Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Day 12: #303030 Mother of 3 Raising Funds to Pay for Own Funeral

A while ago I started a new thing: 30 Days. 30 Causes. 30 Dollars. Today I chose Brandy Scott. She is a woman who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, was cancer free, but then it came back and is now in several places, including her spine and brain. She was told that if she got radiation every day, she would live longer - but even then, the timeframe she has been given is short.

When I watched the video of Brandy Scott on Fox45, you could see how devastated she was. She has three young children. She isn't asking for money to live, or for her bills, or for her kids. She is asking for money for her funeral, so that the expense won't be a weight on someone else's shoulders.

Cindy Carter of The Cancer Support Foundation is the person who brought this to my attention. She was praising the station for sharing the story. The media doesn't share many of the stories of those who are dealing with the crisis of cancer, so the fact that they did do it was praiseworthy. I wish there was a way to get more stories out into the world through the mainstream media. I don't know what the dynamic is exactly that has something that is very much a story needing attention be a non-story in the media's eyes.

I think this is the first time in this process that I have donated to a story that was on the news. Previously I was trying to find those like me who aren't seen that way. This resonated for me because of the person who made me aware of it, as well as the story itself.

In general, I am finding it more natural now to donate to things when they cross my path. I am not sure why that is, exactly, but it just seems to make sense. It's not like a million things - or even thousands - or even 100s - pass my way. It is just a few. A part of me now thinks, "how can I not help?"

It is "only" a $1 to me, but I know that for another person the dollars can add up. This, as I am still concerned about how I am going to make it. If I can do it, I pretty much guarantee that anyone else reading this can, too - if not to help Brandy, to help someone else whose request crosses your path.

The Brandy Scott fundraising campaign (click here to donate)

Imagine what an incredible difference it would make in the world if one day each and every person took a dollar and gave it to someone in need. The small things DO matter - sometimes in a big way.

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  1. I am inspired by your journey of giving and can only imagine how your life will shift through it. The woman you talk about in this post certainly deserves the support.

  2. I can see that you are a giver and God blesses givers: Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour [a]into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.

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