It’s been a while since I raised funds for cancer.
When I was a teenager, it felt like cancer was all around me. One of my friends had lost his father to cancer, two other friends had lost grandparents to cancer, my mom’s friend lost her husband to cancer, and my boss was a cancer survivor.
Maybe that’s why the Canadian Cancer Society was my charity of choice back then. With the help of my parents and a few friends, I created a dance showcase production that raised money to support cancer research. I couldn’t appreciate the weight of what I was doing back then… I was 18, working part-time and in school part-time, and thought nothing of spending my every waking moment planning this fundraiser.
I booked the local theatre, found sponsors, and wrangled talent in between working 9-hour shifts at the hardware store and studying for exams. Then I spent my entire summer marketing the production, writing the technical scripts and then sorting through all the cash donations. It was cathartic to spend so much energy raising funds for an illness that scared the crap out of me. It worked too… I ran the production for 6 years and, together with my small team, raised over $25,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society, and I felt a little less helpless.
I haven’t done anything that impressive since we ended the show back in 2009. I no longer have the time (or energy) to put something like that together. Still, I’m impressed with my younger self. It was a lot of work and I gave up almost 6 entire summer-breaks to that project. To me, it’s the most important work that I have ever accomplished (even if some potential employers think otherwise and suggest that I leave that off my resume).
But I digress… as I tend to do.
Back in early October I received an email from Food Bloggers of Canada (a group of which I am a proud member). The email said that they had chosen to be a sponsor of an event called KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown.
The Cook for the Cure campaign has been around for 11 years now, and 100% of donations raised through the campaign goes directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Funds raised from this event are directed towards relevant and innovative research and a positive quality of life for those living with breast cancer.
The Culinary Showdown is a part of that fundraiser, and the premise is that people who raise $1000, $2500 and more have the chance to watch and participate in a culinary competition in Toronto, on December 7th, 2013, with celebrity chefs from the Food Network.
This is pretty cool in itself, but the timing was actually what caught my attention. You see, only a few days before I had been told that one of my former co-workers was diagnosed with breast cancer, and was undergoing treatment.
It’s funny how certain opportunities come our way at the right time. For me, this event is important and personal, and deserves my support. While I am a huge advocate of donating to charitable causes, from fundraising to food drives, I also have a limited amount of income available to me. I know this is the case for many other people as well. So I’m going to say this:
If you trust the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and this is a cause that resonates with you, please considering making a donation.
You can visit my secure online fundraising page by clicking here (now closed). Otherwise, I hope that you give where you can this upcoming holiday season and beyond.
Thank you for reading this post.
PS. Melissa and Ethan from Food Bloggers of Canada are also raising funds. Click their names to read their blog posts about this campaign.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I am not being paid to promote this charitable cause.