Twice a year, Pure Romance does a huge company-wide booking blitz with live broadcasts and prizes and team competitions. Some years, I’ve tuned in. Some, I haven’t. Some, I’ve participated. Most of the time, I haven’t. Booking blitz sounds like a lot of calling, begging and potential rejection and it makes my inner introvert want to curl up and die. Plus, as the clumsy girl that always got picked last during gym class, I still shudder at the word “competition”. (God help me if my boys join organized sports.)
This year, the intrepid sponsor of my “home court” team decided to encourage us to compete against each other in a booking blitz + fundraising effort for breast cancer. It was intriguing but I worried about it looking exploitive of a very serious issue. I figured the best thing to do was to go right to someone who would know: a friend currently battling breast cancer. She said that such things didn’t bother her but that you have to be comfortable and believe in whatever you are raising funds for. I asked where she would send funds for breast cancer support and research and she mentioned that, among other things, she was going to be purchasing children’s books on cancer for local schools and libraries. This caught my attention. As you may remember, my mother-in-law died of cancer this summer and explaining her illness and passing to my two young boys (7 & 4) in simply, accurate and compassionate terms was very challenging.
While doing some research, I found studies* that showed the following:
~ 4% of children 0-25 years have had or currently have a parent diagnosed with cancer
~ 18.3% of recently diagnosed survivors and 14.0% of all survivors reported living with a minor child.
~ Most of these survivors were female (78.9%), married (69.8%), and under the age of 50 (85.8%).
~ Of the identified children of survivors, 30.5% were under age 6 at the time of their parent’s cancer diagnosis
~ 33.4% were born after the diagnosis.
~ An estimated 1.58 million US cancer survivors reside with their minor children, representing 2.85 million children.
~ A staggering 20% of children between 0-25 who have a parent diagnosed with cancer will experience parental death.
Raising funds to buy books to help kids understand and cope with these difficult circumstances – that I care about and believe in. I’m excited, humbled, alive. Sign me up.
It’s so important to really believe in what you are doing. Go into it with heart and enthusiasm. One of the things that I love about my business is that I can build it around things that really matter to me. That’s fuel that doesn’t burn out.
How you can help:
2) Add any size donation onto a Pure Romance order between now and October 31st and a FREE gift. Go to www.agentromance.com and then message me directly with your order;
3) Have your own girls’ night in September or October. For every Pure Romance party I get on the calendar between now and midnight the 15th, I will donate $10 plus 5% of the party sales. Message me for dates or click here.
All proceeds will go to the #books4babes fundraising efforts of my friend Polly, a mother of young children who is currently fighting breast cancer.