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Relay For Life

Hey guys, do you mind giving myself and a bunch of my friends a hand? We joined this fundraising event called Relay for Life, in order to raise money for cancer research. Though we’re far from our set goal, it would be the BIGGEST help if you could take the time to donate even the smallest amount to our team’s fund. We have about 1 month to reach our goal, so I’d be really super thankful if you guys could chip in and give my friends and I a hand, it’d be super appreciated. 

If you’re interested and would love to donate a small amount of money (I’m not asking for like too much, even $5 would help), then click on the link provided, and click on “donate to vdo” and follow the instructions from there. After you have done so, message me, because I’d like to thank each and every one of you personally, because it seriously means a lot that some of you are taking the time and generosity to donate. 

All the funds donated will 100% go towards the Relay for Life campaign, so don’t worry! There’s more information on the site if you want to be reassured.

Please and thank you, my lovelies. ;u; <3

P.S If any of you can spread the word by reblogging this, it’ll also be a big help, thank you!

If you too, have had a broken heart...

Cancer runs in my family. 

My two grandmothers raised me for ten years while my parents were gone. They are like my parents. They were my parents, for a long time. Both of them have been diagnosed with cancer in the past 3 years of my life. One of them has lung cancer, and the other passed away this February from lymphoma cancer. There are many more people I know personally who had or still have cancer. 

I too, could very well be the next victim. 

But that’s not my point here. My point is that you too, can make a difference. I know that people will ignore this post, and I understand that if it is your personal decision. However, cancer is a threat that can affect anyone, and I’ve made the decision 3 years ago, to battle this terrible disease. 

This is my 3rd year participating and organizing an event called Relay For Life, at my high school. I have fundraised over hundreds for this event each year, which all go towards special programs for cancer patients as well as cancer research. I have put in countless hours in making this nation-wide event happen each year. Because I genuinely believe that I can affect someone’s life with my efforts. 

You too, can join me in the fight. If you have any stories to share, need a person to talk to, or are in search of support, please feel free to reach out to me. I am more than happy to talk to you! Also, if you can , join the event at your school, be part of it, or start your own! Finally, for anyone who is incredibly kind, and willing to donate to my fight against cancer, please click on the link below. I am in no way benefitting personally from this event, every penny goes toward American Cancer Society. Thank you so much to every person out there for reading this and supporting this event! Please share so I can reach out to more people. 

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=36058078&pg=personal&fr_id=71534&s_locale=en_US&et=WLhtXlOeRYzIqyvZWOhMRg&s_tafId=1697970

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so here are a few facts about childhood cancer and how we can help combat it.

  • The most common types of childhood cancer are leukemia,  lymphoma, brain, and bone cancers.
  • 80% of childhood cancers can be successfully treated.
  • Childhood cancer research is consistently underfunded.
  • Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the U.S.
  • One in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they are 20 years old.

So how can you help?

You can donate to a childhood cancer research or advocacy organization.  Try the American Cancer Society, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, or St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

You can volunteer.  You can find a Relay For Life event near you, help run a St. Jude’s fundraising event, or find something more specific in your area.

You can also host or participate in a fundraising event.  Find more information here.

St. Jude’s Research Hospital also hosts Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer events across the United States.  Find one near you. 

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AMC Networks - Brand Protection: AMC - Please continue to allow The Walking Hope to parody The Walking Dead for Cancer Charity!

