Dear family and friends,
It’s time for my annual birthday fundraiser, and this year I have been inspired to choose the American Cancer Society. All of us have had our lives impacted by cancer. I lost my dear cousin Michael when he was 17, my grandfather died from cancer before I was even born – I always wish I could have known him – and, of course, friends. Last night my friend Derek died from esophageal cancer. I’ve known Derek since 1st grade, and he was always one of my favorite classmates. About a decade ago some of us from elementary school reunited, and I am so grateful to have been able to spend time with him on several occasions since. We were all just about to celebrate our joint 50th birthdays together. Derek will be with us when we do. He was a shining star. (In photo, Derek is the one behind me at right - if you can figure that out! - in the striped shirt :) )
I hope you will consider donating to my 50th birthday fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. If you are able to swing $50, that would be great, but truly an amount will do - $25, $10, $5. Thank you for considering this request.
Thank you for considering my request.