Thank you for visiting my 2017 Dempsey Challenge Fundraising Page!
At the 2015 challenge I was lucky enough to push my RG for the 5K as he battled his second round with cancer. The Dempsey Center became his saving grace. They gave him an outlet to deal with the devastating fact that he had cancer. Last year he lost that battle but he sure didn't go down without a fight and he tought us so much about life during his journey! I could go on and on about how wonderful that man was but all that really matters is how much I loved him and how much he loved me! For only knowing him for a few years he sure became a major part of my life and I have some amazing memories to keep his spirit alive! 2 Legit 2 Quit that was our motto and I know he is always watching over me helping me make goals and crush them!
Last year at the 2016 challenge I was again pushing someone battling this horrific disease. This time it was my Mum and our world had come crashing down before I had even had time to grieve losing RG that I was now facing losing another huge part of my life and my heart. No one fights alone that was our motto I was going to stand right by my Mums side thru her entire journey! My Mum had Stage 4 Lung Cancer that had metastasized to her brain and the doctor said absolute best case scenario was a year. Just under 8 months later she passed. I was 38 weeks pregnant at last years challenge with my Mum's first grandchild. I laugh and tell people that I think it helped get things moving as Sawyer was born 6 days later! Thanks to my friend Chris I reached out to Michelle at the Dempsey Center and my Mum and I got involved. I can't explain to you how amazing that place is and what it meant to have a safe haven for my Mum & I to go too. From massages and Reiki, patient and caregiver groups, spa nights and the amazing life and legacy dvd project they offered us a chance to learn to live with the fact that my Mum was going to die and there was nothing we could do about it. Anyone that is friends with me on facebook knows my Mum and I made those 8 months count and we made some amazing memories and I am so beyond thankful for that time with her.
The bottom line is NOBODY deserves to have cancer. What it does to a persons body and how it effects all those that love them is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy! This fundraiser is different this isn't your typical "donate to find a cure for cancer" yet here we are years later and many loved ones gone and still no cure in sight! This fundraiser is for a place that is very near and dear to my heart. This fundraiser allows my safe haven to continue to provide FREE services to people battling cancer and their loved ones. So please consider sponsoring me in this years challenge! Last year I beat my record and raised $2378!! This year I know I can beat that! No donation is too small skip your morning Dunkin run for me and donate that $3 I mean it when I say every dollar counts!
I am honored to be able to do the challenge again this year now in memory of so many that I love and miss more than words. Here's to hoping between now and October 7th nobody else I love has to start the battle with cancer my heart sure could use a break...