Tuesday, April 21, 2015

race for the cure! //love loop



What a fun, exhausting, and rewarding weekend! My mom enlisted me to help her with the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure. She came up with the idea of the Love Loop, and she needed all the help she could get. 


This is pretty much the absolute worst time for me because I have so much to do to finish this semester at school, but we somehow made it work! First things first: I had to make my tutu! Making them is not hard, just time consuming. If you can make a knot, you can make a tutu. I made mine with all slipknots. Seeing how long it took me to make mine, (probably 1 hr), my mom ran her tulle through the sewing machine, bunching it as it was sewn. Her method was so much quicker, but her tutu is also not as poofy as mine! 


Friday was packet pickup day, and Brooke and I were stationed in the Jepson. We had the job of forcing convincing people to fill out a butterfly with who they were fighting for and make a donation. It was a little rough in the beginning, with people ignoring us, but we eventually took on a new sales tactic. I would corral them over the the table, sometimes running after them as they are walking out of the door, and then we could talk them into anything. After a few hours of this, we were getting really into. It became a game for us and we were getting competitive. All for a good cause, right?! 


The butterflies were hung in Ellis Square and could be seen by everyone in the race on Saturday. This became the Love Loop. People could walk around the square and reflect on all of the butterflies. It is shocking to see how breast cancer affects so many of us. If it hasn't happened to you personally, it has probably happened to someone you know and love. People could also walk around the Love Loop and find the butterfly that they wrote. They were also encouraged to bring in pictures of people affected by the disease and hang them up, as well. 


This is almost all of our team: maKEITHappen!

It was so sweet to have so much of our family together to honor Nana and Aunt Lisa. We were the top 7th team and we raised $8499! That is incredible! Participating and fundraising for Susan G. Komen is something that is very important to us, and we will continue year after year.


Volunteering for the Race For The Cure was such an amazing experience. I am so thankful that I decided to help, even with my crazy workload. It was so inspiring. I absolutely loved meeting all of these sweet women that are battling the disease and seeing their beautiful smiles. They are warriors and they are incredible. I love that I was a part of something that helps them feel like they are not alone. We are all in this together. 

For my Nana and Aunt Lisa


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