April 29 – cancer is a b!+@#

279/365 – people to thank who have had an impact on me.  In 6 days, my Marketing 12 class raised just under $700 for cancer research.  I think that’s amazing but what’s more amazing is the opening of wallets by staff and students at the school and I’m sure it’s because a lot of them have had personal familial experiences in regards to the havoc cancer wreaks.  I am one of those rare people who, at my age of 50, has not been touched by cancer in my family or extended family and I know I’m lucky; however, I know of acquaintances who have gone through it and are survivors.  Even though I don’t have any personal stories, I still think it’s important to donate as the stories I have heard about what people have gone through and the toll that it has taken on their families is one that I cannot even begin to fathom.  I have been deeply moved by their experiences; thus, I take it upon myself to raise funds for cancer research via my teaching and I am fortunate that I have a component on not-for-profit marketing in my curriculum.  One does not have to have direct experience with something in order to do something about it and I noticed that same sentiment in my students – some of whom went over and above their student roles to ensure that the week-long event was successful.  For all the cancer survivors and the not so fortunate ones, I am inspired by you as cancer definitely doesn’t discriminate and I am going to keep doing my part by honouring you not only in this gratitude post but continue on with this fundraising project for as long as I teach my Marketing 12 class.