This site is dedicated to helping cancer patients and victims and honoring the very lovely people who fund-raise for the things the Governments don’t provide. The site was commenced in 2002 or thereabout when the first event to raise money for cancer victims was held in April 18-20, 2002 at the City of Greater Sudbury, Ontario with a total of $2416 raised for the Canadian Cancer Society. By 2012 a total sum of $22810 had been raised.
The site was run by Anita McNab and through it she was able to mobilize and organize an event dubbed the North Rocks which was full of music activities used for the charity event.
Anita did so because she had suffered great loss of losing 2 loved ones to cancer while the third one survived.
What an amazing and beautiful lady she is. Below are some of the pictures of Anita and her partners that I gathered. Some date back to 2002 during the first event.
No matter how much you plan, life constantly throws you off perfect. Nothing is ever perfect—ever. Most of what life becomes about is learning how to balance the good and the not so good. Getting cancer teaches you that immediately. Life changes and to survive the change you have to adapt or literally die.
How to Survive
If you sit home with your disease of cancer not only does it eat you physically constantly, it will eat you up mentally and emotionally. As hard as it is you can help yourself by blessing others. I suppose since my life was nothing but cancer, cancer doctor visits, cancer treatments, perhaps figuring out various ways to become healthier in a jiffy, etc. I decided to be about cancer.
I asked myself how can you be positive about cancer. You can’t. There is nothing positive about it and that is the real hard truth you learn. Curing it makes you less even to the point you lose parts of your body. Having it you lose a piece of who you are forever. You can gain a piece of your life back by helping someone else through the hard trials of cancer.
Once getting cancer, I needed my “fun” raised. I begin to work fundraising for cancer events. Even with insurance not enough money exists to take care of everything. I understood some things better than people without cancer. Happiness no longer comes in the normal way. Sometimes standing in a crowd just passing out papers or chatting suddenly becomes enough. I still had to talk about cancer, but it went from personal to informative. I could stand that even laugh. I did not have to hide my cancer but could openly talk about it to others who had the same experience.
“Do you have cancer?” I would say. Then affirm, “So do I and so does everyone.”
I had learned that. Everyone has cancer. Everyone has mutant cells. Cells that for whatever reason go astray. Rebellious teenager cells that will not listen to the body signals. At some point, the body becomes out of balance and the cancer cells become the norm. You once again become a raging sack of hormones, moods and accelerated growth like your teenage years.
At that everyone laughs. The fear of cancer goes away because we all have it. For a short time you can find some happiness in being a teenager again. Since you may not live forever but you now can take that trip, eat that ice cream, and have all the sweets you want because most likely you will vomit it up anyway. Everyone will think you are anorexic and trying to look like a supermodel. The giggles begin and the sweetness begins. You let it go.
We all smile because to give to a cancer event means you are giving to yourself. To help out at an event means your part of the cancer group and can relax. It is okay. You have cancer but so does everyone else in the room. You are just an overachiever.
Lending a Helping Hand
When you help others, or ‘philanthropy’, it makes a person feel better. So take even just a few minutes of your day, and do something kind for another individual, whether it’s your friend, a family member, a co-worker, or even a stranger. Not only it makes you feel better about yourself, but you are also making somebody’s day and putting a smile on their face. It improves the life of another and it makes the world a better place, one step at a time.
Here Are Some Event Photos: