World Cancer Day

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Today is #WorldCancerDay. Today is a day to do what you can do. Everyone has the power to help reduce the impact of cancer on individuals, families and communities.

I don’t have the financial resources to donate as I wish I could to help with research, or care. But I do have time and I can give that.

One way I have found to help reduce the impact is to help out my sister in law. Sometimes it is as simple as driving her or my mother in law some where they need to go. I have the time, I have the resources to help.

This year I volunteered to be part of American Cancer Society Couture for the Cause Montgomery County.

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I am proud to be a part of this group, and work with some wonderful people.

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We had our Kickoff Party on January 21, 2016 (see more here: https://goo.gl/at1Wlv) and it was a huge success. I cannot thank our sponsors enough for their donations.

Our fantastic host, Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands.

Our Food & Beverage Donors: All Star Catering, Chef Michael’s Gourmet Kitchen, Crescent Moon Wine Bar, Crisp Woodlands, Cru Wine Bar Woodlands, Custom Caterers, Deer Lake Lodge, Jasper’s Woodlands, MD Bookkeepers, Premier Beverage HWY 105 Conroe, Rebecca Creek/Enchanted Rock, Red Brick Tavern, Sunshine & Sprinkles Cake Pops, Teal Services, The Grand Palace, and The Italian Café.

As well as a very Special Thanks to: Bernhardt Winery – Sponsor raffle, Brockstar Video – Event Videography, Events Plus – Event resources, Impressions by Stacy HarrisJohn Cooper School – Entertainment, Justin & Jeremy Acoustic Duo – Entertainment, MelonHead Photo – Event Photography, Missy Grace Designs – Floral, Panera Bread – Raffle, Benihana – Raffle, Review It Magazine – Step & Repeat, ShutterBooth – Photo Booth, Sign Express – Event Signage, Sunbelt Rentals, Wild Stallion Vineyards – Raffle.

Our main event is still to come on May 7, 2016. We’re bringing the world of high fashion to The Club at Carlton Woods for an exclusive evening featuring the hottest new fashions, signature cocktails/wine/champagne, delicious Italian fare, fabulous entertainment and plenty of surprises! You can also participate in a Kendra Scott jewelry pull, Champagne & Diamonds raffle, handbag raffle or bid on some of our unique Bid Board auction items.

If you would like more information on this event or would like to be a sponsor please see the following: http://couturemontgomery.org or check out our Facebook page: https://goo.gl/AYZ6yi

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So you may be wondering, but what exactly CAN I DO? I am glad you asked. The theme for the next three years of World Cancer Day is “We can. I can”. Please see the following link for more information: http://goo.gl/AhlFDr

You can also find more information here: http://goo.gl/tLu4FY

Today, and EVERY day; is for my daddy, my brother, my Uncle Wayne, my sweet cousin Brittany, my sister in law Mendi, and myself. Let today and every day be #ADAYTOUNITE and help us #MakeCancerLastSeason

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday – Our Brittany

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On March 8, 2013; just 14 months after being diagnosed, my cousin, Brittany Joan Stephens-Kinney lost her fight to cancer. Although her life was only 24 short years, she lived it to the fullest. Brittany was a very vivacious, kind hearted, full spirited woman and she gave cancer a good hard run for its money. She lives on through her son, Gabe, who has the same vivacious, kind hearted full spirit.

We miss you and love you, Britt! You will forever be in our hearts.

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RIP sweet angel

A Picture of Courage

A picture of courage dons my profile picture for facebook.  I have gotten a lot of messages questioning why my profile picture was changed to this, as well as the profile picture of a few of my facebook friends (who also happen to be family members).

So I thought I would explain the change of the profile picture for those of you who have asked, or even if you haven’t and are wondering the reason behind the change.

It is all about a little boy.  His name is Jaxson Courage LaRue.  Jaxson is my great nephew, he is Richard’s nephew’s son.  This is Jaxson:

Jaxson is fighting a battle, he has been diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, where nerve cells become cancerous. He has a baseball sized tumor in his left abdominal cavity.  Jaxson just turned one year old.

So my facebook profile picture of courage is for Jaxson; and every prayer I say has him in it.  And ask all of you, to please include Jaxson in your prayers as well.

You know it is said that God never gives us anything we can’t handle; but I look at what he gives me, my friends, my family to handle and wonder sometimes, “What made you think I/we/you could handle this?”.  I wish I had that answer but I do not, and maybe someday the reason behind it will be shown to us, but for now it just doesn’t seem fair for someone so little to have to go through this.

There is some good news in this; the cancer doesn’t appear to have spread, nor is it in his bones or bone marrow.  His dad has been good about posting up dates and all the information on facebook for the family to know the latest updates.

If you would like to know more about neroblastoma, you can read about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroblastoma.