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Making Strides

I’m really getting excited about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in October now.  I’ve already received three donations and am now building my team.  It’s good to know that even when the economy is awful, the giving nature of Americans continues. 

I think that is one of the things I appreciate most about being American.  Even when we are down, we continue to care about others.  Even when we are under verbal or literal attack by other countries or by terrorists, we continue to care. 

I have seen people I know reach out to help those they do not know during destructive storms and tidal waves in the US and other countries, during war time, peace, in times of medical crises and during times of religious or ethnic persecution.  They feel for others with a sense of compassion that makes me proud, makes me humble and gives me hope for our future.

I’m positive that I will be able to reach my fundraising goal, even though people are concerned about their own well-being and job security.  It is because Americans put themselves in the shoes of others when they are confronted with an opportunity to help others.  It is the American way…to be compassionate, to care. 

“In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.” ~ Anne Baxter

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising is off and running (or walking).  I’m a team leader in the fundraising effort and am really looking forward to exceeding my goal of raising $2500.  I’ve already received my first donation and I’ve only just sent out the e-mails!  In addition, I’ve posted information about the fundraiser on my Facebook page and am hoping that will do some good.  I’m dedicating the effort to all of the amazing women I know.  As far as I know, I only know two women who have battled breast cancer…my friend Sabine, who is from Germany, and a friend from high school, Melissa Etheridge.  I’m looking forward to finding creative ways to raise the money.  If you have any ideas, please let me know.  And if you’d like to support my effort, please click here and you can make a donation online or download a form to mail in with your check to the local American Cancer Society fundraising office.    

 As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.” ~ Victor Hugo

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Tyler Florence...and me

Not long ago, I had the chance to meet one of my favorite chefs from Food TV…Tyler Florence. He was doing a book tour that was also a benefit for charity. Since the company I work for was a corporate sponsor of one of the tables at the book tour stop here in San Antonio, I got to go! It was great. We had one of the authors at our table (a children’s book author). I also had the chance to meet Tess Gerritsen. Another of the authors was the guy who used to be the San Antonio Spurs Coyote (mascot for the Spurs), Tim Derk, until a stroke caused his retirement.

But the best part of the day was meeting Tyler Florence. He was charming and patient with all of the people in the very long line waiting to meet him. He allowed all who wanted a picture the time to get a picture taken. And he patiently signed each of the cookbooks we bought. I picked up one for a friend who would love to be a professional chef and swears up and down that Tyler is her boyfriend!  Not that I’m saying she’s lying about that, but I do see her nose grow a tad each time she mentions their “relationship”!  LOL

You have to admit, if she’s going to lie about a boyfriend, she might as well make it a great one! Of course, we all know she’s just kidding. I, of course, know he’s really MY boyfriend!  At least I have the picture to “sort of” prove it!

“Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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