Rallying for Red Phoenix – April 1st

As you may know, there is a fundraiser being held in my honor on my birthday! It is being thrown by incredibly kind friends & family who are jumping high with hands raised to see how they can help. You all are AMAZING!!!

There was a Save the Date sent via a Facebook invite on my IamRedPhoenix Facebook page. As of yesterday, we have a venue!! A restaurant near work (to be shared soon) has asked to donate their space for the fundraiser! Joe & I used to frequent this location for their happy hour pre-Jacob and it has been one of my favorite places for years for happy hour, date night, dinner with friends and even a dear friends baby shower. They have a room off to the side so that we will have our own space, there is already a musician just for us AND it’s less than 5 minutes from daycare!

We are working out the details and will share them as they come!! The exact time should be confirmed soon but the day is definitely the fabulous date of my birth – April Fool’s Day! This awesome night of fun will be an opportunity to come support my family and me, as well as celebrate my 33rd birthday!

The night is sure to be AMAZING and beyond MEMORABLE! There will be awesome raffles, games, prizes and MORE!!

Jacob’s school has graciously offered to open up their site for the night! Every teacher at his school has generously volunteered their time.  Parents will be able to drop their children off at The Learning Experience during the fundraiser. The kiddos will have a night of fun playing games, doing arts & crafts and maybe even a movie! The times will align with the times of the fundraiser (more to come). If you have questions or would like to sign your child up with TLE, you can call or email them. I’m also here for any questions or concerns. 😊

We have received half a dozen raffle items already! If you would like to donate a raffle item or know someone / a store who does, please let me know – the more, the better!

I’ve received questions from people who want to help with the fundraiser – whether it’s day-of help or prep work before. If you’d like to help, please send me an email at IamRedPhoenix10@gmail.com I’ll be sending out an email to all volunteers this weekend to discuss details.

A new page has been added to IamRedPhoenix.com called Give. You can donate any amount or use this page to donate for a wristband. Oh – and the wristbands are available in adult or children sizes!

This fundraiser is a reminder of how incredibly blessed I am. No, this cancer diagnosis & prognosis are not awesome. And yes, I have been in pain for a few weeks. But none of this can be helped- I simply want to embrace and enjoy the moments that I have. Being able to celebrate my birthday surrounded by friends & family is one of the most amazing blessings that I could ever receive.

Hopefully we will see you all there on April 1st!

Save the date!

I asked earlier about wanting to participate in the Metsquarade.  Unfortunately, the event itself is a bit too big for me and if I wanted to do it the same day, I would be limited on time.  After many discussions, it has been decided that we will hold a fundraiser to assist with expenses related to treatment, side effects and all the fun things that come along with it.

So, SAVE THE DATE!  The event will take place on April 1st – my birthday!!  What better way to celebrate another year of this wonderful life than to be surrounded by family and friends in celebration?!  My sweet friend has a local venue in mind to host the event and has already contacted them.  Though we have that venue and a few other local breweries in mind, if you know of a space that you would recommend or that would be willing to donate their space, please let me know!  AND a super talented local singer songwriter will be providing great music! YAY!!

I will absolutely need help along the way (including phone calls and a bit of running around) so if you are still interested in helping, please send me a message. 😊😊😊

After my last post, I received a few questions about donations.  I’d like to do a raffle, so if you happen to know anyone or any businesses that would be willing to donate an item or two to the raffle, that would be awesome!!  One of the amazing women who follow my blog asked me today if she could put together a gift basket and mail it to me prior to the event to be raffled off!  Near or far, you can still participate in the festivities!  Please feel free to spread the word, I am sure it will be a fun, fabulous night!!

Thank you ALL for your love, support and kindness during these days.  Though I had hoped to leave cancer behind me in 2016, the reality is that it will never leave.  It is a part of me and who I am.  I am choosing to make the best of it, the live with the realities of this disease and embrace every wonderful moment that I have on this earth.  Every single one of you impact that – and I am so blessed to have you all by my side throughout this crazy ride.

This year

Growing up, I LOVED my birthday. The New Year would start and I’d begin my countdown. When March rolled around, my countdown became more serious and I let just about everyone that I came in contact with know how many days it was until my birthday. Sometimes, I’d even jokingly begin the countdown again once my birthday ended.

It was always an exciting day. Easter usually fell around my birthday and my parents would treat me to an Easter bunny ice cream cake and my Dad would surprise me with a meal worthy of a 5-star restaurant menu. Some years, it’d snow and I’d have the day off from school and other years the flowers were already blooming with the early spring.

Since living in Florida, I would typically take the day off from work and head to the beach or Disney to enjoy the day with my husband – and more recently, little man too. It was a day that I always looked forward to because it reminded me of how loved I am.

In recent years, I have stopped my regular countdown and sometimes didn’t even realize how quickly my birthday was approaching until someone asked me about it. I would still take the day off and do something fun but the countdown was no longer a part of it. I started to feel older and older as the years flew by and I was surprised at how quickly time was passing.

This year is different. Although I didn’t count the days leading up to my birthday, I still felt the excitement of it. This year, I feel so incredibly blessed to be here and to be cancer free and able to celebrate my birthday with the ones that I love.

I mean, how incredible is a birthday? It’s a reminder of the day that you came into this world, of all that you have accomplished in the years you’ve spent on this earth and a new start to the year ahead. It’s a true blessing and a day to be thankful for all that you have in this life. What’s not to love?