My Evening of Hope


About three weeks ago on a Thursday night my husband and I were lucky enough to be invited to the AMC’s “Evening of Hope”. I was able to meet amazing people, survivors and people who supported them. When I think about it, they supported me, us ,and my family in our time of need.

Looking around the room wondering, thinking to myself I feel at home these are MY people, these are survivors ,family members,people who’ve been touched by breast cancer, and contributor’s.

As my husband and I walked into the room there was my name on a list I’m on 36 other people who raised over $2500 dollars each. I made Pacesetter status !!(Not to shabby for my first year!).We sat down at a table with a few other people. After chatting for a bit we met another lovely couple .She was a survivor and one of the ambassadors for this year’s Making Strides. It was nice to be able to sit and share our stories with each other and ideas on fundraising for next year.

As the awards were given out for top fundraisers I couldn’t help but get chills to hear how much money people had raised. Our little organization along Jersey Shore raised over $1. 2,000,000 dollars and breast cancer! And I was one of those lucky ones to be able to contribute to that huge amount.

This evening had touched me more than you know. I’m now on the path to do volunteer work for the American Cancer Society. I’m looking forward to being a mentor for another woman who is touched by BC at the young age just like me. I I feel that giving back is very therapeutic, and in my way it will help me heal my own wounds.


About chemobrainandmore

My name is Heather and I am now 39 yrs old living at the Jersey shore. I was diagnosed Jan 2011 with stage II A breast cancer right after my 36th birthday. Sadly I was married for just a year at the time.I had four rounds of chemo 33 round of radiation a lumpectonly and MANY ,MANY biopsies. As if that was not enough I ended up having a total hysterectomy summer of 2012. And then this past July 2013 I under went a bilateral mastectomy and I am still under going reconstruction. I am a mom, a wife and a survivor! I have had more ups and downs then I have fingers and toes! But through it all I have had a smile on my face and try to laugh my way through it all. I have done two Strides Walk for breast cancer and I am extremely proud of how much I have raised ( I made pacesetter status!) I enjoy laughing and making people laugh, and if my blog can shed some light on cancer and make one person laugh at ,or with me ,then the fight has been worth it. Thank you for reading about my life and taking a ride with me on this journey. Feel free to reach out to me, I love being able to pay it forward and help others!

2 responses »

  1. I also am a huge supporter of Making Strides and the American Cancer Society, Our team started out with 12 people and last year we had 175. 6 years of building this team has been some of the most rewarding times in my life. I also am the coordinator for the Reach to Recovery program for ACS at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte NC.

    I loved your blog post – you and I are kindred souls !! Please keep blogging, keep fighting, keep fundraising and keep the positive attitude !!

    If you check back on my blog there are a lot of cool things I have been blessed to do because of my volunteering work with ACS. There are so many great organizations out there for raising money for breast cancer, breast cancer patients, and research….but my heart believes ACS is top notch and the cream of the crop !! 🙂 Thanks for your post.

    • Thanks for reading my blog! I am so excited to give back, such a great feelin;g.I will def check out your blog thank you for your support! I feel le even though I am in remission my fight is not over, but i am positive

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