I got birthdays on my mind. Not just my own on Easter, but millions of others. I'm getting to my 22nd with relatively little trouble, but not everyone else is.
Cancer threatens the lives of millions.
The thing about cancer is that the world absolutely does not need it. It causes a lot of suffering and it affects so many-- I don't think I know anyone who hasn't had their life affected by cancer. I think we need less cancer and more cake. Birthday cake.
The American Cancer Society is the official sponsor of birthdays. They have so much information for those diagnosed, their loved ones, and those who are at risk. They fund life-saving research and provide services to patients in need for free! Thanks to their work, there are around 500 birthdays every day that might not have happened otherwise.
That's why I'm raising money for the American Cancer Society. They do a fundraiser called Relay for Life, where teams sign up to walk around a track through the night and raise money. I'm participating at the event at my school for the third year with my team The Filipino American Student Association.
My goal is to raise $100 by April 10th. It's not a huge sum, but it can further research, provide 9 rides to or from a treatment facility for a patient who can't drive themselves, or provide a free night of lodging to a patient and their caregiver when they have to visit a treatment center far from home. If there is someone in your life you would like to honor, you can purchase a Luminaria on our track for $10, a donation which will also go to ACS. If you can donate any amount, even just $2, you can make a difference.
If you're not in a place to be able to donate, you can still help further the fight against cancer. You can also share one of my videos (It's Not Easy To Talk About More Birthdays above / Less Cancer, More Cake! below) on your social media with a link to my donation page, which is easily accessible at main.acsevents.org/goto/HarperHoney.
If you want to find a Relay for Life in your area, you can search for one on the Relay For Life site, or work to organize your own!
I hope you consider donating-- I'd consider it an amazing late birthday present to meet my fundraising goal of $100 by April 10. It's my last Relay for Life at W&M and I want to make it count!