BAREFOOT AND DANCING:
I'm doing the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Sacramento on April 16. I signed up two weeks ago, and finally tonight got it together and finished my fundraising page. (I'm still feeling the sleeplessness from a four-week course of steroids that went with radiation.) I'd been thinking about it since I was first in treatment, while I was still in seminary. I went to their website more recently, clicked the "Survivors" tab, and started crying. I also know that if I'm going to do this sort of thing, it needs to be now. I'm capable, mentally and physically competent, and in the lightest course of treatment (oral chemo only) that I've ever had.
Please don't feel pressured to contribute. Your love is enough. But please do feel welcome to. Money raised doesn't go to me; it goes to the American Cancer Society. You're helping to fund research, and support patients in any number of ways.
You are also welcome (very welcome) to walk the survivors' lap with me. The event begins at 10am at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H Street, Sacramento.
OCICBW... gives its full and unreserved endorsement to Kirstin's charity appeal and her taking part in this relay for life. If you can afford to make a donation please do so. If you cannot then keep Kirstin in your prayers and, most especially, on 16th. April. Both courses of action will do Kirstin the power of good.
And OCICBW... is not alone in its endorsement of Kirstin's efforts. The omnipresent IT (she who must be obeyed) left this comment on Kirstin's blog yesterday:
As one who was funded by ACS early in her career, and who now reviews for them and speaks at ACS events, I want to thank you for your courage and activism. Relay always makes me more inspired when I get back to the lab. You are all so brave. I salute you!
We all salute you, Kirstin and we salute those who support you in your continued resolve to show us all how to live life with the commitment and enthusiasm it deserves.