“What are you going to do with a degree in Communication?”

I heard that question at least 100 times during college when I told someone about my major…

“What are you going to do with a degree in Communication?”

And, my response was usually…

“Anything I want…”

I believed that, too. I tossed around the idea of PR and I thought about Non-Profit work. I enjoyed time in Special Events until I met my true love…Training and Development.

One thing I did not consider was SALES. Why? Because I hate asking people for stuff…especially money. In fact, I once went two weeks in college eating only saltine crackers (and $2 gas station diet pills so I wouldn’t feel the hunger pains) so I wouldn’t have to tell my parents I was out of money.

But sometimes you see an opportunity so important, you have to get over yourself and take a step. So this is my step.

My friend Andrea is participating in the Breast Cancer 3-Day in Phoenix and she has to raise a minimum of $2,000 to continue. Here is what she says about the event.

“Did you know that every year more than 200,000 men and women are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will lose their lives to the disease? Every 3 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and every 13 minutes, the disease claims another life. Many people who walk in the 3-Day, walk because they have survived. Many other people walk in honor and memory of those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I am walking for all of us who have been and will be touched by breast cancer.”

And, I believe we all have been touched by cancer. I’m going to donate to Andrea in honor of my dad’s mother who died of liver cancer in her 40s. I am going to donate for my dad’s dad who died of brain cancer, and who I only remember from the vantage-point of my three year old self, as brown slacks from the knee down and candy corn sweets year-round. I will donate for my Aunt Catherine who survived her battle with breast cancer three years ago, my friend, Dee who did not.

If you would like to donate to Andrea’s event, visit her personal donation page and make an online donation or print a form.

Taking a cue from my bi-bloggin’ buddy over at Bleeding Espresso, I’m going to up the ante. If you decide to donate to Andrea, let me know in the comments section. On Wednesday, August 22 I will draw a name from the list and send you a ricordo di Calabria (my choice).

If you are unable to donate, then please add your positive thoughts and prayers, not only for Andrea’s mission, but for the heroes who battle this disease every day, and those who continue to fight for a cure.

11 Responses
  1. american girl in italy

    Continuing on my rant about cancer, I still am so blown away as to why so many young women are getting breast cancer. My friend’s double masectomy is scheduled in two weeks. I will send good thoughts for your friend as well. Please read my blog about Inflammatory Breast cancer – a very agressive and scary form of breast cancer, that hardly anyone has heard about.

  2. Leanne in Italia

    Ciao Cherrye,

    I was told to look at your blog by a fellow blogger as I have just joined the blogging world and liked what I saw! Nice site, and I love your tales. Hope its ok, but I linked you on my new site!


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