It was an idea that came from a conversation with my niece: “What if every survivor or caregiver donated one dollar for every year of survivorship?”
I am a 26-year survivor of breast cancer and longtime ACS CAN volunteer, I had traveled to Israel to be with my niece Tali who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I was telling Tali how volunteering for ACS CAN had become a passion of mine.
“I said to her, ‘All it takes is one step, one day…’ and then she looked at me and said ‘…one dollar’, finishing my sentence,”
The conversation sat with me as I began to think about how the act of simply donating one dollar per year of survivorship, could add up to not only an enormous amount of fundraising, but also something greater: the total years of survivorship. The impact this had on me was what motivated myself to start the “One Step, One Year, One Dollar” campaign.
Just a month shy of her 42nd birthday, Tali passed away from breast cancer. Today, I hope to keep her memory alive by spreading the message of the One Step, One Year, One Dollar campaign with others. In the hope that others will create their own One Step, One Year, One Dollar campaign.
I am donating $26 as a celebration of my anniversary of 26 years of survivorship. “I ask all survivors to join me in doing so, in honor of your own years of good health or in memory of loved ones you have lost."
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