A note from my daughter, Courtney.
When I was a little girl my grandmother, Joan McDonell, was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was too young to understand the pain, both physical and emotional that was brought into our family. I was just a little girl who loved her grandma and my memories of her will be cherished forever. Adventures to Disneyland and toy stores may seem to be a child’s favorite memories, but mine are of coming home from kindergarten to snuggle in bed with my grandma and pray the rosary together, watch countless Disney movies, and singing and dancing to Perry Como’s greatest hits. While she may not have been able to watch me grow up, she was able to peek around the door of my bedroom as I practiced and successfully tied my shoes for the first time.
In September of my senior year my best friend’s mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. The doctors said she wouldn’t make it past the holidays. On graduation day I remember walking onto the football field, and as I looked to my left I saw Karen with her family and nurses standing on the side line in the pouring rain to watch her children graduate. I was so excited to see her I ran to give her a hug. Shortly after that rainy graduation day, Karen passed away. At the time I felt so helpless, not knowing how to help my grieving friends.
Today there is actually a lot we can do to help families and friends who have experienced such a painful loss in their lives. We can help by donating our time and a bit of money to organizations such as Relay For Life. This Friday I will be walking with my Alpha Chi Omega sorority sisters of ASU’s Zeta Pi chapter in memory of my grandma Joan, Karen and all those whose lives have been touched by cancer. A young woman can pledge many things, to be loyal to a sorority, her faith, her grandmother’s memory. Please join my pledge to help beat cancer.
Relay For Life is an event put on by the American Cancer Society to celebrate all those who have suffered through this terrible disease, and to raise money for those who are still fighting. Relay is an overnight event that unites our community in a common effort to raise much-needed funds for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services.
Cancer has taken the life of one too many. We all know someone who has experienced the effects cancer has on a person as well as their family and friends. With your help, I hope that one day nobody has to look at cancer as a death sentence. This year Alpha Chi Omega at Arizona State hopes to raise a minimum of $22,000 for Relay For Life. Every year, the funds we raise help bring the American Cancer Society one step closer to eliminating cancer from our lives for good, but we can’t stop now. There is no finish line until there’s a cure. Any donation you are able to make will help. Just click here then click ‘Donate to our team’.
Thank you so much for taking the time to change lives.