Let's Make More Birthdays!

by Amanda Lanum 

This May Day is my 28th birthday. In recent years I haven't asked for anything for my birthday, but this year I decided I'm asking all of you to pitch in. I've set up a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. A nice birthday card will cost you about $5, so that's the donation I'm asking for from each of you. It's not much per individual, but together we can make a big difference.

Here is why this is important to me:


When I was 9 I lost my grandpa Al to cancer. It was my first experience with death and I thought for certain I would be sad forever. He was 52.
Fourteen years later my dear grandma Barb also lost her battle with cancer. She was 58.
And in 2010, one of the only women I admire as much as my mother, my grandma Charlotte, died after just a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a month away from her 65th birthday.
One biological grandparent left, and he is battling bladder cancer at this time.
Now, as I celebrate my 28th year, I want to do what I can to keep my parents around for many more birthdays. I don't need a $5 Hallmark card (that I'll throw away anyhow), Donate to the American Cancer Society instead.


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