Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I Hate Cancer - My First "athon"

My friend, Charlene McComas, kicked breast cancer's ass five years ago. But then it came back and took her down in the ugliest of battles. She died in July.

Most of you who know me understand that I am not a “joiner.” I don’t take well to crowds and organized activities. Yet I feel so strongly about the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for a Cure that I am participating in a run/walk on Sept. 28 in Orange County.

I’m hoping to raise at least $1,000 for the foundation — can you please pledge? Even if it’s just $1 or $5, it is a welcome addition to the cause and a chance to help make a change, for the better. And, hellooooooo charitable donation!!!!

The site is here: www.ockomen.org/race/vmcgrady

Because cancer sucks. And I hate it. And I can't possibly stand to see one more person I know die from it.

4 comments:

I Speak Film said...

On behalf of all of us who have had loved ones affected by cancer, thank you for participating in the Race, Vanessa. I just pledged and it's a super easy process.

You're so awesome.

xoxo,
Steph

Don Cummings said...

I'll pledge.

PMCook said...

I kne Charlene. We worked at Pomona College at he same time back in the mid to late 80s. I was very sorry to hear of her passing. She was unique, a real character. She was incredibly funny and fun. We took a hang gliding course together so he was not afraid to try crazy things. I liked her. I felt a kinship towards her and I wish we could have been closer friends.

40licious said...

Thanks for writing, PM. It was such a sad shock. Nobody who ever knew her will forget.