Last week I held Pretty in Pink: A Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit. The idea stemmed from the breast health battles I had this summer and my continual commitment to Rethink Breast Cancer.
The event couldn’t have been more of a success.
Thank you to everyone who attended and supported every ounce of the night – drinks and food galore, with a lot of education, and a touch of emotion summed up the night. Tasha Westerman, a two time breast cancer survivor and avid Rethink volunteer came to speak a the event – all I can say is that she’s an inspirational woman. A funny, thoughtful, and sincere mother, friend, and colleague.
As my thank you for Tasha coming to speak, I bought 5 copies of her husband’s book, “Stop, Drop, and Smile.” Those 5 copies will be donated to 5 people currently battling cancer and all that comes with the diagnosis. One copy is for my girlfriends mom, who has been battling breast cancer. Another is for a coworkers friend, who has had breast cancer this summer. The third book is going to a Twitter friend’s mom who has been a huge supporter of this event. I offered 2 copies to the audience, if they knew of someone who would truly benefit from the work. I have been approached by one attendee who wants to give a copy to their best friend struggling with cancer. I have one copy left. If you know of anyone who would thoroughly relish in every word Ryan wrote, please pass on their name. If the one book remains unclaimed, it will be donated to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
Tasha’s blog can be found here: http://tashaengel.blogspot.com/
Ryan’s blog can be found here: http://ryanwesterman.blogspot.com/
I want to extend the following extra-special thank you’s for making Pretty in Pink happen:
- Tasha Westerman – You are spectacular – your whole being. You are an inspiration to those around you and I am completely blessed to give my friends the opportunity to have you speak.
- Tremaine Lea – You made and contributed to the success of the event. Thank you for being flexible and committed to both the organization and my event.
- Tony Johansen – Couldn’t have done this without you buddy… your mad marketing skillz made event promotion and communications easy!
- Bethany Wall – Thank you for being the door police, collecting cash, “bouncing” bad folks out of the event ;), and truly being a great friend.
- Erik Ross – Thank you for taking event setup on at very last minute notice and for keeping me company until the wee hours.
- Lastly… a huge thank you to Ming. An unbelievable venue, intimate vibe, and the best staff a girl could ask for.
Thank you to all those who attended the event:
Amanda C., Ahmed, Andrew M., Andrew T., Ashley, Bethany, Brittaney, Bryce, Caitlin, Candace, Charlene, Chris & guest, Crystal, Curtis, Dominic, Erik, Felicity, Fran, Geoff, Gurpreet, Jason P., Jenn De., Jenn Du., Jessica, Jody, Joe, Joel, Josephine, Kait, Kat, Kim K., Katie, Kevin, Kristin, Larissa & guest, Leo, Lily, Lindsay, Lisa, Mandy, Mason, Melanie, Micheline, Neil, Nicole M., Nicole S., Rachel, Regan, Rick, Scott, Simon, Tasha F., Trina, Troy, Shelby, Sue, and Zak.
And thank you for the additional donations:
Amanda M., Dawn, Derek, Jason O., Kim M., Kymme, Mark, and Zak.
If you are still interested in donating, please visit my secure site through Rethink Breast Cancer: https://secure.reachout4rethink.org/ParticipantPage-102-17.aspx?L=2&CCID=17&PID=1125&GC=GTv2
To view photos from the event, please visit Tremaine’s website.
As discussed at the event, Rethink Breast Cancer is holding their annual Rethink Romp in Calgary on November 4th. The theme of this years event is SUPERHEROES! It is always a fantastic night out on the town, for more information visit http://www.rethinkromp.com.
From the bottom of my heart – thank you. XO
PS – Thank you to Jennifer Dunwoody who recently blogged about the event and Rethink Breast Cancer.