Friday, October 16, 2009

Excerpts from the Company newlestter

Today, I got to share a part of my story along with another employee who is a survivor. Here is the excerpt...

Treating it

When Holaday was in the midst of the treatment, her oncologist told her something that has stuck with her even today: We are getting good at treating cancer, now we need to prevent it.

“It is amazing to see how the treatments have changed over the years,” said Holaday. “My oncologist said it is both good news and bad news that there are so many diagnosed with breast cancer. On one hand, it is a horrible thing to deal with. But on the other hand, it means there is an increased awareness that leads to early diagnosis and treatment, and increased survival rates.”

That is one of the reasons why she has passion around breast cancer research. Each year she tries to do one walk or event that helps raise money for breast cancer research.

This year she participated in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Race for the Cure. She was joined by dozens of other Intuit walkers last month and raised more than $14,000. They walked in honor of Sandy O’Connell, an Intuit employee who died from breast cancer in January.

And at the beginning of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, other Intuit employees participated in the Breast Cancer 3-Day, also benefiting the Susan G. Komen foundation. More than 1,700 walkers and crew raised almost $4 million.

“When I was younger and my mother had breast cancer, I didn’t know how to deal with my mother’s disease, nor did I have the resources to help,” said Andrew Kok, staff business analyst, and was a crew member at the Oct. 2-4 walk. “I only relied on my mother telling me that she would be fine. Today, I am lucky she is a 12-year survivor. Now, I want everyone to know that they aren’t alone and there are resources for people affected with breast cancer as well as resources for family and friends.

In November Kok will be a crew member at another breast cancer walk in San Diego.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fundraising is important: SD Camp Logistics Crew Hosts Event This Saturday!

I have been working on 3-Day events since 2003. While that may not be as long as some folks I know, I do know that it is too many. That's why fundraising is so important. It seems as though there is never enough money to finally end breast cancer. If there was, I would be volunteering on a different event by now right?

That's why the 2009 San Diego 3-Day Camp Logistics crew will be hosting a fundraising event on Saturday, October 17 at the Miami Grille at UTC in San Diego (near UCSD)! There will be raffle prizes and salsa dancing for donations. Miami Grille is generously donating some of the proceeds from food and drink items to the Camp Logistics crew.

So please come out to the Miami Grille if you live in the San Diego area. The money raised will go to Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure.