Since joining the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation team last Friday, we have already raised $1,750 in honor of our friend Tim. Through the contributions of Tim’s friends and coworkers, and a few of my friends, we exceeded the original goal set within hours. The outpouring of support has sent such a strong message – that together we all believe we can and will find a cure for cancer. I’ve been sharing fundraising updates with Tim, along with the kind words everyone has sent with donations, and just wanted to share that he is extremely appreciative. I believe our team of supporters has helped to give his family strength over these past difficult days…which brings me to my point.
Donations made to the American Cancer Society (ACS) and similar charitable companies, are more than just money, they are a source of hope. From research to educational programs, the money donated by supportive family and friends helps to fund life-saving initiatives. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society’s website, “Thanks in part to the American Cancer Society, two of every three people diagnosed with cancer today survive. Sixty years ago, less than half of people diagnosed survived.” The ACS is the largest non-governmental funder of cancer research in the United States, spending approximately $130 million each year to work to find cures. These advances in research all bring us one step closer to putting an end to cancer. Positive statistics and cancer-fighting research wouldn’t be as advanced without generous donations like those from Tim’s supporters. For years people have stepped up to help others fight their battle against cancer, and together we will continue the fight.
As someone whose mother had breast cancer 20 years ago and then again this year, I saw first-hand the advances cancer research funding have made. Her first diagnosis was basically a death sentence, which she beat. Her second diagnosis was much more “mainstream,” understood and easier to accept. She beat it this time too, but with a much different experience. Also, as a family member of a survivor, I understand the importance of having support and hope from others. That’s how I know that every donation and kind word made in Tim’s honor helps him and his family to gain strength and faith.
Since my last posting I want to extend a huge thank you to the additional people who have helped us exceed our fundraising goal for the ACS in honor of Tim. Thank you to Jean Brislance, David Mortimore, Ed Kaska, Michael Ogilvie, Vickie Mersy, Dawn Maniglia, Mary Kincaid, Dave Shearer, Joe Delellis and Dave Shearer. Also, thank you to those who donated money towards groceries for the Garmons!
Also, Tim shared that his doctor is a Husker fan. As someone who was born in Nebraska and raised a Husker die-hard, I know he is in great hands. Like I told Tim, a doctor from a school that bred Ndamukong Suh and The Blackshirts has a good amount of fight in him. Go Big Red and Tim!
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