Event: Relay For Life of Saginaw Valley State University on Friday, February 14, 2014
$30 raised $200 goal
Hi. I'm Mike D. A little bit about myself, I am a fourth year college student at Saginaw Valley State University, majoring in Accounting with a minor in Economics. I plan to graduate in 2015, and take the CPA exam shortly after. This is my third Relay for Life, and I am fundraising for the Planning Committee, which is a part of College's Against Cancer.
Last year, I raised over $200 for my Relay for Life team, and set a new record for our team that year. This inspired me to get involved more with Relay and on campus in general. This year, I am holding two Executive Board positions in two different organizations. For College's Against Cancer, I am the Vice President of Finance, and work on organizing the way that income is recieved and handle the silent auction. For Alpha Phi Omega, my community service fraternity, I am the Vice President of Administration, and handle all adminsitrative matters such as collecting and dispursing money as well as handling the minutes and other regulatory issues.
Why I Relay For Life
Cancer is everywhere. I don't think many people can go very far in their social circle without meeting someone who's life has been effected by cancer. The first time I remember hearing of cancer, I was probably around seven or eight. My Great Grandma had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and I didn't quite know what that was. I remember, however, seeing my Grandmother go through treatment and struggle to do things that I remembered her doing quite easily before. She hated seeming so weak and didn't want me or my brother to have the last or only memory of her being her lying in a Hospice bed. She fought against the cancer, but sadly she passed away a few months later.
I didn't quite understand it at the time because I didn't know what cancer was. I just assumed it was what happened when you got older and that there was nothing to truly stop it. As I aged and became more mature, I began to learn more and more about cancer. Cancer is treatable, and preventable with the proper medical care.
My Great-Grandma Dixon was also affected by cancer around the same time. About two years after my Great Grandma DeGrande. She had lung cancer, which was diagnosed very late in it's growth. My Great-Grandma fought hard against the cancer, but it was too much for her. She was the mother of ten children, and several dozen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Since then, cancer has struck my family in many different ways. My Grandpa Sherman shown above was diagnosed with cancer about two years ago. Since then, he has been strong and healthy going back to daily life as it were. More recently, my Grandma Sherman has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She also is fighting back with high hopes and positive spirits surrounding her. She finished treatment over the summer and had a mastectomy and had been diagnosed as cancer free. Sadly, my Grandpa has been diagnosed with prostate cancer once again. He still remains positive and upbeat!
Cancer is a part of life. But it doesn't have to be anymore. I don't want people to have to go through the same pain of losing someone. More importantly, I don't want anyone to have to experience the pain of treatment and the fear of cancer. No one deserves that and that is why I Relay.
Any sort of donation would be greatly appreciated! I know that all of you out there have known someone or know someone at this moment who has survived or sadly passed due to cancer.
Let's beat cancer!!
Thank you to my supporters!