*This post is about celebrating acts of kindness and is sponsored by United Healthcare. All opinions expressed are my own
If I’ve learned one thing throughout my life, it’s that people have the potential to be Resilient, Determined, Strong and full of Hope. Those are not things that come easily. I’m honored to say that I’ve witnessed them up close. My mother exercised more strength and determination than anyone I’ve ever known when my father began deteriorating from cancer. Even now, I can’t imagine how she managed to care for him everyday without breaking down completely. As someone who has been affected by cancer, it’s a cause that’s close to my heart. For that reason, I’ve participated in multiple cancer walks in the Atlanta area. I know it’s not much, but any attempt to get the word out is beneficial to the cause. I’m happy to announce that I’ve partnered with United Healthcare in celebrating acts of kindness for #DoGoodWeek. From now until 11/19/16, I’d like to invite you all to share your stories with me. Any story where you volunteered, did a charity walk/run, or just bought a homeless person a meal is welcome. With all of the negativity on the news and in social media, celebrating good will be a welcomed change.
To get the conversation going, I’d love to recap one of my stories with you…
One of the events that stands out to me the most occurred back in 2013. I received an invitation from a fellow blogger to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk/run. I remember getting there early in the morning and seeing hundreds of people. Never mind the fact that they were up so early to walk in 36 degree weather. It was COLD! My fellow Atlantans showed up for something greater than themselves, they showed up for an AMAZING cause. It was such a great event to be a part of because I got the opportunity to see a variety of people who had all been affected by cancer in some way. I was both humbled and touched to see such a positive reaction to something so negative.
As we arrived, we saw a sea of people dressed in pink. Some people wore matching t-shirts while others carried banners bearing the names of loved ones. Local companies had employees registered and ready to represent both the cause and their organizations. There were cute girls and women dressed up in pink wigs, pink tutus and even pink mohawks! Everyone was in high spirits and laughter could be heard everywhere. It’s funny how time flies when you’re having fun. My friends and I chatted so much during the walk that before we knew it, 3 miles had gone by and we were at the finish line where people clapped and cheered. As we crossed the finish line, the song “Brick House” played loudly. That’s when the celebration began! The announcer excitedly told us that they had raised $1 million dollars from 10,000 donations received! How fantastic is that?! The music kept playing and the girls and I did the “Wobble” and “The Cupid Shuffle” to join in on the fun. It was one of the most memorable days I’ver ever had.
Here are a few pictures from that day:
I hope my story has inspired you to join me and United Healthcare in celebrating acts of kindness!
Until next time…