Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

Alice Rallies All of Us: #Alice’sBucketList

Alice Pyne and Mabel

My apologies for the radio silence of late–had a little health scare and was in the hospital for a few days, but am definitely on the mend and feeling better every day now.

Because of my days immersed in healthcare and all its foibles (and GREAT nurses, in my case), I am drawn to the recent super-trending story of Alice Pyne in Ulverston, England. Alice has gained international attention for her blog, Alice’s Bucket List. Alice is a 15-year-old girl with cancer. She has been fighting it for four years, and with incredible grace that just guts me, she has come to the understanding that she’s not going to win this fight. Alice has created a Bucket List of things she is anxious to accomplish in the time she has, with fantastic experiences she longs for, like “To Swim With Sharks,” “To Be a Dolphin Trainer,” and “To Meet [the band] Take That.” Alice’s number one wish is for everyone, and she does mean everyone, to sign up to be a potential bone marrow donor. A donor match can save a life. One-to-one, you being responsible for the survival of another, and without you, they will not make it. It is an awesome responsibility and honor. Alice’s work for awareness is huge.

Respond to the international movement started by this young woman, by finding the marrow donation center nearest you, and put yourself on the list. It is easier than you think.

Be the Match

Joan and God’s Love

joan-riversI’m about to get on a plane to the West Coast to see the taping of the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers (it airs August 9 at 10PM). It’ll be a ridiculous night of ripping Joan and every other celeb to shreds (ya think anybody’ll mention plastic surgery?), often profane (a large portion of the evening can never make it to broadcast–it’s too blue), and all in relatively good-natured, if edgy, fun.

Of course Joan is a veteran of the comedy world and has been working tirelessly for as long as most of the comedians that will be on the dais roasting her have been alive–twice the lifespans of some of them, and nobody can say anything harsh about Joan she hasn’t already said herself.

People sometimes love to hate her, but what you cannot find fault with or hate or even disparage, is her commitment to charitable causes. The woman gets her hands dirty working for others in ways to which most of us can only aspire. Her main charity is God’s Love We Deliver. This is an astoundingly effective organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. The incredible corps of volunteers prepares and delivers healthy meals to those who are housebound or otherwise cannot avail themselves of proper nutrition. It started in 1985, and has served over ten million meals. Volunteer s are needed every day to help in the kitchen and to deliver meals to clients’ homes.

Find information for volunteers here and get involved. (If you can’t put on a hair net and stir a pot of soup at the kitchens, donate). You won’t regret a second of it, and will wish you had started earlier.

Travel for the Cure

clientLogo_SusanGKomenI have to admit, shamefacedly, my cultural ignorance. Before her name became synonymous with the fight against breast cancer, I had no idea who Susan G. Komen was. I still don’t know much beyond the valiant fight and extraordinary work done in her name…and perhaps that is enough, for now. She is a lightning rod for reaching out, and as long as inspiration to action happens, that is everything.

An easy way to do something positive for the world while enjoying a glorious vacation, is to visit the Hawaiian island of Oahu and work with certain properties and tour companies that are in alliance with Komen for the Cure, and donate part of your vacation dollars to the cause. The Oahu Visitors Bureau has created the Travel Pink, Travel Oahu program that, since it’s inception in 2006, has raised over $80,000 for the cause.

The Big Kahunas of Island hotels are cooperating: Hyatt Waikiki, Aqua Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Halekulani, Waikiki Parc, and the Royal Hawaiian. Each has a package deal that saves you money and contributes a portion of the cost of your stay to the charity.

It is an effortless way to relax, enjoy the rejuvenation of the island, and get in touch with your own priorities as vacation can always do…while reaching out (consider matching the donation yourself. It may mean you have to budget one less luau show, but how many fire dances do you need to see?)

Packages will be listed on a special Oahu Visitors Bureau micro site – www.visit-oahu.com/travelpink

For more information on breast cancer and the Komen Hawaii Affiliate, visit www.komenhawaii.org