I’m a Fairy

September 4, 2008 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

To be more specific, I am a Cancer Fairy.  You are probably wondering what I am talking about, and I’ll explain shortly.  First, some background.

Friday night at 7pm, NBC is airing an hour-long special “Stand Up to Cancer” as a fund raiser to help fund research to find cures for cancer, of all types.  That has become a special cause for me in the past year.

Last December, my 34-year-old daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Since then she has had a double mastectomy, undergone extensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.  But she completed her treatments in July, and is now building up strength day by day.  And she will need it, because she has committed to participate in the Komen 3-Day, a 60 mile walk next November, to raise funds to defeat breast cancer.

A lot of viewers have asked me how Jennifer is doing.  But instead of just telling you, I can show you.  As part of the “Stand Up to Cancer” program we will run a story on Jennifer and her battle with cancer.

When she was at her lowest point last winter, recovering from surgeries, and undergoing the rigors of chemo, she had a special group of friends who supported her every day.  They would bring meals, run errands, and surprise her with small gifts to cheer her up.  When they would show up unexpectedly to brighten her day, Jennifer would exclaim, “It’s the Cancer Fairy”.  (Sort of like a tooth fairy, but even more appreciated).

All of those friends have joined Jennifer to sponsor a team which they named, naturally, The Cancer Fairies.  I asked if I could join them, and they enthusiastically welcomed me to the team.  So yes, I am now a Cancer Fairy, too.  The team consists of me and 18 wonderful young women with big hearts (and aching feet).  Sixty miles is a long way to walk!  Our goal is to raise $45,000.  There’s already $18,000 in the bank.  If you would like to help Jennifer, me, or one of the other women to reach our goal, I invite you to click on this link:

3-Day Information

And by all means, watch the special at 7pm Friday night.  You can see Jennifer (her hair is starting to grow back in now) along with many of the other Cancer Fairies.  You can donate there as well, to a more general cancer-fighting fund.

You can also see excerpts from Jennifer’s Interview here:

Shocked She Had Cancer

Telling Our Family

Optimistic Outlook

Warning For Women

 

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock

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