Saturday, February 15, 2014

Just a little note....

So---I haven't wrote for awhile. Not that I don't have anything to say.....that is funny considering I ALWAYS have something to say...but just 'cause simply life is moving WAY. TOO. FAST. 

This past week I was smacked in the face with reality and reminded to slow down. Pay attention.

The 2013 3 Day was, once again, life changing. Every year my life is made better over the course of those 3 days. Not a lot changes as far as the event goes. I mean, you walk, you eat, you walk some more, you eat some more, you shower in the back of a semi, you sleep in a PINK tent, repeat for 3 days/2 nights. But what did change was ME. I'm getting older--in fact--I turned the big 4-0 on day 2 of the 2013 3 Day...that meant 40 miles on the day I turned 40. Wow. (Please pause while I pat myself on the back.)
Forty. Wow. So, back to that big smack in the face. This past week I got the news of another friend diagnosed with breast cancer. I've made the jokes about knowing so many people with breast cancer....really it's not funny. I know people who can't name one person they personally know who has had "THE" diagnosis. I have cousins, aunts, sister in laws who are survivors and of course, my mom who died from the disease and these people can't name one?? Not even an acquaintance?? Seriously?? This isn't a pitty party. This is the smack in the face. I don't ask why me, oh boo hoo. I say, "Why not me." I've always been the one who isn't afraid to speak her mind. I'm not afraid to put thousands of facebook posts asking my friends to support me and ultimately the Susan G Komen Foundation all in the name of my mom and Team Piggy, to raise money for breast cancer research and education. I KNOW one day we will find a cure for the disease.


Team Piggy 2013 at Mile 59!
But today, I'm not asking for your money (but if you would like to make a donation to one of the 2014 Team Piggy members the link is on the right hand side of the page.)  TODAY is about awareness. TODAY is for the rest of my friends and my friends friends and everyone else out there....40 is the number. Go get those mammograms. You think life is moving too fast now?? Imagine if you put off that appointment how fast your life could go by. Early detection is key. And to my friends who also turned the BIG 4-0 this year, or will, it's NOT that bad. Trust me.


Muah!
Sacha

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Team Piggy 2012 San Diego 3Day

We had such a wonderful time at the 2012 San Diego 3Day. The weather was beautiful and as a Team we raised over $13,000!
 
 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

It's a Hard Knock Life

Wow! I can't believe how long it has been since I've wrote here. I try to keep the other pages updated as much as possible, but it seems after the 3Day ends in November I really just need a break.

Fundraising is HARD!

I'm not going to lie. It is like a full time job.

You say, "Well, it's your choice. You made the choice to sign up for another walk. You made the choice to commit to raising thousands of dollars."

And I say, "You're right." But still.....

Fundraising is HARD!

It is hard to ask the same friends and family year after year for money. It's hard to come up with new ideas to raise money. (BTW--some work and some don't. We've learned that the hard way.)  Did I mention,

Fundraising is HARD!

So, here we go with another year. Yes, I will ask you (AGAIN) to support me and my team. I WILL ask you for your donation and your support.  Some of you will roll your eyes at me. Some of you will donate, again. Some of you will be first time donors.  Just please know as we roll into another fundraising season for Team Piggy:

Fundraising is HARD! and I couldn't do it without you and your support!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I Believe

As I REALLY start my fundraising for 2012 I've had a few people ask me, how do I do it?

Me, "How do I do what? How do I raise $2,300 or how do I walk 60 miles in 3 days?" (Truly in my mind, the latter seems more daunting than the money.)

But almost always, they want to know about the money. I know, money is what drives us. It's what we need for "survival."  Aaaah haaa....survival.

So, did you know breast cancer medical care costs will reach over $16 billion (yes, that's billion with a "B" and yes, that is only for breast cancer--also with a "B") a year! (According to the the National Institutes of Health.) That doesn't include the cost of research.

Researchers are frantically searching for that ever elusive cure. They are doing a pretty good job, survival rates ARE going up. But so is the cost of research, the cost of care and the cost treatment.

Yes, I raise money for the Susan G Komen Foundation which has been under scrutiny. I'm not going to lobby or try to sway those against Komen. We can argue about it until we are blue in the face.  Let's just call this one a draw. Each to his or her own.  Everyone has their "thing," their organization, their cause. Mine is breast cancer. Not one person can argue against the fact that EVERY single advancement in breast cancer has been touched by money from Komen. So in a nutshell, a very small nutshell, that is why I support Komen. Obviously there is more, but we'll save that for another day.

This year, everyone wonders how I will be able to raise the money for the 5th year. Each year it gets more and more difficult. As my passion increases my belief in a cure does too. The funny thing is, even if my friends don't support the organization or the cause THEY SUPPORT ME. Hmmmm, isn't that what friends do? They support each other?

To get back to the original question....how do I raise $2,300? I'm able to do it one dollar at a time.... thanks to my wonderful friends and family, they believe in ME.

Now we've answered the money question, it's time to go for a walk because, really, have you every walked 20 miles a day for 3 days? That's what's tough.

~Sacha




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Live YOUR Life

So. It's Mother's Day weekend coming up. Do you have plans to spend it with your mom or are you too busy? Can't make the trip? Don't have the time?

Let me tell you.

You are NOT that busy.

It's NOT that far.

You HAVE the time.

When my mom was sick, I had a job. I had a 2 year old. I lived an hour away from my mom.  You want to talk about being busy? You want to talk about a drive? You don't have time? Really? I don't want to hear it.  Bottom line is, I can tell you about me. I can tell you to make time, make the drive, YOU'RE NOT that busy....but it's up to you.

It's all up to you. It's what you feel in your heart and more importantly, if you were to lose your mom (or another loved one, for that matter) what could you live with? You're the one that has to live with the decisions you make.  When my mom was very sick and we didn't know how much time she had left (which wasn't long) I got some fantastic advice, from my dad, of all people.  (Let me just say, my dad and mom don't, didn't, wouldn't, etc. speak to each other...that story is for another day.)  He told me to make sure I didn't have any regrets.

Oh man, that is so easy to say. But I had to break it down.

I get it. I get what he was trying to tell me.  I'm the one who is going to be here, LIVING. What is it I can live with and not say to myself, I should have called more, I should have drove more, I should, I could blah blah blah. I miss my mom EVERY day. But I can LIVE with the decisions I made. Make sure you can too. 

Oh, and go see your mom this weekend.

~Sacha

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Let's Do This!

The 2012 Susan G Komen 3-Day is going to be the best yet! Wow! I say that with 100% confidence. How can I be so sure, you may ask?  Well, let me tell you.  The 2012 San Diego Susan G Komen 3-Day opens on my birthday, Debbi will be celebrating 10 years  cancer free and the entire time we will be reflecting over the five years since we lost my mom to breast cancer.

So much has happened over the past year since we last walked, but there are a few things I am sure of: Breast Cancer is still taking way too many people, way too early and way too many of my friends are STILL being diagnosed with this disease. The bottom line is, we need to make sure early detection and treatment is possible. Your donations will go to helping fund those much needed screenings and also to search out  a cure.  A cure for cancer?!?! I know, it seems crazy, but I bet in 1955 Jonas Salk was considered a little bit crazy too.  Me, I like crazy.

So, if you like crazy too, please help us by making a donation. You can find out more about us and why we walk by clicking our personal fundraising sites.  And don't forget to come out and participate in the Team Piggy 2012 Hog Jog coming up in April. More info on the 2012 Auction and Boutique to come!

~Sacha