Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cure by Design - Coming soon to a runway near you!

Do you know the feeling you get when you find yourself doing something that you never thought you would do? Not the bad one when you ask, “How did I get myself into this?” The one when you say, “Pinch me, I’m dreaming!” This may be the case for a few survivors who will take the runway for Charlotte’s inaugural Cure by Design event on Saturday, March 24, at the Urban Garden, Ritz Carlton.

Cure by Design is a fundraiser of the American Cancer Society that brings world-renowned and local designers together with the retail community to support the fight against cancer. Local cancer survivors of all ages will model fashions from Alex Garfield, Luis Machicao and several local merchants. As the survivor models walk the runway, they will be helping to raise funds for patient services, research, educational and advocacy programs of the American Cancer Society.

The evening will be made even more special with a cocktail reception and opportunities to bid on items during a silent and live auction. Please help Presbyterian Cancer Center make the event “pinch me” successful by buying a ticketor spreading the word to help raise lifesaving funds!

~ Tiffany, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center

Friday, March 9, 2012

Reflections on the Aftermath

March is here! This month marks the beginning of so many good things: longer days, warmer weather, the official start of spring. March of 2012 brought something more with it. It brought a wave of tornados that left behind uprooted trees, disassembled homes and structures that were stripped down to their bare foundation. Those directly affected were left with a range of emotions, including disbelief and sadness because life for them changed so drastically and instantly.

As I drove through my own community, I was struck by how similar the aftermath of the tornado is to the aftermath of a cancer diagnosis. Both come when you least expect them. Both sometimes have warning signs…maybe there was a spot or lump that the doctors have been watching or maybe you have health conditions that place you at a higher risk. Both have the potential to cause major damage… stately trees snapped in half and gaping holes in once sturdy houses with missing shutters, shingles, and entire second floors reminded me of the emotional, physical, and financial chaos that comes when you are diagnosed. Both are painful… and both provide opportunities to witness human resilience.

In the hours that followed the storm I witnessed strangers rally around those who were without a place to live. I heard about crews traveling from neighboring cities to offer services to cut trees, remove debris and patch houses. I saw how survivors embraced each other and encouraged each other to get through.

This is what I see everyday at Buddy Kemp. I see how survivors of cancer embrace other survivors and help them get though. I see examples of resilience in how survivors work to rebuild after the diagnosis and push beyond their grief and focus on restoring their health. I see how individuals rally to raise awareness, instill hope and live for the day when we can successfully eradicate this disease. I experience what tragedy does not destroy but what grows from it.

I encourage you to find your own strength and make today a great day.

~ Tiffany, Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center