To the Caring Family at the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate,
In September I lost my Granny, Frances Serody, to cervical cancer. The day she passed, I made a promise to myself that I would do whatever I could possibly do to help raise money and awareness for cancer research and outreach.
At eighteen years old, I'm into rock music and go to many local concerts. In January, I heard about a cancer benefit concert, and immediately the idea clicked in my head. I decided at that point to do what I knew - I knew that I loved rock music, I knew a lot of local bands, and I knew I wanted to raise money and awareness to uphold my promise to my grandmother. So the outcome of all this "knowledge" is a fundraiser called "Music is the Remedy," being held on May 15 and organized by me with the help of my sister, Brianna.
I am so thankful for all that the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate has done - and continues to do - to help and support me! I was feeling very overwhelmed with all the tasks of this undertaking and was close to cancelling it. However, thanks to your guidance, support and care, I found the confidence to plow ahead. This is the first event I've ever organized, but I feel so humbled by all of this. I'm doing what I can in search of closure in my Granny's death. I felt helpless while she was ill, and felt as though I'd done nothing to help her, but doing this makes me feel like she's smiling down on me proudly. I hope that a lot of people come out to support me in this effort, or donate to the cause, because, as I said, this event means the world to me... just as I know ending breast cancer means so much to so many.
I feel so empowered by what I am able to do... to see it all come together... and it's all because of the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate. I contacted numerous general cancer organizations, as well as cervical cancer ones, but the calls went unanswered. A few months later, a Komen Philadelphia Affiliate Mentor, Lynn Reber, was introduced to me and right away jumped in to help me. Doing this event means everything to me, and the help I'm receiving means even more.