Wednesday, September 18, 2013

144 dollars in 144 hours

Raise $144 in 144 Hours (6 Days)
Raise $144 in 144 hours, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 12:00pm (Noon) and will end on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at12:00pm (Noon)!

Why raise $144? Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer and every 10 minutes someone dies from blood cancer. 

In 24 hours 360 people will be diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.    In 24 hours 144 people lose their lives to blood cancers. Dedicate a day in support of blood cancer awareness month and donate a dollar or whatever you feel moved to in honor of every life lost.

As Jack Bauer would say "We are running out of time." 

If all registered Light the Night participants in the Rocky Mountain chapter raise $144 in 144 hours that means another  $332,496.00 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society bringing us closer to funding vital life saving research and providing patient services. Together we can hit our $1.1 million dollar goal for this year's Colorado Light The Night Walks and come closer to finding cures!

So that could be 1 person that donates 144.00
                         2 people donating        72.00
                         3 people donating        48.00
                         4 people donating        36.00
                         6 people donating        24.00
                         8 people donating        18.00
                       12 people donating        12.00
                       16 people donating          9.00
                       18 people donating          8.00
                       24 people donating          6,00
                       36 people donating          4.00
                       48 people donating          3.00
                       72 people donating          2.00
                     144 people donating          1.00

Who will you be in this fight against blood cancer?   1 or 1, 1 of 144, 1 of ...  Every dollar counts.  Your contribution brings us closer to the day that we can live in a world without blood cancer.  

You can donate here by clicking on my Light the Night page. 

Thanks in advance for your contribution and know that you are providing support and hope to everyone that is touched in this battle. 

With love for Kelly and Laiken and Melina and so many others, too many others. 

I walk with a gold balloon to remember and honor my angels

Friday, September 6, 2013

Do you feel useful?

I happened to catch this article by Paul Coelho's twitter feed this morning.

Thirty second read to answer the question, "Do you feel useful?"

A flower and a river were the protagonist's in the article and neither the flower or the river questioned their purpose, their reason for being.  A flower was simply trying to be a flower and the river was trying to be a river.   They were being what they are.

I think so many of us try to answer that question and find the purpose in our being and then we simply forget to "be".

When my friend Cassie was running for the Woman of the year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society last year a local artist, Laurie Maeves made a painting to donate to Cassie's campaign.  Laurie is completely sure that her purpose is to either make your painting and if not to possibly deconstruct your painting.  Is she doesn't do that, who will?

So if I posed this question to Laurie if she felt useful, I am sure she would reply as the river did.  I am not trying to be useful, I am trying to be an artist.

Are you trying to be useful?    What if you simply tried being who you are?  As Paul Cohello teaches,

"Don’t try to be useful. Try to be yourself: that is enough, and that makes all the difference."