A Simple Way to Turn Your Passion into Purpose: My Cancer Story

A Simple Way to Turn Your Passion into Purpose with Fundraising

*This post is sponsored by the American Cancer Society; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Cancer. I can’t think of a scarier word in the English language than cancer.

And what’s even scarier? Most of us have had some experience with it, or have been affected by it in some way, whether our own health, or the health of a loved one, friend, colleague, or neighbor. And in many instances, most of us know SEVERAL people who have/had Cancer! It’s unfortunate and especially that it is so widespread too.

The big C has always terrified me. I worshipped the sun and regularly visited tanning beds until I was in my mid-twenties when a close family friend was diagnosed with skin cancer. Now whenever I’m outdoors,  I always wear sunscreen and a hat.

I’ve become vegan, I eat and live a very healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly to keep my health in check and cancer at bay. I meditate daily to help myself deal better with stress too. I do everything I can to keep myself as healthy as possible. But what I wasn’t expecting? A call from my parents in early fall 2014. My dad had prostate cancer. My heart immediately sank.

I tried to find my zen as all my regular meditation has taught me, but I was devastated. And worried. And scared. What if this was it for my dad? What would I do without the man who has been there for me every single time I needed him in my life. Through all my hard times, two divorces, leaving an abusive boyfriend, endless moves, letting me live with him several times when I was down and out on my luck. Offering support. Love. Even financial help when I needed it, including helping me to buy my first car and first home as a single woman.

I’m selfish. I’m thinking about what losing him would do to me. What is cancer doing to him?! How is he dealing with this! Are you ok dad? Are you worried? Are you scared? What are the treatment options? What are you going to pursue? You have to stay alive dad. Please. Beat. This. Dad.

My parents played it off cool, which is nothing less than I expect from the people who gave me my extremely laid back personality. They weren’t worried. At least they weren’t showing it. I called my sister. We were both frantic and in a tizzy. “They always make things seem better than they are so we won’t worry.” She exclaimed. She was right. Both my mom and dad have had a way of doing this in the past. “Pretending” dare I say, that things aren’t so serious. So we won’t lose sleep. So we won’t worry about them. Their loving sweet nature always comes through in times of stress, “Don’t worry honey” I can hear my mom say “everything will be alright. Things have a way of working out for the best.” What if dad dies?!! Is that what’s best!!!!??? I was angry.

I then turned to all sorts of online resources, where I always turn for answers instead of seeing an actual doctor. But to my relief, what I found was that of probably all the cancers. Prostate Cancer is luckily one of the easiest to beat, even without having to always turn to chemo. Thank god! I breathed a huge sigh of relief. My zen kicked in, everything is going to be ok. Dad is strong and healthy and still relatively young. Ok, maybe not a spring chicken, but this man could fight it if anyone could. I chose to find positivity and eat and breathe it for the next few days, sending out positive healthy energy to my dad.

Five years later, I’m so happy and thankful to report my dad is doing great. With medications and regular checkups, he is doing fantastic and seems to be fighting the good fight, and kicking Cancer’s butt! AND he was lucky enough to do it without using nasty chemo or radiation too.

A Simple Way to Turn Your Passion into Purpose: My Cancer Story

I realize unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. There are still plenty of others out there who need help. Through supporting organizations and initiatives that provide support and care through the cancer journey, we can all make an impact on ending cancer.

The American Cancer Society is a national health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. They rely on fundraising for their mission and their Raise Your Way platform allows you to take anything you’re passionate about and turn it into a fundraiser so you can make an impact on the fight against cancer.

American Cancer’s Fundraising Platform, Raise Your Way, is fundraising that makes a big impact on the fight against cancer.

Turn your passion into a unique fundraiser with Raise Your Way!

How to do it? Anything from hosting a dinner party or backyard bbq, to organizing a marathon or 5k! Even simple everyday activities can be turned into purposeful fundraisings, like walking your dog, or going for a Bike Ride. Other great ideas are doing some Group Backyard Yoga, a Group Meditation, organizing a lovely summer Hike, or even a fun Paint Night! You can turn anything you’re passionate about in a fundraiser with Raise Your Way!

How I’m turning my passion into purpose:

I love to meditate and I’ve really gotten into it over the last 5 years. Since moving back to Utah, I’ve been looking for meditation classes to join and find a like-minded community with people who share the same passion.

Naturally, my idea to Raise Your Way – is through organizing a Group Meditation at my home. To attend I’ll have participants make a donation! I’m going to host some friends, family, and my community meditation group to meditation in my backyard – for a good cause!

A Simple Way to Turn Your Passion into Purpose: My Cancer Story

How to get started:

To start my DIY fundraising, I made a quick visit to www.crowdrise.com/AmericanCancerSociety where I can easily set up and share my fundraiser!

It then gives you options where you’d like your fundraising to go. For this option, I decided to choose “where it will have the most impact.”

I then did a quick signup through my Facebook, titled my Campaign: “Meditation for Healing” and set a dollar amount goal of $1000. I quickly added my short campaign story for how I would do the fundraiser, it also gives you the option to choose a photo if you’d like, and that’s it! My fundraiser is ready to go! It took me less than 5 minutes to do! And I can easily share my fundraiser on social media too, to help spread the word and share the invites! Super Easy!

A Simple Way to Turn Your Passion into Purpose: My Cancer Story

It’s so easy to get involved and super important too! American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer! ACS attacks cancer from every angle, including raising funds for research, treatment, programs, and services. I personally love the Wellness House support group here in SLC, which helps support those battling Cancer. If you check your area, you’ll find tons of great support groups and options in your area for those fighting cancer too!

Get involved and join the fight today! Start your fundraising your way by starting a cancer fundraising campaign today!

What passion would you turn into purpose? Let me know in the comments, I love hearing from you!

35 thoughts on “A Simple Way to Turn Your Passion into Purpose with Fundraising”

  1. Dana Rodriguez

    This sounds like a great way to help those battling this horrible disease and their families.

  2. Sandra McFadden

    I am a two time cancer survivor and unfortunately no one told me about the programs that they offer when I was diagnosed with my first cancer at age of 23………didn’t know there were special programs to help me with diet, treatment and help financially………I am so glad that information now is more readily available through great programs like the American Cancer Society.

  3. My Husband is a cancer survivor and recently had a lumpectomy we are waiting results for. I am so glad info is more readily available. Cancer motivates in so many positive ways although the effects are horrible.;

  4. Love this. Very well written and I commend you for your charity work. I love to work with charities. A lot of them have been mental health-related or animal-related in the past, however since cancer came into the family from all directions I’ve moved more towards those charities in recent months.

    Keep up the great work!

  5. Jeanine Bevacqua

    Not everyone is as lucky as your dad is. Praise the Lord, his cancer has not taken his life. I’m glad that you found a way to deal positively with his diagnosis in a way that would benefit others. Way to go!!

  6. I so love this…turning passion into a purpose… so powerful, that if our passion is focused/driven towards a greater cause, something spectacular would happen.

  7. My Husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in his 50’s which the doctors told us usually men are much older. He had surgery and had just finished up his treatments when we were struck with this virus. I went to every treatment with him which is an hour drive away. I felt he needed that support because it took some time for him to grasp HE HAD CANCER! We got up at 5 am every week day so he could take treatments and then go to work. He insisted working and being normal but weeks into this I could tell how drained and tired he would be but be made it! I just pray all future blood work comes out well! I know in my heart God has this in his hands! After seeing so many patients at the cancer center we both realized my hubby is actually lucky. It could be much worse. We saw so many people so very sick! So sad!
    Love your positive inspiration! Sorry this is so long but when I get on this subject I can not stop! Long journey for my husband that I can not easily forget!

  8. Dorothy Boucher

    I help out as much as I can, But I would love to be able to do something for one of my daughters, she lost her job and single mom ( can’t explain) and she needs a vehicle. I wish I had someone out their to help her, I feel so helpless!

  9. This is great! We should all be helping those in need; just as we’d want help if WE needed it! Great motivation!!

  10. Jeanine S Bevacqua

    Cancer really is a nasty thing to have to deal with. I’m glad your dad faired well with it- so many do not.

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