Monday, May 24, 2010

Contagious Happenings

You may have noticed since it has been three weeks since my last post I had a difficult time getting comfortable in the saddle. Now that the alien is gone, I am ready to get back to the “old” Heidi and focusing on the 3-day once again.  Although during the past three weeks I haven’t been actively training, I have been networking and doing some fundraising. My household has also been effected by a contagious happening-thankfully, not a serious health issue but awareness.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to the college’s bookstore where I work and purchased three pink breast cancer bracelets-one for mom, one for my sister, and one for myself. Josh, my 20-year-old son, asked if he could have one, and he wore it to work at Domino’s. Josh’s bracelet was the beginning of the contagious effect because it caused quite a stir at work for Josh with his coworkers, and five of his coworkers asked for bracelets.  I was honored to have them wear bracelets to help raise awareness. More important, they are wearing the bracelets in memoriam of their boss’s sister Vickie Barber who lost her four and half year battle with breast cancer on March 31, 2010. Not only are they raising awareness but I also have a jar on the counter at Domino’s for fundraising and have made about $25 in donations-although I know most of this is tips that Josh and his brother Jake have earned while working.
Brothers being brothers meant that since Josh had a breast cancer bracelet, Jake had to have one too. Jake, who is 16-years-old, wears his with the trendy Silly Bands. Jake’s breast cancer bracelet was noticed by his girlfriend’s mother Jan. The contagious affect of the bracelet once again prompted Jake to ask me for a fundraising letter and donation form for her, which in turn, I received a very generous donation since Jan lost a very good friend to breast cancer.
Since everyone else in the house is wearing breast cancer bracelets, my sweet hubby Mark started wearing one too, and he wears his more faithfully than I wear mine. Mark wearing the bracelet also produced a contagious effect because not only did his coworker Chaz want bracelets for him and his wife,  but also they also prompted another generous donation from Chaz and his wife Cynthia in memory of Grandma Mary who fought a tough battle against breast cancer. In addition to the bracelet, Chaz also proudly wears a “Fight like a girl” tattoo to honor Grandma Mary’s courageous battle.
Through this life changing journey, I have been amazed by how many people’s lives have been affected by breast cancer, and the realization of this gives me more incentive to do my part in the fight against breast cancer. I, however, couldn’t do this without the love and support of my family by proving “real men do wear pink” and the contagious effect their wearing the breast cancer bracelets has had on raising awareness and helping me with my fundraising.
Hugs and Blessings,


  1. What a great story! Your family and friends sound wonderful. I love how we can spend all this time planning big, flashy fundraisers but that in the end, it comes down to the little things to really help spread the word about breast cancer awareness.

    ~ Kristen

  2. Love the story. It amazes me how so many of our children (grown and little) are picking up the torch. This is how we WILL come to a place without cancer!