On February 27th, 2015 my cousin Evanne-Leigh MacPherson was diagnosed with Stage 4 Nephroblastoma cancer (as known as Wilm’s). She is only 26 years old and is a single mother to an adorable little boy named Austin. As you can imagine, cancer treatments are not cheap so my family has organized a benefit in her name in order to raise awareness for this disease and to offer her financial support during this time.
The fundraiser will take place on Friday April 17th, 2015 at the Galt Royal Canadian Legion in Cambridge. I am reaching out to all of you in the hopes that you might be able to help in some way. Tickets to the fundraiser are only $10.00 and will include music, food and lots of prizes. We are also still looking for some great raffle prizes so if you own a business and would be able to donate a service or product, I would really appreciate your help.
Facebook Event Page = https://www.facebook.com/events/449135131908613/
Because I know you all work very hard for your money, I thought it would only be fair for me to do something in return for your kindness. That is why I decided to sign up for the Around the Bay Race last minute. I wanted to show everyone that faith really can go a long way.
This will be the only race I have ever run because up until a few months ago, I never believed I could do it. All my life I have carried around the notion that “I was not a runner”. All that time I believed I couldn't run for a variety of reasons, (well to be fair, I realize now they were just excuses) but my big AH-HA moment happened back in January of this year when I was at the gym and I looked across the room to see a women running. Now this in itself is not “remarkable” however what I saw when I looked at her was life transforming; for the first time ever, I started to see and visualize myself running in her place. This thought was so positive and empowering that something deep inside me told me that I really could it - that despite the obstacles I perceived, I really could become a runner. From that moment on, I believed I could do it. Having faith on my side has allowed me to surpass my “personal bests” many times over during the past 2 months and I will continue to do so. I have gone from barely struggling through 10 minutes of jogging to running 10 km without issue. Tomorrow morning I will be running 5 km in support of my cousin with the intention of running the full 30 km next year.
I am running tomorrow because I have faith in my heart that Evanne will beat her cancer. I have faith that she will hear her own voice deep inside her and she will know (without a shadow of a doubt) that she can win this fight. Every time my feet hit the pavement I will remember that anything is possible as long as I you have faith in yourself. Tomorrow I run for Evanne and for all people who may be struggling with their chances to succeed in their battles.
I believe in you Evanne and I hope you never lose your faith in believing in the impossible………..
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My name is Carmen Lisa MacPherson and I'm a self proclaimed humanitarian, wellness advocate and wannabe super hero.