…with not much crafting, but it was the end of October so the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which I’m pretty involved in, not because I’ve had breast cancer, but some very close friends have….and cancer is something we all need to work towards eradicating, or at least, curing.
Some of you know, my mum died of cancer 25 years ago, October 4th, so it was the 25th anniversary of her passing last month…a pretty sad time, which is probably why, subconsciously, I’ve been off the radar most of the month, now I look back at it. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer the day before she passed away, and we’ve never been able to find out where the primary cancer was as she was riddled with it. Things have come a long way since then, and it’s only due to the never-ending search for the cure……or should I say cures……apparently, there are over 150 cancers and they can all be quite different, hence the difficulty in finding a cure. (or this is what the doctors told us back then….it’s stuck in my head……maybe that’s changed now, I don’t know…something to research)
There are 6 in my family……3 brothers, all older than me and I’m the baby! Mum had stomach cancer, dad had bowel cancer, but he’s recovered,(and yes, I get tested annually) my eldest brother had melanoma when he was in his 20s (he’s now 61 and doing fine), my second eldest brother had testicular cancer (and had another son after it was removed),so only my youngest brother (who is still older than me!) and I haven’t been afflicted……4 out of 6……you can see where my passion for eradicating this awful disease comes from??
So last weekend I participated in the Jog for Jugs fun run…..for me it was a 3km fun ‘walk’, but that’s ok!
Jog for Jugs is a fun, free, non-competitive, all ages annual beach jog fundraiser currently held in Perth, Darwin, Ayr, Cape York and the Gold Coast supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Breast Cancer Network Australia with proceeds divided between the two organisations.
In 2011, the first jog on the Gold Coast saw more than 200 people attend and raised $4000 and since then the national focus is to have one country running on one day.
Seeing as our beach is quite a distance away, we held our run in a local park precinct. It was a gorgeous morning, full of positive pinkness, and really encouraging to see loads of ladies, men and children (as well as a few dogs) joining in.
and the bonus was, over 4 and a half thousand dollars was raised, with more from a sausage sizzle and raffles held on the day.
Feels great to be able to contribute, if only a little bit.
Despite being pre-occupied, I still managed a couple of Christmassy finishes for OPAM…..
Did you manage any finishes?
xox sugary hugs :o)