, 2013
What Does P90X 3 and Ovarian Cancer Have in Common?
Simple answer is us.
My step mom has been fighting cancer since 2001. Of all things, she was actually diagnosed after 9/11/01, a day we all remember well. For her it was twice as bad. She went in for a hysterectomy and woke up 8 hours later with Stage IIIC fallopian tube cancer, a rare and unusual cancer. It’s treated the same as ovarian cancer, hence why we’re donating to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund here in NC through the Carolinas Healthcare Foundation.
After the surgery, she experienced 3 years of remission that were followed by 4 re-occurrences and surgeries. Over the last 12 years she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer, discovered she had a BRCA1 gene mutation, and finally a diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia in 2010. In her words she got what she called the “Triple C Club Membership”. Obviously, it’s not a club you want to be in, but I love that she can put a humorous spin on it. All in all, she’s had 8 surgeries, over 90 chemo treatments and 46 radiation treatments….at last count. That number has and is constantly increasing.
In a recent blog post that she wrote for one of the local cancer magazines, she said:
I am often asked how I’ve been able to cope on this journey. I believe that my faith has been the largest factor in coping. And of course, my family, friends, and church have been a strong foundation of support. I couldn’t have made it this far without all of the knowledgeable doctors, nurses, and staff at both the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and our gem of a cancer center here in Washington. The support programs here are amazing. I’ve taken advantage of the yoga classes, the soothing massages, the Look Good Feel Better program, the Healthy Living with Cancer seminars, the Lunch and Learn series, and most of all, the Healing Words journaling seminar.
Talking and writing about my cancer and just about life in general helps me survive. My husband, Ray, teases me that even the grocery store clerk knows I’m a cancer survivor! The best way for me to tell you what the Healing Words seminar has meant to me is to share something that I’ve written about the program. I hope that you’ll consider journaling as a means of coping with cancer. It has certainly helped me to understand the turning points of my journey.
You know divorce is a large part of a lot of peoples’ lives. Alisha and I both have experienced divorce and Carly now has 4 sets of grandparents because of it. I wish I could tell you that my relationship with my step mom has always been good, but truth is, it wasn’t. We had some rough times when she and my dad first got married. I wasn’t the man I am today, I did not have the life experience or maturity to see the situation for what it was or understand it. What I can tell you is I will never forget the day she was diagnosed and being at her bedside in tears. And that day was the beginning of a relationship that I wish I had been open to earlier. I remember that moment, knowing that all the petty stuff didn’t matter and that this woman was an amazing woman and that I truly did love her. I realized that I loved her because she made my Dad happy, because she treated my daughter like her own. The memories and stories that I could tell you of the things they’ve done with Carly would rival the love and affection of any grandparent, I promise you that.
I see her as a woman who lives each day to the fullest and takes nothing for granted. She constantly teaches me, just by the way she lives and fights, that life’s daily journey is a valued one and we should not take anything for granted. I think most would agree that’s a lesson we often need to be reminded of, but not for a cancer patient. They have no choice but to be reminded everyday. Most importantly, I love her very much for what she’s done for me in my life. Our relationship has made me a better man and taught me some life lessons that I don’t know I would have otherwise learned.
When it comes to research for Ovarian Cancer, it doesn’t get the publicity that Breast Cancer gets, it’s not adopted by the NFL and almost every city in America with a ton of 5K’s etc, as a matter of fact, until I became familiar with it, I didn’t even know the teal (guess that’s what you’d call the color) or blue-greenish ribbon was it’s symbol. By no means am I knocking breast cancer at all, she’s a survivor of that as well, but ovarian cancer is mostly funded by families of people who are touched by it. I take that responsibility very seriously, which is why we’re teaming up with the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation’s, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, which her doctor is directly involved with. We’ve donated money quietly to it repeatedly over the last year or more, as our business grew….but recently her cancer has come back, and honestly, with vengeance.
What We’re Doing to Raise Money
With her battle getting increasingly more challenging, I knew we needed to step up our efforts. I know there’s a lot of hype and anticipation around P90X3, and I also anticipate that we will sell quite a few copies due to the relationships we’ve been fortunate enough to build with people via You Tube, local Fit Clubs, social media etc.. In doing so, we’re going to donate 20% of all proceeds from the P90x 3 Challenge Packs and 10% of all proceeds of just the P90X 3 dvd purchases to the research fund. In addition, we’re holding a fundraiser at our local free fit club workout on November 25th for anyone in the Charlotte area who wants to come and workout for a good cause. If you would like more information or directions, just contact us and we’ll get you all the info.
The fundraising will not be solely based on P90X 3 sales, we’re going take the same percentages from every sell we make over the next 2 months and donate, but again, we’re using P90X 3 to get the word out. Our goal is to raise at least $2000 between now and December 31. I hope we go way past that mark. I’ll update this blog weekly starting on November 25th with the numbers so far, so check back often and I’ll post it here. Make sure you click the P90X 3 ads on this page, so you can get on the mailing list with all the information you’ll need and help us with this effort when it launches on December 10.
I personally will be donating more money to the fund for my own reasons, my point in writing this was not to try and get you to buy P90X 3 from us, although I want you to obviously, but to really communicate with the people who are already working with us and are already committed to doing the program with us in December and January….that you are going to help us make a difference…and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without you and the relationships that we’ve built, what we’ve done and what we’re going to do wouldn’t be possible. We’ve given back to a lot of charities, and don’t normally make a big deal about it, but this one is personal and I thank God everyday for you and the people we’ve yet to meet who inspire us with your transformations and who have become our friends and made us better.
So thank you and God Bless.