Friends and dear readers,
If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I'm a happy, healthy breast cancer survivor. Likewise, if you read this blog, you'll know that I've gone on something of a "pink diet" (or really, "pink fast") in the past year or so. When I was newly diagnosed and in treatment, I felt compelled to show up at every "pink" event, to walk in every "pink" walk, and to avail myself of all the fantastic free services offered in our city to cancer patients and survivors. But I always ended up getting crazy weepy at those events, listening to other breast cancer survivors tell their stories. I'm also the kind of person who is deeply uncomfortable with the idea of being called "heroic" just because I survived cancer-- and a lot of survivor rhetoric lapses into that (the doctors were heroic; my friends and family were at times heroic; I just muddled through the best that I could). Because I'm so shy, support groups and organizations made me snap over to social anxiety overload as soon as I walked into the door.
But when I was first diagnosed-- like the very day that I was diagnosed-- Norton Hospital put me in touch with Megan Schanie of the Young Survivors Group. And she took me out to lunch and told me what to expect from surgery, chemo, fake boobs, the works. And for the course of my treatment, the Young Survivors group was a fabulous source of support to me (right down to Megan's mother-in-law who fed me and took me to treatments when my own mom or Roommate couldn't be around).
And the Annual Young Survivors Auction is one "pink event" that I feel passionately about supporting. First of all, it's a damned good time, and most years I come away with really good deals on silent auction goods. Secondly, it supports a cause that truly helped me and truly helps a lot of young women.
So if you're a business owner or your make stuff or you have services you can offer to this group, I humbly ask that you donate something to the silent auction to be held at the Frazier Museum on February 25. It doesn't matter how small your donation is. Goods, services, gift certificates, experiences... And I'll make it as easy on you as possible; I'm happy to come to you at your convenience and pick up the item. These donations are tax deductible and a Young Survivors rep will provide you acknowledgment in writing of your donation. Email me at lou [at] loueyville.com if you are interested or if you have any questions.
And for the rest of you, mark your calendars: February 25 at the Frazier. A good time and a great cause.
Thanks. Y'all rock.