Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Fundraiser!!!

The fundraiser felt just like my wedding day. So much prep and it goes by in a whirlwind that I barely remember. I can see snippets of things that happened but I couldn't tell you the order of those snippets. But what I can say is that the fundraiser was AWESOME! We had raffle prizes, a bounce house and tons of food including a bake sale. So far (I say so far because there is still time to donate online {HERE}) we have raised over $2400 between the 2 charities and a little over $200 for Stand Up To Cancer. I was seriously hoping that we would raise like $500 to give to the 2 charities.
Setting up the night before
When I woke up yesterday it was a little overcast and when I was driving to pick up my friend Kelly to get breakfast before we finished setting up for the fundraiser it started to rain. And I just broke into a hysterical laugh. OF COURSE its raining! But, as I was reminded, its better that it was raining in the morning before the event than during the event. And luckily the sun came out soon after that. I don't know what we would have done for all the kids if they couldn't go on the bounce house!!

The more I think of different things that happened during the fundraiser the happier I get. It was just a fun and happy day. My chemo friend came and my make up class friend came and the founder of The III B's Foundation surprised me by coming! It was so amazing that she showed up!!
Yes I did wear a tiara that said SURVIVOR on it! 

I am really at a loss for words about the whole event. It was pretty overwhelming. I HATE HATE HATE that I even have to know about these 2 charities from my personal experience but I am SO grateful that they are there for support. And that everyone was there to support me. People that I haven't seen in years came. People I have never met came. And I appreciated every single person. Because not only did they get to learn about my story but they got to learn about these 2 charities and how they help people every. single. day.
Awesome balloon pink ribbon that Kelly made!!
I'm not sure if this is going to be an annual event yet or not but I'm leaning towards yes. We talked a little bit yesterday about making it in October so we could find more pink ribbon stuff but I like that it is in August (hopefully next year it will be in July). I want to change July 23rd from the worst day of my life to a day that is celebrated by doing something for other people. I feel like I have to use this evil thing against itself and hopefully no one else will have to go through this.
Info about charities and raffle prizes
I can't thank my friends and family enough for all their help bringing this even together! Countless hours planning, creating, shopping, putting ideas together and setting up Friday night. I can't even begin to put into words how much you all have meant to me the last 13 months. I know I've said it many times, but I have to say it again. I am was the luckiest cancer patient in the world.