A little can go a long way

Think about this…
Lunch at a restaurant: $12
Week of coffee: $15
Weekday Happy Hour: $20
Brunch: $30
Mani/Pedi: $50
Dinner and Movies for two: $60
Spa Day: $100
In the next week, how many of you will go out for a coffee, eat lunch out, or go to the movie theater? In lieu of these everyday pleasures, would you consider making a similar size tax deductible donation?
As most of you know, I put up the fight of my life 2014-2015 as I battled Breast Cancer. I am so grateful for the generosity and support that our family received through donations of food, time and money that went towards co-pays and keeping us afloat during that very difficult time.
I know not everyone is as fortunate to have such a great caring community, or find it difficult to even ask for help. Having intimate knowledge of how hard this can be has inspired me to fundraise and walk the AVON 39 -The Walk to End Breast Cancer. It won’t be easy, but that’s why it’s worth it. From now until AVON 39 weekend, I’ll train to strengthen my body to walk over 39 miles in two days. This is also going to serve to get me super healthy and strong before I face surgery again just 2 weeks after this epic walk!
But I need your help again to do this. I am required to raise at least $1,800 to EARN MY 39, and to be able to participate in this walk. I hope that I can count on your support! You can make a donation on my webpage by clicking the “Donate Now” button to the right. If you prefer to write a check, click the “Donate By Mail” button and follow the instructions on the form.
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME, SO EVEN IF YOU CAN ONLY CONTRIBUTE A FEW DOLLARS, PLEASE DO. ALSO, DON’T FORGET TO SHARE THIS WITH YOUR NETWORK OF FRIENDS, FAMILY & CO-WORKERS. (If you are receiving this as a forward and want to know about me and my journey, check out my other blog posts where I wrote all through my battle with Breast Cancer.)
Your donations will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The dollars you pledge will put food on the table of a breast cancer patient and her family. They will enable access to mammograms and medicine, fuel research, and save lives. Need any more reason to click that Donate Now button?
I’m walking with thousands of other 39ers. We’re banding together in solidarity and have one goal: to take breast cancer down. So many sisters and mothers and friends have been lost. We see a world without breast cancer for our daughters and nieces. By supporting me with a donation, you’re part of it. I thank you in advance for supporting me in walking the Avon 39. Together we can help so many!
Melissa Eppard
Approximately 230,480 women and 2,140 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this coming year. I will walk in honor of all these people through Manhattan and back again, through the Upper West and East Sides, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Chinatown eventually crossing the legendary Brooklyn Bridge on the way to the finish line!
pink shoes

5 thoughts on “A little can go a long way”

  1. You’d better get a button or a t shirt or a stapler or something from Avon when you do the walk! $2000+ is a pretty awesome contribution to the cancer fight and worthy of at least a corny kitschy bit of memorabilia. After all, knick knacks are the spice of life 😉
    I hope you post an update of how the walk went!

  2. Yay!
    Try to hold on to those cheap little tchotchkes as long as you can though. I once bought a 50 cent t shirt from Goodwill for some defunct diabetes charity and I wore it for years in high school. I actually kind of agonized on some days over whether to wear a plain t or the diabetes t, because I felt like I was contributing to the cause and such. When I eventually wore it to shreds and couldn’t even use it as a PJ top anymore, I went through a stage of micro-mourning when I eventually had to throw it out. The moral of this pointless story is that even disposable little tokens can take on great meaning, for yourself or even for others far removed from a signifying object’s original meaning. So hold on to those stupid little Chinese-made water bottles and t shirts and hold on tight! Some day they’ll be a story and bring a smile to your face.

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