I spent much of the day thinking about fundraising. For those that know me they would never guess what a shy person I am. No really, no no, really I am. Painfully shy as a child and forced out of my shell as an adult in the workforce. My first attempt at fundraising was Girl Scout cookie sales. My dear friend and I would go door to door. Bless her heart, she would knock and make the sales pitch every time. She was kind enough to trade order sheets with me so that I could earn a badge or two.
When I think about fundraising my natural instinct is to find someone to trade order sheets with me! It’s an internal groan, “ I have to ask people for money?!?!” No doubt about it, my biggest hesitation in registering for the 3-Day. It’s not like I can fund $2300 on my own – I’ll have to ask.
For the 2012 3-Day I felt like that little Brownie scout again, terrified to ask! The economy wasn’t great, my closest circle small. Was I going to have to ask strangers?!?! Luckily, I had some generous sponsors, people really did surprise me, just like the literature said. It was incredibly humbling experience.
As I’ve approached fundraising this season my anxiety has eased. It hasn’t been through gained confidence, rather the certainty that it is worth my discomfort. Every dollar raised is making a difference. Not solely through science but through awareness both due to the efforts of the Komen Foundation and through my shy voice. Asking for money gives me the opportunity to remind everyone I know about the importance of breast health. We know that awareness is saving lives.
So, yes it’s outside of my natural comfort zone to ask for support. Nevertheless, I remind myself about all of the survivors I know and love and those precious women I’ve lost. They faced this nasty beast and fought and gave it everything they had. There is no possible way fighting cancer was easier than asking for a donation. I will gladly find my courage to help give someone a lifetime.
Early detection and effective treatment for breast cancer have resulted in a 34 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the US since 1990.
Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day help support Komen’s Research and Training Grant Program and large public health outreach programs for women and men facing breast cancer. The remaining 25 percent helps fund local community and Affiliate support and outreach programs.