The Walking Hope is in jeopardy of not being able to continue! I need your help and the attention and help of AMC! 2 years ago I began designing Walking Dead themed parody shirts, called the Walking Hope, to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  Since that time, and through The Walking Hope, I have been able to raise over $30,000 all benefiting The American Cancer Society!  The letters “AMC” actually do not appear anywhere on the logo or shirts, instead within the parodied logo are the letters"RFL" which stand for the annual Relay For Life fundraising events that millions of people in 21 countries participate in to benefit ACS.    Recently, in an effort to “protect their brand,” AMC has sent my t shirt manufacturer a cease and desist letter.  I never use images from the show, but they feel the designs are a close enough parody that they are infringing on their intellectual property rights.   While I understand their position and their want and need to protect their brand, I would like them to consider this more closely, specifically the following points:   1 - I am not using the parody designs for profit in any way. 2 - More than 30 cast, crew and producers from the Walking Dead actively wear and support the Walking Hope charity idea.  They not only have the shirts, but they actively help me promote them via social media for the good of the cause and to help raise awareness and funds. 3 - The Walking Hope has helped thousands of people worldwide to connect with other cancer survivors, fighters, caregivers and like-minded fans.  It is not just a fundraising effort, but rather a community of caring people all connected by the hope! 4 - I am willing to alter the main logo slightly to better accommodate AMC’s comfort level with the Walking Dead parody. I am requesting special dispensation from AMC for continued use of the Walking Dead themes and would like to codify this permission so this is not an issue in the future.  I already have expressed written permission in a similar fashion from The American Cancer Society. Without their continued permission, the Walking Hope will no longer exist and thousands of people will lose out.   Fans and supporters of the Walking Hope, please sign and share this petition.  I truly believe that AMC is doing something procedural and does not know the damage that would be done if this community, cause and fundraising effort were not allowed to continue. AMC, please consider rescinding your cease and desist letter and work with me to further spread the Walking Hope.  

PLEASE sign and share this!! Let is spread like wildfire!!! It is probably the only thing I will ever post that I ask becomes popular. But I hold this organization dear to me. Cancer affects everyone. Whether you yourself have battled, are currently battling, or know someone with cancer, you know the devastation it can bring. The Walking Hope is a NON-PROFIT organization, and Bradley is one of the most kindest and caring people I know, and have had the pleasure of personally talking with. 

When I first came across The Walking Hope, was after Melissa McBride had just posted a picture of herself wearing one of the sweaters. All I could think was, “How great is this?” Bradley had taken his love for The Walking Dead, his warrior strength against Cancer, and combined the two. And then he took that idea and shared it with us. And it was (and still is) brilliant! Since then, several more cast and crew members have gotten their own shirts in order to support the cause as can be seen on The Walking Hope Facebook page. The money made from the shirts go to the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), so how AMC could say no to that, is beyond me. Especially when it’s supported by their own cast and crew!!! 

So please, please, please sign it. Please share it. 

Let’s get the attention of AMC!!

This March I did a fundraiser for Relay For Life, a branch of the American Cancer Society that helps provide treatment, support, and research to help those affected by cancer. The fundraiser was on St. Paddy’s Day and we called it “Shamrock For Life.” People could come up to our table and buy a leprechaun-gram for their friends, which involved me (dressed like this) skipping merrily to whatever friend they chose, in the dining hall, in front of basically the entire college, and dancing a little jig for them. I also acted like a leprechaun. The friend then had to pay a dollar for me to stop dancing. It was BY FAR the most exhilarating and embarrassing experience of my entire life, but we raised over $100! It was so popular I was dancing constantly for 3 hours. I almost keeled over and had a heart attack. People I meet this year still say “are you the leprechaun girl?!” I am simultaneously excited and terrified to do this again in the Spring!

Really I just wanted to tell you all this funny story, but I also wanted to put out there that I am the co-chair for Relay For Life at Kenyon College this year. Last year we raised over $58,000 and won first place in fundraising per-capita in the nation! It was so exciting, and I really want to do well again. My personal goal is $1000 this year, and I really want to make it to that much in honor of my Aunt Sarah, a breast cancer survivor and an amazingly strong woman. If you forgot to get me a christmas present, here’s the perfect chance to make it up: donate to my fundraising page!

I hope you enjoyed this embarrassing story, and I hope you can support Relay For Life this year to help finish the fight against cancer. It’s the only way to compensate for my embarrassment. Thank you Irish dance community and Happy New Year!